Hong Kong superstar Eason Chan was back on 9th October for his “Another Eason’s LIFE in Sydney” concert, after 2 years the Canto-pop king returns with his best Mandarin “LIFE” collection.

The Good: Eason does guitar, fantastic lighting and stage design, great China/Taiwan targeted song choice, Eason’s signature talking

The Bad: imbalance between his mandarin and cantonese songs, minimal dancing (I don’t know if that is a bad thing though..), too much or too little talking/ranting?

If you’ve watched the previous “Eason’s LIFE” concert back in 2013, the concert’s theme was one’s life journey – the departure, the growing up, the helplessness and the hope. Eason continues this theme with his “Another Eason’s LIFE” concert by extending the songlist to cover his Mandarin classics.

Being a great fanatic of Eason’s music, I walked into the concert thinking I wouldn’t be surprised – believing I knew most of his popular melodies. However I must say – he had a few hidden gems up his sleeve throughout the night to make it a very memorable Sydney tour.

This concert showed us the other side of Eason, not the ‘artist or jack-of-all-trades entertainer’ as we see today, but the original Eason Chan who is a composer, trained vocalist, pianist and guitarist. Through the night, he went back to the basics and performed not one but many of his songs on guitar – a rare treat for the Sydney crowd! He began the night with an electric guitar performance of ‘娛樂天空’ (Entertainment sky, 2014) and ‘早開的長途班’ (Earliest long distance train, 2005) then later in the night, the acoustic versions of ‘四季圈’ (Four season cycle, 2014) and classic ‘時代曲’ (Song of an era, 1996) – which he himself composed some odd 20 years ago.

His surprises didn’t just stop here, as he also brought some of his finest stage designs and lighting to Sydney.

First it was the massive screen showing an aging Eason Chan through his song ‘沙龍’ (Sharon, 2009), from his young self to a fragile, pale, and aged Eason also singing the song, this then drew a few tense moments as the crowd reflected on the merciless effects of time. Eason also brought along an amazing light centrepiece, which looked like as if he had set free an angel mid-air during his rendition of 多少 (How Many – 2009) and captured the aches of depression and helplessness as the lights acted as droplets raining on him.

The Sydney crowd was definitely hard to please as we waited impatiently for his Cantonese hits to be performed during second half. While he did comment on the lack of response during the lesser-known Mandarin songs like ‘不如這樣’ (How about this, 2001) and 世界 (World, 2003), he brought the back the crowds screaming and roaring when he finally kicked off the Cantonese segments with ‘富士山下’ (Fuji Mountain, 2006).

The only thing absent during the show, was Eason’s signature ‘talking’ or as he puts it ‘blowing water’ (吹水 – Cantonese for mindless chatter on pointless but endless topics). With hardly any breaks between his songs, Eason finally gave up and began his ‘blow water’ session towards the end of the concert, and behold he was actually trying to prove his maturity by singing more and talking less!! (Which was quite unsuccessful, as he did end up talking quite a fair bit towards the end). But this is also why the crowds love him!! He talked in English with his posh-UK-accent to thank the security staff as well as gave his 2c on the crowd’s stubbornness towards which language he was performing in. Which the crowd then discovered he’s only picked up the Mandarin dialect when he was 21 and have since won multiple awards in China and Taiwan for his Mandarin ballads – so if he can sing in another dialect, why can’t we learn and appreciate it too?

Notable mandarin songs performed: 路…一直都在(Path, is always here, 2008), 淘汰(Elimination, 2007), 你的背包 (Your backpack, 2002), 可以了(Can, 2014), 世界 (World, 2003), 娛樂天空 (Entertainment sky, 2014), 早開的長途班 (Earliest long distance train, 2005), 四季圈 (Four season cycle, 2014), 不如這樣 (How about this, 2001)

Notable cantonese songs performed: 富士山下 (Fuji Mountain, 2006), 明年今日 (Next Year, Today, 2002), 大人 (Adult, 2010), 碌卡 (Swipe Card, 2012), 謝謝儂 (Thank You (Shanghainese) 2002), 沙龍 (Sharon, 2009) 今日(Today, 1999), 我的快樂時代 (My happy era, 1998), 結束開始 (End Begin, 2001), 怕死 (Afraid of Death, 2005) 夕陽無限好 (Sunset is forever beautiful, 2005)