Z is for Zelo, Jongup, Youngjae, Daehyun, Himchan, and Yongguk!
We are already at the end of the month! April completely flew by for me, which is surprising. I thought that since I would be posting every day, the month would drag, but it didn’t! I had so much fun sharing all of my K-pop opinions and interests with all of you.
This has been truly an incredible month for me. Of course, the A to Z challenge was huge for me this month, but something even bigger happened to me this month.
I went to my first ever concert! Based on the title of this post, you can probably guess whose concert it was…that’s right! B.A.P!
It had always been a dream, an unrealistic and unattainable dream to be able to go to a K-pop concert. Never in my life did I expect that I would actually get to go to one. I live in the Midwest of the USA. A lot of K-pop companies seem to think that LA and New York are the only cities in the US and completely ignore the rest of us in the middle.
But T.S. Entertainment did not forget us! And on April 19th, B.A.P came to Chicago and I actually got to go to the concert! (Note, the concert was actually in Merrillville, Indiana, but it was called the “Chicago” show, so I’m just going to keep saying Chicago even though it was really Merrillville.)
It was such a fun concert. The audience was going crazy for the whole thing. My ears were ringing by the end, not because of the loud music, but because of the intense screaming of Chicago Babyz. It was fun though. Everyone was singing along and chanting at the right parts.
I saw Jongup. Moon Jongup. I actually saw him in person. For my new followers and anyone who hasn’t read my ultimate bias post, Jongup is my third ultimate bias i.e. one of my absolute favorite people in K-pop. One of the things that I said about Jongup in that post is that I wish he wouldn’t lip-sync so much. Guess what: He did not lip-sync AT ALL for the entire two hour performance! Moon Freaking Jongup was singing live the entire time. It wasn’t even his shy, quiet singing that he usually does. He was confidently getting into all of his lines. I am so proud of him, and so happy that he performed his best for us.
Yongguk though. He is one heck of a performer. He was rapping with 110% energy. I don’t know how he managed to stay so energetic from beginning to middle to end, but he did not give us a single dull moment. Also, when they were talking, there was something really sincere about Bang Yongguk. He kept saying thank you and that he was so honored to be in Chicago. 🙂
Then there was Youngjae! He was so sweet and adorable! Youngjae is my favorite right after Jongup, and seeing him at the concert only made me love him even more. When they were doing the talking parts, he was being so playful! He was using his English the most and it was just adorable.
It was also Himchan’s birthday! Before the concert, some fans were passing out these banners that said “사랑해 김힘찬” or “I love you Kim Himchan” and during “Crash” we all held up the banners and he ran off to the side and grabbed a camera and took pictures of us. His reaction was just precious. Then Daehyun led us in singing Happy Birthday. ❤
And Zelo! He is so fun and energetic! And such a good dancer! I know he’s a main dancer, but for the first time I really saw that natural rhythm and flow that night. “Happiness” is the perfect emotion for him. His pronunciation of English was also surprisingly good. I was so impressed.
Daehyun…first of all, he looked amazing. Even though it was from a distance, my sister said this and I agree: he looks much better in person. More importantly, he was singing amazingly. AMAZINGLY! And he was smiling and waving. More than everyone else I felt a connection with him, like he genuinely wanted us to have a good show and a good time.
I got so spoiled from this concert. Daehyun sang so incredibly well. I don’t want to listen to their songs now because all I want is to hear Daehyun and Youngjae sing their lines live. I honestly liked their performances of the songs live better than the studio versions. Daehyun’s voice is just so strong, but not in an overwhelming way. It is strong, but also very controlled. I was so impressed and just blown away.
Post concert depression is so real. A week later and I think I’m recovered, but boy, was I emotional the few days following the concert. All I wanted to do was watch fancams and look at pictures we took of the concert. Their stages for “Badman,” “Hurricane” and “Warrior” were the best. “1004(Angel)” was also really good. Everyone got so pumped up during Hurricane though, jumping up and down and singing along. I am so surprised at the songs that became my favorite because of this concert. Remember when I reviewed “Badman” and didn’t like it? Well now I love it after seeing them perform it live. I also really like “Dancing in the Rain” and “Stop It” now, both songs that I didn’t really care about before.
I don’t ever want to forget it. That little shuffling dance that Youngae did during Spy. Himchan running to the side and taking pictures of us during Crash. Jongup’s Tom Cruise hair. Daehyun just belting his voice out. Zelo teasing the audience during their Coffee Shop talk. Yongguk shrugging his shoulders to show us how excited he was.
I just really want to go back. I want to go to another B.A.P concert.
I didn’t realize this until I saw them at the concert, but I don’t think it ever registered in my mind that they, or anyone in K-pop, are actual people. They aren’t just characters in a video or images on my laptop. They are real. And they were right there in front of me. In the same country. In the same time zone. In the same room. In the same parking lot (Yes, we saw them go back to their van after the concert.)
I have so many more pictures and videos and stories to share, so I am going to make another post of my full fanaccount of the whole night. I hope to post that tomorrow, but this has been a crazy week for me with finals, so it might end up being posted closer to the weekend. Stay tuned!
For those of you reading this who think you have no chance seeing your favorite group live, don’t ever give up! Be proactive! Get involved in websites like Krowdpop and MyMusicTaste. Start a facebook and twitter page for fans in your area! Once these companies see activity, they will consider you.
Again, this has been an incredible month. I am so glad I found out about this A to Z challenge. Because of it, I got 14 new followers in just four weeks, which is a lot for me in such a short span of time. Twice I surpassed the highest number of views in a day on this blog and I’m pretty sure I got more comments in this one month than any other month. If you guys don’t know, I created this blog to be able to talk to other K-pop fans, so comments really mean a lot to me. Being able to have a conversation in the comment section is what I love. Seeing those few new people on my blog who aren’t familiar with K-pop has also been a joy. Thank you so much A to Z challenge organizers! It’s been great and I can’t wait for next year! You guys should all do it too! It’s a lot of fun and I would love to see what you post.