On August 16 at 8:15pm (local time) in Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo Arena, the ‘2014 JYJ Asia Tour Concert in Hong Kong – The Return Of The King’ was held. Hot weather above 30 degrees did not matter to the fans. Audience seats, where 10,000 fans had gathered, were filled with screaming to invite the ‘Kings’ whom they have been waiting for.
The fear that JYJ felt was greater than before. There were no broadcast activities even though they had released the 2nd studio album Just Us on 29th of last month, after the first album 3 years ago. Except for the showcase in Korea and the concert in Jamsil Main Stadium on August 9, there was no opportunity for foreign fans to meet the stage of the new album. Also, the three members recently have been acting as actors and not as JYJ. Kim Junsu, in musicals; Kim Jaejoong, in dramas; and Park Yoochun focused on a movie. Foreign fans could not have the chance to face new piece officially.
But it was a groundless fear. JYJ also responded ‘the best’ to the passion of Hong Kong fans who wanted to check JYJ’s stage with their own eyes. In the wave of red LED in the audience seats, JYJ announced the start of concert with Creation. They heated the stage up consecutively with Be The One and BaBoBoy. Kim Junsu greeted and said, “It’s been a while since JYJ stood on the stage in Hong Kong.” Fans replied to him “yes” in Korean with one voice and made a warm atmosphere. Park Yoochun shouted, “I was worried whether we could fill the audience seats. Since you applauded us, we gained a chance to come to Hong Kong. We will make this stage crazy,” and that received claps from fans.
The concert was full of spectators. The fans in standing seats that were surrounding the ‘T’-shaped stage, moved together with the members’ movements and directed a grandeur as if the waves flow. Three big screens were installed in the front side of the stage to captivate the gaze with close-up video of members and various graphic videos.
If the stage of the ‘complete unit’ in the beginning showed highly qualified stability, the personal stages of each member revealed each one’s individuality. Kim Junsu warmed the audience seats with wild dance songs like Tarantellegra and followed by Turn It Up. Park Yoochun uplifted the atmosphere with Walking With Her In The Spring and I Love You, with sentiment of black music. Kim Jaejoong changed to ‘rocker’ and stripped his top and held the microphone. He sang Butterfly and Mine passionately and united the fans into one.
After displaying solo stages, JYJ gathered together as one again and made fans laugh with humor from 10 years’ experience after debut. Kim Junsu said, “Today’s weather is really hot, but the heat from the fans in audience seats is hotter.” Then, Park Yoochun said, “Seeing your dancing just now, I think Junsu’s hips are hotter.” and gave a big laughter to fans. Kim Junsu said, “How do you know it’s hot? What if you say that after you touch them?” and Park Yoochun replied, “I don’t feel like touching them” and received big applaud for his wit.
In Letting Go stage, they stole fans’ hearts by their dance moves with LED gloves that shined light under the dim light. They made a splendid stage for Back Seat, the title song in this album, while all the fans were group chanting. After the stage of Back Seat, which was officially the last song, there was darkness for 5 minutes. Fans called for encore and JYJ reappeared.
Kim Jaejoong greeted them again, saying, “We’re so fortunate to have a stage in Hong Kong. I love you.” Kim Junsu and Park Yoochun also said “I love you”. They finished the concert of 2 hours and 30 minutes with an ending song Fallen Leaves. Pei (20), a fan from Hong Kong in the concert, expressed her feelings and said, “I was surprised. I feel like my heart will explode and I was so moved by their love towards Hong Kong. JYJ’s skills are the best but their appearance today was the best than in any other day.” Jia Yuen (41) conveyed, “I was so happy that Hong Kong was the second place for the Asian tour following Seoul. I was so happy because I feel like JYJ members consider Hong Kong fans as precious.”
JYJ will continue with their Asia Tour in Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei, Shanghai, and Bangkok.
Photos / C-JeS Entertainment
Translation by / Judith (All About Cassiopeia)
Originally published at 일간스포츠 here.