Grasshopper Concert in Singapore – One Night Dance Show
Last night, I made a historical decision to watch a canto-pop concert at the Resort World Sentosa (RWs) in Singapore. Not that I have never attended a concert before; in fact, I have watched and even performed in lots of them, but all of them symphonic type. The closest that I have been to, in terms of vocal-type of concert is Riverdance, which was more than 10 years ago.
Grasshopper was at its pinnacle in the 80s, when it attracted fans all over Asian countries. Since then, Japanese pop took over the hype, and now Korean pop. Last night, the Compass Ballroom at RWS was packed with fans. There were east and west entrances, and queues were so unbelievable long, especially for females wanting to go to the Ladies! I wouldn’t be surprise if 80% of the turnout were females. I believe the next 19%, who are males, were there to accompany their partners (e.g. Girlfriends, wives etc.) or friends going in a group. The last 1% may be true die-hard male fans.
Personally, I am not a die-hard fan, but I truly enjoy the atmosphere; despite the tight security and limitation of the event location. Sound system was fantastic, except there was a small buzzing background noise coming from the surround speakers when there was no music. True enough, as promised by the Grasshopper, there was lots of audience interaction. One of the singer actually came down to the audience to handpick a fan to sing with him on stage. She (the fan) must have got her money worthwhile!
In terms of songs choices, there was a mix of Cantonese, Mandarin, English and even Hokkien! Most of the song choices were in Cantonese and Mandarin, so it is not too bad for someone, like myself, who does not understand Cantonese.
Towards the end, the band provided two encores, which were absolute first class performance. The 2nd encore has got to be the one that most fans paid for to watch. At the end of the day, I may not got the chance to sing with Grasshopper, but it is a worthwhile concert, even after 10 years later.