Having the opportunity to hold your own concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum is an Asian singer’s dream. Although the concert is not the largest multi-purpose indoor arena in Asia, nor is it the largest venue in Hong Kong, its 360 degree stage and four-sided design makes the coliseum a spectacular and elaborate stage for holding musical events.
Mimi Chu (朱咪咪) has finally achieved the singer’s dream. In 2011, Mimi held her first solo concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum. The Malaysian-born singer is the only singer in the history of Hong Kong’s music industry to be able to hold a concert of her own, without the support of a studio album. Since her debut in the early 1970s until now, the bar singer-turned-actress has only released one Cantonese music album.
“I performed in lounge bars for many years,” said Mimi. “Many of the fans I have now came from that era. I’ve never thought of performing at the Hong Kong Coliseum. One day, someone called and asked if I could be Jackson Wan’s (尹光) guest performer for his Coliseum concert. The first thing I said was ‘You’re crazy,’ and I hung up. I received the same call later, and I said, ‘Don’t play with me!’ At the time, performing at the Coliseum is the highest achievement for a singer! I can’t believe that this came true. At the time, I didn’t even release an album yet!
The 58-year-old actor-singer will hold her second Hong Kong Coliseum concert from February 23 to 24, 2013. She revealed that she will invite TVB colleagues, Koo Ming Wah (古明華) and King Kong (金剛), to be her guest performers.
“I will definitely not waste King Kong’s comedic talent. We will sing his biggest hit, ‘Righteous Sea, Heroic Passion’ <義海豪情> (No Regrets’ theme song) together,” Mimi joked. “So Gay (Koo Ming Wah) and I will sing ‘Undying Love’ <情義兩心知>. [Koo Ming Wah] had many of his ‘firsts’ with me. His first show in mainland China was with me. His first show at the Hong Kong Coliseum will also be with me, haha!”
Whether it is a large-scale concert like her performances in the Hong Kong Coliseum, or her smaller, family-friendly concerts in the Hong Kong Cultural Center, Mimi’s concerts are guaranteed to be fast sell-outs. Along with the comedic nature of her acts, Mimi’s concerts are full of renditions of popular Cantopop songs of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s. Mimi can successfully take you to a memory trip back to the golden times of Hong Kong pop music.