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THE COMEBACK OF HIDDEN PEARL
遺珠再現

人說香港樂壇如今屬夕陽行業,昔日輝煌已不復存在,但其實一股「遺珠歌手」熱潮正在暗自湧動。多顆失落的遺珠紛紛被打撈起,重新得到青睞,而劉浩龍(師兄)正正就是其中一顆。出道十餘年,他近年忙於接拍電影,同時亦有繼續推出新歌,只是欠缺一個讓他大展歌喉的舞台。日前,他終於舉行《劉浩龍Action Speaks Lauder演唱會2018》,再次沐浴在觀眾的喝采聲中。

Action Speaks Lauder,意思是「坐言不如起行」,揭示師兄不會說太多話,只會專注用歌聲傳遞感情。這次演唱會的命名頗為用心,運用了師兄的姓氏,以「lauder」代替「louder」。師兄連續唱出《二等天使》《緋聞男友》《滄海遺珠》《記得》等經典歌曲,令全場觀眾熱血沸騰。說到經典,當然少不了《思覺失調》這首代表作,不論你是否歌迷,只要聽到「仍好嗎 仲會每天失眠到天光嗎」一句,便會不自覺地哼起《思覺失調》,其旋律在腦海中揮之不去。儘管師兄曾經說過更喜歡拍電影,但多年之後,其唱功依然不減當初,一開金口便知道他顯然是屬於樂壇的。畢竟,生活埋沒不了才華。

時隔六年再度開演唱會,師兄固然要隆重其事,為歌迷準備多重驚喜。師兄就像蛻變成為全新的人一樣,除了演唱不同曲風的歌,更用結他自彈自唱,又在台上載歌熱舞,讓人眼前一亮。為了以最佳狀態示人,他在三個月前開始減肥,並在演唱會播出瘦身過程的短片,博得全場歡笑。人生盡是荒謬,然而師兄卻懂得自嘲,流露着樂天知命的神態,難怪能留得住歌迷的芳心,亦吸引多位朋友樂壇重量級歌手到場支持。演唱會期間,有歌迷深深被師兄的努力打動,走到台前獻花,而其他觀眾則以手提電話營造燈海效果。師兄恰如沙礫裏的璀璨珍珠,受四周的光芒照射,低調卻耀眼。

演唱會尾段,師兄揚言:「我答應大家,我不會再做一個佛系歌手,亦會努力爭取下次再跟大家見面!」他的歡笑背後,是無數的汗水和時間。遺珠雖不起眼,但它可以把貝殼當作舞台,繼續發光發亮。終有一天,它會遇上伯樂。

撰文:王以珞
相片:劉浩龍Facebook粉絲專頁
美術:王曉澄

Nowadays, people consider Hong Kong’s music industry to be a sunset industry. The pinnacle of music industry is said to have gone for a long time, but let’s be fair – many people start to appreciate some talented but unnoticed singers, and Wilfred Lau is one of them. After more than 10 years since his debut, Wilfred Lau has built a career in film industry as an actor, yet he still keeps releasing new songs from time to time. Recently, “Wilfred Lau Action Speaks Lauder Concert 2018” was held in MacPherson Stadium, where Wilfred Lau was able to soak in the cheers of fans again.

The name “Action Speaks Lauder” revealed that Wilfred Lau would focus on expressing his emotions by singing instead of doing chit-chats. Because of his surname “Lau”, “lauder” was used to replace “louder” as a gimmick. He performed a number of his most-favored songs including “Second Class Angel”, “Rumored Boyfriend”, “Hidden Pearl in the Sea” and “Remember” in a row, making the audiences so psyched. When it comes to the most popular song of Wilfred Lau, “Psychosis” is probably the song that pops up on our minds. No matter if you are a fan or Wilfred Lau or not, you would start to hum the melody of the song whenever you hear the lyric “How are you? Are you still suffered from insomnia every day until the sun goes up?” Although Wilfred Lau once said that he loved being a film actor more than a singer, his singing skill was as hypnotic and charismatic as before. After all, true talents cannot be hidden.

Since it had been 6 years since his last concert, Wilfred Lau prepared many surprises for the audiences. He was like transformed into a new person, as he sang songs of different music styles, played guitar and even danced on the stage. To show the best of himself to audiences, he started to go on diet and have regular exercise 3 months before the concert. He also made a video recording the whole process and played it during the concert, and the entire audience burst out laughing. Life is full of absurdity, but Wilfred Lau knows how to use the self-deprecating humor. This personality is perhaps why he has many fans as well as celebrity friends. Mesmerized by the effort of Wilfred Lau, some of his fans came to the stage and offered flower bouquets. Other audiences turned on the torch on their smartphones and created a sea of lights which made him feel very touched.

Entering the final part of the concert, Wilfred Lau said, “I promise everyone that I will not be a Buddha-like singer, and I will work harder so that I can see you all again!” He paid a lot of effort and time in making this concert happen. Even though a hidden pearl is inconspicuous, it can still treat the shell as a stage and shine brightly in the darkness. One day, it will meet someone who recognizes how precious it is.

Text: Elok Wong
Photo: Wilfred Lau’s Facebook Page
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #191

THE COMEBACK OF HIDDEN PEARL

 

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