I originally posted this account on my tumblr, which was created by, and is meant for my KPop loving alter ego. I was a little (make that a lot) unsure about posting it on this blog. But I figured it’s time I came out of the closet on this one 🙂
Bear in mind, this was written a couple of days after I traveled to Bangkok to watch (my absolute) favorite Korean band CN Blue, live in concert. The account kind of assumes you know the band members and what makes them tick. So for those of you have no idea who these guys are, just google them!
I’ve modified the account slightly from the original to make it more readable, (and remove all incriminating spazz :P) So, without further ado (aah old styled English writing!), I present to you, my experiences at the CN Blue concert in Bangkok!
Its been approximately 40 hours since I ran/walked, heart beating wildly, into the standing zone/mosh pit at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. I was there to watch CN Blue in the penultimate concert of their Bluestorm Asia tour. My friends, Anggi, Mel and I had waited three long months for this moment to arrive. I’m not going to go into the details of concert song lists, and who played what, when. There are a lot of detailed fan accounts giving this information. And anyhow, my mind really doesn’t work that way. This is more of an account of thoughts, feelings, impressions, all mixed up in a swirl of music. An ‘emotional’ account so to speak, which makes sense I suppose since ’emotional’ Yonghwa is my favourite group member.
Mel, Anggi and I started lining up for the 6:30 pm concert from about 8 in the morning, to make sure we would get a place as close to the stage as possible. 9+ hours of queuing up! But it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Because the local fan club managed the whole process beautifully. They assigned numbers to the fans based on when they arrived at the venue. Once you had your place marked in the line, you could walk around , go away and come back, and no one would try to take your place. Even go back to the hotel if you wanted. And yes, I’m still reeling from this adherence to what are not even official rules!
It was just Anggi and my luck that we got busted for trying to sneak in cameras and ended up having to run, deposit cameras and run back to the line. Luckily, the guards were sweet enuf to not make us go to the end of the queue when we returned. So from a potential place in rows 2 or 3 we ended up in row 10. Lesson learned, invest in a great camera phone, and ditch the digicams. At the end though, our losing our place turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because we ended up near the fence at the center of the stage. Two advantages to this position, the area just near the fence was slightly raised, so we weren’t being crushed by fangirls around us; and two, we had a (mostly) unobstructed view of the stage. If only this hulk of a guy had not been right in front of me, my view would have been perfect! As it is, I had to kind of watch everything from under his constantly waving arm! Sigh.
At exactly 6 pm, the lights started to swirl on the curtain and the intro music started. And as the screams around me rose to a crescendo, the curtain in front of the stage dropped! And there they were, less than 15 feet away from me, CN FRICKIN BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Excuse me while I faint.
Having been at the press conference the day before I already knew they looked exactly the same in real life as they do in their pictures and videos. And of course seeing them standing, living, breathing in front of me was just so AWESOME!!! In the press conference they came across as really sweet, polite and respectful, and funny! Even with the language barrier, and things being lost in translation, they were funny. Not being Thai, I had to rely on my smattering of Korean to figure out what was being said. Yeah, go figure. I have a smattering of Korean!
Anyhow, coming back to the concert…….
At this stage, I must make clear that I’m a huge fan of band leader and lead vocal, Jung Yonghwa, and this is going to be a very Yong centric account. Much as I love the other boys, I pretty much spent the entire concert staring at Yong and following his movements on stage. I’d heard about how charismatic he is on stage, and every bit of what I heard was true. He totally rocked that stage. He head banged with Jungshin. He ran front and center and went down on his knees playing guitar. He played peek-a-boo with the audience (Ok, that may not sound charismatic, but it was adorable!) Then of course were the kisses he blew to lucky fans in the audience….. I wasn’t even the direct recipient, and I melted into a puddle of goo on the spot.
But my favorite Yongasmic moments had to be when he danced, or to put it in the words of my friend Anggi, he grooved. Yonghwa, unlike the typical KPop boy idols is clearly not suited for choreographed dance moves, but when it comes to free-styling it, he’s got what it takes. Mostly 😛
As for the other boys, Jungshin the bassist was a revelation in terms of stage presence. After Yong, he was the one who interacted with the audience the most and kept them engaged . Jonghyun was very focused on playing guitar and didn’t move around much at all. And obviously there was no way drummer Minhyuk was going anywhere!
But more than all the fan service, more than the dancing and the kisses, what really rocked the concert, was the music. You could feel how much these boys loved music, and how happy it made them to perform their songs in front of their fans.
The boys started with Intuition and the entire stadium was singing along with them. Then it was Ready and Go, and Voice. Love Girl was super peppy with both Yong and JS doing their trademark jumps. Yonghwa made sure the crowd sang along with him. It was quite amazing to see how language was not a barrier for these 4 boys. Between them they had learnt a few stock phrases in Thai, and spoke a smattering of English, but that was all they needed to communicate with the crowd. And of course the music.
Next up was my current favorite CN Blue song – Rain of Blessing. When the opening notes sounded, I was sure I’d died and gone to heaven. The other main vocal for the group, Jonghyun has a beautiful voice, soft and sweet and he’s the main vocal for this song. While Yonghwa adds some beautiful harmonies with his more raspy, but equally beautiful voice.
*takes a 5 minute break to go watch the song on YouTube*
*starts watching related videos*
Two hours later…..
*continuing like I never left*
Next came Y, Why and I was totally holding my breath waiting to see if Yong would be able to hit those high ending notes! And he did! He totally did! You could see the relief on his face. And on mine.
Then came the Jonghyun classics Love comes with the rain and I will forget you. His voice really is made for sad songs. Then they went into a long line of their rock songs including Now or Never, Just Please, Let’s go crazy, etc. At this point I started to worry because Yong’s voice was starting to get a little strained. I felt this most strongly in One time and Tattoo. In Let’s go crazy, Yong left most of the singing to JH and JS and mostly ran about being super cute! This little break seemed to help, because after that Yong’s voice sounded a little better! Next was JH with Kimio.
I had been hoping and hoping they would sing more of their Japanese songs and the next 2 songs were Get Away and In My Head. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!
Yongwha, was adorable (yes I know I have it bad!), saying over and over again “I have Bangkok. In. My. Head.” And making the audience repeat it after him. Next was the Heartstrings theme song which the boys AND the audience totally loved! I know I keep repeating myself with the loved, but really, what’s there not to love?
I was sad that Minhyuk didn’t get to sing Star. I really, really wanted to watch him sing that.
And the grand finale! Love Light rock version. And for once I wasn’t cribbing and saying I wish they would sing the ballad version. Oh yeah, somewhere before that, they did go offstage and came back for an encore. I find these planned encores in all concerts so funny, but that’s a different blogpost all together.
Love Light marked the end of the concert. Yong walked to the center of the stage and waited for the other boys to join him. He waited for Minhyuk to walk down to him and then they all held hands and bowed to the audience. Several times. In all directions.
And then to the strains of Kumawoyo (Thank You in Korean), they walked off the stage. Leaving me feeling hyper and excited. But also with a sense of emptiness. Which I’m guessing will only go away when I decide on the next CN Blue concert I will attend.
In the meantime I will leave you with this video, a fancam of the song Rain of Blessing, performed by CN Blue at the same concert. I suspect at least some of the screams you hear from the audience are mine 😀
The audio isn’t great, so if you want to hear the real thing, just google it. Better still DL it from itunes and listen to it 🙂
Watching CN Blue in concert was such a surreal moment in my life. I felt like i was floating somewhere high in the stratosphere! And I haven’t really come down yet….