Still go­ing strong

Alan tam is all set to give lo­cal fans their favourite songs.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By SETO KIT YAN

EV­ER­GREEN Hong Kong Can­topop singer Alan Tam prom­ises to sing fan favourites dur­ing his up­com­ing con­cert here next month.

“I’ve had fans telling me that they are par­tial to songs from the 80s and 90s. So, the main­stay of my Hong Kong show were 80s hits in­ter­spersed with 90s favourites,” he said at a press con­fer­ence here last Satur­day af­ter­noon. Tam, 61, had also graced mee­tand-au­to­graph ses­sions in Kuan­tan and Kuala Lumpur last week.

Tam kicked off his con­cert tour with eight shows in Hong Kong in July last year, of which no two shows had iden­ti­cal set lists. “I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what Malaysian fans have in store for me,” said the busy singer, who has done cameos in three movies and has recorded most of the songs for his next Can­tonese al­bum.

For his up­com­ing show in Kuala Lumpur, fans can vote for their favourite songs by choos­ing from a list of 100 songs on the or­gan­iser’s web­site (star­ and the top 20 high­est-voted songs will be short­listed and in­cluded in the con­cert.

Tam was pleas­antly sur­prised to hear that the cur­rent top three songs voted by his Malaysian mu­sic fans were his lesser known hits. Since last week, the top three songs were Ngai Hoi Fau Toi, Yau Lui Bat Hing Lau and Mai Chi Dik Sam.

“The first song, Ngai Hoi Fau Toi, is one that I keep sug­gest­ing for con­certs in Hong Kong but it al­ways gets dropped from the fi­nal list. The same goes for Yau Lui Bat Hing Lau, so much so that now I don’t even re­mem­ber how to sing it! I’ve prac­tised it for con­certs be­fore, but it some­how gets cut in the end. Mai Chi Dik Sum is a song I wrote my­self.”

Fondly dubbed “Prin­ci­pal Tam” by Chi­nese me­dia, the vet­eran en­ter­tainer has been ac­tive since 1973. He has more than 50 movies un­der his belt and is well-known for his ro­man­tic bal­lads and up­beat tunes.

His cur­rent con­cert tour fea­tures mu­si­cians and dancers from Bei­jing and Hong Kong and is set to take fans on a trip down mem­ory lane. The show is or­gan­ised by Star Planet in cel­e­bra­tion of its 10th an­niver­sary. The of­fi­cial ra­dio sta­tion is 988, which is op­er­ated by The Star.

Said to be “for­ever 25”, Tam was asked his se­cret to eter­nal youth. Laugh­ing heartily, he de­clared: “The se­cret is stay­ing young at heart. I do a lot of ex­er­cise. I play a lot of soc­cer. Four times a week. Two times in the day and twice at night. Ev­ery week!” he ex­claimed, wow­ing his au­di­ence with his pas­sion for his favourite sport.

“I play with Eric Tsang and Nat Chan and other mem­bers of the All Stars Soc­cer Team, as well as with mem­bers of other foot­ball teams. If I’m in Hong Kong, I’d play ball in the day­time on Wed­nes­days and Satur­days, then on Tues­days and Thurs­days, I’d play at night,” shared the singer-ac­tor whose fa­ther is the renowned foot­baller Tam Kong-Pak, who played in the Repub­lic of China’s national team dur­ing the 1936 Sum­mer Olympics.

With his con­cert tour tak­ing up most of his time, Tam still man­aged to guest in a few movies this year. “Pre­vi­ously, I said I wouldn’t do cameos. That was in 1991, which means I’d never done any cameos in the past 20 years. But, this year, I’ve done cameos in three movies al­ready.”

“One is Yue Si Se­ung Tong Gui (Sleep­less Fash­ion), which is due to be re­leased soon. That was filmed in Bei­jing. An­other one was Kenny Bee’s Dong Sing Sai Jau (East Meets West 2011). Then there’s the movie com­mem­o­rat­ing the Xin­hai Rev­o­lu­tion’s 100th an­niver­sary ti­tled Ying Hung Tip Huet (72 He­roes), which al­ready opened in China.”

So, will he only be do­ing cameos from now? “No, I’d love to make more movies, but the script has to be suit­able and the story very at­trac­tive. You know I’ve filmed in all sorts of gen­res: ac­tion, ro­mance, drama, gam­bling, hor­ror, com­edy. Now, I need an at­trac­tive script to in­ter­est me.”

What about a biopic? Would he be in­ter­ested in do­ing some­thing along the lines of “The Story Of Alan Tam”? “Ah! Some­thing like that has to be done as soon as pos­si­ble. Other­wise, I won’t be able to act young any more,” Tam teased to an­other round of laugh­ter.

“Or, per­haps they can get Kelvin Kwan to play me! He sort of looks like me when I first de­buted with Wyn­ners.” (Well-known as Tam’s god­son and his dop­pel­ganger, the Cana­dian-born Hong Kong-based Can­topop singer Kelvin Kwan is the son of Tam’s record pro­ducer Wil­liam Kwan.) n AlanTamCon­certLiveinMalaysia 2011 will be staged at Bukit Jalil Pu­tra In­door Sta­dium on Nov 19 at 8pm. Tick­ets are priced at RM600, RM450, RM350, RM290, RM230, RM170 and RM120.

For de­tails of the con­cert and ticket reser­va­tion, con­tact Star Planet (star­ / % 03-9223 3667) or Tick­etCharge (tick­etcharge. / % 03-9222 8811).

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