> 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.