Would you pay RM8,480 to watch Faye Wong in concert?
Talk about a comeback. After a hiatus of nearly four years, Cantopop icon Faye Wong, 46, will be making a comeback this December with two concerts in Shanghai, and the tickets will be among the most expensive ever for a concert in China.
And that’s not all – Sin Chew Daily also reports that one of the scheduled gigs will be a private, closed-door show for Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giants Alibaba, and his guests.
Ma reportedly bid 160 million yuan (about RM98mil) for the privilege.
The second show, however, will be opened to the public, but with tickets starting at 3,000 yuan (RM1,851) to a whopping 13,888 yuan (RM8,480), and as if that’s not bad enough, the mooted venue – the Mercedes-Benz Arena – is only able to accommodate 8,000 spectators (for comparison, the Hong Kong Coliseum, a popular venue amongst Cantopop stars, can fit 12,500 people).
In a report by Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, her longtime manager Katie Chan reportedly confirmed that the 46-year-old singer will indeed be holding two concerts in December, but refused to divulge any other details besides saying that negotiations are currently ongoing with Alibaba.
Wong is scheduled to hold a press conference in August to officially announce the concerts.
It has been speculated that Wong’s return to the limelight could be partly to support her daughter, Leah Dou’s budding singing career. Wong’s eldest offspring from her first marriage to China musician Dou Wei, 19-year-old Leah recently released her maiden album, Stone Café, in April.
Being one of Asia’s most endearing music icons, the Beijing-born Wong certainly has the clout to give her daughter’s career a boost.
Wong has been in the entertainment industry since the early 1990s, with hit songs like No Regrets (Zi Mi Bu Hui), Fragile Woman (Rong Yi Shou Shang De Nu Ren), and Sky (Tian Kong), among others.
She also starred in several films, most notably Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express and 2046, as well as 2002’s Chinese Odyssey 2002, which won her the Best Actress award at the HK Film Critics Society Awards.
Wong has been on an indefinite break from showbiz since she wrapped up her last world tour, which ran from 2010 to 2012, and also included a Malaysian date in 2011.