Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

The Mandopop king showed us why he’s superhuman in his first of three concerts last night

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

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It was a serious case of déjà vu as Jacky Cheung kicked off his first of three encore concerts in Singapore last night (Feb 9). Having brought the same tour to Singapore last February (we were in attendance for his 56th concert in the tour), he brought all the grandness back to our sunny shores once again.

For a first-time Jacky Cheung concert-goer, this writer chose to go in without watching any videos of his previous concerts, lest the element of surprise be spoiled. However, after entering the concert venue, we realised that the majority of the 10,000-strong audience were here for a second (or even third and fourth) time for ‘A Classic Tour’ alone.

The reason for their repeated attendance was clear once the lights dimmed at 8pm sharp (here’s a PSA for those who are attending the show tonight and/or tomorrow - the organisers have confirmed that all concerts will start on the dot, so being late means you’ll miss out on his opening act).

Making his appearance in a dapper suit complete with top hat, his baritone vocals were as on-point as ever. He, along with his team of 24 dancers (plus six acrobatic dancers) and 32-man orchestra, worked the four-sided stage like the professionals they are, ensuring that every corner of the Singapore Indoor Stadium would be captivated by their performance.

As the saying goes, the devil is in the details - and Jacky showed to us once again why he’s not just the ‘God of Songs’ (a title bestowed to him in Hong Kong), but also an amazing showman who knows how to keep his audiences coming back for more.

For example, there were 11 huge LCD screens that showed different views of the stage - the four bigger ones suspended high enough for those in the balcony to check out the close-up shots of Jacky, along with the seven smaller ones arranged in a heptagon closer to the stage which alternated between showing close-up shots, to top-down views, gave the audiences in the arena and terrace level a different experience altogether.

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Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Each of his and his dancers’ outfits were also put together to suit particular themes that he’d want to showcase during each mini-segment of the show - and boy, were there lots of these outfits, ranging from the sultry, simple and even royal, throughout the show. Each song was also accompanied by a different stage transformation - be it the white origami boat he stood on during ‘Apart From Me’, or the lightbulbs “dancing” to the tune of ‘Unknowingly’ - every inch of his stage was used to compliment his performance.

During the talk segments of the show, the 56-year-old chuckled that while he thinks he’s “the best at singing sad songs”, he also wanted to present his happier tunes, along with dance tracks, to the audience. “I don’t know if I’ll still be able to dance like this in the future. I’m in my 50s now, so who knows if I can still do this when I’m in my 60s, right?” he quipped. “I’m young at heart, but age catches up with everyone.”

Confessing that there “have been times when there are circumstances that we can’t control and times where I felt that it would be hard to continue performing”, Jacky shared that his only reason for finishing each and every one of his 138 shows was because he “wanted everyone to leave the venue happily; I don’t want to disappoint anyone so I’ll always do the best that I can on whichever day it is. It might not be the best that I can do, but I always give my all during every performance.”

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Suffering from jet lag due to his recent return from the USA (“I won’t even be able to fix my jet lag before I have to fly back again!” he bemoaned), Jacky’s performance also showed the more human side of him - his voice wavered just that one moment during ‘How Can I Leave You’, and he sang one line of lyrics wrongly during ‘I Get Hurt’ - but that never dampened the roars from the audience, who only encouraged him on.

Before the end of the concert, Jacky also took the opportunity to thank all the audience members for taking time off their busy schedules to watch him perform. “I remember a Malaysian article saying that I’m superhuman, but there’s only one reason I can become superhuman - it’s all of you, all the audience members sitting there, cheering for us,” he explained. “Every time we hear it, it’s like getting a dose of really strong happy pills, and it’s the best kind of energy we can receive.”

(Ed's note: Photos in this gallery are from Jacky Cheung's 'A Classic Tour' stops in Hong Kong and Taipei on December 4, 2016 and February 11, 2017 respectively)

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Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert
10 Feb 2018

Jacky Cheung reminds us why he’s the ‘God of Songs’ at encore Singapore concert

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Jacky Cheung’s ‘A Classic Tour’: Our favourite moments

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