‘Dragon’ Lands At Bird’s Nest

International movie star Jackie Chan managed to fill the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing to three-quarters of its 91,000 capacity for his all-star concert May 1.

Chan had helped organize the concert to coincide with China’s Labor Day holiday. It was the first major event held at the stadium since the close of the Beijing Paralympics last year.

Some media outlets expected protesters at the show following Chan’s controversial remarks at a business forum in April. The 55-year-old action star said that Chinese people were not really ready for Western style freedoms, a statement that received a huge backlash, especially from people in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

A Chan spokesman later said that his remarks had been taken out of context and that he had been referring instead to “freedom within the entertainment industry” and not to Chinese society as a whole.

Chan, who only dabbles in singing, performed the patriotic song “Descendants of the Dragon” at the concert.

Other performers included Taiwan’s Jonathan Lee and Hong Kong’s Emil Chau, Alan Tam, Joey Yung and Hacken Lee.

Also at the event were Korean pop stars Rain and Super Junior.