When I broached the subject of watching this concert to my friends, they were appalled at the prices.
Why so expensive?
Because it’s at Esplanade.
Why can’t they have it somewhere cheaper? In that case, since we’re listening to music only, buy the cheapest tickets, said my ‘kiam siap’ (miser) friends.
The cheapest ticket, at $61 per person, is on the 5th level of the concert hall. It was fortunate that I had booked the tickets early and managed to get the second row. On arrival to our seats, my friends (there were 7 of us) had abit of vertigo.
Wa…so high, so scary. Why must they make it so high up?
Sigh… By the way, this conversation was repeated when I was about to purchase the December Rain《雨季》 tickets, but I managed to convince them to pay more since I have 20% priority booking. They were glad I did last night.
We realised last night that the $61 tickets were cheap. The concert lasted from 7.30pm to 12.25am, with a 20 minutes intermission in between. An almost 5-hours concert – the longest anyone of us has ever attended. Not that we are complaining, it was definitely value for money.
This is the 8th reunion concert since 新谣 was established 28 years ago in 1982. In 1982, I was studying in RJC, away from the happenings of 新谣, which had originated mainly from HCJC and JJC, where Liang Wen Fu and Eric Moo had studied respectively. Two of my friends there last night were classmates of Eric Moo at JJC and knew the members of 地下铁, and also knew of many of the groups performing last night. 新谣 matured during 1984-1988 and attracted many followers. I was in NUS then and was busy listening to local rock bands like Tokyo Square, Mel and Joe Ferdinand as they performed at our ‘Jam and Hop’s, unaware of this crucial development of 新谣.
The majority of the audience last night were people who had grown up listening to 新谣. There were many digs on how everyone had aged. Most of the groups had not been performing since they disbanded and took this opportunity to reunite on stage to perform. The first half comprises mainly of the groups.
When asked by the host what was the first thing they did to prepare for this concert, one group replied, dyed our hair.
The funniest moment was when the boss of TCR Music 弹唱人, Cai Yiren, who was also the group leader for 跳动律小组 took over the microphone and sang. The screen behind showed him as a young lad singing in a variety show, so different from the portly middle age man singing on stage. The audience burst out laughing at the comical sight. He also did some impressive impersonation of Roman Tam and Liu Wen Zhen.
As the producer for this concert, he revealed that when they staged the concert two years ago, Jay Chou also staged his concert at about the same time. Jay Chou’s ticket was sold out in 2 days, while the concert took a four months. This year, Jay Chou’s concert was sold out in 2 hours, while this concert sold out in 2 months – an improvement indeed.
The second half of the concert were what most of the audiences were waiting for – Liang Wen Fu (梁文福), Li Fei Hui (黎沸挥), Jiang Hu (姜鄠), Yan Li Ming (颜黎明), Deng Shu Xian (邓淑娴), Hong Shao Xuan (洪劭轩), Zheng Zhan Lun，Alex Su (苏心荃) as well as the renowned group, TCR Acapella.
I was most impressed by the redition by Dr Alex Su, who is a doctor with IMH. His voice was so beautiful when he sang 故乡的老酒.
TCR Acapella, as the last act, coming after Liang Wen Fu’s performance was risky but they prooved they have the showmanship to close the show.
The concert was hosted by Cai Lilian (蔡礼莲) and Cai Rong Zu (蔡荣祖).
The concert indeed felt like a class reunion – reminiscent, melancholic and warm.