JYJ World Tour Concert in 2011~2012 was the first worldwide concert tour of JYJ. Launched in support of the band’s first studio album, The Beginning and subsequently, their first music essay Their Rooms and In Heaven albums, the tour began on November 27, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea and concluded on March 11, 2012 in Peru, Lima with a total of 17 shows in four different continents. Every date of the tour sold over 80% of its tickets, while 12 cities recorded sold out. The show in Seoul was titled as JYJ Worldwide Concert in Seoul.
1. Background and Development
2. Conception and Stage Design
3. Show Overview
5. Broadcasts and Recording
8. JYJ Tōhoku Earthquake Charity Event
9. Concert Set List
10. Concert Goods
11. Related Discography
12. Tour Dates
13. Tour Personnel
Background and Development
Itinerary & Ticketing
After holding the first worldwide showcase in Southeast Asia and the United States in 10 different cities throughout October to November 2010, C-JeS Entertainment announced the start of a concert tour series on October 18, 2010 with shows in Seoul to further promote the band’s The Beginning album. The initial plan was to bring the tour to five Asian countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and five cities in North America in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Canada as revealed by C-JeS Entertainment on February 25, 2011.
The concert in Indonesia was officially announced to the public on February 18, 2011 by local concert promoter, Dreamcatcher Indonesia, that the show would to take place on April 9, 2011. On March 28, 2011, C-JeS Entertainment announced the cancellation of the Indonesia show despite the start of ticket sales through a press release, saying, “[the promoter] kept breaching the articles in the contract” and “seemed not to be ready to organize the concert.” Local promoter for the Singapore concert, Faith & D Entertainment, revealed that the show was officially cancelled as the concert plans were not approved by C-JeS Entertainment on March 28, 2011. The Asian leg was changed with Taipei replacing the Singapore show, and C-JeS Entertainment added Beijing and Busan to the schedule on April 1, 2011.
On April 13, 2011, Powerhouse Live announced two additional shows to the North American leg which included stops in Los Angeles and Newark. JYJ was the first Asian artist to hold a major concert tour under AEG Live in partnership with Powerhouse. On June 16, 2011, C-JeS Entertainment added one last encore show in Gwangju scheduled to take place 10 days later. Busan and Gwangju were announced as the encore concert for the Asian leg as the tour’s schedule did not include shows in Japan.
JYJ extended the tour by adding performance dates for an European Tour in Barcelona, Spain and Berlin, Germany on September 5, 2011. C-JeS Entertainment announced two more concert dates for a South American leg on January 4, 2012 in Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru, concluding the 16-month tour. JYJ was the first Korean performers to stage a solo concert in Spain, Germany, Chile and Peru. Both European and South American tour were organized mainly to promote the trio’s In Heaven album.
The stops in Malaysia, New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco did not manage to pull through in the tour and left unannounced.
Interpark was the ticketing agency for all shows in South Korea and the sales for the Seoul concert took place on October 19, 2010. Examination candidates in South Korea’s universities of year 2010 were given a 40% privilege discount off the ticket price for specific seat categories. LOOK Korea was the only exclusive authorized dealer and travel agent for international and Japanese fans for the Busan concert.
Tour Production & Development
Jeri Slaughter directed the two-night Seoul concert while Jaejoong was the executive director for all the Asian shows. Jaejoong designed the entire performance with the theme “Creative Challenge”, in which he supervised the lighting, sound, stage, video and image, and met with choreographers, stylists and prop managers, and oversaw the entire concert preparation. Rafa Mendez was the stage director and choreographer for JYJ’s European shows.
The show in Seoul lasted for about two and a half hours while in other cities ran for two hours. The practice for Be My Girl (Remix) took place on November 25, 2011 while stage rehearsals started on November 27, 2011 in Seoul Olympic Stadium. For the North American tour, stage rehearsals began on April 26, 2011.
The November 27, 2010 concert in Seoul started an hour later than scheduled due to a sudden hailstorm that ripped the roofing membrane of the open venue and various stage equipment had to be readjusted. The JYJ members later took turns apologizing to everyone on their respective Twitter accounts. JYJ opened that night’s concert by expressing their condolences to the families and victims of the Yeonpyeong Island’s artillery incident.
In Bangkok, 50 lucky fans were randomly picked among the THB 5,000 ticket holders to attend an open press conference. In San Jose, Yoochun celebrated his 25th birthday on stage during the second half of the concert on June 3, 2011. The June 12, 2011 show in Busan was delayed and kicked off only an hour later due to problems with stage installation.
