Faye Wong (王菲) performs for the first time in three years! In this 18 May 2008 video, Faye joins Faith Yang (Yang Nai Wen, 杨乃文), Eason Chan (Chen Yi Xun, 陈奕迅), and Aniu (阿牛) in “Wishing We Last Forever.” This is a monumental performance, bringing the most celebrated Chinese singer of all time back to the stage. Her managers claim that this is not to be taken as a sign that she’s returning. They insist that Faye is doing this for the sole purpose of helping the earthquake relief effort. But fans can’t help but get their hopes up that this is the first step in her return. Faye looks fabulous, as always, even when she’s dressed in simple, everyday clothes.
ADDED: I’m so glad Faye led off with a solo. Her voice is pristine, as beautiful as it’s always been, despite the long layoff. When she sings with others, we realize that she is one of the few whose live performances are just as good as her studio recordings. Welcome back, Faye, even if it’s for just this one performance. What an amazing treat, and what a tribute to the 29-50 thousand who perished in the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan.
ADDED 5/19: The program, which was broadcast live from Beijing, began at 8PM and lasted 4 hours. According to Ent.163.com, the audience had to wait until 11:30PM to finally see Faye. Apparently, the producers understood Faye’s drawing power and shrewdly made the most of it by scheduling her performance toward the very end, forcing the audience to stay tuned the whole time just so they wouldn’t miss her. But the wait was worth it, with Faye filling the screen with five minutes that shook the entertainment world.
Faith Yang (Yang Nai Wen, 杨乃文), Faye,
Eason Chan (Chen Yi Xun, 陈奕迅), Aniu (阿牛)
ADDED 5/19: According to News.hexun.com (20 May 2008), a website that provided a video of Faye’s segment of the show immediately after it aired had 10,000 hits in a very short period of time. ADDED 5/19: According to Enjoy.eastday.com (20 May 2008), when Katie was asked whether Nic and Faye had a chance to talk, she said no, that they didn’t see each other because they were with their own groups in separate parts of the building.
1. Sohu video (07:01).
2. Alternate video – skips some of the introduction (05:30).
ADDED: Photos from the rehearsal.
ADDED: 19 May 2008 Sohu news video.
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