There is no doubt that Jay Chou is invincible.
But last Saturday night, hordes of Malaysian fans at The Invincible 2 Jay Chou Concert Tour at Stadium Merdeka, proved they were not to be underestimated either.
The Asian King of Pop, who turned 39 on Jan 18, performed his brand new single Waiting For You (Deng Ni Xia Ke) at the concert and was thrilled when he heard his fans singing along.
“Alright! You all know how to sing it. Sometimes, I go to places where fans don’t know my new songs. But here in Malaysia, you can all sing my newest song,” beamed the Taiwanese singer-songwriter, visibly moved by the fans’ enthusiastic response.
However, it was not a bed of roses for Chou. He arrived in Malaysia the day before his sold-out concert to conduct sound checks and rehearsals, only to discover he had caught a flu and lost his voice!
So, instead of his usual habit of going sightseeing or popping into a shopping mall where he’d end up snapping selfies with fans, Chou opted for bed rest and slept for more than 24 hours to speed up his recovery.
In an Instagram post, Chou commented in English: “Hope the rain will stop tomorrow... and my voice will get better.”
Fortunately, it all worked out well for the Taiwanese multi-hyphenate: The skies cleared and he got his voice back.
Chou apologised at the start of the concert for sounding somewhat hoarse, but the pop star warmed up quickly thanks to his Malaysian fans who sang along with him on every track.
Chou has written and recorded more than 150 songs, and released 14 studio albums as a singer-songwriter. Chou has appeared in 14 films, including three Hollywood releases and directed two features.
That is why his shows are always a veritable feast for the senses, showcasing latest innovations in music and cinema.
Kicking off his show with upbeat hits like Hero, Nunchucks and Armageddon, Chou ruled the stage from his shiny throne as he dazzled his audience with new musical arrangements and sparkly costumes.
There were also guest artistes namely the Taiwanese music group, Nan Quan Mama and Penangite teenager Janice Tan, who was his mentee from last year’s Chinese reality talent show Sing! China Season 2.
He duetted with her on Secret, prompting fans to cheer as baby-faced Tan hit all the high notes.
Together with his guests, Chou delivered a total of 28 songs, and then returned for an encore which stretched over an hour.
One of the concert highlights was when Chou sang duets with eight lucky fans, including an ardent supporter who travelled all the way from Hunan, China.
As the show drew to a close, fans refused to leave, so Chou promised to be back again next year.