JYJ held a short showcase performing “Get Out” and “Empty” in the XXI Salón del Manga after a press conference event in Barcelona on October 29, 2011.
Conception and Stage Design
The theme of the concert in Seoul was intended to elevate JYJ’s celebrity status to the next level by keeping their typical heartthrob display mixed with an edgier and sexier feel. The show was told through a world of experimentation and analysis, within a realm of unearthly proportions, and the concert will end where JYJ starts through its birth, creation and beginning.
The concert had a grandeur and glitz of pop movement look infused by an utterly sleek hardened edge with hints of elemental features displayed throughout the show. The stage showcased metal and glass framed by an angular post-modern atmosphere that complimented with fire and water. This was told in three different stage acts from the use of pyrotechnics, water walls to 3D landscape that took the audience through different modern theatrics. The entire stage had resemblance to an atom or atomic structure to portray an angular yet organic look. The stage also had a design look and sexy modern aesthetics that morph from act to act. Although two acts might share similarities, they essentially had different feeling, tone and represented by different elements.
The Seoul concert venue was originally planned to be covered like a dome with a roofing membrane to maximize lighting effect, sound quality and provide warmth for the winter. The strong wind and hail in the morning of the concert tore down the tent structure, which took the concert team three days to install it, and the venue was left roofless for two days.
The maximum usage of a cross-shaped and circular stage for the Bangkok and Beijing concerts was put into consideration to allow closer interaction with fans. High-definition projectors were placed at both sides of the stage and a 200m2 LED screen at the center stage to ensure maximum viewing for fans in the balcony seats. Nine stage lifts, movable screens and other special effects equipment to showcase best visual effects and an unbeatable audio-visual experience were put into the stage design.
The stage lifts and seven LED screens for the Taipei show were revealed to cost almost TWD 10 million (approximate USD 316,000). The T-shaped stage for that show was expanded to allow more dance movements and greater interaction between JYJ and the audience.
The stage for the encore Busan and Gwangju shows was changed into a 100m2 circular centralized stage extended from the main stage with 280 steel columns of 2.1m high and 60mm in diameters. This allowed the complete space usage of the gymnasium. Below the stage floor consisted of stage equipment weighing over 10 tons. The stage construction took over three days to build and cost over KRW 8 million (approximately USD 7,200). The audience seats that were originally planned to be installed on the floor of the venue was cancelled due to safety reasons. C-JeS Entertainment employed 200 security and 70 office personnel for the entire duration of the concert.
The North American shows had smaller T-shaped stages while the European and South American tour had only one main stage in the concert halls. It was revealed in the South American press conference that larger equipment took a few months to ship from South Korea to the shows held in North and South America and Europe.
18 songs were performed in the concert in Seoul while the other shows had about 23. “I.D.S (I Deal Scenario)”, “Pierrot”, “Mission”, “Nine” and “낙엽(Fallen Leaves)” were first introduced in the Seoul concert before the official release of the Their Rooms music essay on January 25, 2011. For the solo performances in Seoul, Jaejoong performed “Still In Love” and “너에겐 이별 나에겐 기다림(To You It’s Goodbye)”, an original soundtrack from the Korean drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Yoochun sang “I Love You” and covered “취중진담(Drunken Truth)” by pop duo 전람회(Exhibition). In addition to “I Can Soar”, Junsu performed “Too Love”, an original soundtrack from Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Flowsik was the featured guest to perform the rap for “I Love You” in Seoul. Junsu conducted a large orchestra to present an orchestral version of “Empty” on stage during the second half of the show.
“이름 없는 노래 (A Song Without A Name)” was performed live for the first time in the remaining Asian shows. JYJ showed off four new songs which were “In Heaven”, “You’re”, “Get Out” and “소년의 편지(The Boy’s Letter)” for the first time in Bangkok and throughout the remaining shows before the official release of the In Heaven album on September 15, 2011. JYJ also sang the “Elephant Song” in Thai, a national children’s song in Thailand, during the first talk session on stage as a promise to fans during the band’s The Beginning album showcase in that country.
A special concert website was set up for the Seoul concert on November 22, 2011. A press conference took place at Parc Paragon on April 1, 2011 to promote the Bangkok shows. JYJ’s North American press conference was held at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on May 16, 2011. Jaejoong and Junsu were in attendance at that press conference while Yoochun was in South Korea for the promotions of his Korean drama series.
The trio’s press conference in Santiago took place on March 8, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel and in Peru at the JW Marriott Hotel on March 10, 2012. Questions relating to their personal life and legal issues with the former entertainment company were prohibited during the conference.
