WARNING: Deeply affected (read: benumbed) fangirl ahead.
Sorry that it took me so long to give you the 411 about this, but … you remember I told you about Jay Chou’s concert in Indonesia? For the first time, like, ever?
Friday, October 11, 2013, at the press conference of Opus Jay 2013 World Tour in the ballroom of The Media Hotel & Towers.
Well … I went to see him. FOR FREE!!!!!! And Oh. My. God. Like, seriously he’s 帅到要死啊～～ you don’t even have to understand what I just said in Chinese, the point is, my childhood fantasy came true~
The day before
L-R: Sean Sudwikatmono of W Productions, Harry Cheung of Kaspersky Lab, my incomparable Jay, and his translator
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG … I mean, Jay Chou is REAL.
I was trembling throughout the press conference while watching him coming to life with every move he makes, walking and talking like a human being. For the first time I saw him in person. Ten years holding his voice close to my mind and heart and soul and I finally saw him in person.
He’s not the usual two-dimensional figure I’ve been fantasizing about since I was thirteen. He’s, like, real, as in 3D – moving, breathing, and completely touchable. Of course I didn’t get to touch him you silly. I mean it’s a good thing ’cause I’ll probably die and go to heaven if I’d poke him, let alone touch him.
Throughout the super short conference, Jay hinted on a couple of stuff to expect in the concert: He will be performing some thirty songs, all of which are the ones he has written himself. That’s still a vague overview, even though Vincent Fang has written more than half of Jay’s ten-year discography. But then I know he won’t be serenading Ai Zai Xi Yuan Qian (愛在西元前) to me anymore.
He also said that this wasn’t the first time he’s been to Indonesia. A long, long time ago, when he was seven years old, his mother once brought him here for a vacay … in Bali.
So yes, besides being his first performance in Indonesia, this was his first time in Jakarta as well.
One journalist asked the one edible thing he’d like to try while in Indonesia, and Jay spoke of the modest cup of java.
“I heard Indonesian coffee is great,” he remarked. Immediately, I thought, this is one of those successful cases behind the excessive advertising of Sumatran coffee beans overseas. Then again, maybe he really digs coffee. A large part of why I always think he’s cute is because he loves milk.
Okay, okay. Maybe I shouldn’t reveal any more trivial information about him on this post. It only shows how much of my teenage years I’ve spent on stalking him.
So basically throughout the Q&A session, journalists asked him casual questions that would serve the general public’s interest. I had a question, but I resisted from raising my hand, because the ONLY thing that was in my head the whole time was … 你到底有没有努朋友？？ (Do you or do you not have a girlfriend??)
FYI, he’s always denying about his rumored relationship (and/or marriage) with the beautiful 20-year-old model Hannah Quinlivan. Nevertheless, I’m comfortable living with lying to myself that he’s still single, as over two years of their alleged relationship later there’s still no fool-proof pictures to confirm their relationship.
I know he doesn’t always look good in pictures. In fact, and I’m brutally honest with this, I thought he’s just another C-Pop star with a garage of emo mementos to share. It’s why the only C-Pop artist I really listen to, like really, really listen to, is Jay Chou.
It’s not just that – by now, my taste in skinny guys with smiley faces have probably been challenged for the umpteenth time … but I don’t care.
I believe anyone who’s seen Jay on these videos would know right away why guys and girls alike would just get head over heels for this artist.
For Pete’s sake, he’s a modern legend of Asia. Ten years from now, if the standard school is to include the ’90s Asian pop culture in their curriculum, I guarantee Jay’s music and his influences would mark a dent on history textbooks.
Look at that razor-sharp jawline … those dimples … that gentle, mysterious, calm and cool facade!
The Opus concert
As with everything Indonesian, one of the most unforgetable two hours of my life started late at about 07:40pm -_- But I was just thrilled that the line-up were largely comprised of his old favorites, most of which the lyrics and chords and piano scores I’ve memorized entirely by heart in the past decade, partly because I’m obsessed with him and partly because they’re still good even though I’ve listened to them more than a million times.
The concert opened with the blasting 4D effect technology getting the 12,000-something audience warmed up quickly. Wowed crowds of teenagers and the elderly alike started singing cheers as they chanted wah kao! (哇靠!) repeatedly (from the upbeat chorus of Jing Tan Hao) on Jay’s cue. I won’t go further into the details because I wasn’t taking much notes during the concert (guilty). I made an attempt to list all the songs he performed that night though, which you can see if you scroll down just a bit more.
