Concert Review: RM Bros In Vegas
Written by Ji | 30 November 2016
Cheers and squeals of excitement filled The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Saturday night, as the staff started to let people enter the venue. Upon entering the beautifully designed venue, we were handed a generic foam wand to use during their performance. I proceeded up the stairs and was shown my seating location by the friendly hostess. I was able to get a drink and get back to my seat with 30 minutes left till show time. For 30 minutes, I sat there fidgeting trying to contain my enthusiasm.
The lights turned off, the countdown started. 3, 2, 1 the audience yelled with excitement. On the big screen the members of Running Man had a message for their fellow members and for the audience.
After the short but sweet message, the lights turned off again and we see a shadow walk onto the stage. A familiar melody began to play and I could not contain myself. Kim Jong Kook (KJK) of Turbo was the first performer on stage. He began the concert with an amazing rendition of “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber. My heart fluttered as the veteran singer sweetly smiled and serenaded the audience.
Haha was next to perform, he did a medley of reggae songs including “Rosa” and at one point choose a fan to sing too.
He was surrounded by 4 dances and ran back and forth and utilized every inch of the stage to make sure no one got left out. He acknowledged every fan from every corner of the room. He even did a shout out to the second floor.
KJK joined Haha on stage and performed Bruno Mars hit song “Billionaire”. Skull joined them to do his own rendition of Travie McCoys bit of the song, while the RM bros engaged the audience by getting to sing along. Mikey of Turbo was the next performer to come out and he did he own interpretation of the next verse instead of Skull.
On KJK part, he starts to sing the song, with the audience singing as if they were his backup singers, he smiles and skips a verse and laughs as the audience went on to sing the missing verse. Since they were bringing in all the performers, it appears they were cutting the song shorter to save time. If it was a mistake, KJK was a true performer and didn’t miss a beat and was able to get back on track.
After the song, the RM bros took the stage and cutely greeted the audience with a couple heart. HAHA and KJK jokingly told the VIP area to calm down as their screams became louder due to their cute pose. Our loveable tiger told the audience he was nervous about the songs he sang because even though he practiced a lot, he never sang them on stage before. He received a loud cheering confirmation that he did well, when he asked the audience how they liked it.
The stage darkens and the big screen showed a profile picture of each member of Turbo with their nickname, ideal type and hobby listed. The first song on their playlist was “Again” from their 2015 comeback. This is the first-time Kim Jung Nam made an appearance on the stage. He showed off his impressive and agile dance moves as if no time has passed since their debut. Their next energetic dance song was their debut song, “My Childhood Dream”. It was a blast from the past and felt like we instantly transported back to 1995.
Haha and Skull took the stage again, and performed their popular song “Busan Vacance”. Haha once again walked back and forth on the stage engaging the audience from the left and right, while Skull mostly stayed in the center runway, charming the people with his infectious smile. The energetic duo bounced all over the stage hyping up their fans. They even prepared gifts for the audience which consisted of hats and shirts. The dance party continued when they performed 박살레게 and Ragga Muffin. After throwing out a few more hats to the crowd, they sang “Love Inside” as their last song for their segment.
The RM bros once again took the stage. KJK was the only one who did an outfit change, and wore an orange sweater in which HAHA tells him he looks “very cute”. And they both proceeded to make cute poses at each other.
Next they did a romantic event that was prompted when they received a letter from a member of the audience who just got married that day. A man sent his love story to them which included pictures of the couple. The newlyweds were brought onto to stage because he never actually did a proposal and wanted to do an event for his new bride. The atmosphere was romantic with their pictures playing on the big screen, a lovely piano melody playing in the background, KJK brought out a bouquet of flowers for the groom to give his wife and a tiny veil for the lady. The groom went on to apologize that he couldn’t do a proper proposal, KJK cuts him off and tells him to get on his knees and the audience chuckled. After the proposal, KJK prepared a song for the newlyweds. He serenades them with “Today More Than Yesterday”, telling the groom he needs to love his wife “more than yesterday,.. till you die”. Who knew KJK was such a romantic?!
KJK even took a few selfies with the couple as he sang. He hugged the couple and wished them the best and went into the next song “One Man”. As he sang to the crowd, he made sure to make eye contactwith the audience, as if he was singing to them. At one point, he even shook a fans hand and sang sweetly to her.
His next song was “Just the way you are” from Bruno Mars. He started off the song by singing to the people in the first few rows. When he got to the part “She’s so beautiful, I tell her every day”, he pointed and told a girl “he would tell her every day” prompting the audience to squeal from excitement. Out of all the songs he did, this one was my favorite. It was filled with winks, eye contact and him adorably smiling at everyone. Even though I was sitting in the second floor, I couldn’t help but be captivated by his smile.
