On May 4th, 2014, I wrote:
Brace yourself for the longest post you will probably ever read on this blog. (That is, until the next concert I go to…)
And now, November 25th, 2014: That next concert actually happened!
(Note: I saw B.A.P at this same venue earlier this year and refer to that concert a few times in this post. If you want to read my full fanaccount of that show, click here.)
Okay, this really was too good to be true. If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll know that my obsession with VIXX is pretty recent. I saw their debut video back in 2012, but I didn’t really pay attention to them until On and On. Even then, I only saw that they had potential, but then suddenly out of nowhere they came back with Voodoo Doll and I got completely hooked. Within about half a year they jumped all the way up to my 2nd favorite group, and last month I got the news that they would be coming to Chicago.
Fast forward to this past Saturday. It literally wasn’t real until I sat in my seat and the intro music started playing.
(Videos are all mine unless I note otherwise or hyperlink them. Technically we weren’t supposed to take pics or videos. I got a few, but as soon as I was told to stop I put the camera away. That really was a bummer.)
Same as with BAP, when they first came out they seemed like these little doll/figurines to me, not like actual people. I saw Ken and the silhouette of his hair, but I refused to believe that that was the same Ken I would watch in Boarding House No. 24 or about whom I’m writing in my fanfiction story or who made the KEN:D video.
This time, during my favorite part of the choreography, when Ken opens his arms the begin the very last chorus, instead he spread his arms to the side. Somehow that made him more real, the fact that he switched it up a bit. It wasn’t as epic as bringing them over his head like their other performances, but it’s still my favorite part and I was so excited to see it.
This performance was such a blur though, but it’s okay because I’ve watched them perform Error so many times on music shows. I wasn’t missing anything new.
Props to Star Plaza Theater on this: The lights were really cool at this show. This really was an actual light show. It just makes the songs so much more interactive, like we as the audience are lit up just like them. During Leo’s chorus in Error, all of the lights started going down the theater in a line and it just made Leo’s singing even more epic.
I don’t remember the beginning of this at all until they bring Ken up. I think I was just too excited and telling my sister to record it to really watch the beginning. Seeing this one live was such a treat though. It’s one of my favorite songs and performances.
At the end of Voodoo Doll, when they swing their arms, Hongbin was supposed to wave the skull thing, but I guess he couldn’t get a good grip on it and decided to just wait until the end to put it to his mouth like normal. He handled it pretty professionally. For a dancing prodigy group like VIXX, it was interesting to actually see them make a mistake. They were starting to seem unrealistically perfect to me.
So Hyde is one of my favorite K-pop dances ever, and definitely my favorite of VIXX’s dances, but I have to say the performance wasn’t as good as their dance practice video (which I watch on a regular basis lol). But I guess that’s understandable. The performance was still really good. They were all so into it and the singing was on point. I have always thought that the lines Hyuk was given in this song suits him the most out of all of their songs and he really shined in this performance.
Literally every time a new performance was about to start and some of the members got down on the ground, I would rack my brain and try to figure out which dances started off on the ground that they didn’t perform yet. I didn’t realize until today just how many of their dances start that way.
Light Up the Darkness (Video not mine. The one I took was terrible)
I was so dumb. This is one of my favorite VIXX songs (right after What U Waiting For) and I totally missed the performance. My sister couldn’t get a good angle to film so I tried taking the camera, and in all of that I missed both of Ken’s parts. I’m glad other people got better fancams, but that is one thing I was really disappointed about. I shouldn’t have been worrying about the camera.
But they did the whole dance! I’ve seen fancams of them performing this song at other showcases and often they only do part of the dance and just stand for the rest of it. I’m glad they did the choreography for the whole song.
This is a really fun performance. I love the dance, especially N’s handstand backwards thing. I saw a tiny clip of this when their Hex Sign tour started, and it was such a treat to be able to see the whole thing myself. I really wish we could have recorded the whole thing, but this is when the staff guy came around and told us to stop recording. (Click here for a longer one I found. Not mine.)
I didn’t get to record this part, but Leo and Ken’s harmonization at the end was just perfect.
