Eason Chan wraps up “most satisfying” tour in Singapore

The 43-year-old held 19 intimate concerts as part of his promotions for his C’mon In~ album, a huge contrast to the large-scale gigs he’s been doing since 2008

Eason Chan wraps up “most satisfying” tour in Singapore
Eason Chan wraps up “most satisfying” tour in Singapore
04 Dec 2017

Eason Chan wraps up “most satisfying” tour in Singapore

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If you weren’t one of the lucky 5,000 fans that managed to watch Eason Chan in concert last night, you really missed out on something special – for the first time in almost a decade, the 43-year-old went back to basics for his Eason Says C’Mon In Tour, which he wrapped up in Singapore, which is also the 19th gig in this tour.

Performing a total of 20 songs for the audience last night, he teased, “There are lots of classic songs like ‘Ten Years’ and ‘Love Transfer’ that I know that everyone loves, right?” The roar of approval clearly indicated that yes, that was what they came for, but he continued, “Sorry to disappoint you – I think you were cheated into buying tickets and coming here tonight, because I won’t be singing any of those!”

Instead, he focused on promoting the songs from his latest Mandarin album, C’mon In~, including ‘Ready’, ‘Leap’ and ‘Sigh’, and stopped to chat with the screaming fans at regular intervals.

“I’m quite happy to be here tonight because I hear a lot of screaming from my female fans,” Eason quipped. “In most cities, all I hear is guys going ‘Eason! I love you!’ and it’s a bit weird for me,” he deadpanned.

He also took the opportunity to tease the fans, who stayed in their seats for most of the concert. “I now you guys have a reputation (for sticking by the rules) there are so many of those wearing the yellow shirts (the security personnel) walking around tonight, but just try to make up an excuse to stand up if you really want to!”

(Continued on next slide: Eason tells us about his busy, busy year)

Eason tells us about his busy, busy year
Eason tells us about his busy, busy year
04 Dec 2017

Eason tells us about his busy, busy year

After his two-hour show, Eason went backstage to speak to Toggle as part of a media group interview, where he spent a good 20 minutes energetically chatting about his tour, what he’s been doing, and what he’ll be doing after bidding goodbye to the tour.

“I’m actually someone who reacts pretty slowly, so the fact that the tour has ended hasn’t really hit me yet,” he grinned. “This year has been the busiest for me – it’s even busier than when I’m on a large-scale tour!”

Indeed, it’s been a busy year, with Sing! China and drama My Very Short Marriage being just two of the major projects he worked on – and that’s on top of releasing his album and going on tour.

He admitted, “I originally wanted to release my album in April, but because of the other projects I had on hand, a lot of other things were on hold. I was actually a bit worried because I was wondering if there would still be people wanting to listen to my album if I put it off for so long.”

Now that he’s done with work, however, he’ll be spending more time at home for the time being.

(Continued on next slide: The side effects of turning old, according to Eason)

The side effects of turning old, according to Eason
The side effects of turning old, according to Eason
04 Dec 2017

The side effects of turning old, according to Eason

The conversation wasn’t all about work, however, as he happily shared anecdotes from his travels all over the world. “I saw this really nice-looking aluminum and leather bag from a brand that starts with an R, but it cost 600 euros (approximately S$960). I didn’t buy it, and when I got home, I saw a bag that I haven’t been using, and figured that I’d just use that instead.”

“I think it’s because of age that I stopped chasing after a lot of material things – like, the iPhone X has been released but I don’t feel the need to buy it. An iPhone 6 or maybe a 7 is good enough – even if it’s a little banged up, it’s fine as well (…) I’ve bought nice cars too, I have two and one of them is 17 years old. The maintenance costs are more than what it would cost to buy a new car, but I’m keeping it anyway,” he added with a grin.

These days, he’s also the sort of person who enjoys receiving books, new CDs and even tableware – “If I see a cup and it’s really pretty, I’ll appreciate how thin the glass is,” he chuckled. “Gifts don’t have to  be expensive.”

(Continued on next slide: The difference between fancy and non-fancy Eason)

The difference between fancy and non-fancy Eason
The difference between fancy and non-fancy Eason
04 Dec 2017

The difference between fancy and non-fancy Eason

For his Eason Says C’Mon In Tour, Eason decided to make it just about him and the band, and did away with fancy getups and stage setups. In order to keep the concert as intimate as possible, he also opted to not open up the balcony seating areas on the third floor so that fans could be as close to him as possible, and vice versa.

“I’ve been doing big concerts since 2008, and it’s always very fancy. There were outfits that went all the way up to my chin area so it was really tough for me to sing. It’s funny when you think about it right now, but it was pretty challenging to sing like that at the time – I couldn’t even move!” he shared.

Therefore, when his manager suggested that he do a series of smaller-scale concerts to promote his new album, he jumped at the idea immediately. “It’s not like in the past where they had to pick up telescopes to watch me perform,” he laughed. “Tonight was the biggest venue I played at for this tour, the others had about 1,000 audience members each.”

Eason concluded, “Me wanting to perform at such intimate concerts was also me being a bit selfish, because I’ve always been so far away from my fans, but this time around, I could really see everyone clearly, which felt really good and most satisfying.”

True to word, Eason posted several pictures of the crowd at his Singapore concert on his Instagram account after the interview, with faces of his fans in clear view.

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Eason Chan wraps up “most satisfying” tour in Singapore
Eason Chan wraps up “most satisfying” tour in Singapore
04 Dec 2017

Eason Chan wraps up “most satisfying” tour in Singapore

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