Saturday night was a reunion of sort with my NUS mates, two of whom I have not seen since I got married. They were Biz Ad classmates of the other two and we used to hang out in pubs like Jiva Jive eons ago.
We had a leisure dinner at the Mushroom Pot at Indoor Stadium and separated to our different seats, the three girls having decided to watch only after seeing 纵贯线’s TV interview on Channel U.
Although the ticket stated 8pm, the concert did not commence until 8.30pm. We were seated at the side, near enough to see the singers, but not the LCD screens. Having paid $141 pax, they should at least warned that this had a partially block view – the singers were blocked by the speakers whenever they emerged from the stairs.
The concert started with a bang as the four singers/song writers emerged and took their respective places. Chang Chen Yue 张震岳 at the drums, Jonathan Li 李宗盛 and Wakin Chau 周华健 at Guitar and Lo Ta You 罗大佑 at keyboard. They were dressed in white sequinned outfit. "With 罗大佑in the band, I have no choice but to change my image." Said the jovial 周华健. He also revealed that when he received a telephone call to join the band, an image emerged in his mind – 罗大佑 at keyboard, 李宗盛 at guitar and 张震岳"满台飞", he immediately agreed.
The first two songs were their new songs but the vocals were marred by the band. Then, each individual had the stage to themselves, starting with 李宗盛, who sang songs which he had written for his ex-wife, Sandy Lam.
The next act was by 张震岳. He was accompanied by four other men as they jam and hop around the stage"满台飞". The electric guitar was ear deafening and I believe he was invited so as to bring in new fans and to inject new ideas into the other three. I couldn’t identify with him and was nursing a headache.
Thus, it was a relief when 周华健 came on stage next. His hair, streaked with blond highlights was a subject of amusement when he met 吳夫人 back stage. I scanned the VIP seating area and immediately spotted her, sitting in the best seat in the hall, front row central aisle. Apparently, there were other MPs around, including Teo Ser Luck, as well Jack Neo, both of whom stood up and waved to the audience when prompted. That also explained the many cisco security officers I saw. Unlike the rest of my friends, 周华健 was the only reason I came and he did not disappoint, albeit his performance was abit short.
The final act was 罗大佑, the last to appear, he proclaimed, because he was the oldest and the most respected. Mike and the others really enjoyed his songs.
After that the four reunited again to give us the grand finale. They started with 歌, 罗大佑’s first hit, written in 1974, the year 张震岳 was born. Then it was a medley of hits, arranged and given new twists. It was a huge karaoke treat for the audience as we sang along to 光阴的故事, 明天會更好, 朋友 etc.
When 罗大佑 announced what was to be their final song, 周华健 added, "if you believe him…", the quartet went round the stage, bowed and waved to the audience. That’s when I noticed that 周华健 was the only one who made sure he covered every squared inch of the audience and waved to every single sector. It’s no wonder he has endeared himself to so many when he shouted and waved to the audience right at the top "最上面的!", never forgetting to thank everyone, the sponsers (SMRT, which triggered laughters from the audience), especially his VIP guests, most especially 吳夫人.
There was a last encore and by the time the concert ended, we were treated to almost 3 hours of nonstop hits. Was the ticket price worth it? Most definitely, all my friends agreed. Afterall, we got four for the price of one.