In his heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, Taiwanese singer Frankie Kao Ling-feng was known for his dance hits and energetic performances.
Now 63 years old and stricken with leukemia, he is still singing. He performs here on Nov 16 at Resorts World Convention Centre's Compass Ballroom, along with fellow veteran Taiwanese artists Shen Wen-cheng, Chang Ti and Yeh Chi-tien.
Talking to the local media yesterday at Hard Rock Hotel, he says of the concert: "During my periods of pain, it made me feel that I had something to do, and it gave me strength."
Wearing shades and a face mask which he later removed and sitting in a wheelchair, he sounded a little weak and coughed a few times during the interview, reports ST Communities.
He has undergone three rounds of chemotherapy since his diagnosis last year, and his doctor has recommended another round. But Kao says: "I don't believe I can still count on that to treat my illness."
Ultimately, he adds, neither he nor doctors can give a definitive answer to how he is doing because the cancer is not well understood.
What is undeniable is that Kao has dropped from 76kg to 57kg and his immune system is very weak.
Kao is slated to sing five songs at the show including A Fire Torch In Winter and A Girl's Dimples.
As for whether he will be able to stand for any part of his performance, he jokes: "If the atmosphere is high enough, I'll stand, or even fly. Anything is possible when you get that performing high."
Kao now lives together with his three children and he muses: "In a sense, I'm quite rich. You can't keep thinking each day about what you've lost, you also have to look at what you still have."
Does Kao, who is thrice-married, have a special companion apart from his children?
"If I think about women now, my life will get shortened. If I can think about women, it would mean that I've recovered."
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