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Chan turns to song for first Bird's Nest concert

MOVIE star Jackie Chan and other celebrities are to perform at the National Stadium in Beijing, organizers said yesterday, amid discussions about the future of the Bird's Nest after its centerpiece role in last year's Olympics.

The concert, "Descendants of the dragon: Jackie Chan and friends," will take place during the three-day May Day holiday from May 1, organizers said .

Action star Chan also likes to sing and he sang with other stars at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.

Chan said at a press conference in Beijing yesterday that he wasn't nervous about singing at the May concert.

"I only feel the pressure when I make films. I believe the audiences will forgive me if I forget the lyrics or I can't keep the tempo," Chan said.

The date of the concert and the ticket prices have not be revealed. And it's not yet known which other stars will perform.

But Chan said he expected singer-songwriters Jonathan Lee and Emil Chau to play, and that his son, actor and singer Jaycee, also wanted to be part of the show.

The US$450 million, 91,000-seat stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies and track and field events of the Beijing Olympics, has not been used since the Games ended last August.

The only visitors these days are tourists who pay 50 yuan (about US$7) to walk on the stadium floor and browse a souvenir shop.

Xinhua news agency reported in January that the area around the stadium would be turned into a shopping and entertainment complex in three to five years. Maintenance of the structure costs 60 million yuan a year, Xinhua said.


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