PRESENTED Gary Chou’s Crazy for LIVE concert in Malaysia hosted by MK Group and hosted by Star Planet was held on November 12 at Genting’s Arena of Stars and attracted an audience of around 5,000.
This concert is the second collaboration between Star Planet and Chaw after the Sensation World Tour Live in Malaysia in 2011. After a five-year hiatus and a worldwide pandemic, Chaw is back to surprise fans.
Instead of a pre-recorded instrumental accompaniment, a group of 13 talented musicians from all over Malaysia performed at the concert.
Chow himself is from Kota Beluda, Sabah, and music director Lee Sze Wang, who also played piano, is from Ipoh. The group consisted of orchestral instruments as well as traditional instruments such as sitar, Malay percussion and guzheng.
In a press statement, Lee noted that the biggest challenge was figuring out how to integrate Asian and Western instruments throughout the musical arrangement.
In addition to Chow’s high demands on music, she also had to make sure that the sounds of the instruments fit together well live.
Apart from the band, the stage design was also meticulously designed by an all-Malaysian team. The performance and design have turned live music into a truly remarkable and magnificent 120 minutes of pure aural enjoyment.
The concert was called Crazy for Live, a reference to Chow’s fiery spirit on stage and the power of music that had worked on him over the years.
In a press statement, Chow expressed his hope that the concert would bring positive energy to his fans and that he would be able to perform in other Malaysian cities in the near future, and hoped to bring his fellow Malaysians with him. trip around the world.
Return of the 80s and 90s
He started his first song with a strong cover of Crescent Serenade Haken Lee, famous Hong Kong singer of the 80s. This became the theme of the concert, as Chow also noted in a press statement that his new album Crazy about music was inspired by the 80s and 90s canto pop songs he grew up listening to.
Songs from the golden age of Cantopop hold a special place in his heart, Chou told the crowd during the performance, talking about watching Hong Kong Cantonese dramas growing up with his grandfather.
Inspired by childhood, he sang I would take your placesong from the series about the Hong Kong gangsters of the 90s. young and dangerousand a four-song medley including a song by George Lam. I need you every minuteSam Hui drifter songFrances Yip’s iconic look shanghai embankmentcarefree theme music Aces go places (Hong Kong James Bond parody series), etc. kinship.
Known for his impressive and androgynous vocal range, he has also covered 1980s Cantopop songs by Hong Kong female artists, including Stupid girl from Priscilla Chan – his first attempt at a song cover – and Love is gone Anita Mui.
Fluent in Chinese, Cantonese, English, French, Hakka, Hokkien and Malay, Chau also sang. lagenda Malaysian Jazz Queen Sheila Majid from the 90s.
Before Chau took the stage, the intro was a recording of his fans talking about when they started listening to Chau’s music and became his fans. This set the mood for the entire concert, and he made sure to talk to the audience to entertain everyone in his usual playful Brother Cao style, including hilariously pranking the fans who were screaming quite loudly.
During my cover lonely man performed by Jackie Cheng, Chou, dressed in a dazzling white suit, exited the side entrance and entered the auditorium, giving his fans a close-up view.
One lucky man’s dream even came true when he held her hand while Chow sang the song to everyone.
At runtime Your every offer by Tai Chi, a video compilation with photos of him, his friends and team members who have supported him over the years playing behind the star.
Among his many outfits, Chow was also in a gleaming black suit, wowing the crowd with his high notes in melancholy breakup songs.
From his recent album, released last month, Chow performed two new Cantopop songs: Just another day as well as Precious lover.
According to Chau, the piano-led group Just another day was an emotional song as it brought back painful memories for him. When you watch Chou perform, you can really see that he puts his heart and soul into it as he sheds tears on stage.
He even addressed his turbulent relationship with his wife, confessing to the public that he was “not okay” and told the public how much he appreciated their “acceptance of him for who he is”.
He also said that he has matured over the years and even talked about the lessons he learned.
In the final, before the encore, he sang Sky by Beyond with a fanfare instrumental.
This was followed by a highly anticipated encore where he performed his fan favorite songs from the early 2006 album, Superman.
During the mashup Superman as well as 3-7-20-1he even greeted the fans in the common areas, telling them to take the risk of taking a selfie with him.
After that he sang Betrayal before finally performing the Gary Friend Club title track, Only you in my worldwhich ended with an explosion of golden confetti.
When everyone thought it was the final ending, he surprised everyone when he whispered to the group to play one last secret song.
“And now the end is near, and so I stand face to face with the final curtain,” Chow sang. It was none other than Frank Sinatra. My wayand that, indeed, he ended the concert, in his own way.
It was easy to tell by the applause that the audience liked his performance. As I left, I even told one fan that it was worth coming to Genting for Gary, and Crazy for Live was definitely an unforgettable night for the fans.