This is where I need your help: If you went to the concert as well, please drop a comment and spell out where I’ve gone wrong with the order of the songs, or any other mistake you’ve spotted on my list. This is as far as I can recall:
1. Jing Tan Hao (驚嘆號) – Exclamation Mark
2. Long Quan (龍拳) – Dragon Fist
3. Zui Hou De Zhan Yi (最後的戰役) – The Last Battle
4. Na Li Dou Shi Ni (哪里都是你) – Everywhere is You
5. 一路向北 (Yi Lu Xiang Bei) – All The Way North
6. Bu Neng Shuo De Mi Mi (不能说的秘密) – Secret
7. Shuang Jie Gun (雙截棍) – Nun-chucks
8. Ming Ming Jiu (明明就) – Obviously
9. Shi Jie Mo Ri (世界末日) – End of the World
10. Dao Xiang (稻香) – Fragrant Rice
11. Long Juan Feng (龍捲風) – Tornado
12. An Jing (安静) – Silence
13. Jian Dan Ai (簡單愛) – Simple Love
14. Ben Cao Gang Mu (本草綱目) – Compendium of Materia Medica as a beatbox prelude to Gong Gong Pian Tou Tong (公公偏头痛) – Dizzy Eunuch
15. Qian Li Zi Wai (千里之外) – Faraway featuring Beijing singer Liu Chen (Sylvia Stephanie)
16. Qin Hua Ci (青花瓷) – Chinese Flower Pot
17. Dou Niu (鬥牛) – Bullfight / Shui Shou Pa Shui (水手怕水) – Sailors Afraid of Water / Da Ben Zhong (大本钟) – Big Ben
18. A medley of Cai Hong (彩虹) – Rainbow / Gui Ji (軌跡) – Orbit / Niu Zai Hen Mang (牛仔很忙) – Cowboy Is Very Busy / Xing Qing (星情) – Clear Stars / Hui Dao Guo Qu (回到过去) – Go Back To The Past
19. Wan Mei Zhu Yi (完美主義) – Perfectionism / Qiao Ke Shu Shu (乔克叔叔) – Uncle Joker
20. Qing Tian (晴天) – Fine Day
21. Qi Li Xiang (七里香) – Common Jasmine Orange
22. Kai Bu Liao Kou (開不了口) – Cannot Speak
23. Wu Ke Li Li (乌克丽丽) – Ukulele
24. Yang Guang Zhai Nan (阳光宅男) – Sunny Otaku
Every passing minute of the concert had me stupefied (and perhaps I cried a little) that I went gaga all the way with my lightstick. I know it was two sweet hours (and some more) already, but … I really, really can’t get enough of the guy. 再给我多几个小时的杰倫吧～～～ T_T
You have to see the look in his face – he’s sincerely doing it all for his fans. If I were him I would’ve been easily let down because the seated persons on the VIP and VVIP sections were, compared to the frantic me, quite nonchalant throughout the first half of the concert. There weren’t many from the audience who were fully engaged and singing along with Jay, whereas I was waving at him like there’s no tomorrow, singing as loud and as in tune as I can with him. I just went berserk. Whenever he moved towards his left onstage, near where I was at at the stadium’s top right, I’d melt slowly in his words. My eyes could’ve fooled me, but I must have imagined him seeing me because I was practically hanging in the air, my top half reaching towards him so far as if I was about to fall off the balcony. Like if I could just poke his pecs or something, I’d die.
Putting all fangirl raves aside, I thought I heard short clips of Ting Ma Ma De Hua (听妈妈的话) in the beginning (or was it the end?) of one of these songs, and Yi Fu Zhi Ming (以父之名) somewhere else. But overall I was beyond impressed with the whole sequence. There were segments where Jay specifically promoted his most recent self-directed, self-starring musical, The Rooftop (天台), plus a mime segment, a solo drum performance, a solo electric guitar one, and many more spectacular performances by his accompanying crew.
“The Rooftop” official poster
Even though he’s now making movies and made it to Hollywood these days, and I’m sure many of you longtime Jay Chou fans would feel the same, I hope he will never stop making music in the long run. He was the first guy who brought the Western R&B into a new light – a zhong guo feng light to be exact – and that has never changed in the past ten years of his music career.
One decade is quite a while to keep up with any form of consistency. Not many artists out there, be it the Western thunders or the Eastern counterparts, who have enjoyed the same, if not more respect from their fans for such a long time. Fast forward to the far future: If he still keeps up with his originality in the years to come, I’m sure the whole Mandarin-speaking world will forever remember his legacy.
Ai Xin & me *peace*
Oh, and one more thing: To follow the footsteps of other Mandarin-speaking countries, Indonesia will welcome Jay with open arms should he return for his future concerts. During the press conference, he expressed his interest in coming back, hopefully for every two years, to entertain his Indonesian fans. Note that the every-two-year part is meant to comply with the touring tradition he’s established for himself. Of the past every-two-year tours, none in which he’s ever gotten the chance to perform in Indonesia. So let’s pray he’ll return for the second time in 2015.
Much more better-quality pictures from the amazing Opus concert will appear on next month’s issue of HighEnd Teen magazine, so make sure you get your copy once November rolls around!!!