The “Miss You Much Leslie” memorial concert successfully took place on March 31 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Leslie Cheung’s (張國榮) passing. The Hong Kong Coliseum concert featured performances of Leslie’s classic hits from popular artists Joey Yung (容祖兒), Kelly Chen (陳慧琳), Jacky Cheung (張學友), and many others. The evening was filled with Leslie’s photos and music. It was as if his spirit was alive at the Coliseum.
Many top celebrities such as Simon Yam (任達華), Connie Chan (陳寶珠), and Bak Sheut Sin (白雪仙) attended the concert to remember their dear friend. Leslie’s partner, Daffy Tong (唐鶴德) also appeared at the concert with five bodyguards. Leslie’s close friends Shu Qi (舒淇), Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉), Peter Chan (陳可辛), and Teresa Mo (毛舜筠) also shared their memories of Leslie via video messages.
Leslie’s “Final” Message Revealed
The concert’s design was inspired by diamonds. The stage was lit by colorful neon lights with giant playback screens in the back showing video montages of Leslie. The event began with a narration by Leslie’s manager, Florence Chan (陳淑芬). As promised, Florence revealed Leslie’s final message. “On April 1, 2003, 6:43 PM, a thundering sound on the ground shattered many people’s hearts. I was present at the scene but did not know what had happened. I suddenly felt relaxed and my soul seemed lifted from my body. At that time, I heard a voice that said, ‘I can finally sleep well and comfortably now.’ I have never mentioned this to anyone, until one day when I heard this song.
The lyrics perfectly reflected what had happened. This is why tonight I want to share with everyone about my feelings on that day.” Jacky Cheung’s song “For Friends” began to play as Florence narrated. Afterwards, Florence said, “Don’t worry, we know and we understand. You will remain forever in freedom, and we will remember you always!”
A Superstar Concert
Anthony Wong (黃耀明) then took the stage and performed “Glass-like Love” <玻璃之情> and “So Far So Close” <這麼遠那麼近> . Hins Cheung (張敬軒) appeared next and sang Leslie and Anita Mui’s (梅艷芳) classic “Peerless Beauty” <芳華絕代> in Leslie’s famous half-suit, half-dress costume. Joey Yung, Grasshopper (草蜢), Chilam Cheung (張智霖), Vivian Chow (周慧敏), Tai Chi (太極), Leo Ku (古巨基), William So (蘇永康), Andy Hui (許志安), Karen Mok (莫文蔚), and Kiki Sheung (商天娥) each performed their favorite Leslie songs and shared their memories.
Kelly Chen danced to a medley of Leslie’s fast songs that included “Stand Up” and “Monica”. Jacky Cheung sang a rendition of “Craziness” <一片痴> and “For Your Heart Only” <為你鍾情>.
The concert wrapped up with an all-star performance of “Wind Blows On” <風繼續吹>. Fans and friends in the audience raised electric candles to pay tribute to the superstar as a video of Leslie performing “Star” <明星> played in the background.
During the concert, Tony Leung (梁朝偉) appeared on stage three times to speak to Leslie. Sitting in the center of the stage, Tony looked up at the sky and talked to his close friend. “What needs to be remembered will always be remembered. You left us 3,000 days ago. I completely understand this line, ‘We move forward our entire lives; reminds me of the person I miss the most this minute.’ Even though we can’t see each other anymore, we would never forget our ‘one-minute-friend.’ Sometimes I look up at the sky to see if I can find a legless bird. Tonight the stage is missing its star; it feels a bit lonely. It has been ten years, but everyone wants to know if you remember us still?”
Leslie then “replied” to Tony’s touching speech via an old video clip. “Everyone in the audience, I didn’t forget you. I miss you guys the most. I am grateful for tonight’s every moment. I’m also grateful for the love everyone has given me. Thank you.”
All-star Performance of “Wind Blows On”
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Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.