Jay Chou Opus World Tour – Singapore Concert with OCBC Titanium Mastercard

Thanks to OCBC Titanium Mastercard, I attended Jay Chou Opus World Tour Singapore Concert last Friday night:

Jay Chou Opus World Tour - Singapore Concert
Jay Chou Opus World Tour – Singapore Concert

I cannot believe this dude has been singing for 12 years already. It goes to show how old I am, having bought his albums and listened to his songs since his very first album 12 years ago.

During the concert, Chou said he started going to the gym to buff up his body after hearing one of his fan’s son call him “shu shu (uncle in mandarin)”. He claimed he felt an obligation as an idol to look and maintain young. He don not want his fans to feel like they are idolizing an old uncle, but someone who is forever youthful. Wise words.

The concert was quite a spectacular sight and sound showcase. Lavish fireworks, laser displays and all sorts of lighting and sound effects were deployed for the best concert experience.

Performing a mix of new and old songs; fast and slow tracks; Chou flaunted his diversity amply throughout the two hour long concert. I am sure both old and new fans of his were equally wowed with his performances.

Concert about to start to a packed indoor stadium
Concert about to start to a packed indoor stadium
Dancers emerging from below the stage
Dancers emerging from below the stage
Jay Chou emerges from the centre capsule to kick-start the first song for the night
Jay Chou emerges from the centre capsule to kick-start the first song for the night
Stunning laser and lighting displays
Stunning laser and lighting displays
Fire
Fire
Fake snow during one of the song
Fake snow during one of the song
Singing 雙截棍 (Nanchucks)
Singing 雙截棍 (Nanchucks)
All the way north (一路向北)
All the way north (一路向北)
不能說的秘密 (Secret)
不能說的秘密 (Secret)
Transiting to fast tracks
Transiting to fast tracks
Lighting up the stage
Lighting up the stage
Jay Chou on the piano
Jay Chou on the piano
Jay Chou the soulful crooner
Jay Chou the soulful crooner
Switching to
Switching to “China Wind” songs
Dressed like a chinese gongfu star
Dressed like a chinese gongfu star

A significant segment of the concert was devoted to promoting his upcoming new musical movie, The Rooftop (天台):

Mini musical segment
Mini musical segment
A romantic moment on stage
A romantic moment on stage
A little musical drama during the concert
A little musical drama during the concert
Solo on the roof
Solo on the roof

This is very clever marketing to tie his concert world tour with his movie promotion.

For me, the most enjoyable part of the concert was towards the end when Chou performed a medley of some of his best hits through the ages. As he belted out song after song, many held special meaning for me, bringing me back sweet and sour memories, dating 12 years back to present. Mostly, they reminded me of the many vacations Rachel and I made to Taiwan from the time when we were dating to after we got married and now, as parents to a one year old boy. Chou’s songs are popular evergreens in Taiwan and can be heard playing in a random shop or along the street.

Big Ben (大笨锺)
Big Ben (大笨锺)
Jay Chou on the guitar
Jay Chou on the guitar
Belting out a medley of some of his top hits
Belting out a medley of some of his top hits

The night ended on a very high note, with Chou returning to perform three more encore songs after the concert officially ended. Streamers, giant beach balls and stunning lighting displays round up a night of nostalgia and fun with the King of Mandopop.

Jay Chou back on stage for encore performance
Jay Chou back on stage for encore performance
A picture of me at the concert during the encore song
A picture of me at the concert during the encore song
Performing the fun beach-themed song, Ukelele
Performing the fun beach-themed song, Ukelele
The giant balls came first before the giant streamers
The giant balls came first before the giant streamers
This really caught me my surprise. The folks around me all when ecstatically high.
This really caught me my surprise. The folks around me all when ecstatically high.
Singing the last song for the night, a couple duet,
Singing the last song for the night, a couple duet, “Rooftop (屋頂)”
Close-up shot
Close-up shot

“The most important thing when attending a concert is for everyone to have a good time, did all of you enjoy yourself tonight?” Asked Chou at the end in mandarin.

Yes I did.

Thanks for taking me a walk down memory lane with over a decade of your songs.

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