JJ’s homecoming concert a success

WHEN JJ Lin said "See you again" at his last concert, who knew that it would be three years later before he could hold another world tour.

Hence, fans were thrilled as he belted out his first song of the evening, Remember, on Saturday (Nov 5), the second day of his two-day concert.

The sold-out event, JJ20, also marked the singer's 20 years in the industry.

JJ shared his music journey with fans through a specially made video that paid homage to his alma mater, Anglo-Chinese School Independent, and St Andrew's Junior College.

In keeping with the theme of reminiscing the past, the backdrop was kept simple with minimal lights display. He even had a group of friends, which included Project Superstar runner-up Hong Jun Yang, share the stage with him for a song You N Me.

Hong was also JJ's friend since their college days and the audience was, for that moment, part of the inner circle.

The concert was heartwarming and his fans were enthralled with songs such as Perfect Match from his second album, and Small Dimple, which was a duet released in 2008 with Charlene Choi, one-half of Hong Kong girl group Twins.

And of course, his song The Key, was met with screams from the crowd - despite the feedback from the microphone that the National Stadium is famous for. After all, JJ is the only one who can warble about verbs and adverbs and not make it seem as if it were a language class.

There was an electrifying feel in the air and fans were on a high, waving purple light sticks in tandem with the beat of the music. He later thanked the different groups of supporters who were holding up LED signs showing where they were from - including China, Malaysia and... Pasir Ris - which JJ mistook for Paris.

The concert then segued to the second half, which had a more futuristic theme redolent of his 2019 Sanctuary World Tour.

With the lights and costume display now upped an ante, the 41-year-old crooned songs which included Wonderland.

The singer - who chose his home country as the first destination for the world tour - got emotional at this point. He said there were times when he was "consumed by darkness and lost sight of the precious things in life", and did not understand why he had to defend himself against untrue accusations - possibly hinting at the string of online posts made in 2021 which exposed his alleged philandering ways.

"Behind the camera, we are real people too," he beseeched.

To the audience who responded with shouts of encouragement, the songbird said he has since picked himself up.

JJ proceeded to regale the crowd with more costume changes and his more recent titles which included No Turning Back.

However, it was palpable that it was the older ones - such as Smiling Eyes which he wrote for Taiwanese singer Vivian Hsu - that tugged at the heartstrings of the audiences and elicited the most enthusiastic reaction.

JJ also introduced the crowd to the first artiste signed to his label JFJ Productions, Patti Tsai.

They sang a duet Dear Stranger, which was composed by the recent graduate who has been interning at his label for five years.

Towards the end of the almost three-hour concert, he performed The Show, which he said was a yet-to-be-released English single that was produced with American DJ Steve Aoki - who was also among the crowd.

JJ wrapped up the show with a song that catapulted him to stardom - River South and Twilight, which he specially wrote to thank those who supported him throughout his career.

The singer also had some words of wisdom for the crowd, urging them to "treasure everyone around you".

The Mandopop singer promised to "come back whenever he is free", and it is something his fans will hold him to.



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