More on My GOT7 ‘Eyes on You’ Concert

[Continuation of My First K-Pop Concert – GOT7]

Without a doubt, we had absolutely no regrets attending the GOT7 – Eyes on You World Tour concert as our very first k-pop concert (and my daughter’s very first concert, ever!) There’s so much to share about our experience so I’ll try to break it down.

Concert Line-up and K-pop Fans

We really had no idea when we should start lining up as P2 reserved seating ticket holders. We were told to go early just in case – we wanted to ensure we had time before the concert started since we didn’t want to miss one minute (especially the intro!) The concert started at 8PM and doors opened at 7PM. Still… to play it safe, we arrived at 5:30PM.

I did my research and knew even though the email from the venue sent 2 days before instructed us to line up anywhere but Gate 1 and Gate 2b (for general admission, standing room only), things could change last minute. And that it did. When we arrived, there was only one line up and no one really knew what that line-up meant. So… what to do? We joined the line! About an hour later we were kicked out and told to go to the back where Gate 5 and 6 were located. *Sigh* The warnings were true – venue places are not always the most reliable as far as being organized. No surprises there.

Toronto has had some k-pop concerts. But not a lot. I’ve been to concerts before and as I will get into it below, there’s some key differences. I don’t think most venue places here have caught on, though.

Having said that, there’s always a silver lining right? And with it came with us getting a chance to meet some very friendly k-pop fans! I also LOVED seeing such a glorious variety of fans from different backgrounds – age, ethnicity, sub-cultures, gender – it did not matter. You were there supporting GOT7 and k-pop in general then damn it you were included! No one was discriminated and the atmosphere was positive and very lovey-dovey. And many fans we met were from multi-fandoms – fan wars were not an issue.

I have seen some online hate from the younger generation saying people over 25 are ‘creeps’ for following k-pop. I’m thankful this seems to be a small percentage of haters out there and being there at the GOT7 concert proved this to me. All I can say is one day, they’ll get it. 😉 After all, it’s the 25-ish and over (as a majority) who are funding the k-pop industry! Either directly as fans or indirectly because of younger siblings, daughters/sons, niece/nephews who are asking for k-pop merchandise as gifts and such.

As Jin says, “Yah! Show some respect for your elders!” Heh. :p

K-Pop Concerts v.s. Regular Concerts

Mind you, it’s been awhile since I’ve gone to a concert. When I was much younger, I went to see artists such as The Cure, Depeche Mode, U2 and James as far as some of the bigger influences of my past. None of them disappointed. However, k-pop concerts are so vastly different from everything I’ve seen before!

One of the reasons why we wanted to get there early was because I heard security can take awhile so we wanted to be closer to the front of the line when the doors open. In the past, I really didn’t worry about this. Every concert I had been to had 1-3 opening acts which took up at least 1 hour prior to the main act. Sure if the opening acts were important on my to-see list, I would want to get there early. And I normally would get there for the opening acts but there wasn’t that stress of making it on time. Should we be late, we had at least that extra hour buffer.

Not at all with k-pop. There are no opening acts. And the intro was explosive so missing it would have been extremely sad! I wonder, though, is this the way it is with many big world tours? Did Lady Gaga have opening acts? Did Madonna or Talyor Swift? I’m pretty out of it so maybe it’s just not k-pop. But of the experiences I’ve had, there’s always been an opening act or two.

Intermission – I had to think back hard but I suppose there wasn’t an intermission with other concerts because for one, the time between the last opening act and the main artists could be a bit of a stretch and therefore acted as time to go to the washroom and/or buy food. Plus, the act itself might be, on average, 2 hrs.

And that’s another thing… k-pop concerts are much more than 2 hrs. GOT7 was 2 hrs and 50 minutes. That’s almost 3 hours of entertainment! We certainly got our money’s worth but yeah – we went to the washroom 15 minutes before the concert started to empty ourselves out. 🙂

Audience Reaction

I DO find myself shamelessly fan-girling k-pop idols during one of those wow-moments. Take how stunned I was with Kim Namjoon (RM) for instance. I normally do not crush after him but once in awhile, as from all BTS members, I get caught off guard by something they do (and it always seems to return to nothing after I watch them being a-dork-able and I just want to adopt/protect them – but that’s k-pop for your… they bias-wreck you even if you don’t have a bias!)

