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Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

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Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

Who/Where/When: TAEYANG 2017 WORLD TOUR WHITE NIGHT in Atlanta, Georgia, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, September 06, 2017.

Highlight: His genuine conversations with the crowd.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

by Dee

 

South Korean star TAEYANG from BIGBANG performed at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia last Wednesday night. The last time Taeyang performed by himself in North America was when he headlined for the MTV Music Experiment 2.0 concert on November 26, 2013 in San Francisco. The Music Experiment 2.0 was a themed, social-media powered music series where tickets are awarded to fans through social media contests.

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Taeyang’s debut solo release, Solar, occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Canadian and US iTunes R&B/Soul album chart which was a first for an Asian artist. In 2014 his second solo album, Rise, hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s World Albums in its first week. Among kpop solo albums, Rise currently still holds the record for highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 when it hit No. 112 in June 2014. Taeyang’s latest album, White Night, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart marking it his second consecutive release to do so.

Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & Recap

He burst onto the stage dressed all in white with White Night. It was the start of a high-energy set that showed off his vocal prowess and a stage presence that simply dominated.

On stage Taeyang is simply captivating, exudes confidence and charisma but at the same time sincerity. He took the time to have conversations with audience members who shouted questions and song requests at him. He was genuinely amused as he scolded the audience when they kept guessing wrong as to which song he was going to sing next. The audience loved the interactions.

He never let up, working the audience and the stage with his hip-hop style dance moves on fast paced songs such as Ringa Linga and Love You to Death, and getting the audience to sing most of I Need a Girl for him. Backed by a four-piece band, whom he introduced during the encore, he hit the high notes wonderfully on songs such as Darling and Amazin’. He even played the keyboard for the Last Dance.

During the encore, he added a few BigBang tracks such as Bang Bang Bang and Fantastic Baby – certainly a sweet treat for the fans.Dreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & RecapDreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & RecapDreamkatchers Initiative | TAEYANG: WHITE NIGHT in ATLANTA – Review & RecapSave

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The following photos are courtesy of YG Entertainment via KPOPME

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Dreamkatchers Initiative: G-Dragon in San Jose July 14, 2017

G-Dragon ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ 2017 Tour in San Jose – Review & Recap

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Dreamkatchers Initiative: G-Dragon in San Jose July 14, 2017

Who/Where/When: G-Dragon ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ 2017 Tour in San Jose, California, SAP Center, July 14, 2017.

Highlight: Final encore of his 2017 single Untitled, 2014 .

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

G-Dragon ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ 2017 Tour in San Jose – Review & Recap

by: Dee

 

South Korean pop star G-Dragon, or Kwon Ji Yong performed at the SAP Center in San Jose, California last Friday night.  G-Dragon has slowly been solidified himself in the ranks of celebrities as both the leader of Big Bang and as an style icon in the music and fashion world. He has even recently become the ambassador of Chanel. Big Bang has started their hiatus while the members take their turns serving their nation, G-Dragon share of himself in his latest self-titled album, Kwon Ji Yong.

Dreamkatchers Initiative: G-Dragon in San Jose July 14, 2017

The concert is part of his solo world tour, ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³, which kicked off on June 10, 2017 in Seoul. M.O.T.T.E stands for Moment Of Truth The End.  ACT III: M.O.T.T.E³ is about fans connecting with G-Dragon and getting a closer and more personal look at the Kwon Ji Yong side of him. The San Jose concert was a mind-blowing visual and audio experience of Kwon Ji Yong’s life in the spotlight told via three ACTs through the use of pyrotechnics, on point choreography and vulnerable yet compelling vocals.

 

From the moment the show kicked off, an hour late, the predominant color scheme seemed to be a bloody red that represented going back to the roots of Kwon Ji Yong’s birth. The concert starts off with an impressive pyrotechnic filled version of Heartbreaker. Even people seated felt the heat from the pyrotechnics.

 

G-Dragon was absolutely beaming as he introduced himself as Kwon Ji Yong to the audience and welcomed everyone to his show. The audience went wild as he launched into his intro for A Boy.

 

Dreamkatchers Initiative: G-Dragon in San Jose July 14, 2017

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As an artist G-Dragon is full of swag and effortless energy yet oddly vulnerable as he performed, with a few exceptions, tracks from his discography in chronological order. Since the tour had a live band, The Band Six, fans were treated to remixed songs from One Of A Kind and Coup d’Etat before performing Kwon Ji Yong in its entirety.

