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美國拉斯維加斯演唱會齊遇記


憂慮:
得知有演唱會消息的第一時間,我們已開始和小齊的助手交通,希望能有家聚。答案是肯定的。我們十多二十個可以來得到的美加家人,都高興無比。每人都在計算時間,請假。大家都以為家聚會在演出當日或後一天舉行,而且多數人當天仍要上班,所以機票都訂在8號晚上或9號早上。
到一月初才收到消息,小齊會提早到達綵排。他可以與我們在8號下午4 pm聚會。而他們則在開完演唱會便立刻飛走。這下子,大家都不知如何是好。飛機定了改不來,工作的也不能提早下班。我們的心都沉下去了。


等待:
整個月中,我們等待他們能給我們一個時間,見一面也好,不一定要聚會了。終於在去之前一星期才得到他香港女助手的口訊,說可能小在綵排的休息空檔與我們見一面。這巳是天大喜訊,但時間還未定。
在演唱會當天(9)早上才終於得知可以下午4 pm讓我們進會場見他,只有30分鐘的空檔。


驚艷:
我們一行三人,在8號晚上11: 00 pm終於到達MGM。找到一間中日餐館吃晚餐”。坐下後看到有一間玻璃牆小雅座。我便說:如果小齊來,一定會坐進去的。但地方太少,他們人太多,應該不會了。
吃著、、、抬頭一看,突然看到呀誠。我眼晴一亮,他前面坐著一個人,頭帶白色棒球帽,身穿長袖白汗衫,牛仔褲,腳踏白色有淺綠色繩波鞋,很悠閒地用膳。那一個背面,那雙肩膀,那手臂上隱現的二頭肌,是何等的熟識。他倆離我們的桌子大約是10呎左右。立刻告訴另外兩位女仕看過去,真是驚喜萬分。匆忙打手電給Julia及另一位,叫她們立刻從另一間賭場:Caesars Palace飛過來。
以後不長的時間中,我們就像花癡般看著他的背,盡量吃慢一點。身為家族成員,當然不會打擾他用膳。他吃得很快,不太久,他終於轉個身來向招待員要結賬,但仍沒有看到我們。
就在等待賬單期間,Julia倆終於趕到,而呀誠也看到大動作的她們。這樣一來,小齊便知道我們在了。
他們從雅座出來,很自然地直走過來 和我們拍照呼。我看他雙眼紅紅的,便問他是否很累?他卻說:我在練習飲啤酒!還指著呀誠手中的一瓶小 Kirin (麒麟啤酒),說:我的啤酒啊!(在美國看到自己代言的啤酒,難免興奮)。再看清楚他的臉,整個都通紅的。我們便叫他快回去睡覺吧,明天見!他倆便走了。
實我有注意他用一個大一點的茶杯喝
(),而呀誠手上的啤酒瓶中還有1/4瓶酒。這就是說兩個男人只喝了3/4瓶小啤酒,而他則只喝了1茶杯而矣。真是聞名不如見面”的半杯倒”。滿面通紅的小齊真的是可愛到極點!
一個背影,一個照面,兩句說話,好一個艷遇。


忙亂:
9號下午3:50 pm 我們一眾家人齊集會場門前,準備跟安安們進場。但門前肥大的美國保安竟然要每一個人都帶有工作証才可以進去。這下子,大家都不知所措。
正在忙亂中,看到穿著粉紅運動外套的小齊與呀誠慢慢的從電梯走下來。到門前,那保安竟然要他倆出示工作証才放行。但,小齊是沒有的。他說:我沒有Pass啊!當安安和呀誠告訴那人,這便是演唱的人。那胖子的臉,是360度轉。立刻打恭作揖的請小齊進去,好笑得很。
但,我們還是呆在那裏。最後主辦人親自出來擔保,才終於得進會場。


喜悅:
大一個場地,可坐差不多1萬人的。
林心如巳在臺上綵排了。我們便坐下靜靜的等。不一會,小齊換了一身黑色便服,仍帶白黑帽子走出來。在墨鏡下的眼睛,仍是那樣的親切,溫柔。
大家送上小小禮物,還有精心為他而造的Lake Tahoe演唱會相簿。他是很認真的看完每一頁。當時臺上己催他了。他說:等會我下來給你們簽名。便上臺工作去。
期間他與心如走位,合唱水晶
在同時,後面己有人對呀誠說:時間已滿。但他答道:小齊說要再下來的。我們才可以留下。
不一會他真的走下來,替我們簽了些相簿,照片等等。而呀誠更說:不如來一張大合照。我們是喜出望外。本來他站在我們前一排椅子中間。我們分兩行坐,不好走位;他竟然自己爬過來,坐在我們中間,更除下墨鏡,來一張大合照。第一個相機不成,還叫呀誠用不同的相機再來,真細心。
他又要上去工作了,我們便心滿意足的走了。其實他第二次是可以不用再下臺的,因為30分鐘巳過了,但他還是走下來,這是何等的窩心。


