Category: Concert Review


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Venue
Location was at Coex hall D and the place was said to accommodate 7000 fans. I was one of the ones who managed to get a ticket and some place not that far from the stage. First ever kind of concert in Korea and it’s a concert by Junsu which gives me no reason to give it a miss. The hall was smaller than I expected but that was for the better. The orchestra team was very professional and good. I’m very certain everyone worked their hearts out for putting on such a great show. Junsu mentioned in one of his commentary section that he wanted a small venue. I’m glad he got what he wanted.

Entrance
Entrance to the concert hall started about an hour before the concert started. It was quite orderly. Since it’s a small venue there’s only one entrance. I went in quite early and waited for quite some time. Inside, they kept asking fans not to take pictures or videos, but obviously not many listened. Look the fancams and there, you got the answer. ^_^

Concert Flow
Concert started on time and they actually blocked late comers. Good job! They only allowed them to enter after the introductory video was finished. The concert was broken down into two parts; musical and ballad. Junsu commented that he wasn’t going to dance, but he did in the end at the encore portion. How can you not give us a little dance, Junsu? *wink*

Intro Video
Video started off with Junsu meeting himself when he was young where everything looked small and fresh and then he went up to the second storey where young Junsu opened up an old book and got the concert kicked off with the e entrance of young Junsu at the concert venue. A huge screen was placed on stage. Junsu commented that he was told they were going to place a huge book on stage, but he was saying how huge can a huge book be and he laughed and said it was really huge. That book was a huge screen that was used on the main stage. The book flip opened the first note kicked start.

나는 나는 음악 I am Music
I wonder is it because be has been singing this song at almost every live concert of his after his musical that be got so much better with his singing and expression that it’s astounding. It was to such a point that I thought what else can Junsu do if he doesn’t sing? (Soccer player isn’t quite an option ^_^)

내 운명 피하고 싶어 I Hope to Avoid my Fate
I can’t put any comment to his performance for this song. Honestly, I can’t use words to express most of his performances for this concert. If you know the lyrics, as he sings, you can feel that each and every word of that lyrics have been expressed so heartfelt and it’s really hard not to move one’s feelings with this song. It sounded even better and more expressive than when he sang for his musical.

호랑이와 비둘기 Tiger and Pigeon &
이렇게 사랑해본 적 없죠 You’ve Never Loved Like This Before, Right?
Two songs from Musical Tears of Heaven which I listened for the first time. Oh, and Junsu spoke a whole lot of English yesterday. He introduced the song saying it’s from Tears of Heaven and laughed it off saying 천국의 눈물. So adorable. This song was a duet with Kim Sun Young a musical actress who appeared as his special guest. She’s really good.

들리나요 Can you Hear me?
Yet again, guess what? Junsu introduced this song in English too. He was quite playful and quite himself yesterday.^_^ This song is a duet with Kim Sun Young as well. Not to mention, this track pulled through perfectly too.

A New Life
Junsu went  backstage to get change and this is a solo performance by Kim Sun Young. I have to say she’s really good. Junsu introduced her as the best musical actress and I know why.^_^

마지막 춤 Last Dance
This title is from Musical Elizabeth which was performed with Kim Sun Young. Junsu reappeared as his character Death from the musical.

지금 이 순간 This Very Moment
This song is the last part of the musical act.

If I remember correctly, this is the part where they played a video with JaeJoong narrating it. Video about the filming and Junsu’s preparation for the concert.

사랑이 싫다구요 I Don’t Like Love
I think he has improved so much with his expressions for love songs that this song became so much so moving.

Lullaby
He changed his style of singing this song which was expected since it’s performed with an orchestra. This is the song where be started walking to both aide stages and did a little intense hip thrusting here and there which drive fans crazy. Junsu, I thought this is a ballad song? Oh, but, whatever. Now the song would be appreciated differently. LOL

You are so Beautiful
Once again an emotional ballad song that he pulled off. I think he got better from the last time I heard him sing love for this. Junsu, you’re much better with putting in emotions for love songs now. ^_^

Over here is Junsu making his commentary. He invited the Orchestra Director to play the keyboard and he asked him to comment about working with him. And, yes he playfully asked only for good comments. LOL He did the same either the guitarist for his next song. So adorable.

I believe by Shin Seung Hoon (with keyboard)
He said this is a song for lovers. He was asking fans to admit honestly for those who came with their lovers and saying something like we should all appreciate while they are with us and not only come to regret it when they left us. Junsu sang this song with all his heart. I think he did mention about his love life? He said having a crash on one person is also considered as love. Are you saying you did, Junsu?

