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Music fans punked by faux show scamsters

THOUSANDS of Shanghai fans were apparently duped by scam artists claiming that the Grammy winning electronic music duo Daft Punk would hold a concert here this week for a select audience.

A Facebook posting led local fans to a Website and Xintiandi-area address where 2,000 tickets were going for 500 yuan (US$73) each. It wasn't clear yesterday how many tickets were actually sold, but the Website had been shut down, and the promoters for the "secret concert" were nowhere to be found.

Daft Punk agent Peter Elliott told Shanghai Daily last night in an e-mail that the duo would not be playing in the city this week. He also pointed out that the group is not touring this year and "at no point was there ever a possibility that they would do such a show."

"The band and those around them were made aware of the scam in the last day or so and are very upset," Elliott wrote. "The band's representatives are currently looking into what future action can be taken regarding the fraudsters responsible for the current scam."

Elliott also urged fans to check the band's official MySpace site for shows in the future. He did say Daft Punk might perform in China as part of their next world tour in 2010 or 2011.

The duo, consisting of French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, took home two Grammys on Monday for best dance recording for "Harder Better Faster Stronger" and best electronic dance album.

Last Friday, a Facebook post titled "Daft Punk, Dafthidden Tour 2009 in Shanghai," created a stir among the city's electronic music fans.

The post carried the name Julien Grandidier-Valentini and gave a ticket sales address near Xintiandi, a cell phone number and a Website for the concert but no address. Ticket buyers were told they would receive a cell phone short message with the location on the day of the show, which was supposed to be this Friday.

The post and the concert Website also indicated that EMI Music, which had promoted the duo in the past, was taking part in the concert. The information was soon copied to large Chinese event-posting Websites.

After the group won their Grammys, a major music Website called the local event a scam and other sites began posting the announcement.


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