Chthonic Kicks Off Taiwanese Baseball Season With First Pitch
Band Photo: Chthonic (?)
The second season of Taiwan’s professional baseball league kicked off on July 5th, with Chthonic being invited by the team The Brother Elephants as guests of honor to throw the first pitch.
Thunderstorms that afternoon had delayed equipment preparation and the band was forced to perform its rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” without any sort of soundcheck. Fortunately Chthonic, bedecked in specially designed uniforms, completed the mission with great success, as the rapturous crowd reaction so poignantly confirmed.
The Brother Elephants contacted Chthonic following the band’s performance at Download Festival in the UK this year. To maximize the effect of the metal and baseball combination, Chthonic was also invited to perform. The band brainstormed ideas and had initially planned on doing a version of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” but the many variations "sounded like children’s songs" according to a press release, thus Chthonic went with “We Are the Champions.”
“Maybe we should release this as a single,” joked guitarist Jesse Liu. Chthonic arrived early at the stadium to practice pitching techniques. Among the band's five members, only keyboardist CJ Kao had played baseball as a kid, while the rest have only been “involved” in baseball as fans. When asked who pitched the best, Kao pointed to bassist Doris Yeh. “Who else would it be, when even popular baseball star and national team player Peng Cheng-min said Doris pitched better than any other guests of honor?”
“I guess now I can say that I’ve played in a professional league since I’ve thrown the first pitch,” said vocalist Freddy Lim, a loyal baseball fan who has once served as administrator for Brother Elephants fan page. “This is something I wouldn't even have imagined in my dreams!”
Footage from the event can be found below. Chthonic also released latest album "Bu-Tik" (reviewed here) in June, 2013.
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