To anyone, especially those who are watching the Japan concert(s) this weekend (Hiroko, Yukie, etc I would really need your help on this one):
If I’m not mistaken, this is the setlist for the concert:
Since we won’t probably be seeing any fancams from the concert as Japan is very strict about this, there is no way for us who won’t be there to know how the concert went, except for fan accounts. Now, I am going to be honest and blunt about this: I don’t trust majority of fan accounts, especially if it’s written by super-fans. All you will read are he’s cute, he’s hot, he was awesome, etc even if video evidence says otherwise. But since there will most probably be no video footage of this, we have no way to discern, right?
This is where I’m going to ask for honest commentary from our friends who will be at the Japan concert(s) tonight and/or tomorrow. I am especially interested to know how he will sing the segment from Not A Single Day to I Do. I feel that there’s a little story going on in there. Try reviewing the lyrics of those songs and you’ll see what I mean.
Edited to add:
I’ve been reading some feedback and reports from last night’s concert, and I just want to say this:
I’m probably alone on this, but I really think that he should ‘retire’ the whole Nan routine with the fake rain and removal of shirt to reveal his abs. Three concert tours running, and it’s still there??? Come on, Ji Hoon, show us something a little bit more fresh, please.
Edited further to add:
Some updates and mini-reviews are posted at the Comments section. But I want to reiterate some points that I’ve written there:
1. Granted that I’ve only seen a few shaky fancams taken from faraway, I really think Rain is not 100% in top condition lately. Yeah, I know he’s got nice abs and all that, but muscles do not define good physical health, ok? Listen to him sing. He can’t even hit the high notes. His dance solo isn’t that impressive to me, either. Or maybe my standards are just way too high. I dunno. But my opinion on his singing stays.
2. Having said that, despite the not-so-good singing, I like the romantic segment of the show. I’ve listened to four songs courtesy of some audio bootlegs from RainHK. I’ve mentioned before that I think Rain: Unplugged would have been a nice – and cheaper – concept for him and I was right. I did not need to see the video to feel the emotions he conveyed on those four songs. Especially that extended long note on Not A Single Day… god, that killed me. It’s like he really misses someone.