Then they all introduced themselves. They spoke mostly in Korean, with a translator, but they did their introductions in English (except Leo). Hyuk and Ken were cute, and Hongbin’s accent was surprisingly good even though all he said was “Hello I’m Hongbin.”
Then there was a short VCR followed by Only U and Someday.
They wore those hats, the ones that I hate. And it wasn’t just some of them. ALL of them were wearing them! I admit, the look did suit Ken, and N’s look is growing on me. But I refuse to let myself like those hats simply because they are becoming a trend.
By this point it was starting to hit me that I was actually finally watching the group I love so much in person. During Someday, I just had to stand there with my hand covering my mouth and soak it all in, how much I love them and how amazing they are. HyukBin did great at singing the supporting vocals. This song always gets to me, which is probably why I started getting a bit emotional.
Q&A (video not mine)
This was totally unexpected and I loved it. The translator/MC came in and went “Annyeonghasaeyo,” and when we all replied back in Korean, Hongbin went “oooh” all amazed and proud of us. 🙂
Speaking of Hongbin, he was so sweaty, like sweatier than I’ve ever seen him, and he kept shaking his hair all over the place.
In the beginning, when they started to talk, Ken made eye contact with a few fans in the front and made his ottokaji face where he closes his eyes and waves his head around. That moment killed me.
For all of the talking parts, Hyuk was being really adorable. He was all smiley and laughing throughout the entire show. During the Q&A, when they were each going to pick a question, Hyuk went first and took forever to pick his. He was looking through them, saying “Hmm, which one should I pick…” (in Korean) and doing his “Bam-Ba-Bam-Ba-Bam”. I literally screamed when he did that. I think that and Ken’s ottokaji face are when it really hit me that this was real and they were actually there in front of me.
I noticed this too: Hongbin and Hyuk are super skinny. Like I didn’t realize how skinny they were until seeing them in person. When Hyuk was standing up reading the fan questions, his back was facing us and his body frame looked so tiny! Him being super tall only made it even more noticeable.
Ravi was good at connecting with the crowd during the talking parts. He really tried using a lot of English. Ken’s English was hilarious. He has such a thick accent (no disrespect at all. It’s cute). “My favorite food is pizza” = “Fay-bor-iteu poo-deu…PIJJA!”
One of the most memorable moments of that night (starting around 13:09 in the above video): After the planned Q&A segment ended, the translator went backstage, and when N continued talking, I guess she wasn’t paying attention because she wasn’t translating anything. He said something and we all just kind of stood there. Once he realized we had no idea what he was saying he looks backstage, waiting for her to translate, but she doesn’t, so our precious Cha tries again, talking slowly and using hand motions. “Yeoreobun,” points to us, “choeiman,” points to himself, then says some long phrase that I didn’t understand and we’re all just like “wha…?” So then he, with all of his sass, puts on the stank face and swings his head around, seriously eying the backstage like “If my message doesn’t get translated in the next five seconds, someone’s getting neck-chopped.” Probably the best sassy N moment ever.
Another funny moment: The MC was about to choose a question for them to answer, but they wanted to choose their own questions, so N kept telling her “chamsimanyo” (“Please hold on!”) and when she didn’t notice, Ravi goes all “Hold up! Stop! Stop! Stop please!” in English. Lol.
They then performed Youth Hurts. I’m not really a fan of this song, but I took that moment to just take in my surroundings and be thankful for being given the chance to be there.
BODY (video not mine)
Hongbin and Leo both seemed to really get into B.O.D.Y. Hongbin was smiling the whole time and looked really cute when waving his arms. I’m not a fan of this song either, but the performance was fun. We all sang along to the “B-O-D-Y” part and I loved the dance.
G.R.8.U. (video not mine)
This was one of my favorite performances. Hongbin was so freaking excited during GR8U. He had so much energy and was dancing all over and smiling. All of the members shoved their mics in Ravi’s face during his rap which was really cute, and then that made me think of Super Junior and how they always do that at their concerts and how I would just die if Super Junior could come to Chicago…sorry, back to VIXX.
