Still going strong
Alan tam is all set to give local fans their favourite songs.
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 (starplanet.com.my) 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 (starplanet.com.my / % 03-9223 3667) or TicketCharge (ticketcharge. com.my / % 03-9222 8811).