US-based singer returns for most expensive show

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Bang Kieu is returning from the US for his first live Vietnamese concert in a decade tickets for which are the most expensive the country has ever seen after receiving permission from Vietnam government in late September.

Tickets have already sold out for prices ranging from VND500,000 to VND4 million (US$24-192), making it the most expensive concert by a Vietnamese singer in Vietnam ever, news website VietNamNet cited insiders as saying.

"Bang Kieu in concert 2012" will be held at Lan Anh Music Club in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday night and the National Convention Center in Hanoi Sunday night, with the singer accompanied by three leading Vietnamese vocalists My Linh, Hong Nhung, and US-based Minh Tuyet, among others.

Bang Kieu has released several popular collaborations with each of the three female singers.

The singer told Tuoi Tre in a recent interview he was "nervous" about the show and his feelings were hard to explain.

He said it will be all about music and there would be no dancers or special effects.

The 39-year-old first became known in Vietnam in the 1990s for his young and dynamic tenor voice.

Ever since he left Vietnam 10 years ago, he has been singing ballads and pre-war songs to the nostalgic Vietnamese community in the US.

He said the concert will be about those songs, instead of something fresh and new, as they are what he's known for.

"Now Vietnamese people at home have the chance to hear me live and they want me to sing those songs.

I should not experiment with their expectations."

The crooner has been praised by Vietnamese songwriters and singers for possessing a "God-given" voice that can hit both the highest and lowest notes without any tension or strain.

He has been traveling to Vietnam a lot recently, and has met with large numbers of fans here.

Nearly 100 fans gathered to meet him at a café in Hanoi last December but the meeting was broken up by local security forces because no permit had been issued for the large gathering.

Bang Kieu said that part of the profit of his Vietnam concerts will go to charity.

Bang Kieu's citizenship was revoked in 2004 after he made several controversial statements.

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