Anyway, this was just a fun performance. Everyone was jumping up and down, VIXX included, and it’s like we were all enjoying the song together, Starlights and VIXX.
They then played the Error MV, which was fun because all of the Starlights were singing along. I hope the members could hear us, because we were really belting it out.
There was a small MENT after the video. I really loved how they kept referring to us as “Byeolbit,” not bothering to translate it to “Starlight,” like they really view us as part of their fandom. I feel like VIXX is really close to their Korean fans, and it was nice to be treated like the Korean fans, being called the same name and seeing the members’ same characters. I don’t know, hearing Hyuk refer us to “byeolbit yeoreobun,” the same name he calls his Korean fans in their VIXXTV episodes, really touched my heart.
For some reason, I can’t remember the performance of Beautiful Killer at all. I just know that they came out in these amazing white, leather and studded outfits. Ken’s jacket gave me life. (I never would have expected this, but these Error promotions have made me realize the spike-studded, biker look really suits Ken.)
I don’t particularly like the song Chaos, but their performance of it was really good. Everything was on point and I really like the knee-shaking dance. Hongbin was also really good in this one. He’s just an amazing performer overall. I noticed that he in particular is really amazing on stage. Maybe it’s because he’s the visual, but he was not once lazy in his dancing, even if he was in the back. And he puts his all in the few lines that he’s given.
I love the way Hongbin says “accessory” in Chaos. Random, I know. It’s really weird what little things stick with you after a concert.
Eternity (video not mine)
I think I screamed in my poor sister’s ear when they got into the starting positions for Eternity. This was the performance I was most excited for and I was so happy to watch it live. It has such a special place in my heart because it was their first comeback since I started really loving them. It was perfect. One of the best performances of Eternity I’ve seen.
Ken did the ottokaji! When they were going down the line, saying their final remarks, when it was Ken’s turn everyone started screaming before he even got to say anything so he got all happy and did his loud, high-pitched “ottokaji!” almost as a reward for showing him so much love.
Another cute N moment: At his turn, N goes “yeoreobun!” and when the translator translates it to “Everybody!” he gets this lightbulb face and repeats “everybody” in English. It was really nice, like he was just so done with the language barrier and really wanted to be able to communicate with us.
On and On was a super fun performance. Everyone got really into this one, I think because it was the song that really made them big. I remember when I first watched the MV and I hated the “lalalala-therapy” move, but I was loving it on Saturday.
There was a long break as we waited for the encore stage, and me being my naive self started to think maybe they weren’t coming back out and it was actually the end.
But no! I flipped out when the intro for Rock Ur Body came on. That song is MY JAM. It’s my ringtone. It’s the song that gets me so pumped up when I work out. My sister was actually laughing at me when they began because I was literally jumping up and down all over the place in excitement.
I was really happy to see that N fully sang all of his lines in Rock Ur Body. He usually lipsyncs the last bits of his two lines because they go so low, but he didn’t do that at all and I was really proud of him.
My Girl From Today (video not mine)
N must have taken some kind of happy pill before coming on stage, because during My Girl from Today he was just all over the place! He was literally running in circles and smiling and interacting with the other members so much. He had his arm around Ravi during the rap and later was jumping around with Hongbin and then forced Hyuk to do the dance with him in the end.
In My Girl From Today, about halfway through the song I noticed Leo giving Ken that look that he gets, like he’s about to abuse him, and he then reaches back and grabs Ken’s mic to sing into. Apparently Leo’s mic stopped working about halfway through the performance and it was so adorable watching him run around the stage using the other members’ mics. After he used Ken’s, he went to Hongbin to sing the chorus and then the two bowed to each other. 😛 Then he got all into the song, and when it was getting close to his lines again, he started looking for the closest member to use his mic, and the closest one was Ravi but he was walking to the other side of the stage so poor Leo was running after him and even called for him, but I guess Ravi didn’t notice so Leo ran up to the front and used N’s mic. So freaking adorable.
My Girl From Today is such a fun song, and it was a really nice one to end with.
