Bobby Chen breaks tradition of year-end concerts

This is the first time in 27 years Bobby Chen is not holding a year-end concert. The singer had undergone an operation recently to remove a mouth tumour.
This is the first time in 27 years Bobby Chen is not holding a year-end concert. The singer had undergone an operation recently to remove a mouth tumour.PHOTO: BOBBY CHEN/ FACEBOOK

TAIPEI • Veteran Taiwanese singer Bobby Chen Sheng has held a year-end concert every year for the last 26 years without fail.

But Chen will not be holding a year-end concert this year.

On Tuesday, Chen, 62, who is known for songs such as One Night In Beijing and I Left Sadness To Myself, confirmed on Facebook that he is taking "sick leave" for the first time in 27 years.

He confirmed earlier media reports that he had a mouth tumour.

Chen's band told Taiwan's Apple Daily that the singer had felt uncomfortable in the mouth during a press conference on Oct 15 and went for a health screening last month.

The doctors discovered a tumour in his mouth and suggested that he remove it as soon as possible. Chen has since been operated on successfully.

He said in his Facebook post that he has been naive to think he could still maintain his previous exercise regimen after reaching the age of 60, adding that he had cycled for up to six hours in one session a week.

He apologised to fans who have been waiting eagerly for his concert: "I may have overstretched myself physically in the past without knowing it, but fortunately, heaven has taken care of me.

"To continue to write songs, perform, meet you and celebrate the new year together, this model student with full attendance has to take a break and follow the doctor's advice to rest by reducing the frequency of talking and singing."

"I will rest for a while, take good care of myself and return to meet everyone in the best condition," he added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2020, with the headline 'Bobby Chen breaks tradition of year-end concerts'. Print Edition | Subscribe