JYJ CONCERT in TOKYO DOME 2013 ‘The Return of the JYJ’ was a three-day live concert of JYJ in Japan commemorating the group’s return and resumption of activities in the country after a three-year long hiatus. The concert marked JYJ’s comeback in Japan following the success of their legal dispute with former label agency, S.M. Entertainment since July 2009 and Avex Group. This would be their first official event since Thanksgiving Live in Dome concerts in 2010.
The shows received over 300,000 pre-orders in tickets and only 150,000 tickets were sold through a random drawing. To make up for the remaining 150,000 fans, the finale concert was broadcast live in 113 nationwide theaters in Japan including Toho Cinemas and Warner Mycal Cinemas. Cumulatively, the concert and live broadcast viewing in theaters attracted a total of 210,000 fans.
The three-day concert grossed KRW 20 billion, and it sold KRW 19.5 billion tickets to the shows. While the net profit remains a secret, C-JeS Entertainment revealed, “Considering overall costs such as the personnel expenses for the Japanese production agency that we used, we aren’t sure yet how much the profit-loss calculation will be” as reported by KpopStarz.
1. Background and Development
2. Stage Design
3. Concert Synopsis
5. Broadcasts and Recording
7. Concert Set List
8. Concert Goods
9. Related Discography
10. Tour Dates
11. Tour Personnel
Background and Development
Itinerary & Ticketing
C-JeS Entertainment first announced on February 25, 2013 that the group would be performing in Tokyo Dome. The dates to the three-day concert were then announced three days later. JYJ said, “We are confident to give you the best stage as we will be standing in front of everyone for the first time after three years.”
Ticket sales to JYJ’s official fanclub members and pre-sales began on March 1, 2013. The remaining tickets were offered as public sales on March 15, 2013. All seats for the three-day show was priced at JPY 10,500.
Tour Production & Development
JYJ performed a four-day Thanksgiving Live in Dome concert in Osaka Dome and Tokyo Dome in 2010 while under the Japanese label agency, Avex Group, since February 2010. The contract was terminated in September 2010 by the label agency due to conflict with JYJ’s current Korean label agency, C-JeS Entertainment. The trio held a two-day charity concert titled 2011 JYJ Unforgettable Live Concert in Japan on October 15 to October 16, 2011 which gathered over 80,000 people at Hitachi Kaihin Park in Ibaraki.
In this The Return of the JYJ concert, 26 songs were performed in each show which ran for about three hours. The concert featured songs from JYJ’s The Beginning, and In Heaven studio albums, and members’ solo albums including Tarantallegra and Y. For the solo performances, both Jaejoong and Junsu performed up to five tracks each, while Yoochun did four. JYJ was accompanied by six live concert band members on stage, and 16 backup Korean and Japanese dancers.
Studio rehearsals with JYJ’s band members for the concerts began on March 10, 2013. JYJ was reportedly to have been practicing closely to 10 hours a day for the shows.
In a press conference on April 4, 2013, Jaejoong revealed that the selection of songs for the solo performances was chosen from his and Junsu’s respective solo albums that were released, while Yoochun would be performing a new self-composed track since he had not released a solo album. Other remaining solo performances were chosen according to the each members’ favorites. In the conference, it was revealed that “Minna Sora No Shita” was selected by Junsu as “it carries the feelings that JYJ wants to convey to fans that we could not meet for three years.” As the concert theme revolved around recalling the past, Hideaki Tokunaga’s “Rainy Blue” was included in the setlist as the track, according to JYJ “holds our most important memory of our last concert in Tokyo Dome in 2010.”
The Return of the JYJ concerts featured three separate stages including the main stage, and two circular B-stage and C-stage, resembling the shape of a flower. All three stages were connected with one long catwalk. Both ends of the main stage and B-stage were connected to form an arc ramp, where the dancers would perform here for songs “Be My Girl” and “Empty”. The B and C-stages were designed as turntable platforms which can be raised up to 5 meters high. These turntable raised stages were used mainly during Jaejoong’s solo performances such as “One Kiss”, “All Alone” and “Mine”, and JYJ’s “Rainy Blue”. Above the main stage hoisted three lifts shaped in gears for the opening performance where JYJ descended to the main stage to start the shows.
