Jan 07, 2012. BLUESTORM in Hong Kong, through my eyes, according to my ears, and from my heart.
The curtain falls. The ground begins to shake. My already thumping heart races even more.
Yonghwa: “Hong Konnnnng!” “Intuition” that I’ve heard literally hundreds of times sounds so new. “Ready N Go” is total fun to listen to and watch. I should mention that I love they dress casual. It’s CNBLUE, the rock band I see, not K-Pop idols at all. The way Yonghwa strums his guitar, head-bangs, sings … totally wild and SEXY. The drums are set on a raised platform, so we can have a good look at starry Minhyuk. When “Voice” begins, Jonghyun’s beautiful voice floods the air, along with his guitar sound. But I steal looks at Yonghwa, who’s passionately playing his guitar too. I wish I had four pairs of eyes so I could stare at the four boys simultaneously.
“Hello Hong Kong … L. O. V. E. …” Yonghwa doesn’t need to say anything, we just follow him chanting, L. O. V. E. in groups, from left to right. Jungshin: “Hello Hong Kong, nice to meet you.” Yonghwa: “Are you ready?” He keeps asking, maybe our cheers aren’t loud enough. Next comes Jungshin leading the first lines of “Love Revolution”. I can totally see why a music critic praised JS’s vocals at Countdown Japan. “Love Revolution” is almost a Jungshin song! “Kimio” is my favorite “Jonghyun song”, just because I prefer upbeat music.
Time for a little chit-chat. They say “We’re CNBLUE” in Cantonese, and each tells their names in Cantonese. They sound “weird” but totally lovely (to me). Yonghwa: “Finally we’re here.” I can’t decipher their exact words most of the time. But “I love Hong Kong” is loud and clear. Those few words are enough to steal many hearts.
I think our hearts all calm down a bit when the intro of “I will… forget you…” begins, so we sit down to enjoy the beautiful ballad. I think no other bands have a drummer who’s so loved. Whenever Minhyuk says anything, I hear “aw … oooo … hwa …” Minhyuk’s solo stage, “Star”! CNBLUE has four vocalists.
It’s the same VCR they played at BLUESTORM in Seoul, but the words are in English. If I hadn’t read fan talking about it months ago, I’m sure I would have cried watching it.
“Y… why…” with strings and keyboard accompaniment.
So happy to be able to listen to this live and know Yonghwa’s voice is alright now. I cried listening to audio of “Feel The BLUE” when his voice cracked. *Wipe tears*. Beautiful guitar sounds are followed by Jonghun’s sweet singing in “Eclipse/Love In the Rain”. I’ve reminded myself to pay attention to Yonghwa’s guitar solo part. And Yonghwa’s harmonizing with Jonghyun part is the highlight to me (but a little too short). “Because I miss you” !!! (Can’t think of words, so just the exclamation points.) Then Minhyuk thanks the string players, 12 boys from DBS HK (an elite boys’ school). The CNBLUE boys can collaborate with any musicians now? When did they rehearse? Just before the concert? Minhyuk also introduces the keyboardist to us.
Yonghwa says “一齊起身”, Cantonese for “Everybody stand up”. But we are standing up … maybe the audience at the back aren’t standing. Yonghwa: “Are you ready?” “Just Please” is the very first Yonghwa composition released. Listening to it live means a lot to me. “One Time”. “I don’t know why”. If they did the English versions instead, it’d have been more perfect for me. “Tatoo” is my favorite track in the mini-album BLUE LOVE. I particularly like the instruments parts. “Let’s Go Crazy” must have been the most performed. Next is “Now or Never”. Yonghwa: “Put your hands in the air!” Though my eyes are too busy already, a fan boy is around. Whenever I see him, his hand is up, and he’s moving with the music, probably cheering aloud too. Yonghwa says the next is their last song, “We can meet again in the near future, okay?” Then Jungshin introduces “In My Head” being their newest song. He thanks us for our lovely cheer. “You’re in my head, in my mind”. Jungshin’s English is good!
“Encore! Encore! Encore! …………………………” Actually we didn’t shout loud and long enough. They come out changed, in BLUESTORM tees. “I’m A Loner” isn’t my favorite but I always love Yonghwa’s facial expressions singing it. “Love” follows. They appear so “effortless” doing the two Korean hits. It’s totally satisfying listening to those live. I mean with live instruments! Oh, my! Jungshin’s solo part in “You’ve fallen for me”! I’ve fallen for Jungshin! I think Yonghwa’s feeling very proud singing the lines “You’ve fallen for me… you’ve fallen for me”. He and the boys feel that we love them?! Maybe we aren’t the best audience they’ve seen; most of us don’t sing along when Yonghwa wants us to. I think we’re kind of “reserved” compared to other fans they’ve seen. Yonghwa: “This is really the last song.” Then actually just chorus of “You’ve Fallen For Me”. Yonghwa: “We will never ever forget tonight. Thank you.” The “real” last song is rock version of “Love Light”!!! “Encore!” “Encore?” “Encore!” Another “real” last song. “Try Again, Smile Again”. When they play the studio version of “a.ri.ga.tou”, I know it is really the end. They stand together, bow to us and wave to us.
The above report is pretty useless I guess, with instant tweets and even HQ fan pics and fancams flooding around right after the concert. (Just my impression scanning the tweets, haven’t been online much during the weekend.) I do this just for myself and maybe a few fan friends who say they like reading my posts.
Yonghwa mentioned they’ve come last summer. I saw them then too. But this is the real deal, a two-hour concert full of thundering drums, cool guitar/bass playing and passionate singing. I feel so complete as a fan after this concert. I’ve only seen them live for two times but I’m obsessed with fancams and concert audio recordings. I always hear fans say they’re improving day by day. I believe them watching fancams and listening to audios. But I finally see with my own eyes, hear with my own ears and feel everything with my own heart. Four as one! You really need to be there to feel their bond. Though Yonghwa is my ultimate bias, I must say Jonghyun, Jungshin, or Minhyuk is a complete package individually, in terms of looks, music talent and all. But together, it’s multiple times of charm that one feels. How to explain? In Japanese anime, there are these robot-like vehicles piloted by young, daring heroes. When they come together, they transform into a super robot with fantastic super-powered weapons and it becomes extremely resistant to damage. These four boys together is one super robot, if you see what I mean.
I dare not take photos during the concert. The pics above are taken from Apple Daily HK, except the last one. I recorded audio but my phone picked up the annoying clappers sound around. More importantly, I went with a few girls and their voices are there too. I see fans sharing full recordings, so maybe you don’t need mine. Anyway, I’ll edit some cuts and post later. For the time being, just “In My Head”. Look up for clickable links in the set list that follows. I’ll herperlink more when I have time for editing.
2. Ready N Go
4. Love Girl
5. Love Revolution
7. I will… forget you…
9. Y… why…
10. (Eclipse) Love in the rain
11. Because I miss you…
12. Just Please
13. One Time
14. I don’t know why
16. Let’s Go Crazy
17. Now or Never
18. Never too late
19. In My Head
20. I’m a loner
22. You’ve Fallen For me
23. Love Light
24. Try again, Smile again
PS To CNBLUE, from the bottom of our hearts, “We will never ever forget tonight. Thank you.”