Broadcasts and Recording
In South Korea, highlights from the Gwangju concert and interview sessions with the band were aired for 10 minutes on KBS-2TV under the Live Entertainment News segment on June 28, 2011.
The two-night Seoul concert was filmed and released as a 5-disc limited edition live concert box set DVD packed in a 100% hand made wooden box on December 23, 2011 as a commemoration to the one-year anniversary of the show. The second to fourth discs consists of individual member versions of the concert, while the fifth disc includes a concert making film, Seoul showcase and concert highlights. The set comes with six 40-page photo books.
The first round of ticket sales for the Seoul concert was sold out in just 20 minutes on October 19, 2011. Celebrities including MBLAQ’s Yang Seung Ho and Mir, Sungkyunkwan Scandal casts Yoo Ah In, Soong Jong Ki and Kang Seong Pil, and Jaejoong’s family attended the concert in Seoul. Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) recorded at least 2,500 out of 4,113 people dubbed the ‘Hallyu Tourists’ went to Seoul to watch the concert. The Seoul concerts also attracted a total of 3,000 international fans from China, Taiwan, Malaysia, America and Europe.
In Bangkok, over 11,000 fans from Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and other parts of Asia attended the concert each night. About 30 reporters from South Korea, 300 reporters from Thailand, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, China, Japan and Hong Kong, and about 40 foreign reporters flocked to the concert hall. The daughter of Thailand’s 27th prime minister, Prang Vejjajiva, and Junsu’s parents attended as audience members. Following the show in Bangkok, fans from the Philippines launched a petition in Facebook and Twitter for the country to be included as one of the world tour stops.
JYJ sold over 7,000 tickets for the Taipei leg after the sales took place in mere 15 days from the start of the concert, creating a new record of the shortest promotional period for a concert held in this country by an overseas artist. The concert generated over TWD 20 million (approximate USD 633,000). According to the organizer Brokers Brothers Herald, the record was only made possible because the Singapore stop was cancelled. Taiwanese pop duo AK’s Kris Shen also attended the same show. Taiwanese media TVBS and ETTV were present to cover the concert.
The senior Vice President of AEG Live, Susan Rosenbluth, visited JYJ’s concert scene in North America herself.
80% of the Barcelona concert tickets were sold out after three days of sales and the ticketing site for the Berlin show was crashed due to traffic overload. The Barcelona show drew over 30 press and medias from South Korea itself and also from Taiwan, China, Japan and France. More than 1,000 people turned up for the showcase at XXI Salón del Manga after the press conference event. In Berlin, fans from Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Russia, France and Greece turned up for the concert apart from the local fans.
JYJ broke Peru’s ticket sales record with half of the concert tickets sold out in just 30 minutes, surpassing international artists like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. 30 national newspapers and broadcasters including El Comercio and TV Perú attended JYJ’s press conference in Lima. Over 2,000 fans gathered in the large square in front of the JW Marriott Hotel where the press conference took place and caused major traffic jam. Hundreds of fans camped out for days outside the venues in Santiago and Lima to attend the shows.
The Busan Wave
Initially, the announcement of the Busan shows raised worry among fans as Korean concerts had only been held in Seoul. Prior to the reveal of the location of the concert, hotels in the vicinity of predicted venues like Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) and Asiad Main Stadium were fully-booked. Concerns grew especially among domestic fans when it became known that some package sales for the Busan’s concert tickets in Japan were available. C-JeS Entertainment received numerous calls about the start of ticket sales as it was predicted that numerous international fans will enter South Korea to attend.
On June 9, 2011, Air Busan revealed that the regional airline scheduled chartered Osaka-Busan flights specially for the Japanese fans for the two-night show. Hotel rooms in the Haeundae district were completely filled with over 200 to 300 bookings for the weekend. Lotte Busan Hotel ceased taking reservations for its 200 rooms a month before the start of the show. A Lotte Duty Free store prepared 1,000 complimentary clear folders with JYJ’s imprinted photographs to fans when they collect their concert tickets in Lotte Busan Hotel. Haeundae Centum Hotel had 500 fans book about its 300 rooms.
20,000 tickets that average KRW 100,000 (approximate USD 90) each for the Busan shows were sold out within 15 minutes of the opening sales on May 27, 2011. The shows in Busan grossed over KRW 200 million (approximate USD 179,000) combining with the 10% of entrance fees. This was the largest profit raised by Sajik Indoor Gymnasium in 10 years for a single event. The concert travel package for 1,000 Japanese fans profited KRW 3 million (approximate USD 2,700).
