Aftermath report: Beast and Kim Hyun Joong concert
I decided not to do a full review of this concert because it’s more of a benefit show than a real concert. Just the fact that these two Korean acts – and the two Filipino acts, for that matter – agreed to do this show is commendable as it is, so it won’t be fair for them to get judged at this. I’ll just relay my experience of watching this show, with a few random comments thrown in.
We got extremely discounted tickets for this concert again, and this time some of us got even luckier. Lou, Kairu and Kairu’s friend ended up with Patron tickets, but Kairu and her friend ended up at 6th row VIP. Charity’s friends also got Lower Box but they also ended up at VIP. Ella and I could’ve done the same thing, but we decided to stay put at LB. Personally, I was already very satisfied with my seat since I’m not a fan of neither Beast nor Kim Hyun Joong. Too bad that Ella was not able to bring her 20x optical zoom camera because it would’ve been perfect from where we’re at, but my S5IS was allowed in this time so it’s ok.
Random thoughts on the show:
1. First impressions on the stage: it’s your standard Araneta Coliseum stage, with two levels and one wide LED screen as backdrop. Which turned out to be a literal backdrop because just like at the U-KISS concert, it took a while before the production people realized that those screens, or at least a part of it, were supposed to magnify what was going onstage for the benefit of those at Mt. Everest. Then the show started – quite late, I might add, because it’s supposed to start at 8:00pm but actual starting time was around 9:00 – and we were welcomed by green laser lights.
I immediately said, “omigad, it’s Party Pilipinas circa Louie Ignacio!” And then I realized that last Friday night, GMA-7 (which is the media partner for this concert) had their 60th anniversary show at the Araneta with Direk Louie on the helm. I remember seeing a photo of the stage used for that show, and yep: this stage is a toned down version of that stage. Well, at least they had something that resembled a concert-like production. I was actually expecting something less.
2. And to further cement my belief that this show may have been a Louie Ignacio production: the pyros just set off randomly any time it wants, never mind that it’s right in the middle of the song.
3. I think Gelli De Belen may have had more exposure on this concert than any of the four acts.
4. I have one main issue about Pop Girls and XLR8. I find it extremely disappointing that we Filipinos have been bragging about our excellent singing skills, and yet the two Filipino acts on this show did not sing live. At least Hyun Joong had a number where he did not lipsynch. Beast sang live all throughout, which was totally awesome.
5. Pop Girls removed one item of clothing after each song. They started with a long skirt, which they removed after the first song to reveal miniskirts, which they removed after the second song to reveal hot pants. Which prompted me to blurt out, “ok, so what are they going to take off after this song?” That remark from me prompted those sitting in front of me to look back and laugh along with Ella and I. Fortunately – or unfortunately for some – the third song was their last.
6. Just before XLR8’s last number, some fans from Mt. Everest started chanting, “Kim Hyun Joong! Kim Hyun Joong!” (note: the order of performance was Pop Girls, Beast, XLR8, KHJ). I don’t really like XLR8 but I felt bad for them. That was kinda rude, girls.
7. I can’t tell because I’m Hangeul-challenged, but I was told that the lady KOR-ENG interpreter was totally giving the wrong translation. I think that was why the Beast member who studied English in the Philippines eventually took matters to his own hands and did the translation services for his co-members and also made himself the spokesperson for the group.
Can someone please start a Facebook petition or something? “Petition to demand that all events and interviews in the Philippines featuring Korean entertainers will be exclusively handled by Grace Lee or Sam Oh”
8. Beast did well in their set. The best one for me was Shock, although the song they did with the roses (sorry, I only know two Beast songs: Shock and Mystery) was good for its kilig factor.
9. For some reason, I was looking at the Beast members’ faces and I associate them as “G.O.”, “Mir”, “Seung Ho”… After a while I had to tell myself, “wait, this is Beast, not MBLAQ.”
10. Kim Hyun Joong is so damn pretty, it makes me want to kill myself. And I meant that as a compliment. I mean, look at him!
Although at one point, when he brought in his dancers for his last number, I dreaded that he was going to do Rainism again. Thankfully, he didn’t.
11. FAIL on the part of the male host: He asked his ‘favorite question’ to Hyun Joong, “do you know any Filipino words?” This, after Hyun Joong has already said two or three full sentences in Filipino.
12. For the finale, all four acts were joined in by children to sing Michael Jackson’s Heal The World. This part is so adorable because of the Korean artists’ interaction with the kids.
The Beast members were so cute imitating the kids’ choreography:
Hyun Joong’s dancers were mimicking the kids’ hand movements, as well.
I bet we weren’t the only ones who said, “gah, I wonder if those kids realized how lucky they are right now…”
As with the U-KISS blog entry, I only posted a few photos now since it’s almost dawn and I’m sleepy. I’ll be updating this entry with the link to my Facebook photo album once I’m done uploading.
At the show’s interview portion, Kim Hyun Joong was asked if he is aware that SS501 and Boys Over Flowers have fan clubs in the Philippines. He acknowledged them, particularly TSPH. Yeah, as if I needed more bitter pills thrown at me.
You know what, if rumors are true and MBLAQ shall be joining One Way on their Manila tour and they ended up doing a show at the Araneta, I will really be uber-bitter. I cannot accept that MBLAQ will have an Araneta Coliseum gig ahead of Rain.
Extra, that has nothing to do with this Aftermath report:
I failed to do this last Monday. Fortunately, the billboard was still there, so I went ahead and did it:
That billboard was still photographed heavily last night.
Edited, 22 June 2010: