Goodbye Oath!

Photos by MJ Klein, Michael Turton, and Hui-chen

Mr. Oath from the Fong Band left Taiwan today.  He went back to Thailand after 8 years in Taiwan.  It’s the end of an era for me, as everyone connected with the Fong Band is now gone.  Plans for recording an album have now shifted to Thailand.

Thai Rock & Roll, Philippine Karaoke

This is the Fong Band at the SE Asian Music Fest.  Oath is hidden behind the female host, but (L to R) Num, A-nune and A-jo (drums) are all gone from Taiwan now.

Thai Rock & Roll, Philippine Karaoke

This is A-nune (L to R), A-chen (Shao-hui’s husband), Khum and I at the SE Asian Music Fest.  I’m the only one left in Taiwan now.

Hanging With Joe and Oath

This is one of my favorite photos of Oath (R), seen here with A-jo.

We threw a small party for Oath before he left.  One of the sad things about the party is that his brother A-nune left some time ago, and all the other members of the Fong Band are gone, as well as many of his friends.  So it was just us.

Goodbye Oath!

Oath thanked everyone for coming to his party.

Goodbye Oath!

I brought my acoustic guitar so Oath could play some of his new songs for us.  He’s quite a brilliant songwriter.

Goodbye Oath!

This guy was too much!  He saw Oath playing guitar and came over.  He kept saying “Play something loud.  It doesn’t matter if it’s good or not.  Just play it loud.”  It was so funny!  We kept saying that over and over for the rest of the evening.

Goodbye Oath!

A couple of local Thai guys came by to say goodbye.

Here are some shots of Oath with the Fong Band and Blue Sky Band:

2009 Thai New Year, Part II

Taoyuan Stadium, 2009.

Taoyuan Stadium

Taoyuan Stadium, 2008.

Taoyuan Stadium

Taoyuan Stadium, 2008.

Bitan Music Fest

Bitan Music Fest, 2009.

Detours to Paradise, Part I

With RA (R) before a show in Taoyuan.

Detours to Paradise, Part II

Detours to Paradise Premier, Taipei, 2009.

Detours to Paradise, Part II

Detours to Paradise Premier, Taipei, 2009.

Saturday in the Studio

(L to R) A-jo, A-nune and Oath at King Duck in Sinfong (after a recording session in Taipei).

I have one last thing to leave you with – a video from the May Jam 2008, of Oath singing.

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Oath, you will be missed, my friend.

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  2. Oh that too sad man. Remember taking your car with him to the Taoyuan stadium gig. Hope your recording plans with Fong Band comes through sooner. We will still hear ya with blue sky band right?

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    1. Ashish, i’m not sure what’s up with Blue Sky. it seems that the season for Thai music has passed. it remains to be seen what is going to happen for the rest of this year. i hope i can do a few more gigs with Blue Sky but now we need a bass player 🙁 thanks Ashish.

  3. MJ, I know you have been working with the band not only as a musician but also as an advisor or the recording engineer. I remember the confidence you have in the band Fong and I do hope the recording is finished and released. It is also good they are all in Thailand as it means you will have to travel here.

    I will definately come and visit you 🙂

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    1. Brunty, the plan is for me to travel to Thailand when they are ready to do the recording. when that happens you are welcome to hang out and see the recording process, which is pretty entertaining :). that will be a fun hang! take care Brunty, and thanks.

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