These are two of the best photos I’ve seen from Faye Wong’s (王菲) 2003 Hong Kong concert, which kicked off her “No Faye, No Live!” tour. They were taken by Tykan, I believe, and the resolution is phenomenal. I’ll be posting others from this source for this series on Fayve Concert Photos. This is my favorite concert because it’s one of the few that’s readily available on good quality DVD and because of the song selection. The 1998-99 concert was probably better for different reasons, which I won’t get into here, but the video quality, especially the sound, is poor, i.e., unless you can get your hands on the DVD, which is close to impossible since they’re out of print and seldom available online.
This concert picks up where the 1998-99 concert leaves off. The earlier concert opens with Faye’s composition, “Emotional Life,” the first track in Chang You, and includes all the major hits since her 1994 concert. This is quite a collection because we’re talking super albums here — The Decadent Sound of Faye (1995), Di-Dar (1995), Restless (1996), Toy (1997), Faye Wong 1997, and Chang You (1998), which was released only a couple months before the concert.
But the 2003 concert includes hits from many of Faye’s pre-1998 albums as well as from all her post-1998 albums, including Lovers and Strangers (1999), Fable (2000), Faye Wong 2001, and To Love (2003), which was released a month before the HK concert. In the video, when Faye rises from the stage floor in this costume amid pulsating spotlights in the darkened Coliseum, singing “Jiang Ai,” a song she wrote and composed and also the title track from her 2003 album, the impact is electrifying. Stunning. Unforgettable.
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