After holding concerts around the world in Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Tokyo and Los Angeles, Jay Chou finally extended his world tour to Sydney.
The EasyWay Jay Chou Sydney Live Concert 2009 is Jay’s first concert ever in Australia, organized by J.M.S. Productions Australia Pty Ltd.
Held at the number one in Australia and world top ten concert arena, Acer Arena, it was reported that 15,000 local and overseas fans flocked to Sydney Olympic Park to attend Jay’s first live concert in Australia.
Acer Arena foyer
As we enter the arena, several stalls were set up in the foyer selling Jay’s merchandise besides promoting the sponsors’ products.
Long queues to buy Jay’s merchandise
Seated in Section 7 in one of the VIP zones, …
Our VIP tickets
Views from our section
Concert seating plan
… we also received complimentary goodies bag that is full with advertising materials and pong-pong sticks.
Program book (more of a advertisement booklet)
e.tel’s Jay Chou SIM card
Pong-pong sticks courtesy of EasyWay and China Airlines with instructions
Pong-pong sticks before (right) and after (left)
As time goes by, the arena started to get packed, and lights were dimmed with spotlights on, signalling the start of the concert. The crowds then cheered and clapped like crazy.
For the opening, Jay performed three songs, namely 黄金甲, 無雙 and 最後的戰役.
A video clip from Secret (不能說的秘密) was then played, where Jay came on stage to sing its theme song 不能說的秘密.
Upon finishing, he had a brief introduction talk before singing 退後.
Bagpipes were then played and three guys came out marching in red. Soon after, clowns came on stage and Jay sang 麥芽糖, 牛仔很忙 and 聽媽媽的話.
牛仔很忙 ending video:
Both Chow Yun-Fat and Jacky Cheung also made a cameo appearance during 聽媽媽的話. The song was extended with background vocals and the piano while Jay left the stage.
As the song ends and the lights dimmed, another video clip from Secret (不能說的秘密) was played, this time showing the piano duel, which is a shorter version of:
Jay then appears from the middle of the stage with a white grand piano performing the songs 黑色幽默, 說好的幸福呢 and 安靜.
As he left the stage again, a lady walked in performing solo on the Chinese violin (erhu), with Chinese verses displayed on the screen.
This was then followed by the appearance of dancers dressed in traditional clothing holding paper umbrellas …
… and big Chinese fans, while Jay walked in singing 千里之外, followed by 青花瓷.
After the fireworks, the spotlights slowly turned from red to blue and Jay started singing 本草綱目 with Chase Zhang Jie from Nan Quan Ma Ma.
During the interlude of the song, Jay also did some break-dancing as well as showing off his skills on a fluorescent pink diabolo, which were later thrown out to the audiences.
Next, Jay introduced his guest performer, Nan Quan Ma Ma, a Taiwanese music group. However, only two (Chase and Lara) out of the four members came. They duet the songs 悄悄告訴她 and 牡丹江 before having a brief speech ending with the song 屋頂.
As everyone started chanting for Jay, a man appeared on centre stage sitting on a chair in black suit and a hat. A woman with an exposing blue tango dress came down the aisle and danced with him. Initially, everyone thought that it was Jay dancing. However, the more they moved, it got more obvious that he wasn’t Jay.
While they were dancing, Jay appeared with the song 夜的第七章.
He then sat on a classic arm chair with two female dancers by his side. Here, he performed 夜曲, while the dancers danced erotically around him.
Another group of dancers in red came in dancing to the tune when Jay sang 迷迭香.
As Jay walked down the stage, the group of dancers continued dancing making Jay’s concert a half-naked women show.
Soon after, Jay came out with a row of guitarists while introducing all the team members, including Gary, an ex member of Nan Quan Ma Ma, who will be releasing a new album soon. After the introduction, he sang one of Nan Quan Ma Ma’s song, 小時候. He also dedicated the song 稻香 to all overseas students studying in Australia, and the song 雙截棍 (happy version) to people who grew up in Australia. He then sang 月光 together with Gary, a song from Gary’s to-be-released album.
雙截棍 (happy version) video:
As a surprise, Jay introduced the dance instructor/choreographer who everyone initially thought was him.
Upon calling his girlfriend to come on stage, the instructor proposed to her by presenting a bouquet of flowers before kneeling down with a ring.
Since the girlfriend was overwhelmed and speechless, Jay sang 開不了口 while both of them hugged.
He then got the crowds screaming with the song 陽光宅男.
After the song, there was a blackout period, causing everyone to scream “encore”. The drummer then came on stage drumming solo before Jay appeared with a set of drums showing off his drumming skills, battling with the drummer.
As a video clip of Kung Fu Dunk (功夫灌籃) was then played, Jay sang 周大俠, the famous tou-fu song.
Drumming and 周大俠 video:
Another blackout period occurred. This time, instead of drums, Jay now appears with a Chinese zither (gu zheng), playing the tune of 髮如雪 while everyone sings along.
Chinese zither video:
After the song ends, a video of Jet Li was played, praising Jay’s work in 霍元甲's MTV before Jay came back on stage with the finale songs 霍元甲 and 雙截棍.
All in all, the concert was amazing where Jay sang almost 30 songs.
It was a great night showcasing Jay’s talent in piano, drums, guitars, Chinese zither and the diabolo, complemented by exotic dancers, video clips and state-of-the-art pyrotechnics.