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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Two Nights of Tarkan in Baku

By Kaan Güneri reporting from Istanbul, Turkey

Tarkan greeted by Azeri press on his arrival into the country; APA
Tarkan greeted by the press on his arrival in Azerbaijan; Photo courtesy of APA
Under the organisation of Azeri businessman Nahit Eminoğlu, Tarkan gave two shows at the open air Green Theatre in Azerbaijan's capital Baku on 21 and 22 May.

Reports state that on 21 May Tarkan arrived at the Azeri capital city at 3 in the morning (local Turkish time) and was greeted by a horde of press cameras at the airport.

Though looking tired, Turkey's top pop act was visibly buoyant and merry, and took time to chat and joke with the local and national Azeri press.

Ulkar Gasimova, reporting for the Azeri Press Agency on the artist's arrival into Baku, wrote that Tarkan told journalists he was sure his two-day concert at the open air complex would be successful, noting he would be singing songs from his Metamorfoz album alongside his classic hits.

Commenting on his previous three concerts in the country, the artist said rumours that he was reluctant to perform in Azerbaijan were groundless. "These reports are false. I have never refused to come to Azerbaijan. I am very glad to be in Azerbaijan and to meet you again. I love Azerbaijan very much. I promise an unforgettable concert for you," he said.

The press agency also commented that the artist said he loved Azerbaijani songs. "You have a different dialect and I can not sing in your dialect. But I love Azerbaijani songs and listen to them."

Tarkan's Baku Shows

Tarkan on stage in Baku; APAInterest was high and tickets for the shows were expensive, with prices said to range from $80 to over $400. These prices were doubled on the black market, as tickets reportedly sold out before Tarkan's arrival to the city.

Despite the high price of tickets, reports state the 21 May show was attended by 3,000 people, with the second showing sold out to as many people, too.

Spending nearly two hours on the stage and performing about 20 songs for each show, it was a double dose of dancing the night away with Tarkan for Baku's music lovers.

The artist left for Turkey on 23 May, promising to return.

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