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Posted 01 February 2018 19:47


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LeSports Center, Beijing, China
6 April 2018

https://www.damai.cn/bj/

Concert poster:
http://www.tapestryartists.com/wp-content/gallery/posters/JamesBlunt_Beijing.JPG

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Posted 09 March 2018 15:01


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Interview ahead of the concert in Beijing.

http://www.timeoutbeijing.com/features/Music-Interview/162984/James-Blunt-Real-life-doesnt-involve-cool.html

James Blunt: 'Real life doesn't involve cool'
We chat to the catty crooner ahead of his Beijing show

Time Out Beijing
By Jamie Fullerton
28 February 2018

A long time ago, British singer-songwriter James Blunt stopped caring about his public and media perceptions and just got on with being one of the most ruthlessly successful musicians of his generation.

Since finding fame with his ubiquitous 2005 hit ĎYouíre Beautifulí his polished brand of direct, cosy, love-fixated pop has built him wings with which to soar above critics who have dismissed his music as dull and cynical. As they often say in the US, heís 'owned' this reputation, largely by being a fiercely witty tweeter.

In September last year when someone tweeted, 'Does James Blunt still exist?' he replied: 'Only in places you canít get into'. When a fan tweeted, 'If you tweet me, Iíll make whatever you say my yearbook quote' at him he replied: 'I suck c*** for coke'. (He didnít use the stars.)

This is one of the many reasons why we love James Blunt, and were keen to speak to him on the phone as he prepared for the 2018 world tour for his fifth album, The Afterlove, released last summer.

Are you looking forward to your big China return?
Itís such an extraordinary place, so different to anywhere else I play Ė weíre really excited. Every time we come back itís developed and adapted and morphed into something new and bolder.

You donít sell many albums in China, so how come youíre popular here?
Word of mouth, I hope. Which is the most flattering way to be passed around.

'Youíre Beautiful' at KTV may have something to do with it
Youíre probably right. I sing words that are relatively easy to understand and sung in a way thatís easy to replicate. Iíve been in a Chinese karaoke bar in Sydney and heard people singing my songs Ė I was in the room next door so went into their room and sang the final chorus. It was two oíclock in the morning and they wondered if it was some kind of television stunt.

Youíre not considered 'cool' in the UK Ė does that slip away abroad?
Itís not a word Iíve ever thought about too hard or worried myself with. Iím singing songs about real life, and real life doesnít involve cool.

Twitter is blocked in China Ė a problem or blessed relief?
Theyíre [Chinese authorities] probably quite sensible in not having Twitter. It seems that people are only mean to each other on it. The digital world has given access for people to voice their opinions and, sadly, people have forgotten that they should probably keep their opinions to themselves. If China hasnít got it, I respect them for that.

Do you get trolled online much?
I try and go through [Twitter messages] once a day; people donít say much about me thatís mean, anymore. Possibly because they know that Iím ever-present, trolling them back. But I spend a lot of time talking about it, as we have done. People on Twitter get so much attention.

Do you find that frustrating?
These are very lonely people, curtains drawn in their bedrooms, trousers down by their ankles. Thereís a real world with real people doing much more. Iím doing a world tour, where I play to tens of thousands of people every nightÖ people singing these songs. Why are we obsessed by one or two nasty comments online? In doing so youíre ignoring hundreds of thousands of people who like a musician and his music.

How do you cope with being on the road for so long?
Itís a pretty unhealthy lifestyle: a load of blokes on the road, not looking after themselves and having too much fun. Iím with a band Iíve toured with for 14 years; theyíre my friends and you see that on stage. If you donít know my live show you expect one man on guitar playing miserable songs, but itís not Ė itís a band having a blast, and it rocks. Iím touring South America and Australia before I get to China, so by the time I get there weíll be cooking on gas.

You were good friends with the late Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher Ė have you seen her in The Last Jedi?
I havenít, and Iím a bit nervous about seeing it because I know itís going to make me very sad. But I want to, and from speaking to her I know she was really proud of what she achieved in it. Iíve heard that sheís fantastic in it and I couldnít be more proud for her. It means that she went out at the top, with a bang, in the way that she should be remembered: as the princess she is.

You live in Ibiza, where Iíve heard you travel around in a tuk tuk Ė is that true?
YeahÖ itís the most amazing vehicle. Itís from Thailand, itís fast, and it can squeeze four of us in. I want to get the Indian one too, to complete the collection.

Finally, I also heard that you have a nightclub in your home with a sign that reads, 'Bluntyís nightclub: where everyone is beautiful'

Yes, and thereís a mannequin on the door named Svetlana. She runs a tight ship, but everybody is welcome.

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Posted 04 April 2018 18:43


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As mentioned in this article, the venue has changed its name for 'Cadillac Arena'.

https://www.thatsmags.com/shanghai/post/22889/in-his-own-words-james-blunt


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Posted 12 April 2018 16:19


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I'm going to assume that it was in Beijing...

https://twitter.com/YuchenZhou3/status/984440615973732352

The flag says "There are 3 people in the world who think that I'm beautiful, my mom and dad and you"
It's been such a pleasure seeing you and we're really lucky to have you here in China! See you soon and remember we love you @JamesBlunt

Full interview:
http://music.163.com/mv/5888060/?userid=323891423

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Posted 07 May 2018 15:53


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Good interview in China for the music streaming service QQ Music Player. Not sure it was recorded in Beijing though.

https://youtu.be/T5Iqlq4aSlI
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