Behind the main stage sat a big LED screen and two side screens suspended above the stage to show close-ups of each member of JYJ. A large centralized half-dome LED screen with strip lighting at the main stage formed the concert’s main backdrop visuals and effects.
The live band members were placed in maze-like bunkers on the main stage. Three ride carts for JYJ’s performance during “You’re” and “찾았다(Found You)” were prepared for the concerts to travel around the stage, a typical concept in many of Tokyo Dome concerts where the artists can interact with the fans closer.
The concert opened with a countdown timer of 24,552 hours to mark the group’s return to Japan since their last show Thanksgiving Live in Dome in 2010 and a six-minute opening video was shown which featured the JYJ trio entering a room of paused clocks and other frozen objects, representing a theme that the moment of time had stopped. The members each grabbed their respective “J”, “Y” and “J” initials from a box before the room seemingly about to collapse. Following an intro performance, which served as a prelude to “Mission”, the trio descended on individual gear-like platforms and performed the track on the main stage in gold-themed outfits. They continued with a ballad rendition of “Ayyy Girl” here before concluding with “Be the One” from their The Beginning album at the B-stage. The first act ended with an opening talk where the trio greeted their fans.
The second act proceeded with two rounds of solo performances. Junsu was the first to perform with “Breath” from his Tarantallegra album at the main stage and performed “Lullaby” next, in the same outfit as the previous intro tracks, at the B-stage. The stage transitioned to Jaejoong’s performance with “Only Love” from his Y album in his grey sweater as he was joined by dancers at the main stage. Yoochun emerged with a piano accompaniment by band member Kim Si Young to sing “Friend”, a cover track by Japanese rock band Anzen Chitai. Donning the same beige coat with scarf, Yoochun walked to the B-stage to continue with his own cover rendition of “오래된 노래(An Old Song)”, which is composed by South Korean songwriter Kim Dong Ryul. Jaejoong reappeared again to sing “One Kiss” from his solo album in a grey fur coat on a raised C-stage in which he was closest with fans on the upper floors of the stadium. The first round of solo performances concluded with Jaejoong moving to the main stage to sing a cover version of “Glamorous Sky” by Japanese singer Mika Nakashima. At the bridge of the song, Jaejoong introduced all six live band members on stage.
The show changed to the second round of solo performances and began with Junsu singing and dancing to “Uncommitted”, dressed in a grey topcoat with four backup dancers. Junsu walked to B-stage where he was joined by the concert’s guitarist Chun Moo Jin. “Minna Sora No Shita” was performed next, a ballad cover track by Japanese singer Ayaka Iida. Yoochun returned at the main stage in a grey topcoat to sing Masaharu Fukuyama’s “Saiai (最愛)”, followed by Yoochun’s self-composed Korean track for the Tokyo Dome concerts titled “그녀와 봄을 걷는다(Walking With Her In The Spring)” at the B-stage. The show continued with two solos by Jaejoong with “All Alone” and “Mine” dressed in a black fur coat on a raised B-stage. The solo segment ended with “Tarantallegra” performed by Junsu in a purple top and back latex outfit with his 16 backup dancers at the main stage. Towards the end of the song, Junsu and the backup dancers concluded the bridge and final chorus of the song at the B-stage.
An interlude was played which featured black-and-white clips of the trio’s studio rehearsals. The stage was adorned with maze silhouette structure and JYJ emerged at the main stage in full black outfits against a backdrop of visuals depicting clocks on the video screen. The trio moved to the B-stage to perform “소년의 편지(The Boy’s Letter)” and at the end of the song, individual letter messages by the members showing their gratitude and feelings to the fans were displayed on the main video screen. The stage changed to a rock atmosphere where the trio performed a remix rendition of “Get Out” with the backup dancers dressed in black-and-white outfits. The act finished with a dance break segment performed by JYJ’s backup dancers.
