The second season of Taiwan’s professional baseball games kicked off on July 5, with CHTHONIC being invited by Brother Elephants as guests of honor to throw the first pitch. Because a thunderstorm in the afternoon had delayed preparation work for the equipment, CHTHONIC had to, nervously, perform the CHTHONIC version of Queen’s We Are the Champions without any soundcheck. Fortunately, CHTHONIC was able to complete the mission and heated up the stadium. The each of the five CHTHONIC members wore baseball uniforms specially designed for each to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and the sexy uniform of Doris triggered a round of screaming and cheering from the crowd, showing her popularity.
The team Brother Elephants said that they have always wanted to invite CHTHONIC to throw the first pitch, hence, it contacted CHTHONIC right after the band returned from Download Festival in the UK, and the two sides reached the deal immediately. To maximize the effect of the “metal and baseball” combination, CHTHONIC was invited to make a performance in addition to the first pitch. For the past month, band members have worked hard to brainstorm on the opening performance. CHTHONIC band leader Doris said that, at first, they wanted to do Take Me Out to the Ball Game, but all the variations that CHTHONIC rearranged sounded like children’s songs, so they eventually decided to work on We Are the Champions.
Guitarist Jesse praised the change, because it was much easier to rearrange the song—it took CHTHONIC only a week to rearrange it, but the end product and the feedback from the audience were beyond their expectation. “Maybe we should release an Single,” Jesse said.
CHTHONIC members were excited about being invited as guests of honor, and arrived early at the stadium to practice pitching. In fact, among the five members, only the keyboardist CJ had played baseball as a kid, while the rest have only been “involved” in baseball as fans. However, when asked who pitched the best, CJ pointed to Doris. “Who else would it be, when even popular baseball star and national team player Peng Cheng-min said Doris pitched better than any other guests of honor?” CJ said.
“I guess I could say that I’ve played in the professional league since I’ve thrown the first pitch,” said Freddy, a loyal baseball fan who has once served as administrator for Brother Elephants fan page. “This is something I wouldn't even have imagined in my dreams.”
CHTHONIC has just released its latest album Bú-Tik worldwide in June, and the cover image of the album shows the fighting spirit of a girl with albinism. When performing and throwing the first pitch at the opening ceremony of the game season, CHTHONIC invited people with albinism to watch the game. “I hope everyone would be highly spirited, and fight to the end as players do on the baseball field,” Freddy said.