Tarkan Breeze Blew in Russia
The Turkish Culture Year in Russia was marked by a Tarkan concert in St Petersburg on 25 June, which was followed a day later by a concert in Moscow for the Russian leg of his European Metamorfoz Tour.
Tarkan at Turkish Festival in St Petersburg
Tarkan gave a concert at the Sports and Concert Complex on 25 June in St Petersburg to a crowd of 12,000 fans, in what was considered to be the highlight of the festivities taking place for the Turkish Culture Year in Russia.
The much anticipated event had been initially scheduled at Hermitage Square in St. Petersburg on May 27 for the 2008 cultural events, but was moved to 25 June instead due to the Turkish pop star's busy schedule. The English language Turkish paper Today's Zaman had featured the Russian event in its Today's Tourism supplement (March 19-22, 2008).
The year 2008 has been declared the Turkish Culture Year in Russia, with many events taking place St Petersburg, as well as the capital city of Moscow, and the cities of Kazan and Sochi.
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After nearly a two year hiatus, Tarkan returned to Moscow and his horde of faithful Russian fans for the second concert of his European Metamorfoz Tour on 26 June.
Performing at the Olimpiyski Sports Complex, which has hosted large stars such as US artist Beyonce, Tarkan pumped up the crowd before Russia went on to watch their national football team fall in defeat to Spain in the semi-finals of the Euro 2008 sport tournament.
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Meanwhile Turkish news reports write the concert began 30 minutes late, but that the fans had a great time, with the adored pop star giving a live rendition of his 2007 tracks to thousands of Russian fans, the majority of whom were young and female.
Also quoting members from the audience, reports write that admirers said they could have "listened to Tarkan all night long".
As in the Baku concerts - where Tarkan had come by special invitation organised by an Azeri businessman - tickets for this concert did not come cheap, with news sources quoting that prices ranged from 1400 roubles ($60) to 12 thousand roubles ($500).
Watch Concert Footage from Tarkan's Moscow Show
(Komsomolskaya Pravda) (Aired: 27 June 2008)
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Notes: Tarkan singing "Vay Anam Vay" live in Moscow at the Olimpiyski Sports Complex. Video provided by Russian tabloid paper Komsomolskaya Pravda.