The cutest moment for me was at the very end when they were leaving the stage. Ken was lingering behind, blowing us kiss after kiss and as he’s doing so, one of the security guards is ushering them offstage. So Ken keeps blowing kisses as he slowly backs up towards the exit and the security guard (much bigger and more intimidating than our Jaehwan I might add) is coming closer and closer. Ken finally notices him and I guess he got a little surprised because he half blows him a kiss too and then immediately puts his hands down, gives the guy a tiny bow, then runs offstage. Probably the best moment to end the night with.
Some other general things:
Someone on tumblr said this, and it pretty much explains exactly how I feel: “Everything you spent 2 years watching on a computer screen came to life before your eyes. Everything from the “Bumbumbumbum”, the “OTTOKAJII,” Leo and N and their Neo moments!”…They’re real. They’re really real. When they said they felt our energy and felt energized by us, I really believe that they meant it. Towards the end, N said something like “You guys have so much energy, better than me.”
Seriously though, N is a pro performer and really knows how to work a crowd. They way he eyes the audience (he has the BEST facial expressions when dancing. It’s captivating) and his style of dancing and his overall suaveness…During his parts in GR8U he was leaning against the speakers just eying the audience making everyone fall in love with him. He also has really good dancer hands. I was noticing that during Secret Night and Chaos.
I said Hyuk was adorable, and he was, but he was also ManHyuk-ing all over the place. One of the VCRs was like a montage of all of their pictures from their different concepts and it made me realize just how much Hyuk has grown since their debut. He was so confident that night. I was so proud of him. He sang all of his lines so confidently, without falling back on the recording at all. You know how sometimes he just sings really quietly as if he isn’t sure of himself? Well he left that insecure boy back in Korea because he really put his all into his performances and it paid off. I can’t even name one song in particular because I was so impressed with his lines in all of them.
And then my bias Kenneth…My eyes naturally followed him throughout the show, but I also wanted to see the other members and there were a lot of moments where I just didn’t know where to look because everyone was doing something and I love all of them.
Seriously though, the term “language barrier” really became clear at that concert. They say music has no language, but talking clearly does. I feel like they said a lot more than what was actually translated to us. Thankfully, my Korean has gotten better that I understood some of it, like when N apologized for being late, Ken saying how they’ve been promoting Error, and when they said at the end to keep supporting them. (Also Ken’s “CHINCHA?!” when Ravi announced that they were about to perform their final song. Lol)
I just love them. ❤ I didn’t think I could love them any more than I already did, but I do.
By the end though, it didn’t feel like we knew them like how I felt at the end of the BAP concert. Like VIXX is still just as distant to me as they were before the concert. It doesn’t mean I love them any less – in fact I love them even more – but I didn’t really connect to them as people like how I did with Yongguk and Youngjae back in April.
That might be because the BAP concert was longer. I really wished this one was longer. I was particularly missing the performances of Super Hero, UUUUU, and Thank You For My Love. (Maybe it’s for the better though. I don’t know how I would have contained myself if they started singing Thank You For My Love.)
Poor Ravi and N were coughing a couple of times. They have been so busy lately. Back to back fansigns and concerts from Korea to Chicago to New York must be really rough. I hope they get some time to rest after this. They gave us so many comebacks in the past two years. They deserve a break.
I’m just overjoyed at the fact that they said that they would do better next time, almost promising that they would come back. I might just spontaneously combust if they bring their whole Hex Sign show to Chicago. From the little taste I got at this showcase, I can only imagine how amazing the full show is.
Again, just like with the Babys at BAP, the mutual support and love all of us Chicago Starlights were giving each other was just the best. I love how at the concert, anyone could strike up a conversation with anyone and not feel weird because the one thing we all have in common is that we all love VIXX. The K-pop community is something so rare and special.
And now my message to Limelight (the promoters who put the showcase together): First of all, thank you so much. Thank you for bringing VIXX to us. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have experienced all of the happiness described above. Thank you for choosing Chicago. Thank you for trying your best to give us a good experience.
