En­chant­ing duo

> Hacken Lee and Joey Yung gave a scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mance in their joint concert at the Arena of Stars re­cently


CANTOPOP giants Hacken Lee and Joey Yung are no strangers to the stage at the Arena of Stars in Re­sorts World Gent­ing, hav­ing per­formed solo con­certs here be­fore. But this time, they came as a duo as part of their Hacken Lee & Joey Yung Live Around the World concert tour which started in 2015, with 12 sold-out con­certs at the Hong Kong Coli­seum.

Their joint per­for­mances have al­ways been pop­u­lar, and even more so af­ter the two bat­tled it out in China’s I am a Singer singing com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this year.

In fact, Lee and Yung’s first col­lab­o­ra­tion hap­pened 12 years ago with their duet Can’t Wait, which topped the charts at the time. These two su­per­stars share an un­de­ni­able chem­istry on­stage, de­spite the two-decade age gap be­tween them.

Their two-day concert here last week­end was a treat for their fans here who had longed to see the duo per­form on­stage to­gether. Fans from Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong and China joined Malaysian fans at the duo’s open­ing concert on Satur­day, pack­ing the music hall al­most to the brim.

Lee and Yung, who are well-known for their singing skills, en­sured that their fans not only get to en­joy a vo­cal feast but also a vis­ual one. The first thing one no­ticed about the concert was the pair’s stun­ning baroque-in­spired wardrobe, and the glam­orously-de­signed back­drop screen.

De­spite their elab­o­rate cos­tumes, both Lee and Yung, as well as their dancers, were able to per­form com­pli­cated dance moves to the fast-paced open­ing num­bers.

Af­ter about six songs, they teased the crowd with two slow-tempo num­bers – SumSumSum and Some­time – be­fore fi­nally tak­ing a breather to chat with the crowd and send­ing fans into laugh­ter by pok­ing fun at each other.

Yung, in par­tic­u­lar, kept ref­er­enc­ing their unique ‘young-and-old’ mu­si­cal part­ner­ship.

The first high­light of the night was when the duo sang the hits from their re­spec­tive solo ca­reers – Lee’s Gao Mei, and Yung’s Pain Love.

And when Yung re­turned af­ter chang­ing to an eye-catch­ing, di­a­mond­stud­ded black gown, Lee took the op­por­tu­nity to quip how her cos­tume re­minded him of the style of leg­endary Cantopop icon Paula Tsui.

As both artistes shared their ex­pe­ri­ences com­pet­ing in I am a Singer, they con­tin­ued to amuse fans with their shaky Man­darin, as well as sang the cov­ers they per­formed on the show.

These in­cluded Pa­ganini, Ugly, Xiang Zhe Ni De Gan Jue, Shuo Hao De Xin Fu Ne, and Tian Ti.

The en­chant­ing evening con­tin­ued, with each singer per­form­ing his/her fa­mous classics as well as new songs – All Around, Xin Gui, Zhen Qi, Pa­per Drop, Yi Ge Dou Bu Neng Shao/ Yi Sheng He Qiu and City Hall.

There was even a huge sin­ga­long ses­sion with the au­di­ence in­volv­ing Lee’s fa­mous duet Mar­ried at Last.

The concert wrapped up with Small World. Lee then teased the au­di­ence with the pos­si­bil­ity of an en­core, the du­ra­tion of which would be de­cided by the vol­ume and pas­sion of the au­di­ence’s re­sponse.

Af­ter a brief rest, Lee and Yung re­turned to the stage with elec­tric gui­tars. It didn’t feel like an en­core as the two per­formed with as much en­thu­si­asm as in their ear­lier songs.

They kept the en­ergy soar­ing with a med­ley of their clas­sic pop hits such as Ling Yan Xiang Kan, Xia Ri Zhi Shen, Xin Hua Nu Fang, Hu Hua Shi Zhe, Long Zhong Deng Chang and Red Sun.

Both singers stayed on af­ter the med­ley, in def­er­ence to their fans who were go­ing wild and shout­ing out ti­tles of songs they wanted to hear.

Lee and Yung con­tin­ued to per­form, singing Love Num­ber 16, Yue Ban Xiao Ye Qu, the theme song from the pop­u­lar se­ries Pride, and even a cover of Un­der Mount Fuji by Ea­son Chan.

Af­ter sat­is­fy­ing all the fans’ re­quests, the concert fi­nally ended around mid­night. What a night!

A mu­si­cal treat by Lee and Yung that fans here will re­mem­ber for a long time.

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