Not Bad: Jay Chou’s karaoke session with 30,000 fans

The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
27 Mar 2015

The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old

Photos: Multimedia Entertainment
Videos: Teng Siew Eng

Jay Chou may have just released his latest album Aiyo, Not Bad, but his older hits are clearly far from forgotten.

In fact, it was classics like ‘Clear Day’ (Qing Tian), ‘Silence’ (An Jing), ‘Common Jasmine Orange’ (Qi Li Xiang) and even his 14-year-old debut single ‘Adorable Lady’ (Ke Ai Nu Ren) that drew the most fervent reactions from the 30,000-strong crowd at last night’s Opus 2 World Tour showcase, held at the National Stadium. For three hours, devotees sang along to these tracks and more, turning the concert into one mass karaoke session (with the original singer in the lead).

Jay, who turns 36 and will become a married man on January 18 next year, performed about 30 songs on a no-holds-barred stage that flashed dramatic projections, effects and pyrotechnics. He also made several costume changes, almost all of which had him drowning in bling (the King of Mandopop has got to make a fashion statement, doesn’t he?).

Fortunately, the postponement of the gig from its original November 8 date did not equal an arena full of empty seats (far from it, actually). Even Jay himself could not help but exclaim “There are so many people!” when he launched into his first banter of the evening, which contained the inevitable comment on our little red dot’s heat (“Singapore is the only place where I already start sweating during the first song!”) and an acute observation of his listeners’ wide demographic (“I see a lot of little kids and older parents”).

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The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
27 Mar 2015

The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old

Throughout the event, the multi-talented Jay presented different sides of him through a variety of showcases: his music maestro side with his piano and guitar playing, his badass side with choreography that had him executing fight moves with a microphone in one hand (as if he were in a martial arts musical) and handling nunchucks during, well, ‘Nunchucks’ (Shuang Jie Gun), and his more light-hearted side with the upbeat ‘Ukulele’ (Wu Ke Li Li) and ‘Sunshine Nerd’ (Yang Guang Zhai Nan).

He also displayed a cheeky side when he turned the spotlight on long-time collaborator Vincent Fang, who has written the lyrics for many of Jay’s tunes and was sitting among the audience. Seemingly stunned by the sudden surge of attention upon him, Vincent appeared to be at a loss for words when asked to share something.

“He writes very quickly, but his reactions are very slow,” Jay quipped.

Surprisingly, there wasn’t a side that involved him flaunting his abs, something he was only too happy to do the last time he was in town.

Besides that, last night’s show was also fans’ first chance to hear the live performances of a few selections from his latest record, which was launched just two days ago. ‘What Kind of Man’ (Suan Shen Me Nan Ren), ‘Yang Ming Mountain’ (Yang Min Shan) and ‘Listen to Father’ (Ting Ba Ba De Hua) may have been fresh offerings, but the multitude lapped them up just as enthusiastically.

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The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
27 Mar 2015

The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old

While Jay may be decidedly less mushy when it comes to pandering to the crowd (compared to, say, a Korean idol who spouts silky “I love you’s” every chance they get), he still made sure to give concertgoers a fair share of fan service.

“This is for all the ‘Adorable Ladies’ in Singapore,” he crooned as an introduction to the Vivian Hsu-penned R&B ballad. He also descended to the floor in the middle of one performance (flanked by security, of course) to shake hands with fans, who excitedly clamoured towards the barriers to get that much closer to their beloved star.

One particularly charming segment was when he handpicked three audience members to join him in a short duet of a song of their choice. The trio, who picked crowd pleasers ‘Silence’ (An Jing), ‘Can’t Express Myself’ (Kai Bu Liao Kou) and ‘Stranded’ (Ge Qian), undoubtedly went home on cloud nine –  after all, everyone else may have sung along with Jay through the night, but only they could have their efforts personally acknowledged by him.

Click through for more photos from Jay Chou’s Opus 2 World Tour concert in Singapore:

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The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
11 Mar 2015

The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old

Jay descended onto the stage in an embellished silver outfit - quite a different scene from last year's show, which featured him stepping out of a UFO in a vest that flaunted his then-newly chiseled abs.

The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
11 Mar 2015

The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old

Jay and Cindy Yen, who was the first artist to be signed to his record company, JVR Music. She has collaborated with him on a few tracks and is a featured guest performer on this tour.

The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old
11 Mar 2015

The King of Mandopop delighted Singapore concertgoers with 30 hits, new and old

Jay and Cindy sang and danced in school uniform-like costumes at one point, undoubtedly reminding audiences of his directorial debut Secret. Key scenes from the movie were flashed on the screens while the performers geared up for this presentation.

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