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Sam Hui (許冠傑) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – Mar 29, 2008
March 31, 2008, 12:12 pm
Filed under: concerts, 許冠傑, 许冠杰, Sam Hui

For some 2 hrs 40 mins Sam Hui showed what legends are made of as he ruled the Singapore Indoor Stadium, serenading his loyal fans with hit after hit in a career that has spanned more than 40 years. Known for songs that strike a chord with the man and woman in street because of his unique, unpretentious delivery, and lyrics and melodies that resonate with the heart, it was clear that his Singapore fans missed him. But Sam is too generous with giving spotlight to his sons (Ryan and Scott) and his brother (Ricky); his fans were there to see him, and he could have interacted with them more. Ricky threatened to upstage him in that department with some well-timed self-deprecating humor. I should be able to upload some pictures and videos over the next few days. Meanwhile, here is Straits Times‘ review.

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Play it again, Sam
Fans of Sam Hui couldn’t get enough of the Cantopop singer as he belted out hit after hit effortlessly
By Nancy Koh

THE GOOD LIFE: Hui might be approaching 60 but he kept a relentless pace, his voice was not wobbly and he didn’t forget his lines. — PHOTO: UNUSUAL ENTERTAINMENTS

concert
SAM HUI. SINGAPORE. LIVE
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Last Saturday
CANTOPOP legend Sam Hui high-kicked last Saturday on the same stage that 60-year-old guitar legend Santana had strolled on a month ago. Hui turns 60 in September.

While Santana was content to prowl about on stage and perched on the platform during a couple of numbers, Hui skipped, danced, pelvis-rocked and even did the Moulin Rouge high kick with his eight nubile dancers.

He also braved the sell-out audience of 8,000 twice by coming downstage to work the aisles. The first time, he gave out scarves to shrieking girls whom he kissed while dressed as Elvis Presley and singing the latter’s Pocketful Of Rainbows. The second time, he pumped hands as he sang the Golden Horse award-winning theme song Chong Hoi Yat Sang Siu (A Laugh At The World) from Swordsman (1990). He had played the titular role opposite Cecilia Yip.

For two hours and 40 minutes, he cranked out hit after hit effortlessly like an unstoppable human jukebox. Many of the catchy tunes revolved around the strife for life and love, with lyrics that were simple, comical and witty. His voice was not wobbly or frayed – the only ravages of time were a sagely face and wider girth.

Hui, who had performed here in 2005 and 1993, not only sang but also played the drums, harmonica, piano, an assortment of guitars and even whistled.

And it was a family affair of sorts as his sons Ryan and Scott joined him onstage. Ryan, who has his father’s matinee-idol looks, ran some wicked riffs on the electric guitar. The three heated up the stadium with a rock interpretation of Hui’s working-man classic Poon Kan Bat Leung (Half Kati Eight Tahils) from The Private Eyes (1976).

Second brother Ricky Hui also appeared in a Presley wig and trademark flared pantaloons. The goofy fall guy in the Hui brothers’ beloved comedies of the 1970s and 1980s cracked everyone up by being self-deprecating about his lot in life: short, ugly and unloved.

But the night belonged to Sam Hui, who was clearly there to please his fans even if he had to sing past midnight. He endeared himself to them by asking for song requests – and obliging everyone, even a Japanese fan (Goodbye My Love, Teresa Teng’s song in Japanese).

He also belted out cheeky Canto versions of English songs, such as turning Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel into Fat Tiu Cheung (Buddha Jumps Over The Wall). There were gasps aplenty when the screen flashed pictures of him in his younger days as he sang English songs such as The Beatles’ In My Life.

He also sang songs from his new album, Yan Sang Doh Mor Ho (Life Is Good!), released last September, some 17 years since his last album release.

The audience, comprising mainly midlifers, included young people taking their mums or dads on a night out. Some spectators – which included a posse of 40 die-hard Hong Kong fans – waved lights and banners and bopped along at the barricade. And they scrambled over one another when Hui hurled gold-coin chocolates as he sang Chin Chin Chin (Money Money Money). He also gave out presents and threw props such as a basket, an umbrella and even his wristband to them.

His pace was relentless. So many hits, so little time. What was remarkable was that he didn’t forget any lines, right up to the rousing hand-clapping, feet-tapping encore of seven songs.

Hong Konger Cheung Yin Mei, 33, who flew here for the show with her friends, summed it up best when she said: ‘Sam was fantastic as usual, that’s why we love him. Where’s the nearest karaoke lounge? We want to continue singing.’

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