Faye Wong Crashes Ticket Site

About one minute after a computerized ticketing system in Taiwan started offering tickets for the comeback concerts of pop singer Faye Wong at noon Oct. 19, the system crashed.

Interest in Wong’s concerts has been fierce since they were announced several months ago. Apparently all that interest overwhelmed the Internet ticketing service, according to the China Times.

The system wasn’t restored until the early evening, and in a two-hour period 90 percent of the tickets for the January concerts in Taiwan were sold at prices from 800 to 8,800 Taiwan dollars ($25-$284).

Wong, who is 41, has not performed or recorded in five years.

On the mainland, the Xinhua news agency reports that tickets for Wong’s 10 China dates are being auctioned on the Internet for up to five times their face value.

The most expensive tickets are 2,500 yuan ($370), but they are going for 12,000 ($1,800) yuan on China’s biggest online shopping website, Taobao. The China shows are at the AEG-operated Wukesong Arena in Beijing and brand-new Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.