After changing into full white suits, JYJ put on a car parade to have a better interaction with the fans and rode in individual moving carts around the stage while singing “You’re” and “찾았다(Found You)”, an original soundtrack from Yoochun’s TV series Sungkyunkwan Scandal. The trio would throw autographed color balls to fans while on their respective carts. JYJ returned to the B-stage to introduce the following song and sang “Rainy Blue” by Hideaki Tokunaga on a raised rotating platform in a blue-lit stage. JYJ gave a final talk and closed the show with “낙엽(Fallen Leaves)” at the main stage.
A final interlude was played and JYJ returned to sing remix versions of “Be My Girl” and “Empty” for the encores, which they performed wearing black T-shirts from the concert’s official merchandise. The encores were joined by JYJ dancers in similar white T-shirts. The show ended with JYJ and dancers bowed and thanked the fans. As the show ends, a short interlude was played depicting the frozen clocks from the opening video earlier starting to move again, before rolling credits featuring JYJ’s studio rehearsals were shown on the video screen with “In Heaven” as the background music.
An special website for the concert was set up on February 25, 2013 which featured a teaser poster on the group’s comeback. The first official promotional poster for the concerts was unveiled on March 22, 2013.
A 30-second TV spot and a 25-second clip of JYJ’s exclusive message to promote the Tokyo Dome shows were both released on February 28, 2013 on the concert’s official YouTube channel.
Digital advertisements for the concerts were broadcast and JYJ promotional trucks were operated in Shibuya, Tokyo. Various advertisements were made on local newspapers as well.
On March 10, 2013, JYJ’s 15-second video message to promote the finale live concert broadcast in nationwide Japanese theaters was released.
Prior to the start of the finale show, JYJ held a press conference in Tokyo Dome on April 4, 2013.
Broadcasts and Recording
C-JeS Entertainment announced on March 11, 2013 that the finale Tokyo Dome concert will be relayed live in 113 nationwide theaters in Japan including Toho Cinemas and Warner Mycal Cinemas with an admission fee of JPY 4,500 per ticket for fans who could not get tickets to the live shows.
In South Korea, SBS News broadcast a news coverage on the concert’s 150,000 attendance on April 4, 2013. Other news stations highlighted the same concerts on YTN News and News Y on the following day. MBC aired a special 2-minute documentary that covered the Tokyo Dome shows and interviews with fans outside the concert venue on April 29, 2013.
C-JeS Entertainment released a 30-second timelapse clip of the stage construction and preparation on April 8, 2013. On the same day, a clip on the concert highlights for the shows was dropped.
On March 4, 2014, MONOCROM, being the concert’s opening video producer, showcased a yearly highlight reel which also featured the concert’s opening video sequence. Another clip presenting a short 20-second cut of the opening video was released on July 13, 2015.
The finale show was filmed and released as a 4-disc live concert DVD on June 28, 2014, where the first two discs feature the full-length concert, third disc on concert production, rehearsals and press conference, and fourth disc on each member’s camera angles during the encores. The Japanese version DVD set came with 200-page photo book and 4-piece mini posters of members’ messages and signatures. A Korean version was released on the same day.
150,000 tickets to the three-day Tokyo Dome shows were reportedly to have sell out and over 300,000 people were competing for the seats during pre-order sales. The three-day concert and live viewing shows in theaters cumulatively attracted about 210,000 fans. The concerts expected to have grossed KRW 20 billion, and sold KRW 19.5 billion tickets to the shows. The exact net profit was not revealed.
Over 500 Korean fans appeared in Gimpo Airport for JYJ’s departure to Japan and more than 1,000 Japanese fans welcomed the trio to Japan upon their arrival at Haneda Airport on March 27, 2013.
On the premiere night, fans delivered congratulatory flower bouquets outside the venue to commemorate the start of the shows. Various posters of JYJ members Yoochun’s TV series Rooftop Prince and Jaejoong’s TV series Dr. Jin and movie Code Name: Jackal were put up around the concert venue. The Japanese and Malaysian JYJ fan clubs also collectively donated 100kg and 20kg of rice wreaths, respectively, as support for the concerts.
