When Leon Lai, one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop alongside industry legends Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung and Aaron Kwok, cancelled one of his highly anticipated concerts two hours before curtain in April last year, fans around Hong Kong were miffed, to say the absolute least, and have been hoping for him to pay us back in kind ever since. With his opening concert at Dragonland that dominates the Friday, he’ll have done that and more.
Lai recently celebrated 30 years in the business. His career began all the way back in 1986 when he clinched the third runner-up spot at Hong Kong’s Fifth New Talent Singing Awards. He didn’t release his first album, Leon, until 1990 but rose quickly to fame by 1992, when he released a series of number one hits over three records: Hope We Are Not Just Friends, The Most Charming Person Compilation and I Love You OK? Fans also adore Lai for other catchy hits over the years such as the saucy Sugar In The Marmalade and his 1994 massive tune There’s Not One Day I Don’t Think Of You.
Even now, as Hong Kong turns to new stars every day, Lai’s celebrity is impossible to undermine. Lai, whose name in Chinese means ‘dawn’, returns to the stage to begin the weekend’s festivities, at Dragonland. It’s impossible not to be excited for this.