그런가봐요 by V.One That Seems to be so (with guitar)
He invited a guitarist from his musical Elizabeth for this song. He asked especially for fans to take note of the lyrics of the song and mentioned than this is a song that he would never miss singing when he goes to any karaoke.

정말 Really by Song Joong Ki (with piano)
Junsu played the piano himself for this track and he was asking fans for their kind understanding if he was to play it badly saying that he is a singer not a pianist. He was quite worried and reluctant to perform this track with the piano but it wasn’t easy to borrow than piano and he had no choice but to sing it with the piano. He commented something about what the Director said when he made that request, but I can’t really remember. Anyway, he played a couple notes and requested for to start over the song again. I guess he was really nervous about it. I actually find Junsu’s version better. He’s a singer after all. SORRY, Joong Ki oppa!

He made some comments here saying a lot of this fans are noona and fans insisted that most of them are younger than him. So, he said the next song is dedicated to his noona fans and for those who are younger than him, they are to imagine that they are older.

There was one section of the comment where he did “penzal Q, thank you!” and he asked fans to say thank you after that. A fan actually brought a box of Penzal Q to the concert. He playfully asked if there’s any fan who’s experiencing any headache before returning to the fan. LOL And, another section where he was asked to do the 6-steps cute act. He said he didn’t know how to do it and a high scholar year 3 showed him and he did 3 steps and stopped and shouted adorably at her saying “year 3, stop it!”. So adorable everyone burst out laughing. He did do his usual cute hand sign though but fans wasn’t satisfied with just that… So… Yeah… LOL

내 여자라니까 You’re my Girl by Lee Seung Gi
I’m not a noona so I just listened quietly to the song. It sounded really different from the original singer.

Thank u for
Junsu Xmas song. Much awaited song. He asked all fans to sing along if they knew the lyrics. This song sound so much better live. Glad I got to listen to it.

알면서도 Even Though You Knew
A song that Junsu likes and a song he sang with so much emotions yesterday.

사랑은 눈꽃처럼 Love’s Like a Snowflake
This is the first time I listen to this song live. It’s really good. This is the last song he sang for the concert.

Fans were chanting for encore followed by Junsu’s name and it got louder and louder. The encore sector kicked off with a video that was continued from the intro video.

Encore songs were uncommitted, Tarantallegra acoustic version and a short dance version. Junsu made comments before he sang the last encore song. He said it makes no difference if he was to dance for a minute or for three minutes. Both are equally tiring and he explained why he said that by explaining how he distribute his use of energy for dance songs. He also mentioned he use soccer as a form of stress release and he’s considered someone who has good stamina as compared to people of around his age and we can all be able to tell that from him heading straight off to playing soccer right after he touched down from overseas. He said he got all these freedom to play soccer now and if it was in the past, he would’t even get that chance. LOL  Last song was their Japanese song 슬픔의 행방 which he said he definitely want to sing this song on a Korean stage. And, I think this song almost brought him to tears. Well, this wasn’t the only song that almost brought him to tears.

My Comment
I totally enjoyed myself at the concert yesterday. The whole concert lasted for some 2 hours and 45 minutes. Junsu’s potential grew a lot and I’m sure he could get much better still. I’m glad to be able to see the talkative Junsu. He was always quieter with his hyungs. Two thumbs up to Junsu. But that also meant that my expectation for Junsu’s next show just got higher. ^_^

Pardon for any typo mistake. Wrote this using my phone.

Concert Stage
The concert stage was designed in such a way that there’s a main stage, one main extended stage and 2 side extended stages as well as a another extended portion in the middle and right at the end of it. In short, it is a huge square boxing with a cross stage in the middle. On each side of the 2nd portion of the extended stage, there’s an inflated platform which acts like a sub stage for the main stage. I saw that there were stairs that leads down to the mosh pit and for a second I thought they were going to go down to “greet” the fans. How dangerous!

Concert Seats
First of all, I am very glad that the whole venue was so filled with fans and almost all carrying a red lightstick which lights up the whole arena in red. Level 1 is only made up of VIPs – seated beside the consol system and 4 mosh pits, level 2 the 4500 baht and 5000 baht tickets and the rest of the section is at level 3. There were helpful staff. There are Korean, Japanese majority Thai, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and more~ fans at the arena! World JYJ fans gathering here!

