JYJ, First Performance of the World Tour Shows Their Musical Growth
Group JYJ (Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, Ki Junsu) turned it loose their first World Tour in the midst of the enthusiasms of their fans of Asia.
They showed off their “ticket power” by drawing 22,000 Asian fans (total 2 times) in the ‘JYJ World Tour Concert 2011’ which was held in Impact Arena of Bangkok, Thailand, on the 2nd and 3rd. The fans who gathered from all over Asia including not merely Thailand but also Korea, Hong Kong and Japan, sang, danced, and cried together with JYJ and enthusiastically responded to (JYJ) as if they had become one with JYJ.
On the 3rd which was the second day of the Tour, the concert hall which was packed/squeezed without remaining seats from the 1st floor “standing” seats to the 3rd floor seats, rippled with the wave of red lightsticks. When the venue’s lights went off and JYJ appeared, the seats became swept up in the roar of the Asian female fans—“Kyaa!” The three members, who bounded onto the stage with a lift, opened their first stage with ‘Empty.’ After that, they continued with ‘I.D.S.’ and “Pierrot’ and others. When Kim Junsu said hello in Thai, “Sawadi-Kab~” the audience burst into cheering. Yoochun relayed his gladness (at seeing the fans) with the words “you’ve waited so long~.” Kim Jaejoong reduced the distance between himself and the fans by singing for them the Elephant Song which he composed in Thai (T/N: The reporter is wrong here; Jaejoong did not compose the Elephant Song^^). This is Jaejoong’s keeping the promise he made in the Thailand Showcase which was held last year after the release of the World Wide Album, that he “would make a song in Thai.” (T/N: The promise was to sing the Elephant Song in Thai, not to create a song in Thai.)
When the members sang upbeat dance song ‘Be My Girl,’ the atmosphere shot up towards its peak. The audience all stood up and danced together with JYJ and the stage and the audience became one.
After this, the stages of ‘Ayyy Girl’ and ‘Mission’ in which one could enjoy the powerful dance and music followed, and the atmosphere of the concert reached its peak. When ‘Found You,’ the theme song of ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’ which is a drama in which Park Yoochun starred as the lead, the audience all stood up and waved their arms and merged with the music. With the heart-tugging ballad(s) composed by Junsu “Fallen Leaves” and ‘Boy’s Letter’, the planned concert finished. (T/N: The sentence is structured so that it is ambiguous whether ‘Boy’s Letter is also composed by Junsu). When the audience did not leave their seats but instead chanted the name ‘JYJ,’ the members again rose to the stage and sang ‘Get Out’ and ‘In Heaven,’ which were new songs, and decorated the great finale of the concert which ran about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
This concert which was held in Thailand for two days is significant, not only because it is the beginning of JYJ’s first World Tour, but also because it showed their musical abilities which had much grown. Kim Jaejoong took charge the entirety of the directing of the concert and most satisfactorily displayed his side as an artist. He not only (took care of) the stage directing, video, and sound, but also costumes and sensitively fine-tuned the entirety of the concert to show off a stage in which the individuality unique to JYJ was alive. He even showed that he was passionate enough to stay in Thailand from two weeks prior to the concert in order to spread open a perfect stage. Furthermore, by filling more than 80% of the repertoire with self-made songs, he without a doubt carved into the minds of the audience the fact that JYJ is a ‘singer-songwriter group.’
Fans paid attention to the fact that it was a stage in which JYJ’s musical abilities could be seen. The Korean fan Ms. Jin XX, who watched both days’ performances, said: “Junsu’s self-composed song was very good. I liked that I could feel the musical growth of the members from the stage.” Ms. Su Pumnya, who resides in Bangkok, Thailand, evaluated: “I was even more drawn by the fact that JYJ is a singer-songwriter group. It was especially meaningful because I could hear many of their self-made songs.”
For this concert, about 300 reporters from Thailand and about 400 reporters from all over Asia such as Japan, Singapore, Philippines, China, and Hong Kong, and competed vigorously to cover the event.
JYJ World Tour Concert, after its stop in Taiwan on the 23rd and in Beijing, China on the 7th of May, will tour the North American e.g., the U.S. and Canada and will decorate its finale in Pusan on June 11-12.
Source: Daily Sports
Translation Credit: JYJ3