Who would have thought that I would one day go to a K-pop band’s concert?
Ok, maybe it is believable. It’s another one of those situations where you tell yourself you want to try something different, and you never do.
This time, I went through with it.
On Friday, my sister Shalu and I ventured up to Newark, New Jersey for the 2PM ‘Go Crazy’ World Tour and it was one of the coolest experiences. We don’t speak or understand Korean, but we do speak music and that made the entire night ridiculously fun.
Yes, I did bring my camera and yes, I did take a bajillion pictures but you’ll have to scroll all the way down past the boring words to see them. It wasn’t easy taking some of these pictures when you’re surrounded by a number of dancing and hormonal fans…I guess I can’t say much since I was dancing up a storm too. Oh well. Luckily, I packed my 55-250 mm lens and it performed wonderfully, according to Shalu.
For one, Shalu practically died Friday night (as did my arm every time she punched me when the members did a body roll or if a glimmer of abs were seen on stage). 2PM was the group that had started it all for her. For those of you who don’t remember, Shalu loves K-Pop. In fact, exactly a year ago to this past weekend, she saw Infinite, another one of her favorite bands, in concert. I guess this is becoming an annual tradition.
Me? I’ll admit it. I may have died a little on the inside. Anyone would if they saw six attractive men with flawless dancing and singing abilities on stage before them.
In all seriousness, my description of the concert will not do it justice. 2PM brought with them a vibrant stage, fun graphics, and crazy energy. No pun intended. For a group that was apparently jet-leg and nervous (as was stated by the famed singers), their stage presence never faltered because of it.
Of course, there were points when I’m sure many people within the audience needed English subtitles to appear into thin air but it didn’t affect the experience at all. 2PM engaged the audience whether we understood Korean or not. And because Taecyeon and Nikhun’s attempts to push their brothers to speak English was hilariously cute. Oh and there was that one point when they teased the audience that they would sing ‘Anaconda’ but instead started singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. Of course, we all joined in. You had to be there.
There wasn’t a point when I wasn’t dancing along. Even if I didn’t know the song (which was the case a few times), I was on my feet the entire time. By the end, I was almost positive the Prudential Center morphed into a stadium-wide club when they sang ‘Hands Up’ and ‘Go Crazy’ after already performing them earlier. They were jumping and dancing around on stage that everyone couldn’t help but do the same. Everyone who was attending, of all ages, was on their feet.
Something that surprised me the most about this concert was the audience’s demographic. There were people of all ages, races and ethnicities dancing along with 2PM. It wasn’t anything I had expected.
But in all honesty, they are very talented and I’m not surprised they have an international fan following. Each member has his own unique voice and style that made me appreciate their music even more. Seeing music videos versus experiencing someone’s talent live is a different story. Jun. K belted the most amazing vocals toward the beginning of Superman, the song he and Wooyoung produced together, and it was whoa. It’s times like this where I wish I could sing.
This was honestly a fun and fresh new experience for me. I still can’t believe I went to see a K-Pop band live and I have a feeling this probably won’t be my last either. You’re probably wondering how my sisters (yes, sisters. I have three!) and I started listening to Korean music. No, it did not start with PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’. In fact, it was way before that, but that’s a story for another day.
I challenge you to go out and try something new. Go to a concert of an artist that you rarely listen to. You may discover something new there.