驕傲:
在這個異地,歌迷來自至五湖四海,為的是看一個任賢齊!
五只南獅採青開場後,小齊的演唱會正式開始。這是2008年全新的內容,與天津首場是大同小異,但更見流暢。
長長的號角聲,帶出了我們的歐陸大將軍,精神斗斗,氣昂昂。令我們都要為他而驕傲!
為了要他能在異鄉感到家的溫暖,我們特地在臺前第六行訂了十二個相連的座位。舉起一行最新造的齊牌,閃閃生輝,中英共話。一下子,三個攝影機都找到我們了。全場人都驚訝,興奮起來。以後齊牌多次成了他屏幕上的背景。他在臺上看到這排整場都從不停止搖擺的光亮齊牌,一定會為自己感到驕傲。


亮點:
全新的武俠歌舞劇,服裝新銳,新歌連連。故事起成轉合,一氣呵成,真是全場一大亮點。
白衣小齊沒有了白色假髮,新鮮完美的髮型,更令人不可以將視線離開。
他,實在太帥了!


可惜:
不知他是不是有點害羞,面對美國賭城這一班年紀比較_大的觀眾,竟然惜身如玉,一點也不露,連肩臂也看不到。這使一眾色女都在嘆息。也使當地的人不能欣賞他的噴血身材。可惜啊!真可惜!


幽默:
當他唱到月亮代表我的心時,他說:這首歌有很多長輩也認識。還對臺前一位老人家說:伯伯,你一定懂得這歌的。不過,如果你真的不懂,那我也沒辦法了!得我、、、


天籟:
他的歌聲,圓潤,厚實。看採排時,在沒有音樂之下他一開腔,水晶的第一句,那聲線真是功夫立見。
她要我,她不愛我唱得眼氾一點淚光。能現場得聽此新曲,真幸福。
唱小雪尾段時,一氣呵成,全無困難。之前還有點擔心他的嗓子沒有全好。但事實証明,他的聲線是越唱越好。現場表現,絕對比聽CD更好,有如天籟。


感動:
這晚絕大多數的觀眾,包括很多不是他粉絲的人,都給他的演出感染。
在下半場由其明顯。一曲心太軟”加小薇”,全場震動。對面的女孩看過來”所有人都舉起手來做動作,(包括很多長者),這証明為什麼他一定要唱舊歌。
動人的是返場你怎麼捨得我難過”分邊唱。在我們那邊大聲的唱著,忽然大屏幕定鏡在一個伯伯的身上。只見一個60歲以上,身穿橙紅色毛衣的伯伯,站了起來,雙手在空中揮舞著,身體左右罷動著,很大聲地豪情”的大唱,甚至閉上眼睛,真的是享受小齊的歌聲,陶醉在現場的氣氛中。大家都被他感動了。


同樂:
在這巨大的埸地中,除了我們美加小齊家族二十餘人外,竟然全場上萬的各方歌迷,男女老幼,都愛聽他的歌,懂唱他的歌。在他的帶領,要求下,大家齊齊大聲唱,齊齊做動作,真的是與眾同樂。


共鳴:
在演唱會舞臺上的歌者與歌迷進行著一種心寧溝通。
歌者利用臺上的奔放,狂野,牽起歌迷心底的情絲。使其用盡所有的力量,喊出自己對歌者的痴迷,鍾愛。兩者的情緒,都在同一時間得以達到高潮。
這場演唱會,他是越唱越興奮,我們是越聽越情難自禁。這一種共鳴,在這一場演唱會中,最少家人來說,是做到了。

 

演唱會在朋友聲中完滿結束。走出會場的每一張臉都是充滿笑容的。

用有限的詞句,去記錄無限的喜悅,是一件難事。
只可以說:
齊,你又下一城了!


我們五月香港演唱會再見!


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English translation on this encounter:

Richie’s Concert Encounter in Las Vegas, USA 
By Joanna 
-
was written during returning trip back home to Vancouver in February 12, 2008.


This is
an extremely successful concert.
MGM/Mirage presents Richie Jen Chinese New Year Concert on Feb 9th 2008 at MGM Grand Garden Arena


A
nxiety:
Once we knew about the concert, we started to communicate with Richie’s assistant. We hoped that a family gathering can be arranged with him. The answer is affirmative. All the 20s members of the American and Canadian Richie family members who can make it to the concert were very happy. Each of us was computing the days, arranging for vacation at work.