That being said, there are a lot of things that made this experience extremely frustrating. If I didn’t love VIXX as much as I do, I probably wouldn’t have been happy with this experience at all. From the very beginning, they were very disorganized and made it really difficult for us as concert-goers and ultimately, their customers. They announced the cities later than they said (which I guess is forgivable), but after announcing the cities, they gave us close to NO information about tickets or venue until literally a couple of days before tickets went on sale. Tickets were unbelievably expensive (which may have been out of their control, but I’m talking literally twice the price of BAP tickets for the same seats at the same venue. I paid around 80 for my tickets to BAP and the same seats were almost 200 for VIXX.).
There was also a lot of…I don’t want to say lying, but broken promises and misinformation going on. First, about 30 minutes after tickets went on sale, Limelight tweeted that tickets were sold out, which nearly put me in tears, but in reality they weren’t even close to selling out. I still don’t understand at all why that happened. Also, when they first announced that there would be raffle winners for hi-touch, they first said they would give out 500, but then in their next post reduced it to 300. When they were giving out signed posters, they said they would reveal what the poster looked like when their FB page got 1,000 likes, and then the next day raised it to 2,222 likes. I am trying really hard not to be rude, but that is just so unprofessional and childish. They also released very important information, such as info about cameras (which was actually incorrect), when VIP-ticketholders were supposed to arrive, when hi-touch would take place, and how winners of the raffle would receive their prize the DAY BEFORE the concert. That was really important information, especially for people traveling to get here and waiting until the day before I’m sure gave a lot of people unnecessary headache.
Finally, the people who paid extra for the special “Starlight Package” really got screwed over. They had run out of merchandise to give these people (which should have been reserved since they were prepaid for) at the concert so were mailed to the Starlight Package ticket-holders later. These people paid A LOT of money for those packages and to not be given what they paid for is just not something you can get away with. They were also guaranteed a special, “better” hi-touch experience, but apparently they got the exact same experience as the raffle winners. Most of the people who went to this concert are college and high school students. $200 is A LOT to go to waste.
[EDIT: I had previously said that the fans were not given the VIXX merchandise at all, but Limelight recently issued a message that the merch will be mailed to the people who bought the Starlight Package.]
I understand that it was their first ever concert. There is a lot of planning that goes into it. The no-camera policy was not their fault. The MC asking for hugs was not their fault. I give you props for deciding to raffle off non-purchased tickets, because that was actually a really smart way to get more people to buy tickets. And again, I more appreciate Limelight than I am angry with them, but for the future, be consistent and don’t make promises you can’t keep. Things like this really mean a lot to the fans.
As for me personally, unless they bring Super Junior or really seem serious about improving, I probably won’t be going to another concert held by Limelight.
So that I can end on a happy note, here are all of the pictures my sister so graciously took for me. We recently got a new camera, so I apologize that they aren’t the best quality. We’re still getting the hang of which are the best settings to use. And because of the no-camera policy, we only got pictures from the first set of outfits. (No white outfit pics 😥 ) Feel free to use/share any of these. Just give me credit, either this blog’s URL or my username.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed. For those of you who didn’t get to go, I tried putting in everything I could remember.
Another fanaccount I found with absolutely beautiful pictures: http://www.zombiemamma.com/beautiful-killers-vixx-slays-starlights-in-chicago/
And another photoset where you can see the white outfits: http://minus.com/mO1E5pn8gQlW2
Totally unrelated but exciting: This blog just reached 100 followers this past weekend! Thank you all so much! To my frequent commenters and silent readers alike, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. 🙂 I’m so sorry I barely posted anything this month. My mind was in VIXX mode. I only have a couple of weeks left of the semester, so I’ll hopefully go back to regular posts soon. (I know I said that last month. I’m sorry )
#NowPlaying: Turn Around and Look At Me by VIXX. One of VIXX’s lesser known songs, but one of my favorites from them. It’s actually a remake of an old-school K-pop song.
Question of the Day:
Were you at either of VIXX’s US Showcases? If you went to the Chicago show or the one in New York, link me your fanaccounts! I’d love to read them! Especially New York, I heard your Q&A session was adorable.
Yeah Hi-touch fanaccounts are killing me slowly. In the best way possible.