Concert review: Taiwanese Prince of Love Songs Sam Lee makes heartbreak sound so good

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Me And Song: Sam Lee Singapore Concert 2023Resorts World BallroomLast Sunday, 2.30pm

For someone who is always crooning about loneliness and heartbreak, Taiwanese singer-songwriter Sam Lee was in a happy place over the weekend.

The 50-year-old fulfilled his dream of staging his first solo gigs in Singapore since he entered show business 24 years ago.

One could even call it a revenge concert series as he held three performances for his fans here.

The first one took place last Saturday evening as a private event for Resorts World Sentosa members.

Two ticketed shows followed on Sunday, with the 2.30pm gig attended by a near sold-out crowd of 5,500 and the 8pm concert drawing a capacity turnout of 6,000.

Lee’s last Singapore performance was in 2017, when he shared the stage with Hong Kong singer William So and fellow Taiwanese Roger Yang, coincidentally at the same venue.

“I’ve waited so long to have my own concert. It has been 24 years,” he said emotionally to the cheering audience.

His fans, mostly in their 40s and older, turned up to reminisce about his chart-topping ballads from the noughties, but Lee had other plans for them.

He wanted to introduce them to his newer works and started the 2½-hour show with Face, Tattoo and Most Beautiful Regret. These make up three out of the four tracks from his 2022 EP Face II.

The crowd was slow to warm up to them, but politely waved in tandem the free light sticks that were given out at the concert.

A set of livelier numbers from his early singing days, including...

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