 

The final encore of his 2017 single Untitled, 2014 was the most potent and humanizing song performed. He wandered off the stage as he interacted with the audience. He seemed so at ease and carefree.

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All photographs and video courtesy of Dee.  © July 2017 Dee.

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SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

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Who/Where/When: SHINee, The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, March 26, 2017.

Highlight: Minho and Key’s ment ​meant​ the world to me. My bias list has been irreparably jumbled.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

Author: Leigh Draper (www.whatwouldleighdo.com)

 

The SHINee World V North American tour literally made dreams come true. International K-Pop fans are well-versed in our unrequited love for our oppas. Some of us have been dreaming for ​years ​(some of those dreams still unfulfilled to this day) about what it would be like to see our favorite Korean group breathing the same air that we are breathing. Hopes of even one little finger of ours being graced by one of theirs. Eyes meeting. An acknowledgement of our existence in their world. Hell, an acknowledgment of the chunks of our paychecks we’ve seen fly out the window countless times on internationally-shipped albums and merch. For Shawols, it finally happened.

It wasn’t the first time SHINee had been to America. Just last year they showed-up and showed-out at the Korea Times Music Festival, KCon LA, and even held a fan-meet in Dallas directly afterward. This time, however, we got what only Korean and Japanese fans had been blessed with up to this point: about 2-hours of some of the greatest music on wax. Live and in glorious color. Well, sort of. I did have to come to grips with the fact that the Shrine Auditorium was not, in fact, the Tokyo Dome. There were not going to be explosions, over-the-top sets…the five were not going to mount little carts and throw mementos into the audience as they traversed the space. They were just on a stage. Lights, backgrounds, VCRs. We knew what we weren’t getting. But still, we had the music. We had the choreography. We had a Taemin solo stage. We even had the ments! Plus, my friend and I were blessed to be in the 7th row so we had a much greater chance of at least getting that eye-contact than those in the back or the balcony. No shade on my back/balcony Shawols, I’m just stating facts.

I and four companions took in the show that evening, though our seats were scattered. I was next to one of my besties who’s been a Shawol longer than I have, so it was great. We arrived in style in a limousine (because how much fun is it to watch people watch you arrive–aristocratic chuckle) about an hour before the show was to start. At this point I must say big-ups to our fandom. We were extremely respectable and orderly. We all handled ourselves well, got into the venue, and we even had time for restrooms and refreshments. Excitement was in the air, but not reckless abandon. I’m proud of us.

It was just a really nice atmosphere. There were also some fan projects at our seats upon arrival. I think the feeling toward them was confused optimism. We did what we could with the printed directions, but everyone singing Selene 6.23 in Korean was simply not going to happen. We were able to do a nice 1 of 1 color paper/banner project as well as a nearly-missed early birthday banner project for Jonghyun. As the curtain came down. I’ll never forget Minho saying just before the curtain hit the floor “Oh, your birthday IS soon!” in his great English. More on that later… The show started late, as had all of the previous shows, so there was no surprise. Once it did start, we were all ready to scream, dance, and marvel at the beauty and talent of our shining five. Their performances were exemplary, they kept energy high for the entire show, the VCRs were adorable, and the ments-I have to talk about Key and Minho’s ment. I had known Key was basically fluent in English for quite some time so I was really looking forward to his hosting, but I had NO IDEA how good Minho’s English was! He spoke very confidently (albeit in shorter sentences than our diva-Key) about seeing a Clippers basketball game before the show (the Lakers played during the concert or else he surely would’ve gone to see them instead) and the fact that the members went to and continue to love In-N-Out burger, a California staple. Being an In-N-Out aficionado myself, this only reminded me of one of the hundred reasons why these guys are my guys. Key went on to discuss his love for LaLa Land, sang a bit for us (when he could finally remember some lyrics on the spot) and he and Minho did some Jazz/Power Ranger posing for us as the other members returned to the stage.

