JYJ member XIA performs in Bangkok, Thailand on July 20, 2013. [C-Jes Entertainment]

JYJ member XIA performs in Bangkok, Thailand on July 20, 2013. [C-Jes Entertainment]

They went hysterical, sobbed, and screamed, just like his fans in any other country. XIA’s Asia tour promoting his second studio album “Incredible,” successfully kicked off at the Siam Paragon’s Royal Paragon Hall in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.

For musicians, unveiling songs from a new album is always a nerve-racking experience. But the reason he did so in Bangkok was because of his and his group JYJ’s special love for the city.

Thailand was the first overseas country he performed at after releasing his first album “TARANTALLEGRA” last year as well. For Junsu, Bangkok is a “lucky” city at which he prays for the success of his tour. And just like he said, the Bangkok concert attended by 3,000 fans was enough to serve as the foundation to his tour, which would continue into China, Japan, and Malaysia. It was meaningful furthermore because he gave performances that cannot be seen on television.

 

After an opening video showed, Junsu kicked off his concert strong with “TARANTALLEGRA.” From the very beginning, he overwhelmed the audience with the extremely precise and on-time moves he showed with his backup dancers. The growling he showed in the middle of the song proved that he was a man, not a boy. And the stage, set up like a large castle, made the performance seem like a scene from a musical. The mic was unstable for the performance of his second song “No Gain” but he finished both songs well.

The key point of interest had been how Junsu would fill up the two hour-long concert by himself, not as a member of JYJ. But various ideas supported him, including the adequate placement of videos between songs and the connection of occurrences in the videos to the songs. What was most surprising was his physical strength. He did not become shaky while singing a total of 17 songs that included some intense dance tunes. Maybe it was because of his experience with musicals? But this showed that he could definitely be considered the best idol member group when it comes to managing his stage and performances.

 

JYJ member XIA performs in Bangkok, Thailand on July 20, 2013. [C-Jes Entertainment]

JYJ member XIA performs in Bangkok, Thailand on July 20, 2013. [C-Jes Entertainment]

The various performances that accompanied each song were impressive as well. There was much to see including his precise group dancing with his backup dancers for “TARANTALLEGRA” AND “Incredible,” choreography that incorporates a towel for “Chocolate Girl,” and his soulful singing for “Rainy Days.” He also drew screams that filled up the concert venue when his female backup dancers stroked his body for “No Reason” from his new album containing sexy lyrics.

The response by his fans was immense. Some took photos of his mother after discovering her amidst the audience and others surprised Junsu by understanding the comments he said in Korean. And they were no different from his Korean fans when they started waving their glow sticks as he sang his ballad tune “11AM.”

As the concert drew to an end, the screen behind the stage showed Junsu’s photos from when he was young with subtitles that looked back on his past. They included numbers such as, ‘232,968 hours since Junsu was born, 118,704 hours since Junsu became a singer, 98,000 kilometers Junsu flew for his world tours, 53,800 audiences in total for his world tours, 10,248 hours till his second album was released.’ After Junsu finished “Incredible,” the last song to his concert, the audience called out his name for close to five minutes. He then jumped out from the bottom of the stage and ran about singing “Fever,” as if the concert had started all over again.

 

JYJ member XIA performs in Bangkok, Thailand on July 20, 2013. [C-Jes Entertainment]

JYJ member XIA performs in Bangkok, Thailand on July 20, 2013. [C-Jes Entertainment]

Reporter. Kwon Seok Jung moribe@tenasia.co.kr
Translator. Jessica Kim

Courtesy of C-Jes Entertainment