So I was curious as to how I would react seeing Jackson Wang, for example, live and on stage. GOT7 is not my bias group but I love Jackson Wang! Not only is he very handsome but he’s just a hoot to watch during interviews and the plethora of appearances he makes on Korean or Chinese reality shows.

Conclusion? Seeing him was surreal. He looked fantastic – actually even better in real life. However, I didn’t fan-girl at the concert. This surprised me. I really felt I would even just a tiny bit. I was more invested in how everyone else was fan-girling/boying them! The reaction to witness was interesting – and added to the whole experience. Perhaps the initial shook moments of k-pop as a newbie has worn off. At the beginning my eyes were like saucers – like a kid in a candy store! This didn’t take away from my experience of course. I was heavily invested in the performance and happy to see so many fans stan for their bias(es) on stage! If the fans were happy, I was happy. 🙂

My daughter, however, noticed. She noticed Jackson’s muscular thighs but who couldn’t with the tight pants he had on! LOL! She went in as Yugeom being her bias. She walked on with BamBam, Mark, JB and Jackson as additional biases. So there you go! I’ll admit my attention was drawn to JB as he had an amazing stage presence.

GOT7’s Performance

Well what can I say about GOT7? They were fabulous! No lip-syncing and just gave us all the energy they had. I could not take my eyes off of the stage.

I already mentioned JB’s stage presence but really, all of them were very good. The ones I noticed most also included Jackson and Yugeom. Especially during their performance, Phoenix:

Damn the energy! I made a note to see if I can get this song on my playlist.

They ended with Go Higher which was the perfect conclusion to the night. Another song I plan to purchase:

Over all, 1/3rd of the tracks I knew very well, another 1/3rd I have heard but not familiar with and the rest I had never heard until that night. The fact I walked out with a few tracks I noted to myself to buy is something.

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Gimme Sympathy… and Jungshook Over Jungkook’s Hair

Ugh. This place feels so neglected! And I don’t like that. But life… you see, life… it gets in the way sometimes. I’ve been doing so much overtime and well, there was also this little BIG thing where my daughter had her grade 8 graduation. And I had to finalize a new hire which I will need to travel to the states to train her… So you know, gimme sympathy:

In other news… holy… Jungkook has got us Jungshook again with his bright red hair!

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My dog won’t let me sleep. And neither will Anpanman, apparently…

Last night I was so tired. My daughter is traveling with her class on an end of school year trip and my husband was working. I savored having the house to myself for the evening. When I climbed into bed, my dog, Hobbes, decided to squeeze himself into MY spot so I was forced to lie there diagonally whilst contorting my body around his 21-lb rolled up ass.

He’s tiny, but solid. And he knows how to make himself comfortable. Often when I think I’ll get to cuddle with my husband, he’ll swoop in and take the spot that is rightfully mine. See what I mean?

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I finally nudged him to move over and he decides to make himself comfortable by lying on his side, back to me, and resting his head on my husband’s pillow. I’m thankful at least he’s on the other side of our queen size bed but sheesh! You’d think he was entitled to act so…  human!

My body was done for, though. The weekend was just so busy… shopping with my daughter for her grade 8 graduation dress, waking up early both Saturday and Sunday morning to put in a grueling 2-2.5 hr workout and up to my parents place for an early father’s day dinner. Not to mention all the running around we had to do to get in our errands – plus a short hike on Sunday to end the day.

I was very close to la-la-land. I could feel my body succumbing to sleep but just before I reached that blissful slumber… just as I was about to feel the final strings of my consciousness being pulled into a peaceful darkness…

This is what goes through my head…

“WAITING FOR YOU, ANPANMAAAAAAN!”

Seriously?