Concert Adverts & Banners
There were a lot of concert adverts and banners both inside and outside the arena. At the main “gate” before entering into the arena, there was a huge JYJ in Bangkok Concert poster. Fan-made banners from over many countries can be found at Level 1. Inside the concert hall, there were at least about 10 banners by fans. There were also fan chants by fans and 411 Entertainment too! I’m so happy they put in so much efforts to make it such wonderful memories for both fans and JYJ.

Concert Stereo Sound System
Basically, I do not like the volume(?) of the sound system because most of JYJ songs are fast tracks and most of the korean songs have heavy beats. With that sound system, it makes it hard for me to be able to listen to their vocals. I realize I hate the bass from the sound system right at the first song that kicked off the whole concert.

JYJ Enterance
When I was seated at my seat, I started to glance around the area because I had so much expectation in the whole staging – JaeJoong oppa was the main director for the whole concert. I had to admit my expectation for the whole concert was indeed very high. On the main stage, there were 3 transparent boxes placed right in the middle of the stage. It was very obvious that that was going to be the way they will be entering into the concert. Thus making me feel excited about what the first song will be. (Note: I had no idea of the song list. I don’t wish to know either.) The concert didn’t start officially until 20 minutes pass the official time. But the wait was all worthwhile. The fans started to cheer to get JYJ on stage and getting all excited. The concert kick off with an introduction video to the concert. It was basically images from their “The Beginning” hair styles and outfits. The background music of the clip manage to hit up the atmosphere a little.

Empty
It’s one of my favourite song from their English album because of the lyrics. I think they chose the right song to start off. It really get the fans high. I also realized that they changed a little of their style in singing the song. It was different from the album. That was good and kinda unexpected. But because of the sound system, the background of the music was actually louder than their vocals. But I wasn’t disappointed or anything because their vocals are great. Throughout the song, they have been moving around the main stage and making full use of the boxes by going in and coming out. At the end of the song, they were few steps off the main stage.

I deal scenario
The second song is a korean song, also a fast track. There were lasers which I thought suits the atmosphere and pace of the song. For this song, they started travelling down the middle extended stage. And, of course they didn’t fail to get fans at the most pit all excited because of that. At the end of the song, they were at the end of the extended stage. Somehow, the bass for this song wasn’t as bad as Empty. I was able to hear their lyrics perfectly. Maybe because it was in Korean? I don’t know.

Pierrot
For this song, they were standing on an inflated platform on the main stage. They wasn’t moving much and they can’t either but it that didn’t stop them from putting all that passion into performing this song. Although it wasn’t hard to hear their vocals but the bass was just too loud. That was how the song is anyways.

Chang
It was just a short verse that JaeJoong sang. Many fans were anticipating it. Junsu and YuChun were looking at JaeJoong when he was singing the song and all 3 of them smiled. I need to say, JaeJoong cheated! He was supposed to sing the whole small verse of that 1 minute song but he only sang a couple of lines and passed it on to fans. Did he forget the lyrics? Maybe he did, because his smile gave him away.

Be My Girl Flash Mob
This song started out with the normal version for one verse and then it changed to the remix version. Fans were to do flash mob with them during certain parts of the song. The members moved down towards all sides of the extended stage to get fans to dance along. I’m sorry that I didn’t dance along because I seriously had no time to practice at all. I’m guilty, yes. But JYJ was totally excited about the flash mob dance, especially Junsu! As usual, Junsu was sexy with his dance. They were actually playful with the music and dance. Getting all hyper.

Be the One
They were basically singing and dancing to the whole song on the main stage and from time to time, there were special effects. And JaeJoong did a stare into the camera, acting cool? which got fans screaming. He succeeded if he really did want that.

Ayyy Girl
This song was performed with 6 of their male dancers. Nothing to pick on about their dance moves. I need to say, compared to before, JaeJoong’s dance did improve over the past year especially. But sometimes, he need to stop staring too much at the ground. Maybe he was looking for marks on stage? They started moving to the other parts of the stage during the rap in the middle. And Junsu was dancing passionately. Again, this song showcased how good they are dancing and singing at the same time – their stamina built up over the years.

Micky Solo – I love you
Flowsik was there as guest appearance! Totally didn’t see that coming! (I didn’t check out the news. Or rather, I couldn’t be bothered.) There were 2 huge cages on the stage. The dance was totally sexy. YuChun danced with their female dancers and it was just so sexy that I bet many fans were jealous about their dancers! The part when he was singing right at the middle of the extended stage and 4 female dancers surrounding him dancing were just so intense. He was singing with so much passion trying to protray the lyrics of the song. It was good performance.

