Last night, Andy Lau reminded his Singapore fans why his title of Heavenly King is well deserved.
Even before entering the stadium, you could feel a sense of excitement in the air, as fans who have yet to catch his previous shows in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur didn’t quite know what to expect. The four-sided stage that only the best of performers dare to use for their concerts was also a big talking point - fellow Heavenly King Jacky Cheung also had one during his world tour last year.
When the show began, it was apparent that Andy would be making use of every single inch of his stage, which transformed into different sets as the night went by.
The 57-year-old also teared up on a number of occasions, especially when thanking his fans for standing by his side throughout his 38 years in showbiz. “I hope that when you walk past an 80-year-old me in the future on the streets, that you’ll come up to me, give me a hug and tell me that I’m very handsome,” he quipped as he tried to lighten the mood.
Even those seated on the balcony seats were also treated to a close view of Andy when he slowly glided past on a zip line for 10 minutes of the show. Other ‘wow’-worthy effects were the confetti cannons that went off like machine-guns around the stage (it looks a lot more impressive than it looks), along with the huge traditional drum that rose like a centrepiece on the stage, and was used in a performance of ‘Zhong Guo Ren’.
The set-list was also a good mix of fast-paced tracks and sing-along ballads. Crowd favourites ‘Ben Xiao Hai’, ’17’ and ‘Nan Ren Ku Ba Bu Shi Zui’ elicited the loudest cheers from the 10,000-strong audience, so much to the point where Andy quipped, “It’s like you’re asking for my life in exchange for what you paid for the concert tickets!”
Andy Lau’s otherwise perfect show in Singapore marred by unruly crowd
It was like the 11 years since his last concert here in 2008 did nothing to diminish his energy and love for performing, as he sang and danced his heart out the entire night. We almost forgot about his horse-riding accident which happened two years ago, which he took over half a year to recover from.
However, there was one thing that wasn’t quite perfect about the show - the crowd. Many of those seated in the sections closest to the stage rushed to the front at every opportunity they had, raising their phones high in the air to capture photos and videos of Andy.
They effectively blocked those who were still in their seats, and in a bid to be able to actually watch the show, some of them stood on their chairs in order to see. This domino effect caused those in the terrace seats to have a not-so-great experience, and some even retreated to the back of the entire section in order to watch the show.
It was an otherwise perfect night that was marred by people who wanted to “get their money’s worth of the concert”, in the words of one such person who was assuring her companion that what they did was alright, but in reality, we hope that the same scene doesn’t repeat itself at his other shows that run from tonight to Saturday.
And in case it does, the back of the terrace blocks is the perfect vantage point.