Cantopop superstar Andy Lau Tak-wah will have to cancel all his remaining concerts in Hong Kong in the first leg of his latest world tour as the artiste had contracted the flu, according to an announcement Sunday night from the concert organizer, Focus Entertainment.
The cancellations come after Lau, 57, already scrapped two shows that had been scheduled for Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 after halting a concert midway on Friday, saying he was suffering from sore throat.
On Dec. 28, Lau ended a concert abruptly at the Hong Kong Coliseum after informing his audience that he had been advised by his doctor that it was best not to sing in view of throat inflammation.
Breaking into tears, the pop icon made the revelation while performing the fourth song on stage that day, in the 14th series of his Christmas and New Year’s Eve concerts named “My Love Andy Lau World Tour – Hong Kong 2018 that began on Dec. 15.
Lau told the attending fans that he was very sorry for having not taken good care of himself as instructed by his doctor, and that he didn’t want the audience to suffer his hoarse voice.
Saying that such voice was not what he wanted his fans to hear at his shows, and expressing disappointment and sorrow, Lau bowed multiple times to the concertgoers before he walked backstage, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
While the move came as a shock to many fans, they did not blame him at all and quite a number of them chose to stay in the venue afterwards.
A local female fan told HKEJ that she is not too bothered about the issue of getting a refund for her ticket, and instead was only praying that Lau regains his health soon.
Focus Entertainment had initially said that Lau would just cancel the three concerts scheduled for Dec. 28, 29 and 30, only to announce later that the rest four concerts from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3 will also have to be scrapped.
According to the concert organizer, Lau’s doctor had confirmed that he contracted the flu and that he needed complete rest.
The Consumer Council has reminded the public that consumers are protected for the original price of the concert tickets.
People who had bought the tickets at inflated prices from scalpers, and the touts who were still holding extra tickets in the hope of resale at fat profit, stand to lose from the cancelled shows.
With Lau’s concerts halted abruptly, the Hong Kong Coliseum’s next big event will be shows by Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, another famous Hong Kong pop singer dubbed the “God of Songs” of Hong Kong.
Chueng will kick off 15 concerts at the venue starting Jan. 11.
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