Last night, Taiwanese singer-songwriter William Wei Li-An – better known as WeiBird (韦礼安) – held his “Just Stay With Me” concert at Mega Star Arena in Viva Mall. Fans were definitely excited to see WeiBird as many of them were supposed to see him in 2020 for a different tour – but that event was cancelled due to Covid-19.
The show started off on a high note with “Girl” (女孩) and a funky number from his English album, “See You On Monday”. We were pleasantly surprised with how well his voice echoed through the hall.
Don’t get us wrong, WeiBird has a great voice. It’s the kind that calms and soothes the listeners. But when we found out that the concert was going to be held in a smaller venue in Viva Home, we were careful to manage our expectations as most live concerts are usually held in large venues like Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil. But once he started belting his first number, a smaller, cosier venue made it a much more intimate affair.
WeiBird has a great sense of humour and he uses that ability to make his show as interactive as possible. Most singer-songwriters like him tend to rely on their music as their concert’s “selling-point”. There was no need for fancy costumes or a large group of back-up dancers. So fans had a lot of fun when WeiBird invited everyone to sing-along when he belted out his popular numbers like “I Wrote A Song For You” and “Because of Love” (因为爱).
During WeiBird’s halftime break, Singapore vocalist Qiaohan was invited on stage. As a fresh face to Malaysian fans, she sang 2 numbers – “同花顺“ and “没有目标的目标”. After that, WeiBird came back on stage and started the second half with my personal favourite “emo” song of his – “有没有“. He also sang “忽然” – a tune where he performed on Chinese popular singing competitions “SING! China”. I felt the second half was very musical-like as they were more dramatic and emotional.
Last but not least, he ended the show with his “如果可以“. I got to say, me and the rest of the fans were waiting for this song the whole night! This song was released as the theme song for “Till We Meet Again”, a Taiwanese romance movie based on a well-known novel. It was the perfect ending and everyone left feeling satisfied.
If you can’t get enough of WeiBird, feel free to check out our recent interview with the singer-songwriter here.