Being the very first show of the tour, it was obviously imperative that everything should go smoothly according to Mr Chou's exacting standards. :)
There was a HUGE level of excitement for this concert and the fans were getting tweets from weibo and posting loads of pics and comments on Facebook for all to share. Most fortuitiously, I was at home by myself that Friday night, as the rest of the family were all occupied in their own activities. I could only thank God for that as I was thus able sit by my laptop and follow the updates as they came in....which turned out to be a really fantastic experience, second only to watching a live stream of the concert. :)
The fancam vids soon appeared as well and lots of thanks are due to the youtubers who were uploading them continuously the whole time, especially Dragon Rider from Jay Vietnam.
I shall be posting these vids and also loads of pics below for this entry, and they come from both the first and second night, depending on the quality. And also links to relevant news articles.
As Jay still has one night to go, this post might be a work in progress so do check back in a couple of days' time for any updates after tonight's concert.
Just look at him with his characteristic smile in that pic below with all the congratulatory bouquets...ooh...hint of bare chest showing already!
The Mercedes-Benz Arena:
Jay Scissorhands putting his hairstyling prowess to good use...lol!
With Darren, who designed the OPUS JAY stuff:
Jay and his brotherhood:
Lovely lightsticks and luminous wristbands for the concert, courtesy of JVR! Hope we get these at our Singapore concert too!!
I shall post the fancam vids and pics, following the order as much as possible.
Warning: as these are fancams, be prepared for not-so-great audio quality and also to hear fans singing too loudly in the background, at times obliterating Jay's voice. :P
The concert started off with a video footage and exploded in his rendition of Exclamation Mark. Jay had already promised that he would show off his 8-pack in this concert and he did not disappoint! (He is a man of his word, as we know!)
Prepare your senses for a feast and let me reassure you: he is HAWT to the MAX!!! I was breathless (and still am, whilst writing this!) and you'll soon see why!
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any fainting spells, hyperventilation episodes or heart attacks whilst reading this post. You have been warned!
Opening and Exclamation Mark:
He spoke to the audience, saying:
"Thank you everyone for attending the first night of my concert! No matter what happens today, I will do my best performance. Actually, I have already been here in Shanghai since the 13th and have rehearsed for 3 days so that counts as me already holding 3 concerts. But it was only me listening to my own concert and I think that concerts need to be shared with my fans. Actually, while I was rehearsing, there was no one offstage but I could feel your presence, so I want to thank all my fans who have never left or gave up on me. This is my song for you...Final Battle."
Can those pants go any lower??
This one is the KILLER!
The next set consisted of songs from Tian Tai, with the requisite backdrop, performed in the style of a live musical! It was really captivating and once again, something different from previous concerts and gosh, I'm now even more excited for the movie as the music is really good!
A Larger Cello also figured here.
You Are Everywhere:
Another set with him playing piano....the vid below is from the second night, with Ming Ming Jiu, Run Aground, Mine Mine, Silence
Mine Mine only:
Qing Hua Ci:
Pics...I'm overwhelmed by that piano! Typical Jay!! :)
Next set involved acapella versions of Hydrophobic Sailor and Big Ben...yet another different touch!
Lyrics also changed to include Shanghai, to the delight of the fans.
He played guitar for an accoustic and unplugged medley of songs....just listen and enjoy! There were some unexpected numbers! He was wearing shirt and suspenders here, a la Incomparable concert and I just love his pink shirt!
Two vids here, the first one is more complete but different views:
Fine Day with guitar:
Gong Gong Pian Tou Tong, done in yet another style...love it!!
Now for Red Dust Inn:
Okay....this next set is going to KILL you! His performance of Sign Language....omg...I was and still am breathless watching this...so beautifully and creatively done in 4D and special effects which just BOWLED the audience (and me!) totally over....omg....watch it and faint!
I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!!!
(Audio quality is not that great but just watching him is enough!)
Sign Language (shou yu):
Another guitar set with him looking so snazzy in shiny blue pants:
All The Way North, with two fancams. The first one has better visual but poorer audio; the second is vice versa:
I think he went into Nunchucks after that:
"Get your hands off OUR Jay!!!" *rage*
Another encore...Qi Li Xiang!
His third encore cost him, though, 'cos he went beyond the stipulated time limit and was fined! He also confirmed that he would pay for some broken chairs, no doubt caused by enthusiastic fans stomping or climbing on them!
He sang Wu Ding (Rooftop) for the second night's encore!
There's one last concert tonight and knowing Jay, there are likely to be more surprises in store.
But I shall publish what I have so far and update tomorrow accordingly.
So do check back here in a couple of days!
My thoughts on OPUS JAY
WOW! JUST. WOW!!!!!
Jay Chou does it again!
There were so many new and interesting aspects in this concert that my mind is still boggled!
And gosh...he looked SOOOOOO HANDSOME!!!!!!!!! *le swoon*
Most standout aspects?
1. His FABULOUS ABS!!!
2. The Rooftop musical
3. The unplugged medley of his songs
4. The acapella singing
5. The cute intro to Gong Gong
And of course, the BEST, the most DIAO (overshadowing even his abs) was....
His smooth moves, especially in the beginning...loved the way he pushed against the piano and then hopped on and off soooo coolly! *faint*
And the tracing out of the J*heart*U....omg...that just took my breath away!
Along with the shadow clones effect and more dancing....gosh, his use of 4D technology blew me away!
Loved his suit too!
Sorry for my raving...but that's what fangirls do, right??
I can't wait to see him here in Singapore in June!
And no, I will not stop watching these vids, unlike some fans who said they're keeping away from them so as to keep a fresh feel and not get spoiled.
For me, every performance of his never gets old and I love every minute of these vids and will love every minute of his three concerts here....yup, I'm maxing out Singapore 'cos I'm not going to KL or Taipei...I'm too lazy to travel.
Besides, I would not be able to stand it if he performed in Singapore and I'm not there to watch him...so there!
No expenses spared for His Royal DIAOness!
Just less than three weeks to go!!!!
And of course, this beautiful piece of equipment will be here too!
Updates on 20 May 2013
Nice clear vid of the highlights, including the unplugged segment....with Rainbow!
A marriage proposal happened on the second night when Jay was singing Secret! His sharp eyes spotted the happy couple and he immediately wished them well viz "You guys in the third row! I can see you! Blessings to you both!" :)
Highlights from the third and final night included:
Nice compilation vid with Jay teasing the fans, saying he'll talk more and sing less, to which they protest of course! He then agrees to talk more AND sing more too! Cheeky fella!
Iron Box Of An Island!
And of course, Shanghai 1943!
Another vid comprising Tornado, Black Humour, Shanghai 1943 and Iron Box Of An Island:
More nice pics:
He looks soooo cute here!!
His Royal DIAOness and his royally DIAO piano!
And of course, that PINK microphone and to top it all off, that DIMPLE!!!!!
Finally, what concert would be complete without the attendance of this VVVVVIP and Jay's biggest fan???
I'm going to catch up on more news of Jay, who at this moment is in Xi'an where his karaoke club is for an event.