I used to have a group of friends who would go with me to Eric Moo’s concert. This group included his classmates from JJC. However, after reading about his evangelistic saga at a concert last year, where many concert goers demanded a refund, they declined this year to join me. I was apprehensive about attending as well, but was assured by the news that he would not repeat this and would instead focus on all his old songs.
Mike agreed to accompany me, and to my surprise, my oldest friend, P, also wanted to come along. P has never been to his concert, and she was looking forward to some songs yesterday evening. We went home on a high – Eric Moo had delivered and we enjoyed ourselves, along with 5000 others at RWS Compass Ballroom last night.
He started the show with a bang. Clad in a tight tee with sequins and jeans, the silver-haired singer looks better than his age, which he revealed was fifty this year. To give us the best, he had worked his physique and quit smoking. That could have been the reason for his energy and the brilliant vocals.
He thanked the audience for supporting him through three decades, and even though his concert is sort of a repeat performance every few years, we have always been there. In the audience last night were his literature teacher from Chinese High School (now Hwa Chong Institution) who had provided him the foundation for his lyrics, and his brass band teacher for his musical journey. Also supporting him in the front row were his band mates, who got reunited last year during HCI’s school anniversary. And so, to trace the journey back to the beginning of his music career, he sang the school song, accompanied by his guitar, which brought tears to his band mates and many of us.
Eric Moo is at his best when accompanied by just a simple guitar. Still, he had the backing of a multi-national band last night, anchored by Jonathan Koh, his long time record producer. Among his guests last night were the winner of this year’s School Superstar, who sang the duet 邂逅 with him, long time friend Roy Loi Fey Huei黎沸揮, Eric and Jonathan’s daughters, and even a pair of acrobatic dancers from China.
As always in Eric Moo’s concert, the audience sang together with him, in a mass karaoke session, assisted by the lyrics that were flashed on the screen. His lyrics of growing up, of love, of friendship, is as familiar to him as are to us, as he could be singing our story as well.
Concert goers should know that the best are always at the end, during the encore, and yet, we saw people streaming out even before the show ended. Well, they missed the best part. We were all on our feet, swaying and singing as he sang the best of his hits before bidding us farewell. True to his word, there wasn’t any reference to his faith, except at the end when he thanked God.
As he left, he said he can continue to do this for the next three decades. If he can, so can I – attend his concert for the next three decades, that is. 那些年我们一起唱情歌, and we shall continue to 一起唱情歌 always.