In April of 2014 I attended B.A.P’s Live On Earth Chicago Attack show with my sister, my first ever concert. Last night, almost exactly two years later, B.A.P came back to Chicago 🙂
This time I brought my cousin, who a month prior didn’t even know who B.A.P was. I prepped her with their music videos, Daehyun very quickly established as her bias, and brought her along to her very first K-pop concert experience.
Come along with us as we relive the experience:
This venue was a different one from their last show, but on the inside it was generally the same. At least this time we were actually in the city of Chicago.
Also different from last time: There was a live DJ and drummer onstage with them. During the intro, before B.A.P actually came out, we got a pretty cool drum and light performance.
Finally it was time for B.A.P to come out. I think Daehyun was the first to come out and he took position right in front, on the floor. This being my fourth concert experience, I was finally able to skip over shock and get right to excitement. I had seen B.A.P before; I already knew they were real people. I was ready to just enjoy.
Once the music started, they began performing Warrior. Immediately I was brought right back to seeing them in 2014. I think Warrior was everyone’s favorite performance of their first show.
They then went right into What the Hell. By this time, I finally got the courage to pull my camera out.
Before I continue, I need to give props to all you concert-goers who take such beautiful fancams for us. I didn’t have my sister with me this time, so I had to film everything by myself, and it’s really hard to get excited while keeping a camera in a stable position. These first few videos are a little rocky, but I got the hang of it after a few songs.
I was surprised to hear them play this song. I don’t think they played it at the last show, and it’s pretty old. It’s one of my underrated favorites by them, so I was happy to hear it. 🙂
Next was BANGx2. This song is made for performing live. I don’t care what anyone else says; this is Yongguk’s song. He just took the whole stage over. Then Daehyun and JONGUP of all people sang the ending chorus together, complete with high notes and everything!
I was very happily surprised to see this concert full of remixes! The next song was a remixed version of No Mercy.
They didn’t perform the dance, which was a little disappointing because I really like the choreography, but it’s all good. At the end of the song, they transitioned into singing a little bit of We Will Rock You by Queen. I was not expecting that.
I flipped out when S.N.S started. This is one of my favorite B.A.P songs. It was Himchan’s solo, featuring Yongguk’s rap. This was one classy performance. Oh my goodness. The suits and the dance and the spotlights pointing at Yongguk when he came out. I was so impressed.
The lights dimmed and it was time for a video, followed by their performance of Spy.
I was so excited for this. Spy was one of my favorite performances last time, and while I do think that one was a little more playful, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It’s just such a fun song and I so love just seeing them all fool around with each other.
Next up was Be Happy. I hadn’t really listened to this song a lot prior to the concert, but I was definitely loving it by the end of the show. Daehyun was just owning all of his lines. There were so many Daehyun/Jongup moments in this! My cousin and I would get so excited every time we spotted our two biases together. Yongguk was also really happy in this one.
They then had their first Ment. At this point we were all supposed to hold up our banners that said “Babyz will Take You There” but I totally forgot to do so. I was too distracted by the adorable English. In two years, Youngjae has not changed at all. I think it’s his bluntness combined with his accent that makes his English so cute.
Feel So Good was was one of the performances I was most excited to see. I’ve come a long way since this song came out two months ago. I only moderately liked it back then, but the more I listen to it, the more I love it. It’s so much fun to sing along to, and being able to sing along to it right there with the actual singers is such an irreplaceable experience.
Up next was a song I actually didn’t really know at all: Carnival. (I’m sorry, I just wasn’t really into their latest album.) This performance definitely made me like the song though! It’s another really fun song with a fun performance. The dance is so cute.
So then Daehyun comes out by himself and announces that his solo stage is next. He was being so sweet, telling us to relax and sit down. I’m not really a fan of Shady Lady, but he was still so sweet throughout the whole thing.
Okay, the remixes from earlier in the night were nice, but nothing could have prepared me for the epicness that was Hurricane‘s remix. It was so amazing! The actual image on my fancam is pretty useless, but you can at least listen to the audio and bask it the beauty:
I demand TS to release a studio version of this remix because it was sooooo freaking goood! Honestly, this performance just felt like Babyz and B.A.P having fun together rather than them performing and only we enjoying.
Then we got another remix for Badman! THIS PERFORMANCE WAS SO GOOD. Badman was also one of my favorite performances of the night at their first show. I still don’t think it’s B.A.P’s best song, but they perform it so damn well.
And the remixes kept on coming! B.A.P got all artsy on us with a dance intro, and then they went straight into Dancing in the Rain. LOE 2014 made me love this song, and I was so happy they brought it back. It’s so much fun!
Okay, I don’t know what was going through my mind during the Crash performance. I think I was just so distracted by the craziness of the members on stage because I didn’t even realize they were singing Crash until halfway through the song. It made me really wish they performed Stop It as well.
Don’t even get me started on Jongup’s Solo for Now. There are some moments in the fancam where the camera is focused on the wall or the audience because I honestly was barely paying attention to the camera. There was no way I was gonna miss my bias’s solo performance for the sake of getting a good video.
I’m going to have to break character and fangirl for a bit if you don’t mind:
OH MY GOD he did such an amazing job! I’m still not even over the video they uploaded on TS’s channel! My Jongup got a solo! And he absolutely slayed! His voice is so freaking good! He hit his high note like a boss and threw in some classy dances. Ughhhhh this isn’t my favorite moment of the night; it’s my favorite moment of their entire freaking career. Remember when he got TWO measly lines in their debut??? LOOK AT HIM NOW! Sidenote: he was just generally on fire the whole night. I don’t know if they changed up the line distribution in some of their songs or I’ve just been deaf because I don’t remember Jongup singing as often as he did last night. AAAHHHHH
Okay, moving on.