Everybody thought that the family gathering will be on the same day with the concert or the day after. Further more, most people still have to work on the day before. So most of us could only arrive on the evening on Feb. 8th or early morning of Feb 9th .


We got the news from his assistant not until the beginning of January. That Richie would come early for the dress rehearsal. He could meet us at 4: 00 pm on Feb. 8th.  Then Richie is going to fly back home right after the concert. Now, everybody did not know how what to do. The airplane tickets have been bought; holiday has been arrived and could not be changed. We all got depressed.


Waiting:
For the entire month of January, we all waited for them to arrange another time for us. No need to have a full family gathering. All we wanted was to meet him face to face, even for just a few minute. Finally one week before the big day, his Hong Kong assistant let us know that Richie will possibly see us at the dress rehearsal during one of his break. This was great news, but the time was to be decided.


The early morning on the concert day, we finally confirmed that we can be allowed to go inside the concert hall during his rehearsal at 4 pm in the afternoon. And we could stay for 30 minutes.


Delightful surprise:
Three of us have finally arrived MGM around 11: 00 pm on Feb 8th. We settled down on a late dinner at Chinese/Japanese restaurant in MGM. I saw a small private section surrounded with glass wall. Then I said, if Richie is coming for supper, they should sit inside that section.  But that area was too small for his big crew. So they should not be here.


During our supper, I looked up, suddenly saw Sing- Richie’s close assistant. My eyes shone right away. He was sitting right inside that glass section. There was a man sitting across from him, wearing a white baseball cap, long sleeve white T shirt with a pair of blue jeans. He has a pair of white sneakers with light green shoes laces. He was enjoying his meal leisurely. That strong back, the broad shoulder, the bicep muscles hiding under his long sleeves were so familiar. They were only about 10 feet away from our table. I told the other two ladies to look over immediately. It was really an extremely pleasantly surprise. We called Julia and another lady by cell phone, telling them to fly to MGM from Caesars Palace immediately.


For the next short period of time, we looked at his back liked crazy, ate our supper as slow as possible. Being the Richie family members, we could certainly not to disturb him during his meal time. He ate very quickly. Not for long, he finally turned around (facing us), asked the waiter for the bill. But he still did not see us. While waiting for the bill, Julia and another lady finally arrived. Sing finally saw those two, rushing in with big movement. Now Richie also knew that we were there.


They came out from the private room, walked towards us to say hello naturally. I found that his eyes were all red. So I asked him whether he was very tried or not. He said, “I was practicing beer drinking!” Then he pointed as Sing. For Sing was holding a little beer- Kirin . Richie said, “My beer!”(Seeing his own beer being sold in US would be really excited to him). I looked at him again, noticed that his entire face was red. So we told him to go back to his room and sleep right away and we will see him tomorrow. So they left.

 

Actually I have pay attention to him at the supper time. He has used a big teacup to drink (liquor). The beer bottle in Sing’s hand actually only had 1/4 bottle of liquors left. This meant both men have only drunk 3/4 bottle of small beer. And Richie has only drunk 1 teacup. Now I really could understand that why he has the nick name of  "drunk after half cup of wine”. A red faced Richie was extremely lovable!

The sight of his back, one face to face encounter, two sentences conversation, allready   made this meeting a delightful, wonderful surprise!


Confusion: 
On Feb 9th afternoon at 3:50 pm, all our family members assembled in front of the arena front gate, preparing to enter the arena with Richie’s assistant: Ann Ann. But that fat American security in front of the gate required everyone to have working pass before we were allowed to go in. We were all confused; felt helpless and not sure what to do.


At that moment, Richie came down the escalator together with Sing slowly. He looked really good in a fleshy pink sporty jacket. When they reached the gate, that stupid security asked them for working passes. Richie did not carry one. He said ," I have no pass." Then Sing and Ann Ann explained to that security that Richie was the concert singer. We watched that fat guy changed his face in 360 degrees. He bowed to him and saluted to him in a very funny way and let them in. 


But in the meant time, we were still stuck there. Finally the manager of the show came out and bailed us in. 


Joyous:
This was a big arena, may sit up to 10,000 audiences. 


Ruby Lin was on stage for her rehearsal really. We then sat down calmly and waited. Not long, Richie came out after changing into all black casual wear with the same baseball cap. Under his sunglasses, we could still feel the warm and gentleness from his eyes.