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BTS “FAKE LOVE” Extended Music Video

So this just came out. Like 10 minutes ago. Thank you, Big Hit. I was having a relaxing and chill Friday morning…

And now I have all these questions. I mean, I will be honest, I don’t really get into the whole theories ARMY talks about online. Not because I’m not interested. But I know once I get sucked in, well… there goes my productivity. :p

Yet, I have developed my own theories of how FAKE LOVE ties in to I Need U, Run, pre-Love Yourself highlight reels and Euphoria.

But now with this extended music video and the extra footage added to the end?

I’m even more confused than I was before. I mean, just when I started to piece everything together they do THIS to me? What does that ending mean???

I need some one to please explain to me. Or hold me. Because I’m all shook.

More on the BBMAs – Final Thoughts (on Jungkook’s abs)

This ends my series of BBMAs 2018 thoughts on BTS’s presence and performance which started here, here and here. Oh yes, and a bit here, too.

This post will focus on Jungkook’s famous abs-flash. And no, it’s not going to be THAT kind of a post. Sorry. 🙂 I want to discuss something, not actually focus-focus on his abs. In the literal sense at least.

I suppose it started with the release of BTS’s FAKE LOVE music video. But lets face it, if anyone watched the live performance at the BBMAs 2018, it was pretty evident the flash was much more compared to the video. I don’t know if it was an accident in that he didn’t mean to pull his shirt up as high or if he was taking advantage of his liberty on American soil (the little shit), but regardless, I’m pretty sure I could hear a collective POP as hundreds of thousands of fans’ heart exploded at the same time clearly across our vast universe. My daughter’s included.

See for yourself – and this is probably the best HD fancam of the performance. It’s been audio edited so the fans’ screaming is toned down in order to hear the actual song. When I watched it I thought to myself, “What a pity. They did so well and yet we didn’t get to see 1/3rd of their performance.”

To back up a bit, my first thought after seeing Jungkook flash his abs was, well… I was surprised. And a little sad. I know, I know… obviously my feelings on this topic is very unpopular. My daughter said I was crazy. And I had to explain myself.

I’m not judging. Not at all. I am human. I am a woman who appreciates nice abs and a toned body. But last September to November, when there were a lot of comeback shows happening during that time frame, and a lot of kpop groups marketing themselves and hyping up their fans as MAMA and Melon Music award shows approached (and hence, all the voting), I couldn’t help myself to notice how much bare chests and abs were being exposed. And not just a tease. I mean full out, ripping off shirts and such.

It was entertaining at first but then I just got tired of it. Granted, I’m more a less is more and leaving it to one’s imagination type of woman. I prefer seeing a guy in a really nice, tailored suit, for example. For me, that’s so much sexier than just baring themselves. Especially when it’s All. The. Time.

Wonho was stripping off his jacket on stage, along side his Monsta-X leader, Shownu. Then little maknae, Sehun from EXO showd his bare chest and abs in exchange for pizza from Yeol (or was it Bakhyun?) at one of their concerts. I realized then, I was actually relieved BTS kept themselves covered. I felt they didn’t have to do any of that to draw themselves more attention.

Their artistry, talents and skills, were in my honest opinion, enough.

But as I said, I’m not judging. I’m not at all bashing BTS for making this bold move. I know it was a big deal. How long have people been waiting for BTS’ golden maknae, Jungkook, to pull this stunt? How long have they been waiting for him to go from boy to man? I’m guessing as long as 5 years since he was just a baby when he debuted with BTS.

At the least, it was just a flash. A tease, if you will. He wasn’t taking his top off and strutting around stage. By the way, I think it’s a little gross seeing them bare chested and sweaty. I guess it’s just me but I can’t help but to think they would feel a bit sticky. LOL!

So long as Jungkook was not pressured to do it and so long as he is comfortable pulling up his shirt like he did in FAKE LOVE, over all, I’m okay. I trust BTS will remain tasteful about it. I just had to get this out even though I’m sure a lot of people are thinking I’m crazy here.

Anyway – I’ll leave you with some very nice, classy photo shoots of Jeon Jeonnguk from BBMAs 2018 (Source: Naver x Dispatch – for all Jungkook photos, click right):