Contributed by Lynnette Wang
The long-awaited AMIT Live First World Tour finally hit the Singapore Indoor Stadium last week. Said Jude Lee, one of A-Mei’s numerous devotees, “I’ve never missed a single A-Mei’s concerts, and I’ve bought the most expensive tickets for this AMIT concert!” Jude, like many of A-Mei’s die-hard fans, were among those who snapped up tickets for the January 30th concert within the first week of sale. Organizers responded quickly by adding an extra day on the 29th January just to cater to the huge demand.
The constantly evolving diva did not disappoint her fans. Clad in a black leather jacket, leopard print skirt and pink eye make-up, A-Mei wowed the crowd from the very beginning as she belted out fast numbers like “Divide Life,” and “Black Eat Black” from her latest album, A-Mit. Accompanied by a high profile team of band members, and with the appearance of the famous guitar shredder Marty Friedman, A-Mei looked all set to create a storm in the rock n’ roll world, and in my opinion, she succeeded very well.
Songs sung during the concert were mainly taken from A-Mei’s albums, Star and A-Mit, all with a rock twist added to them. One of the highlights of the concert, which is also my personal favorite, was A-Mei’s interpretation of the classical composition Nessun Dorma. Whoever would have expected an operatic piece in the middle of a rock concert? It was an unexpected twist, and the crowd clearly loved it! Fans cheered and clapped ecstatically as A-Mei showcased her wide vocal range and prowess in this rock rendition of Nessun Dorma, accompanied with her trademark explosive dance moves.
Towards the middle of the performance, A-Mei took a breather and interacted with her fans. The endearing singer was always in smiles and spontaneous to take on song requests for all-time favorites like “Listen to the Sea,” “Remember” and “It Doesn‘t Matter To Me.” “Are you guys trying to test me?” said A-Mei as she laughed and teased the crowd, “I almost could not remember all the songs, and you guys seem to remember every one of them!” Clearly, the slow ballads resonated strongly with the audience as they sang along loud and clear together with A Mei.
The entire performance picked up and climaxed as A-Mei went back to performing the rest of the fast songs on her album such as “Come if You Dare,” and “OK.” She totally deserved her fans’ admiration for being able to execute dance moves and still manage to sing flawlessly, without looking the least bit worn out by the end of the night.
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AMIT Live World Tour is vastly different from A-Mei’s previous concerts, but nevertheless, she has moved up many notches in terms of vocal and instrumental showmanship. I am impressed with A-Mei’s constant reinvention of herself, and how she is always seeking to present a different experience for her concert-going fans. Truly, the Queen of Mandarin Pop has once again proved her worthiness to the throne, leaving no doubt.