Haha came back out with Skull to perform “Too Fool From Fool” and continued to throw out more hats to the audience. For their last song, they did an impressive rendition of Bob Marleys “No Women No Cry”. Haha and Skull know how to hype up the crowd no matter what song they sang, proving themselves to be great performers. During the song, KJK appeared on the first level, singing along to the song while walking around the venue to greet as much people as he could. Haha walked on the opposite side of the venue greeting the guest as well.
At the end of the song, the RM bros remained on the stage to do another event. This time, it was going to be the name tag elimination game from Running Man. This is where they introduce their special Running Man guest Lee Kwang Soo. The crowd loudly chanted Lee Kwang Soo name and true to his personality on the show, he waited until the cheers were at its loudest before he came out. The second he stepped onto the stage, he started to sing “I Miss You” by Kim Bum Soo but was jokingly stopped by the RM bros.
For the event, they need audience volunteers. To join the game, you had to meet one of the three criteria’s: being the eldest person in the front section, a person who came from the furthest distance, and if you were celebrating your birthday. As KJK was interviewing each contestant, one of the elder ladies mentioned that she came with younger family members, which prompted KJK to play matchmaker for Lee Kwang Soo.
Sadly, the matchmaking didn’t turn out so well for Lee Kwang Soo, so KJK decided to mention a tidbit from Lee Kwang Soo past dating experience. He mentions that our favorite giraffe went out with a celebrity before and that she was an older actress, in which Lee Kwang Soo said “Are you crazy?”. They joked around a little bit longer and then went back to explain how to play the game. Each contestant had to rip off Lee Kwang Soo name tag. Being the performer that he is, Lee Kwang Soo gave each contestant a generous opportunity to pull his tag. One of the eldest contestant was able to beat him with the foam LED wand per KJK instruction. All the constantans succeeded and received a signed Running Man name tag and a picture with the three Running Man members.
After the event, the RM bros gave Lee Kwang Soo another chance to finish his song. It seems at this time, KJK and Haha decided this was the moment they would punish Lee Kwang Soo for all the times he betrayed them. First they lowered his mic so he was barely audible and the second time they messed with the keyboard and then they finally told him they are on a time schedule so they need him to go away. He acted shocked and tried to complained but the RM Bros escorted Lee Kwang Soo off the stage as he tried to sing one last time.
Turbo was next to perform and they did a medley of their older songs including “At the Jazz Bar” in which Kim Jung Nam broke formation to shake a fans hand. Kim Jung Nam and Mikey did a wonderful job engaging the audience with their playful personalities while KJK sang the melody to 회상 (Reminiscence).
After their segment, Haha and Skull joined Turbo on stage to confirm our fear that the concert was almost over. Mikey interrupted KJK and said “It’s not over till it’s over”. As Mikey was talking, Haha was shooting heart arrows at the fans and Kim Jung Nam picked up an album from a fan to sign, and had KJK sign the album as well.
Mikey apologized to the audience telling us that this was a new concert for them, that it wasn’t perfect and they made a lot of mistakes and hoped we enjoyed the show. In return the audience cheered to let them know they did well. Mikey and Kim Jung Nam were finally able to greet the audience as they did not have the opportunity to do so earlier. They once again thanked everyone for being there and told everyone to get up and get ready to dance.
Turbo was happily joined by Haha and Skull to performed “Black Cat”.
I don’t believe anyone was more excited for that song then Haha, whose dance moves were on par with the members of Turbo. Turbo performed two more of their classic songs “Love is” and “White Love”, which was the perfect way to end the concert. But the party did not stop there. The audience shouted “Encore, Encore…” and all the performers came out again. To keep the dance party going, KJK sang “Loveable” with Lee Kwang Soo help. Haha hid behind KJK and did a small countdown and lifted the commander’s shirt revealing his abs.
Up next was “Goodbye Yesterday” in which Lee Kwang Soo does his famous Running Man dance after the dancers poured water on his head in good fun. For their last encore song, they perform “Twist King”. Many people rushed to be closer to the stage when they saw the RM bros taking selfies with their fans phones and shaking as many hands as they could.
This concert was one of the best concerts I have ever been too. I appreciated how they rotated back and forth between the groups, sang cover songs and interacted with the crowd. A true performer knows how to engage the audience and keep the momentum going. The RM bros were able to accomplish that and so much more. If they come back to do another show, I for one, will be there.
All images © November 2016 Ji