Life af­ter Be­yond

From drum­mer to singer to mu­sic pro­ducer, Be­yond co- founder Yip Sai Wing rocks on.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By SEtO KIt YAN en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

IN 1981, a teenage Yip Sai Wing met Wong Ka Kui in a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment store and that was the be­gin­ning of Be­yond, the most beloved Can­torock band from Hong Kong.

With Yip as the drum­mer and Wong as the front­man, and to­gether with bassist Wong Ka Keong and gui­tarist Paul Wong, Be­yond be­came an iconic Chi­nese rock leg­end that took the Chi­nese mu­sic in­dus­try by storm.

Then, Wong’s tragic death af­ter a stage ac­ci­dent in 1993 led to the slow demise of Be­yond. The band limped on with the re­main­ing three mem­bers, be­fore fi­nally of­fi­cially dis­band­ing in 2005, with all three mem­bers mov­ing on to their own solo projects.

Yip, who turned 53 this year, went solo and fur­thered his ca­reer in main­land China, and con­tin­ues to rock the stage, play­ing the genre of mu­sic he loves best – heavy metal.

“The older I get, the wilder I rock,” quipped Yip, who now plays with his own band called Ever.

The mu­sic may have changed but the man is still the dash­ing rock star that we re­mem­ber.

“I was orig­i­nally a drum­mer. Then, I had to be­come a singer. It took some get­ting used to. But China is a good train­ing ground. Where else would you find a place that gives you the free­dom to do heavy metal? I’d al­ways been told that there is no mar­ket for it,” he said in a re­cent in­ter­view in Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

“Th­ese days, I may be more de­mand­ing while mak­ing mu­sic, but when I achieve what I set out to do, I feel very happy.”

Af­ter re­leas­ing the seven- track Bril­liant ( Yan Yi Wai Wing in Can­tonese) last year, Yip de­cided to em­bark on a con­cert tour, which will kick off in Bei­jing, then on to Syd­ney, be­fore com­ing to Malaysia on April 9.

For the Malaysian leg of his tour, Yip will be rock­ing the stage with his pro­teges: main­land Chi­nese band Stone and Malaysian Can­tonese metal rock band Alienoid.

“We’ll be play­ing a mix of old and new songs. There’ll be a nos­tal­gic seg­ment where fans can pick the songs. We’ll sing any old song they want to hear,” shared Yip, whose pre­vi­ous al­bums in­clude Beau­ti­ful Time Ma­chine ( 2001), Re­mem­ber You ( 2003), Leaves Turned Red ( 2005), and Mercy ( 2009).

Re­call­ing his first time in Malaysia, Yip bright­ened up as he re­counted mem­o­ries of Be­yond’s en­coun­ters with pas­sion­ate Malaysian fans.

“We were here to pro­mote the movie Happy Ghost IV ( in 1990) and fans were so ex­cited to see us that they started chas­ing us around on a mo­tor­bike. It was an ab­so­lutely sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence.” Be­ing the only sur­viv­ing found­ing mem­ber of Be­yond, Yip ac­cepts that peo­ple will keep ask­ing him about whether Be­yond will re­unite.

Yip, who is plan­ning a Ka Kui me­mo­rial con­cert on June 16, hopes to con­vince his for­mer band­mates to join him.

“Ev­ery year in June, all sorts of peo­ple do me­mo­rial and trib­ute shows us­ing Ka Kui’s name and face. Wouldn’t it be more mean­ing­ful if such a trib­ute was done by Be­yond mem­bers our­selves?”

Yip Sai Wing Bril­liant Con­cert tour Live In Malaysia will be held at KL Live, Life Cen­tre on April 9 at 8pm. tick­ets are priced at rM480, rM380, rM168, rM98, and are avail­able for pur­chase via ticket Charge and Ne­way Karaoke. For de­tails, call 03- 92228811.

yip may have gone solo, but he re­mains hope­ful of a Be­yond re­union one day. — Asi­apac En­ter­tain­ment

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