Korean and Japanese fans of Jaejoong specifically put up various advertisements in Busan’s train stations in support of the encore shows and Jaejoong’s role as the concert’s executive director for a month starting on May 17, 2011. 2,000 members from seven different Japanese fan clubs collectively donated 1.7 tons of rice wreath to a social relief organization in Busan. Over 3,000 foreign fans including those from the Americas and Europe were recorded attending the finale shows in Busan. Jaejoong’s parents also came in attendance for the show.
The success of JYJ’s Seoul concert led to the release of The Beginning (Worldwide Concert in Seoul Edition), a special compilation release of the trio’s The Beginning and Their Rooms albums, on November 29, 2011. The 2-CD release also includes a DVD that features the making and recording of The Beginning album, and the music video and behind the scenes of the title track “Ayyy Girl”.
JYJ Tōhoku Earthquake Charity Event
In the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake which happened on March 11, 2011 in Japan, JYJ was among many artists in South Korea and Japan to hold a charity event to help victims and families of the earthquake. The concert was the trio’s first live performance since Thanksgiving Live in Dome concerts in June 2010 and Avex’s suspension on the band’s activities in Japan in October 2010.
Initially, the charity concert was planned to take place in Yokohama Arena and Saitama Arena but the concert organizer, ZAK Corporation, was not able to secure rental contracts of both venues as Avex was claimed to have interfered with JYJ’s activities at that time. Tickets were already on sale before the venue was officially confirmed to take place in Yoyogi National Gymnasium. JYJ performed two rounds of shows on June 7, 2011.
JYJ donated KRW 600 million (approximate USD 500,000) from the concert’s performance fee and revenues to the affected areas of the earthquake. Profits from the concert were also donated in the form of 1,000 units of NukAlert radiation detectors to Soma city in Fukushima Prefecture as a request from the mayor of that city. 500 units were distributed to government offices while the remaining 500 to preschool children and daycare centres in Soma.
Since this charity concert was part of the world tour, it shared similar set list as the Asian encore shows held in June 2011.
Concert Set List
This set list is representative of the performance in Seoul.
|ACT I – Intro_The Creation
● I.D.S (I Deal Scenario)
● Still In Love_Jaejoong Solo
VCR #2_Photoshoot Video
● Be My Girl
ACT II – VCR #3_The Test
● I Love You_Yoochun Solo
● 취중진담(Drunken Truth)_Yoochun Solo
JYJ Interactive Table Talk
|● Ayyy Girl
ACT III – VCR #4_The Evolution
Orchestral Performance – Empty
● Too Love_Junsu Solo
● I Can Soar_Junsu Solo
● 너에겐 이별 나에겐 기다림(To You It’s Goodbye)_Jaejoong Solo
● 찾았다(Found You)
● 낙엽(Fallen Leaves)
ACT IV – Encore_The Beginning
● Be My Girl_Remix Ver.
● Be The One
● Empty_DJ Eon Remix Ver.
Bangkok, Taipei and Beijing Set List
Vancouver, Newark, Los Angeles and San Jose Set List
Tokyo (charity concert), Busan and Gwangju Set List
Barcelona, Berlin, Santiago and Lima Set List
YesAsia released a special limited tour package worth USD 269.99 on July 5, 2011 which included a water bottle, eco bag, slippers, pouch, soap, toothbrush, mini towel, bath towel, wet wipes and plastic pouch set.
This list is representative of the sales in Seoul.
1. Concert Book & Strap – KRW 20,000
2. 3D Clear File Set – KRW 20,000
3. T-Shirt – KRW 20,000
4. Tumbler – KRW 10,000
5. Blanket – KRW 10,000
6. Light Stick – KRW 10,000
Special Limited Goods
1. 3D Name Tag
2. 3D Mobile Cleaner
3. Mug Cup
5. Bromide Set
6. Light Stick
This table is representative of the sales in Bangkok, Busan, Gwangju and Barcelona.
