In early 2009, the five-member TVXQ! kicked off their third concert, TVXQ! The 3rd Asia Tour Concert MIROTIC to promote their successful MIROTIC album which was released a year before.
To start off, the official concert logo was revealed as three M letters forming part of the three sides of a cube. The letter M possibly refers to MIROTIC and the three letters of it could mean the third concert TVXQ! was holding in that era.
In the beginning of the concert, the introductory video clip played is called ‘Ride Into The Earth’ (as stated from the TVXQ! The 3rd Asia Concert MIROTIC in Seoul Live Album).
The theme this time around is mostly about the ocean and water. The concert begins with the narration, “TVXQ! The 3rd Asia Tour Concert” along with the sound of the sonar produced from a submarine. The spectators, i.e. the fans, are the people on board inside the vessel. Hence, ‘Ride Into The Earth’ is named after the scenario of fans being ‘immersed’ into the deep ocean of the Earth.
The ‘submarine’ then travels to the bottom of the ocean and stops as the five rocks which are seen start producing a spiritual-like figures before disappearing into the water. The figures are actually the five members of TVXQ!, wearing the bluish outfit for the first performance of HEY!(Don’t Bring Me Down).
The members rise from the rocks in the order: Junsu, Yunho, Yoochun, Jaejoong and finally Changmin.
The camera pans above and we see foams of bubbles appearing and disappearing across the screen. Each appearance of bubbles in the undersea reveals the members presence.
Jaejoong appears as the first and at the same time the narrator calls out “Hero, Kim Jae Joong”. At this interval, you can spot a short appearance of Yunho in the bubbles before the greetings of names continue with “Xiah, Kim Jun Su” and finally “Micky, Park Yoo Chun”.
The greeting stops at this point for a short while and throws the audience a question with “Are you with me? Two more”. (Editor’s note: It is rather uncertain as it may sound like “Come on” instead of “Two more” though.)
The narration proceeds with the names of “U-Know, Jung Yun Ho” and ends with “Max, Shim Chang Min”.
This concert was actually the very first concert that they greeted the names of the five members in full instead their English stage names.
As the greetings of members are done, the figures of the five members start to stay align in upright positions while the narrator proudly says, “We are Dong Bang Shin Ki!”.
The frame ends with the members disappearing into the foam of bubbles and flows towards the screen, indicating their arrival onto the surface of the water.
Ever wonder how they did the filming for this opening sequence? They used a blue screen method to get the surreal feel for this concert. Take a look below.
Review: I think it was a very excellent choice picking this theme for this third concert. I always enjoyed watching this scene but I really hope that they could extend the opening sequence may be a little bit longer and focused more on the five members instead. The concert logo was a fantastic idea to come up with and it really symbolized this concert so well since it is really easy to remember. I’m glad that they used the outfit in the scene to fit the first song of HEY!(Don’t Bring Me Down).
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