A night of memories with the master himself

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 April, 2012, 12:00am


Sam Hui in Concert 2012
Hong Kong Coliseum
Ends Monday

A concert Canto-pop legend Sam Hui is usually a tour down memory lane and his latest concerts that opened on Friday are no exception, except for the fact his regular guest singer for decades, brother Ricky, died last year.

Ricky Hui was commemorated by several family members on stage, including his eldest brother, actor and director Michael Hui.

In an otherwise energetic night, Sam Hui's voice shook when he sang several songs in Ricky's memory, including He Ain't Heavy. He's My Brother.

Like some of Hui's other recent concerts, the event was produced by Clifton Ko Chi-sum, who co-created the play I Had a Date With Spring.

As well as his classics, such as A Raw Deal, about the hardship of the working class, and his favourite romantic piece, A Drifter's Song, Hui invited students from the University of Hong Kong on stage to sing Brighten Me With Virtues, which he wrote for the 100th university of his alma mater. He also took a shot at Henry Tang Ying-yen's unauthorised 2,000 sq ft cellar by calling one of his costumes - an avant garde, patched coat that resembled that of the villain Two-Face in Batman - an 'illegal structure'.

Hui's longevity showed when he had to change the lyrics of Cherish, his last song before the encore. Instead of singing: 'Saying goodbye is so hard my dear, I have known you for 20 years', the line ended, 'I have known you for 10,000 years'.

'Sam's concerts are more than a musical event,' said Ken Wong, a fan of 40 years, and yet among the youngest members of the audience on Friday. 'The melodies and lyrics are timeless, but it is the emotions that Sam evokes in us that matter most.

'I have always been impressed by the philosophy in Sam's songs, especially those that reflect society. They have affected my outlook on life.'