It was a concert not to be missed by 新谣 lovers and I bought 12 tickets for my friends and myself. At $71 (including SISTIC) per ticket, we were seated right at the back, so far back that when a singer appeared, there was no way of knowing who he/she was unless the video screens give us a closeup. But no matter, it was cheap – we got to hear JJ Lin and Kit Chan singing on the same stage.
That’s what made this concert so unique. There were two generations in the audience, including in my group, as well as performing on stage. As part of the parent (家长) group, we were there to ‘寻找回忆’ while my friends’ teen daughters tagged along to watch JJ Lin.
Three video screens formed the backdrop of the stage and we were subjected to the powerpoint history of 海蝶’s 25 years journey from beginning to where they are today. The screening time was long, especially with shots of congratulatory messages from people in the industry. Audience take these ‘intermissions’ to visit the loo.
Our chronological journey that night started in the eighties, with 沙漠足迹by 刘瑞政 starting the concert with a bang. The song was significant – for 新谣 transformed the cultural desert that was Singapore music scene to what we have now (song writers who write songs for Heavenly Kings).
The MCs for the night, 张美香 and 许南盛 were reunited again and provided much laughter during their probing interviews with the singers. 张美香 recalled how she used to compere for free in the past for 新谣 concerts and 许南盛 quickly added in jest, ‘tonight too!’
There were many best moments for me that night. The funniest was the PK between 黎沸揮 and 黄宏墨 as they sang each other’s songs. When 黄宏墨 ‘s alto voice belted 黎沸揮’s love songs, the whole hall burst out in hysterical laughter. My friends, a couple, love 黄宏墨 and was thrilled to see him perform, especially since he once told them personally that he would not be singing publicly anymore.
A touching moment was the tribute to the late 黄元成 of 水草三重唱 who passed away in 2006. The three video screens were supposed to captured the three individual singers 许环良、许南盛 with a photo of 黄元成 in the centre performing together but the left video failed, spoiling the effect. Still another performance had 许南盛’s teenage son replacing 黄元成 to reprise a dance they used to perform. What a good sport, young man!
Another great moment was when 梁文福 took the mike and sang acapella together with Juz-B. It’s only in ‘Uniquely Singapore’ that we get multi-ethnic performers singing together.
The concert sort of ended for me when 海蝶 embarked into the new millennium. I was unfamiliar with the singers and the songs, until JJ Lin appeared. Then the younger audience came alive.
The concert ended close to midnight and we left Max Pavillion on a high.
PS: 巫启贤, you were missed!
Snippets of the concert can be viewed on http://entertainment.xin.msn.com/en/