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Wednesday October 23, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 23, 2013 MYT 8:37:45 AM
by christine cheah
The super energetic Chan feeding off the energy of the crowd. -- The Star/Raymond Ooi
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There was something fittingly nostalgic about Eason Chan performing at Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday, a historical and heartfelt place for many Malaysians.
Walking into the stadium, you could see the timelines of Malaysia’s past; which was a similar feeling when the 39-year-old singer came on stage.
He avoided an entrance filled with cheap thrills and tricks. Instead he had a subtle opening, emerging from the bottom of the stage saying, “Good evening, I’m Eason and welcome to my life.”
It was a walk through of Chan’s career – spanning 18 years – as the concert was called Eason’s Life In Kuala Lumpur.
This was Cantopop nostalgia with rich value – commercially and critically. Just ask the thousands of loyal fans that jam-packed the venue.
Relaxed and just being himself, Chan garnered cheers throughout the show and his easy rapport with the crowd was demonstrated through his amusing banter where the crowd got him to switch from speaking Mandarin to Cantonese.
From his days of winning HK talent contests that marked that the birth of a new “God of Songs”, this man has come a long way.
He is dubbed by the Canto-pop industry as one of its main players – and he had the goods and charm to deliver a stadium show.
Despite the rain that drenched the ground of the stadium, nothing could stop the crowd, mostly in their 30s, from making the most of the event.
Dressed up in ponchos (with their toddlers in tow), the fans braved the traffic and rain that made the Saturday night concert a challenge. But the masses were up for a good time and nothing like Chan’s catalogue of tender ballads to warm the bones.
There were certainly some unforgettable moments when Chan belted his chart-topping hit Live For Today which saw the crowd sing together with him.
In fact, Chan held his last concert at the same venue in Kuala Lumpur two years ago.
He just loved the atmosphere at this stadium and he certainly knew how to shrink the size of the venue with the intimacy of his tunes. On the night, he brought a tear or two to the eyes of many when he rendered three of his greatest hits in a row namely Tao Tai, Special Thanks To… and Ai Qing Zhuan Yi.
There were no pyrotechnics nor fancy costume changes, though there were robots that did some acrobatic hanging stunts and a man doing an upside down walk on a distorted bean-like moon.
That’s as far as it went when it came to Chan’s pop flash. On the whole, he was really about the music.
Of the 28 songs delivered that night, Chan only danced to three with a total of four outfits that didn’t go beyond three colours; which was impressive that for the many concerts he has held, Chan still stuck to his trademark of keeping the focus of his shows to his songs.
He made the setlist of songs a balanced bag. When things threatened to be bogged down by his less-popular hits, Chan came up with a punchy bit like Swipe Card.
This veteran singer definitely revealed no sign of age with the two-hour long show. Ending the encore, Chan did a mix of Some Like It Hot and Easy Ride, finishing the night of in a bang by engaging the crowd to dance to Heavy Taste, a song known by many as one of the greatest Cantopop songs that represented the prime era of the industry.
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