|The Wall rock band will perform Way Back Home live show at the National University of Civil Engineering on April 17. Photo tienphong.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Late musician Trần Lập, the former leader of Bức Tường (The Wall) rock band, will reunite with other members “in a special way” in an upcoming concert, according to the current leader of the band, guitarist Trần Tuấn Hùng.
The concert, entitled Trở Về (Way Back Home), will be held on April 17 at the National University of Civil Engineering, the band's second at the venue 21 years after the first.
“Lập and I were always looking forward to the opportunity to re-organise the show to pay tribute to the National University of Civil Engineering and demonstrate our achievements,” said Hùng.
“It is not understandable why such a simple wish has not been fulfilled for the past 21 years. After Lập passed away, we told ourselves that we had to make it by all means,” he added.
Way Back Home was also intended to take place last year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the rock band but was cancelled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, the event will coincide with the fifth death anniversary of Lập and also mark the 26th anniversary of the founding of Vietnamese students’ favourite rock band.
According to Hùng, The Wall had received a couple of invitations to perform at their former school but waited for the right moment to return for a show with the best sound, lighting and backdrop conditions.
According to Associate Professor Nguyễn Hoàng Giang, Vice-Rector of the National University of Civil Engineering, The Wall has always been the pride of the university.
The music of The Wall has supported the dreams and aspirations of young people in Việt Nam and of the university, he added.
This band’s return trip will feature 20 songs composed in the past 20 years.
“We want to tell the story of where we are from, who we are, how we work, how we contribute, where we have reached and what we can fetch,” said Hùng.
“We have to consider hard which songs to perform in almost every programme and which songs have to be left out. Besides the majority of familiar songs that have been associated with our band’s name, the audience will enjoy new songs included in our 2020 album Con Đường Không Tên (The Untitled Road),” he noted.
Way Back Home also arouses much emotion for guitarist Vũ Văn Hà, a member of The Wall. He recalled that although Lập was not a student of the National University of Civil Engineering, the university was where his career was nurtured.
“I feel that the National University of Civil Engineering meant a lot to Lập himself. In this show, he will come back as an own child of the university,” he said.
|Late musician Trần Lập will reunite with other members of The Wall rock band "in a special way" at the upcoming Way Back Home concert, revealed its organisers. Photo plo.vn|
The concert organisation board reveals that the former leader of The Wall will re-appear and reunite with other members on the stage of Way Back Home.
"Lập will certainly return in the most special way. For members of The Wall, no one can replace Lập. He has always been present beside us in his own way," Hùng said.
"Therefore, instead of trying to find a replacement for our leader, The Wall has worked with other singers so that the band could continue".
In the past five years after Lập’s death, The Wall has worked with nearly 30 singers, the most recent of whom is singer Phạm Anh Khoa.
Way Back Home will feature other guest artists, including singer Nguyễn Việt Lâm, the winner of The Wall Cover Singing Contest 2018, singer Phạm Anh Khoa and boy band Kháu that also originated from the National University of Civil Engineering.
The majority of tickets sold have been sold to Civil Engineering University students and only a small amount has been sold to outside fans.
Established on March 26, 1995 from the students’ musical campaign of the National University of Civil Engineering, The Wall first consisted of three members – Trần Lập, Trần Tuấn Hùng and Nguyễn Hoàng.
Many songs by the band became hits, particularly among Vietnamese students, like Đường Đến Ngày Vinh Quang (Road to Glory Day), Tâm Hồn Của Đá (Soul of Stone), Bông Hồng Thủy Tinh (Glass Rose).
At their peak, their leader, main singer and musician Trần Lập died of cancer in 2016. VNS