Wednesday, August 13, 2008

F. I. R. - Taiwan’s Hottest Rock Trio

Thanks, Wikipedia.

One of Taiwan’s hottest pop-rock acts F. I. R. will land on Malaysian shores on September 6 at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

The trio’s first major showcase in the federal capital is titled F. I. R. Live In Malaysia and it follows a recent sell-out concert in Singapore.

F. I. R.’s concert is expected to attract 10,000 spectators and promises to “rock the stage” and surprise Malaysian fans with its entertaining showmanship.

F. I. R. was formed in 2002 by renowned producer Ian Chen Jian Ning who is the group’s guitarist, keyboardist and “keytarist”. Its other members are lead vocalist Faye Zhan Wen Ting and guitarist Real Huang Han Qing.

While the group’s name is derived from its members’ first names’ initials, it also stands for Fairyland In Reality.

One of F. I. R.’s most well-known hit songs is Lydia which was the theme song for the Taiwanese television drama The Outsiders.

Faye, 26, Ian, 36 and Real, 28, released their first, self-titled album in April 2004. The group’s sound combines pop-rock, ballads, reggae, folk and even Baroque music.

Faye was a former schoolmate of Taiwanese pop queen Jolin Tsai.

Its second album released in 2005 was titled Unlimited while its third, released in 2006 was titled Third Flight Tribe.

F. I. R.’s latest album Diva which also contains English songs was released last year.

The group’s notable hit songs include Fly Away, How Do I Live and Get High.

Last year, the group performed at a concert themed Tenth Planet in Taipei. It was described by fans as a “magnificent dreamscape brought on stage” and contained great audio-visual production and luminous stage costumes which took two months of preparation.

The group has won numerous music awards in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. They include the Best New Artiste (September 2004) from Hong Kong Television Broadcasts, Best New Artiste (2004) at the 933 Golden Melody Awards of Singapore and Best New Artiste (2005) at the 16th Annual Golden Melody Awards of Taiwan.

Faye said the group was “very excited” and looking forward to the concert. “It’s a great opportunity to get to know our many Malaysian fans. It’s going to be a blast, we promise,” she said.