There was a special performace by JYJ’s dancers which JYJ prepared and rested for the next song. The special performance arrangement was great!

Mission
The song started with people playing drums and then in comes the music. Somehow, i love the bass from the stereo for this song. The intro dance was a great performance. Junsu was in the middle. I must say, his dance always surprises me. He always gets better. There was laser show for this song as well which fits perfectly to the atmosphere. I, personally, don’t like the song in the album but it sounds great live. This song is supposed to be sung live. I love Yuchun’s rap! It is actually difficult to sing and dance at the same time to such a song but they, JYJ, managed! Those were powerful dance moves.

Junsu Solo – I can soar
Junsu’s english did improve! I feel the need to credit him for that! Somehow his voice was a miracle that I heard his vocals so well as compared to the background music. It wasn’t easy because it would be obvious for a slow song if he didn’t get his pronounciation right! If he sounded so in a huge concert arena, I can’t image how good he could sound in an enclosed small area.

JaeJoong solo – Still in Love
Another favourite of mine from their english album because of the lyrics. This boy, he really knows how to get close to fans. He appeared on the last extended stage. And danced in some parts with female dancers. He protrayed the song somewhat different from the album. He surprised me. He took of his jacket in the middle of the song and danced with another female dancer which resulted in ear deafening screams. He’s the most popular in Thailand afterall – but he always claim he wasn’t.

Nameless Song
I was very much taken aback when YuChun came out rapping. It didn’t hit me when JaeJoong started the song. I thought it was a new song. YuChun started rapping at the main stage then he moved down the extended stage. Then a sofa appeared right in the middle of the extended stage. I wonder if JaeJoong was the one who planned that. YuChun sat down at the white sofa and rapped a verse. It was perfect setting. The harmony of JaeSu’s voices with YuChun’s rap for the singing parts was just so nice that the song was sang live. They were totally engrossed in the song. And it is so obviously all 3 of them put in so much efforts to sing this song to fans. I almost cried out at the song. I bet so many fans out there would have wanted to hear this song live. But if only non-korean fans remembered what all the lyrics were all about.

Found You
I was totally expecting this song. They started walking around the extended stages to make full use of it. There were a lot of fan interactions with this whole song. JYJ was waving non stop and staring at fans in all directions. Especially so for the part “I love you…” for the lyrics. They were playful with the ending of the song. I could see JaeJoong grinning.

Fallen Leaves
My favourite song out of the whole album because of the lyrics and composition. The bass wasn’t as loud because of the background music. Their vocals were very clear. The fans were cheering out to each member as they took turns to sing. But I wondered were they able to hear it? I need to praise Junsu for his vocals in this song. Hearing the song live means so much to me. I am able to appreciate the song every better now. Because their live really touches. Of course it was also because I understood the lyrics perfectly. For this song, they started walking around the outer circumference of the stage. Starting to make full use of the stage design. I had really high expectations for this song sung live and they really live it up!

Four new Korean Songs
The songs were composed 2 by JYJ and 2 by another composer. I love all the 4 songs that were sang yesterday. And especially so for the lyrics and how meaningful they are. They were all songs from JYJ to fans. I believe so. The 4 songs are of 4 different genres and they lyrics were well-written. It gave me the feeling that it was well prepared over time and not rushing into the preparation of the songs. Thumbs up for that! But one thing i want to point out is, it’s a new song and there were no lyrics provided. So, even if fans want to understand what JYJ was singing, they couldn’t. And maybe because they couldn’t, they weren’t able to appreciate the song as much as people who understood Korean. Had lyrics were given out or maybe put on sceen, fans were have been able to make translations and help other fans to understand what exactly they were singing.

Encore song – Empty remix

Overall
I really need to give credits to JYJ for making this whole concert such a success. Bangkok Day 1 was the first start and through their performance, I can see how desperately they wanted to stand on the stage and sing for fans. They were in very good conditions. There were still quite a number of empty seats left even 2 days before the concert. But fans were rushing to get tickets at the venue itself thus making it a full house. You really need to watch this performace live. They really did make improvements over the past year and you’ll need to see and judge it yourself. You’ll regret not going. JaeJoong must have felt so stressful and excited about his first project as a concert director. I believe fans reaction and the atmosphere that night was the best answer for him.

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