Jaejoong’s friends Fukutaro Nagatsu and actor Yu Shirota, and Akio Iwama of BOSSA NOVA attended the first night concert. Artists Baek Seung Heon and LeeU also visited the concert on the following night. Each JYJ member’s families took turns to catch the shows on different nights. The trio was visited by Jaejoong’s family on day two while Junsu’s and Yoochun’s families came for the finale. Rock band Glay’s member Takuro Kubo, actress Risako Miura and “Glamorous Sky” singer-songwriter Hideto “Hyde” Takarai also attended the concert.
On April 3, 2013, the president of the concert’s production agency Kyodo Yokohama, President Okamoto, compared the JYJ concerts to the ones of Michael Jackson and said, “the dances are even more splendid and impressive.” One of the biggest Japanese advertisement agencies revealed, “JYJ selling out all three concerts even though they’re being held on weekdays just proves that they have immense power as incredible artists.”
Japanese newspaper Nikkan Sports says on April 19, 2013 that the Tokyo Dome shows were “as symbolic as the achievements of a soccer tournament” despite the group being deprived from Japan’s center stage after a legal dispute for three years. On December 27, 2013, South Korean bntnews quoted that despite the concerts were on weekdays and sold out tickets, the “Tokyo Dome concert forays into history with a stage of 150,000 fans.”
Concert Set List
● Ayyy Girl
● Be the One
● Breath_Junsu Solo
● Lullaby_Junsu Solo
● Only Love_Jaejoong Solo
● Friend_Yoochun Solo
● 오래된 노래(An Old Song)_Yoochun Solo
● One Kiss_Jaejoong Solo
● Glamorous Sky_Jaejoong Solo
● Uncommitted_Junsu Solo
● Minna Sora No Shita_Junsu Solo
● Saiai_Yoochun Solo
● 그녀와 봄을 걷는다(Walking With Her In The Spring)_Yoochun Solo
● All Alone_Jaejoong Solo
● Mine_Jaejoong Solo
● Tarantallegra_Junsu Solo
● In Heaven
● 소년의 편지(The Boy’s Letter)
● Get Out_Remix Ver.
● 찾았다(Found You)
● Rainy Blue
● 낙엽(Fallen Leaves)
● Be My Girl_Remix Ver.
● Empty_Remix Ver.
Outro (BGM: In Heaven)
The list of goods was revealed on March 27, 2013 through JYJ Japan Official Website. The merchandise to the concert on sale on JYJ Japan Official Website were only exclusive to JYJ Japanese Membership holders and were not available at Tokyo Dome.
This list is representative of the sales on JYJ Japan Official Website.
1. JYJ Poster & Wrapping Sheet Book + Key Holder Set – JPY 4,500
2. JYJ Cushion (JAEJOONG / YUCHUN / JUNSU) – JPY 5,000
3. JYJ Big Size Towel – JPY 4,000
This list is representative of the sales at Tokyo Dome.
1. Light Stick (2 Types) – JPY 1,500
2. T-Shirt – JPY 3,500
3. Big Size Fan (JAEJOONG / YUCHUN / JUNSU) – JPY 1,000
4. Towel Muffler – JPY 2,500
5. Bromide Set – JPY 2,500
6. Shopping Bag – JPY 500
List of concerts, showing date, country, city, venue, showtime and attendance.
