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Paul Wong (黄贯中)’s Career Revival

If you grow up in the 80s and is a fan of Mando and Canto rock, you have to know who is Paul Wong  (黄贯中).

Paul Wong on stage
Paul Wong on stage

For those who do not know who he is, Paul Wong Koon-Chung (born 31 March 1964) is a Chinese musician, singer, songwriter and the lead guitarist of the Hong Kong legendary rock band, Beyond.

He is well-known for his extraordinary guitar techniques and is regarded like a “guitar god” in the Chinese world.

After the lead singer and centre figure of Beyond, Wong Ka Kui (黄家驹) fell to his death in a freak stage accident in 1993, Paul Wong took over the lead singer role in the band. Beyond after Wong Ka Kui never came close to the same level of fame and success.

The musical career of the three remaining Beyond members did not progress much over the years.

Nonetheless, Paul Wong stayed true to his brand of rock music and strived on till today.

After a long period staying out of the media radar, he rocked the Chinese music world recently with his rendition of Beyond’s all-time classic, 《海阔天空》in a China singing programme,《我是歌手》(must watch!):

This is why I idolised Beyond in my teens. After so many years, hearing this song still makes me have that urge to cast aside everything in life to chase my dream.

I remember how I wanted to be a famous artist when I was young. I remember how I would spend all my time drawing and redrawing, designing and redesigning to perfect my illustration techniques.

What cause me to abandon this dream?

This song jolted me again and reminded me that we only live once.

Even at the age of 48, Paul Wong still can rock and inspire!

On a side note, I recently attended the preview of Young and Dangerous: Reloaded 《古惑仔:江湖新秩序》which Paul Wong had a role as a famous gang leader. The movie is a remake of the popular Young and Dangerous movie series in the 90s. Here is the trailer:

Young and Dangerous: Reloaded is stil showing in Singapore cinemas. Go catch it for a whiff of nostalgia. 🙂

Beyond’s 海阔天空 Concert @ Lunar

Concert poster

I grew up listening to these dudes. How can I miss their concert when I hear that two of the disbanded Beyond members, Paul Wong (黄贯中) and Yip Sai Wing (叶世荣) are getting together for a concert at Lunar?

Back in my teens, I will buy all their albums and go for their autograph sessions whenever they come to Singapore. I won’t call myself a junkie as I don’t scream and go gaga when I see them, but I do appreciate their brand of rock music.

The concert opens with a few numbers from Sai Wing’s solo albums. Sai Wing is better known as a drummer than a singer and it was rather weird seeing him with a mic.

Sai Wing opens the concert
Sai Wing on guitar?
Balloon clappers

Paul then took the stage with his guitar and belted a few numbers from his solo albums. This guy is rock steady and still looks as stylo-milo as he was a decade ago.

Paul looking smart in a black jacket
Rousing the crowd
Getting high
Lunar was packed

Then came the moment the crowd were all waiting for – the two members of Beyond got together to belt out some of Beyond’s greatest hits. The crowd went totally wild. Here’s two videos which I recorded to share. Enjoy:

Performing one their classics – 真的爱你:

Another Beyond’s classics – 海阔天空:

Photos of Paul and Sai Wing performing together as Beyond:

Sharing the stage
Guitar hero
Egging the crowd to sing-a-long
Egging the crowd to sing-a-long
Dig the expression
Confetti at the end
Bye bye Beyond!

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