dear fans, i am writing with utter exasperation, disappointment, but mostly anger, that hardcore fans have been robbed of their trust, goodwill and support tonight.
tonight’s show was marketed as “Folk Night” and positioned as an additional special show for the “Empress Live” concert, after the concert was sold out. to get tickets to tonight’s show, you need to get the Folk 2 Limited Edition CD. it was supposed to have a slightly different song set, or additional songs. but lo and behold – it was the EXACT SAME FUCKING SHOW.
when the sequence of the songs was the same, we felt something was strange (even tho I had earlier jokingly offered the possibility of Akina removing “Woman” and “I Hope So” to make it a “Folk Night” it was meant to be, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt, and didn’t know my nightmare would materialise). then when she did her final set combo of “I Love You”, “Koi”, and “I Hope So”, I thought maybe she’ll do an encore set (which she didn’t on all other shows)…
and then the house lights came on, and the post-show announcement came on the system. i was left dumbfounded, ajar mouth included… my head shaking in disbelief.
this feeling of getting shortchanged is by now no longer a stranger – what with half-hearted limited edition releases containing half-fucked lame studio recording footages as bonus DVD material, more best compilations than you can count with 2 hands, 5 different coloured versions of the same album cover, Destination concert tour pamphlet marketed as ”世界最強“ which turned out to be sucha mega flop, I can go on with more examples… and don’t even get me started with rehashed, recycled costumes! but tonight, tonight takes the cake outta everything else. it’s the ultimate cream pie smashed flat on her very own fans’ faces.
granted, Akina may not be involved in the marketing of the concert and could in an extreme case of being the ill-informed, uninvolved, devil-may-care-i-just-wanna-sing-my-songs-dun-bother-me-with-anything-else (which explains fuglier than fug album cover art of late) singer, not aware her company had so unethically marketed an additional “Folk Night” show to lure naive fans into spending more of their hard-earned money, waste their time/effort, and the worst of all crimes – squander their support and good faith. But that is no excuse. can she wake up her idea?
i’ve had an O.D of Akina, having watched 3 shows of her gluing her butt to her stool. actually, I had contemplated on not going for the 3rd show to listen to “DIVA” in the hotel instead. that was how maxed out I was with her angst-ridden, tortured, pained face she dishes out at will every night. i pay to get entertained, damnit. but now, i like her a lil less each time i see her perform live.
i’m not sure if i’ll be doing her career further harm by airing my disgust here. but i know many fans who are victims of tonight’s wicked manipulative marketing ploy will be so ever-forgiving, and crawl back into their own worlds in denial, and sleep it off. but i won’t take this laying down. unethical, irresponsible corporate behaviour needs to be exposed and addressed.
you can only cry wolf so many times before eventually, no one will come to your rescue, even at your most genuine, neediest time. i for one, will take everything with a pinch of salt henceforth. “Folk Night”? my arse.
please, don’t abuse your fans like this (whatever number of fans you have left anyway). we deserve better. be the Legend of Diva for the right reasons.