REVIEW / CONCERT
JACKY CHEUNG A CLASSIC TOUR 2018
Singapore Indoor Stadium/Last Friday
For stage inventiveness and manufacturing values, veteran Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung’s concert undoubtedly scores high marks.
As a measure of how profitable it’s, final Friday’s gig was the primary of three sold-out nights on the Singapore Indoor Stadium – a yr after he bought out three nights on the similar venue with the identical present final February.
And judging by the present of palms when he requested, a great quantity had already seen it then. Others, like me, had missed it final yr and had been glad for the encore gigs; nonetheless others had been watching him in concert for the very first time.
It unfolded like a musical at occasions, with the versatile stage, video projections and lighting creating completely different scenes and settings from track to track.
In the opening, with Cheung in a high hat and coattails, the stage set-up resembled a tiered marriage ceremony cake.
During Forget Him, there was a bar within the centre of the four-sided stage in step with the Moulin-Rouge-cabaret-inspired costumes of the dancers.
Late within the night, the present nonetheless managed to shock as he carried out in a discipline of floating factors of colored mild. At one level, they appeared to be managed by him as they drifted up when he lifted his arms. What a lovely and mesmerising sight.
Some of the stage designs could possibly be totally appreciated solely from a chook’s eye view.
When he sang The Departed, he stepped onto a life-size reproduction of an origami paper boat which languidly circled across the stage. Those seated nearer to him wouldn’t have been capable of see the stage flooring remodel right into a physique of water because of the intelligent use of lighting. Good factor there have been giant video screens positioned above the stage which offered that perspective.
For all of the considerate staging, there was an odd choice with regard to the rundown of songs.
He saved his most basic Mandarin and Cantonese hits for final and sang them in a medley as, lastly, he reeled off I Waited Till The Flowers Withered, Farewell Kiss, Love You More Each Day and extra.
It was a humiliation of riches, however they might have been unfold out over the night – and carried out in full.
This was the singer’s 138th present of his A Classic Tour and it confirmed in his relaxed manner and straightforward command of the 10,000-strong crowd.
Over three hours, the 56-year-old sang and shimmied tirelessly, consistently moving across the stage to ensure that each nook of the venue was coated.
He quipped: “Who likes to see me dance? If you don’t watch now, who knows if I’ll be dancing at 60.”
Vocally although, he appeared to be expending fairly a little bit of effort to hit the excessive notes and his voice broke a number of occasions. Perhaps his punishing tour schedule and jet lag are taking a toll because the Singapore dates are sandwiched between gigs in Connecticut and Nevada within the United States.
He typically sounded fantastic, however one maybe has increased expectations of the person hailed because the God of Songs.
He mentioned of the lengthy tour at one level: “Your physical condition each day is different, but what gets us through is you (the audience). There were times when I thought I couldn’t go on, but I didn’t want to disappoint anyone and I just want to do my best on that day.”
It seems that the God of Songs is human too.