|April 2, 2013 (Tuesday)||Japan||Tokyo||Tokyo Dome||06:00 PM||150,000|
|April 3, 2013 (Wednesday)|
|April 4, 2013 (Thursday)||05:30 PM|
- Artist: Kim Jae Joong, Park Yoo Chun, Kim Jun Su (JYJ)
Production from Korea
- Executive Producer: Back Chang Ju (C-JeS Entertainment)
- Executive Director: Yoon Young Moo (C-JeS Entertainment)
- General Producer: Kim Jae Deok (C-JeS Entertainment)
- Producer: Kim Hyeok (C-JeS Entertainment)
- Assistant Producer: Park Young Ok (C-JeS Entertainment)
- Video Director: Park Il (C-JeS Entertainment)
- Video: Shim Woo Chan (Jackson Film)
- Artist Manager: Jang Jae Ho, Kim Hyun Kook, You Sung Ho, Ahn Young Jun (C-JeS Entertainment)
- Photo: Kim Hyun Jung (CCF)
- Design: Kang In Young, Lee Eun Ji (CCF)
- Merchandise: Lee Seok Won, Lee Juh Young (CCF)
- Hair & Makeup: Kang Ho, Moon Ju Young, Han Ahrum (The Red Carpet)
- Stylist: Noh Mi Young, Joo Young Ran, Park Jumi
- Security: Ha Yoon Tae, Kang Dong Hun, Choi Seoung Hwan, Kim Won Sick, Lee Hun, Moon Hakmo. Kim Kyung Tae (SUHODAE)
Production from Japan
- Producer: Song You Joong (HYS Co., Ltd)
- Concert Production Manager: Yukinori Chiba, Tomo Sakai, Fumiya Kobayashi, Keiko Koyama
- Promoter: Satoshi Okamato, Ryusei Shibata (Kyodo Yokohama, Inc.)
- Planner: Ikuo Kayashi (HYS Co., Ltd)
- Media Partner: Hideto Takeuchi (TOKYO FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd), Shinji Yokoi (Yokohama FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd)
Directing Group from Korea
- Director & Writer: A Nice Duck in Tokyo Dome (Plan A)
- Assistant Director & Writer: OstrichR (Plan A)
- Assistant Director: Sophia Kwon (Plan A)
- Stage Manager: Jo Yoong Eun, Roh Seong Kyeong (Nomess)
- Stage Design: Kim Sung Yeon (Mayvan)
- Sound Design: Yoo Chung Hyun, Moon Ho Hyun, Kim Dong Hee (Art Mix)
- Protool Director: Kwon Bin Gi, Kim Tae Hyun (C-JeS Entertainment)
- Lighting Director: Lee Jung Ki, Kim Myeong Su (Lite Factory)
- Video Director: Bae Jin Hee, Heo Jung Wook, Jang Dae Hyun (amberin)
- Encore Director: Kim Hae Yong (Good Media)
- Electronic Decoration Director: Park Se Woong (Spaceart)
- Special Effect Director: Lee Hyun Soo, Hwang Seong Han (Blaze)
- Laser Director: Choi Kyoung Un, Cho Byung Ho (Team Laser)
Directing Group from Japan
- Stage Manager: Seikoh Nanya, Takaharu Fujiki, Satoshi Kawano, Toshiyuki Kannari
- Stage Set Director: Kenji Takehira, Takayuki Yanagi
- Sound System Coordinator: Iwao Tsurusawa, Yusuke Fukumoto
- Lighting Coordinator: Hironobu Ohkuma, Ichiro Takahashi, Syogo Saiki
- Musical Instrument Technician: Ryousuke Ohba, Shiroh “Tetsu” Tezuka
- Projection Coordinator: Mitsuru Kubo
- Live Camera Coordinator: Hirotaka Nanjo
- Laser Art Coordinator: Kunihiko Kimura
- Special Effect Coordinator: Takashi Koike
- Illumination Coordinator: Jyunji Hayashi
- P.A.D Teleprompter System Planner: Shigeru Kato
- Power System Planner: Nobuo Ohi
- Transport Coordinator: Hiroyuki Watanabe
- Band Master: Jo Dong Ho
- Keyboard: Kim Si Young
- Bass: Kim Hyung Oh
- Drum: Ku Myoung Il
- Guitar 1: Chun Moo Jin
- Guitar 2: Hong Joon Sub
- Percussion: Lee Chang Hee
- Jung Gun Young, Go Yun Young, Kim Gi Hyun, Sin Min Kyung, Ju Hye Jin (ID-MYO, Korean)
- Ryo, George, Wataru, Yu-Ki, Kujinko, Lena, Shikino, Miki, Yo-Ta, Ryoji, Tossy (Japanese)
- Special Thanks To: Shinki Miura Kazuaki Nagai (Dentsu Music and Entertainment, Inc.)
Written and compiled by / Douglas (All About Cassiopeia)
Pictures by / All About Cassiopeia composite, C-JeS Entertainment
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