George Michael’s Wham! made history in 1985, after they became the first western pop band to perform in communist China.
It took their manager Simon Napier-Bell 18 months to carefully negotiate the gig with the Chinese authorities.
Wham! were chosen over Freddie Mercury’s Queen, for their wholesome image.
It was during a time when Beijing was keen to welcome foreign investment and open up to the world.
On April 7, a crowd of 12,000 packed the People’s Gymnasium in Beijing, paying the equivalent of HK$13.5 for a ticket. But the atmosphere was subdued as few in the audience had ever seen a live rock show.