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Back from Beyond: Madame Tussauds immortalizes Hong Kong rocker

2018-06-13 10:25:56        China Daily

Wong Ka-kui's classic onstage look was a red jacket and electric guitar slung across his shoulder.

This is the way his fans will always remember the tragic lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the legendary Hong Kong rock band, Beyond, so it is only fitting that this is the way that Madame Tussauds Beijing has chosen to immortalize him.

In celebration of his birthday on June 10, and the 25th anniversary of his accidental death, the world-famous attraction recently unveiled a wax figure featuring the star with his iconic look.

"It's with his favorite clothes and guitar. His fans will experience a whole range of emotions when they see him 'reappear' on stage," says the late-singer's younger brother and Beyond's former bassist, Wong Ka-keung, who attended the unveiling ceremony at the wax museum.

"The wax replica is so real that my family and I were moved beyond words when we first saw its picture," he explains.

"The features, such as the mouth and nose, resemble his very much. The sparkling eyes are almost the same of my elder brother."

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Beyond made a profound impact on Chinese youngsters. However, at their zenith, tragedy struck. On June 24, 1993, Wong Ka-kui fell from a stage while filming a show at Fuji Television in Tokyo and died six days later.

In 2005, the remaining three members of the band decided to pursue their individual music careers and disbanded.

"It feels wonderful to see my dear elder brother alive again. I don't know whether it's OK to hug the wax replica, but I really want to hug him," says Wong Ka-keung, touchingly.

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