It was a concert I was looking forward to after seeing some snap shots of the Taiwan’s concert on TV. While it did not disappoint, it did not deliver the euphoria experienced by the Taiwanese audience.
The concert started with a bang, with May Day, Wu Bai and 张震岳 opening. While the crowd cheered wildly when they appeared, there was a feeling of disconnect between us and the singers. I thought perhaps the audience needed time to warm up. I was looking forward to 张震岳’s performance but he seemed detached, like he was in a world of his own. His off key singing was also obvious.
小鬼, 黃鴻升lead the new singers, including some Singapore Idol winners (Kelly Poon, Diya etc) in a repertoire of songs. He had some fans but the crowd were clearly not here for the others.
The mood lifted when Alex To appeared. His dance moves were impressive (yes, first time I saw him live!) and the moment we waited for was short-lived – if you blink your eyes, it’s gone. I’m talking about the moment he dropped down to his ROCK boxer in 脱掉. (I had thought he would be stripping down to his brief, as I read that somewhere.)
潘越云’s appearance was much awaited and she did not disappoint. Her trademark eye-brows were gone and she was dressed as a Roman goddess. I thought she resembled Angelina Jolie.
辛曉琪 next appeared in a duet with Emil Chao. Her voice was clear as she belted out 领悟. It’s obvious she is one who has no problem performing live.
A surprise discovery for me was the performance by 順子. Her lively appearance and banter with the us was a welcome after the other singers who seemed to be reminiscing in their own memories. Her velvety voice was unique. She told how in 1993, her mother sent a demo cassette to a friend in Taiwan that started her career with 滚石. Her own composition 回家 was a popular hit.
When 娃娃 appeared in her shaggy bob and oversized sleeveless frock and a horrid scarf, we wondered who the witch was. She was clearly not the 娃娃 we remembered and her slow gait was puzzling. When we shouted our request for 就在今夜, she did not (or rather could not) obliged, preferring to stick to her slow songs.
Emil Chao took us through a repertoire of his old songs and I can’t wait to see his concert again. He’s been missed.
May Day was the second last act. The crowd that night seemed to be all their fans. I was not impressed with the vocalist and Mike thought he sounded better on CDs than live.
Wu Bai ended the concert with a climatic end. He did that by asking the whole stadium to stand up for his performance. I gladly did that. My back sorely needed to be stretched. My friend was waiting eagerly for his appearance, especially his rendition of 愛你一萬年.
That sort of summarize the crowd that night. There were certain sections and fans of certain groups. While my friend wanted Wu Bai, mine was Emil Chao. Others may be fans of May Day but all of us knew and enjoyed the oldies as well. Pity the younger members of 滚石. They were accorded cordial applause. Ditto for 蘇慧倫and a Hokkien singer. There was a new singer who appeared, we did not even know her name as she did not introduce herself. The crowd had to shout, ‘Who are you?’ Rather embarrassing for her, I felt.
The concert ended promptly at five minutes to midnight, with the performers appearing in yellow-tees to sing the finale song that a children’s choir sang at the beginning of the show – 快樂天堂. With that, the 3.5 hrs concert ended in a muted note.
Clearly not the same as the 5 hours concert in Taiwan.