15th January was a memorable day for all Jay Chou (周杰倫) fans. After all, that was the day the Taiwanese singer-songwriter outdid himself when he performed his “Carnival” World Tour Concert at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
Jay Chou’s long-awaited performance drew in quite the crowd. This included local celebs like fashion designer Jimmy Choo (周仰杰) and badminton legend Lee Chong Wei (李宗伟). For that crowd of 45,000, the concert was worth it. After all, not only did Jay Chou deliver on his promised songs, he performed some impromptu!
Despite its incredible success, Jay Chou’s concert initially caused controversy. As it turned out, Jay Chou’s much-anticipated concert clashed with the ASEAN Football Federation Cup (AFF). As such, football fans were displeased to discover Jay Chou’s concert had taken up space in the stadium. It came to a point where Jay Chou offered to postpone his concert. But, luckily for his fans, he didn’t have to.
Some would think that the incident would have marred fans’ concert experience. But, it actually made Jay Chou’s performance all the more precious. In fact, the crowd of 45,000 set a record that night as the highest number of spectators for a Chinese concert! The singer was greeted with great enthusiasm when he started and that energy continued all the way to the end of the concert.
Jay Chou himself had promised fans on his socials that he would be singing more songs. “Because everyone wants to hear (me) sing more and (I) know (this), I specially arranged a lot of songs,” he wrote. “When it’s time for an encore, remember to yell encore otherwise I won’t come out.”
The singer definitely delivered on his promise! Fans were delighted to enjoy his newer tunes and got to sing along to his older ones as well. Songs such as “Maple Leaf (楓)”, “Romantic Cellphone (浪漫手機)” and “Back to the Past (回到過去)” definitely made fans reminisce. Fans also took the opportunity to sing “Happy Birthday” to Jay Chou as the singer’s birthday is on 18th January. The thoughtful gesture touched Jay Chou as he listened to his fans wishing him.
Jay Chou’s visit to Malaysia was a delight to fans, but as it turned out, it was also an opportunity to Jay Chou and Jimmy Choo to meet! Jimmy reportedly dropped by Jay Chou’s fashion label, PHANTACi in KL prior to the concert.
The duo had a nice chat about fashion and Jay Chou’s reality show “J-Style Trip (周遊記)”. In fact, Jay Chou even hinted at inviting Jimmy as a guest on his show to showcase his shoes! “I hope that after attending my concert, I can inspire Jimmy, and (I) look forward to future cooperation (with him),” Jay Chou later said.
Jay Chou’s concert at Bukit Jalil National Stadium was definitely a worthwhile one. We sincerely hope the singer enjoyed himself as much as we did too! Unfortunately, we aren’t sure when Jay Chou will return to Malaysia, but we do hope it’ll be soon!