Wednesday, September 24, 2008
19-200908 Leehom Music Man Tour in Taipei
rehearsals everyday, coached by the Queen of Backing Vocalists, 小芬姐
introducing the 4 backing divas!
kaira, yingying, and lisa :)
eric fawcett, drummer for N.E.R.D aka Pharrell William aka hottie!!!!
he likes to snub my fashion sense.
nevertheless ... his energy and professionalism is astounding.
he is the only drummer who makes me sit up and watch in awe.
also he gives me an excuse to look for pharrell william's pictures.
strong arms on a delicate instrument. ooooh.
i sit here everyday, ensnared by wires
brilliant piece of workmanship flown in from Ireland
costing about USD$30,000
chinked out is still in
they were not posing
we had traditional Mid-Autumn Festival bbq!
newslink here :)
we give each other massages as a show of luurrvvvee
i loved these 20 days
with both fresh and familiar faces involved
with late nights hanging out with the band...
having huge, cheap dinner outings
ie being able to share lots of food since there were many of us
and having a Magic Man amidst the tour was definitely entertaining!
A certain Mr Mark was the illusionist consultant for the show,
responsible for the vanishing acts of Leehom,
as well as cloning 4 Leehoms to appear simultaneously on stage. :)
He was practically our Magic Slave.
"Mark, show us some after-dinner entertainment!"
"Mark, did you bring you cards?!"
kaira bought him cartoon cards to stoke his fire a little more :)
and we picked out a little band from there! :D
i didn't spend much time shopping/walking around,
but for the little time i did...
taipei has the cutest dogs!
and so many cafes at i could only snap pictures of..
and wish that i could come back next time just to chill...
i also saw an old man sitting outside a temple with an old-school cinema reel player
playing Stephen Chow movies in the middle of the pavement.
i didn't ask why.
practising leehom songs in bed, and checking out my new webcam in my laptop :)
at the Taipei Arena
fantabulous LED screens and high-def screens
band costumes all laid out
this was part of kaira's costume :p
this was part of mine! haha
heels to die for.
this matched my outfit perfectly (silver and black)
but i had to get the ones with red heels because they were... irresistible!
okok here goes :)
the Music Man entourage!!!
with weiwei, our designer!
with rebecca, my awesome hairstylist!
who styled my chicken head!
sting is our camera guy :)
tame hair for full-dress rehearsal
jingles in some S&M action
i'll show you S&M...
eric rocks out
with mark the magic man/slave
Bahamut greets the audience in mid-air
i was trying to capture the S'PORE in blue neon lights :)
hello singapore fans! :D
obviously my lousy camera failed to do so.
in frustration I bought a new Canon Ixus the very night I landed back home.
expect awesome wide angle pictures for my next trip!
leehom descends in his little erm .. spaceship
with his Bahamut
okay... i didn't see this at all.
massive back-combing and major load of hairspray ->
temporary glamour with permanent damage :(
This was after Show Day 1.
I didn't even have time to take out my hair after Show Day 2,
we went straight from the party to the airport.
That's what I call travelling in style.
en route to post-party!
Magic Man enthralls the entire team
from producer... to band... to dancers
oh yes, the dancers from the States
only got the boys, battery fell flat with the girly dancers =S
this entire process of learning songs for a brand new tour was an absolutely enjoyable one for me :)
I love the process of getting used to the songs,
hearing and practising them so many times that I practically memorised all my parts,
knew all the punches in the music.
When it finally comes together during the show for the first time,
complete with stage lighting, Leehom's costume changes,
videos, dance choreography, Leehom's speeches etc,
it is then the show is complete, and the emotional flow of the concert is presented.
I know from now on,
it will be a matter of practise makes perfect -
a matter of bringing the same show to every country, over and over again.
This is what makes the first show of a brand new tour so special for me -
everything is a fresh and intense experience,
especially after an evolutionary 10 day rehearsal.
I'll always remember the way he looked so ... contented, proud, satisfied? what is it? ...
when the 12000-strong crowd sang the last words of 一首简单的歌 in unison.
The look was ... 满足, 欣慰.
He had them all under his thumb,
teasing them with a snippet of his latest yet-to-be-released ballad.
All this was truly unrehearsed, and it seemed he just wanted to share his music with those who loved him.
The way he jumped over the barricade and rushed towards his fans,
and throwing the nearest 3 a big bear hug...
that really made me laugh!
especially seeing the bouncers scrambling madly after him.
they must find him such a pain in the ass.
i do look forward to October,
7 concerts within 30 days - 3 Amei, 2 David Tao, 2 Leehom shows.
It will be... incredible.