We presented him with some small gifts. And there was the special photo album for his    Lake Tahoe concert. He was very interested in it and earnestly looked at every page with Sing. By that time, someone on stage told him it was his turn for rehearsal. He told us that he would come back to sign autograph for us. Then there he went.


He walked thought the stage and sang " Crystal ” with Ruby during that period of time. 

During that time, we heard that someone at the back told Sing that our time has up and we should go. But Sing told her that Richie said he would come back for us later. So we could stay. 


Not for long, he came down from stage and signed something for us. Then Sing said that we should take one group photo. We were so delighted. He stood in front of us between two roles of chairs. We were sitting in two different roles. So it was a bit difficult for us to move around. Then he suddenly climbed over and sat right in between us. He also took off his sunglasses for this group photo. The first camera was not fleshing well, he even suggested us to have other cameras helping, made sure that photo was taken nicely. After that, he had to go back to work. We left satisfied. Actually he did not have to come down for the second time. For our 30 minutes were up. But he still came and that was so nice of him.


Proud:
Fans came from to all corners of the world to see one Richie in this strange place!


After five southern lions preformed, Richie Jen’s concert officially started. This 2008 concert had brand new contents. It was similar to Tianjin convert- first one of his new world concert tour, but has refined and much smoother.


With all the long horns and solders, our Europe General appeared on stage. He was so strong, in high spirit that really made us proud. 


In order to make him feel warm and at home in this foreign land, we had book 12 connected seats on the sixth role in front of the stage. We held up all newly made neon lighted Qui signs. They were sparkling and splendor. Suddenly all three cameras had found us. Every audience in the arena was surprised and excited. From then on, the signs became his screen the background many times. When he saw this line of sparkles of light with his name, he would certainly feel really proud of himself.


High light
:

Brand-new arranged Chinese ancient knight song-and-dance drama with sharply designed costumes and new songs really was a high light of this concert. The story was really a well coherent one and completed.


He did not wear the white wig but stayed with a brand new hair style. It was really good match and could showed his beauty off completely. We simply could not let our eyes away from him. He was too handsome!


What a pity:
Not sure whether it was due to his shyness or the average age of these audiences was older, he covered himself very well. He did not reveal even one bit of his body, not even his shoulders. That really made all of us sighed. And it also did not let the local audiences to appreciate his perfect body shape. What a pity! It was really a pity!


Humorous:
When he sang " The moon represents my heart”, he said many elder audiences knew this song well. And he also talked to one of the older gentleman in front of the stage, saying, " Uncle, you must certainly know this song. But if you really do not understand, then I also could not do any thing to help!”


I was laughing so hard.


Sound of an angel,
He voice was so clear and thick. During rehearsal, there was no music. When he started singing the first sentence in "Crystal" ,one could tell that his sound was so radiant.


When he sang
She wants me, she does not love me, his eyes were filled with a bit tear. Could hear this song in person, really was a great treat for me. I really felt blessed.


When he sang the final verse in " Little Snow", he did not have any difficulty at all. It was so smooth and perfect. I was a bit worried about his voice before. But the fact was, the more he sang, the better his voice became. Hearing him sang in person was definitely better than hearing his CD. For his voice was just like the sound of an angel in person.


Move by him:
That night at the concert, majority of the audiences, including those very many audiences who were not his die hard fans, all have been moved by him.


Especially during the second half of the concert, the song
“The heart too is softplus Little Weireally made the whole arena vibrated.


" The girls from other side look this way” was the most touching song. All audiences put up their hands and moved under his commend. (That included many elderly audiences). That proved why he has always included his old famous songs in his concert every time.


The most touching moment came when he came back for an encore. He led us to sing " How can you make me sad”? And he divided us into two sides, following his direction and sang together. When that was our turn, we sang really loud. Suddenly on the large back screen on stage, there was an older gentleman, over 60, standing up. He was wearing an orange red woolen sweater, waving both hands in the air, moving his body left and right at the same time. He was singing very loudly, even closing his eyes, really enjoying Richie’s music and songs.


Everybody was moved by him.


Happy together:
In this huge arena, beside our US / Canada Richie Family members, thousands of audiences, came from different cities and counties, all love his song, know his song.


Entire audiences, disregard male or female, young or old, sang loudly together, moved together under his direction, having a great time.


Communication:
In a concert, singer on stage extends his deep down feeling towards his fans. There are two ways communication between the singer and the fans.


Singer uses all his energy, wildness and boldness to move his fans. Fans receive their idol’s signal and try their best to use all their strength to shout out their love and want. Both sides reach the highest point when this kind of communication works at it’s best.

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