|Bangkok||Busan||1. Concert Book & Strap – THB 700
2. Bromide Set & Post Card Book – THB 700
3. T-Shirt – THB 800
4. Light Stick – THB 300
5. 3D Clear File & Sticker Set – THB 500
6. Towel – THB 300
|1. Concert Book – KRW 30,000
2. DIY Photo Set with 7321 Design – KRW 20,000
3. Hotfix T-Shirt – KRW 30,000
4. USB Memory Strap (Type A / B) – KRW 30,000
5. JYJ Cookie with We Can – KRW 10,000
6. Sports Towel – KRW 10,000
7. Light Stick – KRW 10,000
8. Stationery Set – KRW 20,000
9. Velcro Wallet – KRW 20,000
10. Gift Free Bag
|1. Concert Book – KRW 30,000
2. Hotfix T-Shirt – KRW 30,000
3. USB Memory Strap (Type A / B) – KRW 30,000
4. Stationery Set – KRW 20,000
5. JYJ Wallet – KRW 20,000
6. JYJ Cookie with We Can – KRW 10,000
7. Sports Towel – KRW 10,000
8. Light Stick – KRW 10,000
9. Memo Pad – KRW 10,000
|1. Raincoat – EUR 3
2. T-Shirt – EUR 20
3. Official Light Stick – EUR 8
4. Light Stick – EUR 3
5. Lanyard – EUR 3
6. Badges – EUR 1 (1 piece) / EUR 2 (3 pieces)
7. Bracelets – EUR 3
8. Aloe Vera – EUR 2
List of concerts, showing date, country, city, venue, showtime and attendance.
|November 27, 2010 (Saturday)||South Korea||Seoul||Seoul Olympic Stadium||07:00 PM||70,000|
|November 28, 2010 (Sunday)|
|April 2, 2011 (Saturday)||Thailand||Bangkok||Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani||06:00 PM||22,000|
|April 3, 2011 (Sunday)|
|April 23, 2011 (Saturday)||Taiwan||Taipei||Taipei Dome||07:30 PM||10,000|
|May 7, 2011 (Saturday)||China||Beijing||Capital Indoor Stadium||07:30 PM||11,000|
|May 20, 2011 (Friday)||Canada||Vancouver BC||Rogers Arena||08:00 PM||25,000|
|May 22, 2011 (Sunday)||United States||Newark, New Jersey||Prudential Center||08:00 PM|
|May 27, 2011 (Friday)||Los Angeles, California||Nokia Theatre LA Live||08:00 PM|
|June 3, 2011 (Friday)||San Jose, California||Event Center Arena||08:00 PM||13,200|
|June 7, 2011 (Tuesday) A||Japan||Tokyo||Yoyogi National Gymnasium||02:00 PM||20,000|
|June 11, 2011 (Saturday) (Encore)||South Korea||Busan||Sajik Indoor Gymnasium||07:00 PM||17,000|
|June 12, 2011 (Sunday) (Encore)|
|June 26, 2011 (Sunday) (Encore)||Gwangju||Yumju Gymnasium||07:00 PM||7,000|
|October 29, 2011 (Saturday)||Spain||Barcelona||Poble Espanyol||09:00 PM||3,000|
|November 6, 2011 (Sunday)||Germany||Berlin||Tempodrom||07:00 PM||2,800|
|March 9, 2012 (Friday)||Chile||Santiago||Teatro Caupolicán||09:00 PM||3,000|
|March 11, 2012 (Sunday)||Peru||Lima||Estadio Monumental Stadium||08:00 PM||6,000|
A This concert was a part of the JYJ Tōhoku Earthquake Charity Event.
|Date||Country||City||Venue||Reason for cancellation|
|April 9, 2011 (Saturday)||Indonesia||Jakarta||Sentul International Convention Center||Breach of contract by local concert organizer|
|April 23, 2011 (Saturday)||Singapore||Singapore||Singapore Indoor Stadium||Unapproved concert plans by C-JeS Entertainment|
- Sound: M Box
- Lighting: Park Sun Gyu (G4 Lighting)
- Relay Broadcasting: Yoo Kang Won (MAYWON MEDIA)
- Visual: Park Sun Tae (M2 Visual)
- VJ: Yoo Kang Won (MAYWON MEDIA)
- Stage: World Stage
- Film Making: Yoo Kang Won (MAYWON MEDIA)
- Editing: Yoo Hyun Suk (CUBEFILM)
- Special Effect: Miracle
- Laser: Koryo Laser
- Design: Lee Kang Hyun (G.I.G.I.C)
- Direction: Alex Hwang Jong Wook
- Production Investment: Back Chang Ju (C-JeS Entertainment)
- Executive Producer: Alex Hwang Jong Wook
- Distribution: Back Chang Ju (C-JeS Entertainment)
Written and compiled by / Douglas (All About Cassiopeia)
Contributed by / Judith (All About Cassiopeia)
Pictures by / All About Cassiopeia composite, C-JeS Entertainment
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