When home-grown singer JJ Lin said he had some surprises in store for his local fans at the Singapore leg of his Timeline World Tour concert series last Saturday night, he wasn't kidding.
Close to 8,000 fans, who ran the gamut from teenage girls to men in their 30s, turned up at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the 32-year-old's three-hour gig.
The Timeline World Tour, which has toured Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei, celebrates his 10th year in showbiz. After Singapore, Lin will make his way to other places including Las Vegas, Atlantic City in the US, and Malaysia.
Singapore Surprise #1
Lin belted out his chart-topping hits over the past decade, including crowd favourites like The Mummy, Cao Cao and Soy Milk And Dough Sticks to loud cheers and screams from the fans.
But it was his touching ballad Fly Back In Time (inset, right) - complete with a surprise appearance on stage by his elder brother Lin Jun Feng, a 34-year-old who is in banking - that really stirred the full-house crowd.
Looking at his parents, who were watching him proudly from the front row seats, Lin, who is based in Taiwan,spoke of how he has left Singapore and his family for 10 years and he thanked them for their understanding.
The brothers sang the track from his new album Stories Untold mellifluously, with the deeper tones of Jun Feng's vocals complementing JJ's higher pitch perfectly.
It was a heartwarming moment for the fans, with Lin's dad giving his two thumbs up after the performance.
Fan Sandra Lim, a 27-year-old civil servant, said: "I didn't expect his brother to show up. From their interaction on stage, I could tell that they share a very close bond."
Programme coordinator Tan Pei Shan, 27, said: "It was unexpected, so I was pleasantly surprised."