Review: The Wynners live in Macao
In the ’60s, rock ’n’ roll was a truly global phenomenon. Under the influence of such bands as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, five young Hong Kong musicians hooked up and formed their own act. The Wynners, comprising vocalist Alan Tam Wing-lun, vocalist-keyboardist Kenny Bee Chung\ Chun-to, guitarist Bennett Pang Kin-san, drummer Anthony Chan Yau and bassist Danny Yip Chi-keung, released their debut album, Listen to the Wynners, in 1974. They’ve been getting together for concerts ever since.
“Every time we [have a] reunion, we treasure the time we spend together even more. Though each of us has gone [on] a different path, we have so much fun whenever we come together,” Chung says.
To commemorate this journey, the band kicked off the show at Cotai Arena in January with a new song, The Wynners’ Spirit, along with renditions of Western golden oldies: The Who’s Pinball Wizard, The Doobie Brothers’ China Grove, The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction, and more. The band also let rip with some Cantonese covers and, of course, their original numbers. “Many fans have grown with us. I don’t want to use the term ‘collective memories’, it’s kind of a cliché. The entire concert is a wonderful trip for everyone,” Chung says.
The five members also shared some of their precious memories and personal feelings on stage. “This session was not scripted. We’d never heard each other saying such things before. It was very touching… we just expressed whatever we
wanted to say,” Chung says.
Of course, this wasn’t The Wynners’ first time in Macao: that was back in 1975, at Cineteatro Macao (formerly Cinema da Diocese), in front of a small crowd.
“I still remember that concert. The production was minimal. It was just the five of us and more like a fan gathering,” Chung says. He also recalls the show only lasted an hour.
But they do, Chung explains, have a special affinity with the city. “Macao is a beautiful and very cultural city. In Hong Kong, many old buildings have been demolished. But in Macao, much of the old architecture is still there, just like how
it used to be,” Chung says.
The Wynners have more fun onstage than entertainers half their age. So if you missed them this time, make sure you take the chance to catch these golden boys on their next trip to the city.
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