 

I couldn’t hold back the tears during the last song, An Encore (재연). Once that curtain dropped, PCSD immediately set in. The lights came up and still I sat. In my chair, eyes open, just staring. It was over. All the anticipation, all the longing fulfilled yet not fully. And I couldn’t do anything about it. So I just sat. In a strange mixture of delight, relief, and heavy, heavy sorrow. I still didn’t get to meet any of them. I think Minho looked at me once, maybe? Nah, they still don’t know I exist. In their world. A world that’s now gone again back to Korea/Japan. And I miss them. I want more, even though what I just received was amazing. For four days I couldn’t do anything but talk about/read about/listen to SHINee. I had a BTS concert coming and I couldn’t even gear-up properly. PCSD hit me like a missile to the brain. I’m driving to work blasting their music while pushing lumps in my throat back down into my chest. I have to go back to adulting, now. But my hearteu. My heart is-oh my gosh. I just want them to know how much they meant to me. How much American Shawols love them and hope to see them again much sooner than 9 years from now. I just want them to know. Still.

SHINee Concert Review: Post-Concert Stress Disorder (PCSD) Defined

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Concert Review: RM Bros In Vegas

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Concert Review: RM Bros In Vegas

Written by Ji | 30 November 2016

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

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Haha was next to perform, he did a medley of reggae songs including “Rosa” and at one point choose a fan to sing too.

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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.

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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.

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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?!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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’srmbros17 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.

 

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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”.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All images © November 2016 Ji

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Take flight with GOT7 in LA

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Take flight with GOT7 in LA

A Review by Penny Everett

 

Perhaps one of the most diverse groups in the k-pop industry is none other than GOT7. GOT7 is a seven member k-pop group that formed in 2014 under the company JYP Entertainment. Members include JB (Leader), Mark, Jackson, Bambam, Youngjae, Junior, and Yugyeom. With members originating from the United States, Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong, this group sure knows how to make an impact around the world. With their recent successful album Flightlog:Departure and their recent smash hit “Fly” the boys sure did fly their way into fans hearts. Recently the seven-member group successfully completed their first tour “Fly in USA” with locations including: Dallas, Chicago, New York (two shows), Atlanta and finally Los Angeles (two shows). With the company Subkulture entertainment holding the event, it was surPenny Got7LAe to be a great experience for baby birds in the USA! The following is a personal experience/review of their very last show in the USA, which happens to be L.A. day 2 ~!

 

Is there any way to express how truly spectacular the show was in words? I don’t think so, but I will try my best! Being a huge IGOT7 myself, the boys could be standing there doing nothing on stage and I would be perfectly happy. However, my true and honest review about the concert (setting aside my bias towards got7) was that it was nothing short of truly SPECTACULAR and AMAZING! Even if you are not a huge fan of GOT7, the concert itself is sure to make you take flight. The seven boys sure did make it known how much they deeply care about us, and how grateful they are for all of the support we give. The concert started out with a short video intro that started off the concert with a kick! The boys started out with showing off their incredible dance moves and ending with mark doing a flip in the air that had every fan in the room screaming. Soon after, the lights dimed and highlighted GOT7 in their black outfits with their sparkly silver jackets (can you say Angels?!). GOT7 played smash hits including: “A,” “Girls Girls Girls,” “Confession Song,” and “Just Right.” IGOT7s got a full spectrum of the hard work that GOT7 has invested into the group and their loving fans. The boys even split into groups for special stages. The first group up was JB and Youngjae performing a ballad called “1:31 am” (I cried like a baby, the feels got very real at that moment), Mark and Junior performed after with a party vibe song called “Higher,” and lastly Bambam, Jackson, and Yugyeom performing a dark hip-hop type of song “We Only Live Once”.

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The vocals were definitely something to rave about. The boys sounded exactly the same, if not better than they do on their album. Their singing was steady and smooth as they did complicated moves and flips to the beat of the music. Seems impossible? Not for GOT7! The boys were not in short supply with the amount of fan service they gave to their US fans. The concert was filled with fan interaction, aeygo, and a lot of hip thrusts and sexy dance moves!

 

Another particularly memorable moment was when JB rolled across Junior’s back during their breakdown dance during the JJP hit song “Bounce.” With JB suffering a severe back injury, JB had to take things slow and tone down a lot of his dance moves to ensure that he doesn’t get reinjured. It wasn’t until the very last show in LA that JB did the famous JJP dance move! Some other memorable moments include Grandma Tuan dancing on screen while Mark was heard laughing backstage. Papa and Mama Tuan also made a special appearance in the crowd to support the boys. To end the concert, they sang and danced to a remix of “fly” while confetti flew through the air. It was then that I realized that it was an experience no one in the room will forget.

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