This next bit was really interesting. There was a video that listed all of the wars from 1914 to present, and I gotta say it was really moving. There was a horrific amount of wars listed. They all had the start and end dates, and my cousin pointed out that a disturbing number of them are still currently going on. The video ended with an “End Wars” message.
I just love that B.A.P took the time to get real with us. They did something like that last year too. The fact that they will take the attention away from them and give us all something real and serious to think about says so much about who they are as people.
The video was followed by their performance of One Shot. Interestingly, the video gave the song a new kind of meaning for me. Rather than shooting others and continuing war, we should take the figurative shot of pushing ourselves to be the very best people we can be.
I didn’t film this one. I wanted to experience One Shot fully. It is my favorite song and stage of theirs. It literally never gets old.
So next they performed the Korean version of Kingdom. I felt so ashamed because I really don’t know this song at all. I just watched the MV once when it first came out and that’s it.
After watching that, I might just have to revisit the song and MV again. I really liked the choreography. Jongup had some nice little dance breaks in there too.
You know that as soon as Jongup took his starting position for 1004 (Angel) I flipped the heck out. I only recorded part of the performance because I wanted to just enjoy the end.
To this day I’m still bitter about never getting a dance practice video for this because it is such an amazing dance. They performed it perfectly, as expected.
There was a second Ment where Youngjae asked us whose solo stage we liked best (and I didn’t hold back in supporting Jongup’s lol). Himchan also explained the reason behind the title of the tour, saying “Attack” in 2014 was to attack our hearts, and now in 2016 “Awake” is to awaken us to happiness. It was cute.
Daehyun also said something in there about everything being okay now and that they are happy, and I’m pretty sure he was referring to all of the concerns that were brought up with the lawsuit last year. That part was so reassuring to hear. I really, really hope it’s all true.
They they announced that they would be singing their “final” song, With You. At this point we all held up hearts that were passed out ahead of time and sang along with them. It was a really intimate moment. I purposely didn’t film it so that I could be fully present and because the feeling in the room isn’t really translatable through camera. With You is forever special to me. It was the song we would all sing along to as we clutched our B.A.P cds, read stories about their terrible working conditions that we had no idea were occurring, and hoped that the words “forever with you” would be true and that they would return to us. And they did. 🙂
Sidenote: I hate this whole concept of fake goodbyes followed by scheduled encores. I know they’re coming back because obviously they wouldn’t leave without performing the finale song, but part of me is always a little scared that they aren’t actually coming back and I missed my chance to give them a proper goodbye.
Of course, they did come back out, but not before Monologue was played. Monologue. I got emotional at this part. It just brought me back to the announcement of B.A.P’s return to the music scene and the release of Young, Wild & Free. All of the emotions that I felt then were coming back up and I admittedly got a little teary-eyed.
It was then the performace I had been waiting for since the very first song of the night: Young, Wild & Free. This was literally the best performance of YWF I’ve ever seen. Daehyun hit every single note perfectly and they all danced with just as much enthusiasm as in their first comeback stage. I loved it.
Okay, time for my favorite part. This was their longest Ment. Youngjae, in his adorable English goes “English is so difficult” and then Jongup asks “Can we speak Korean now?” They bring out Daniel, their translator, who thank God was such a good sport and did a really great job. In their native tongue, they all said their thank yous and goodbyes and how much they appreciate us.
Then freaking Daehyun being a his dorky self runs across the stage holding a piece of pizza screaming “I love Chicago pizza!” Definitely the highlight of the night.
Daehyun, Zelo, and Youngjae were being so funny throughout the whole thing imitating the fog horn that the DJ played after each of their speeches.
Yongguk’s goodbye was so precious. He said “saranghae” and even gave us a little hand heart and then a bashful smile! I was telling my cousin that she got so spoiled tonight because Yongguk is never this expressive and emotional. He really seemed so happy the whole night.
Just when I thought it was all over, they start singing Excuse Me. I don’t know why they chose one of their less popular songs to include in their finale. I have to admit, it just couldn’t match the excitement of YWF.
Towards the end of the song Yongguk and Zelo had a little moment. It looked like Yongguk kissing Zelo’s cheeck, but now that I look at the video again he may have just been whispering something to him. I don’t know. It made me happy. I’m so desperate for some leader/maknae love. They had another weird moment where Zelo tells the DJs to cut the music and he goes and starts talking to Yongguk, timidly calling him “Brother.” Not quite sure what that was about, but it was cute.
They ended with a real encore of Be Happy. I’ve never heard of a group performing a song twice in one night. Yongguk was having so much fun in this one! He went out to stand on this table in the middle of the audience and was just having his own little party with that portion of the audience. It was really cute.
It’s always fun to end on a happy song. After they finished, we all waved our goodbyes. They gave the balcony a lot of recognition and love, which was really nice.
And that was it! We did wait outside to watch them go back to the car. I saw a little glimpse of Daehyun, but then couldn’t see anything because of the people standing in front of me. My camera caught a bit more. BUT APPARENTLY ZELO WHIPPED AND I TOTALLY MISSED IT!
After it was all over and I asked my cousin how her first K-pop concert was, and I think it’s safe to say she enjoyed it. As we were walknig out, she goes “Chicago Baby! I’m a Chicago Baby!”
You know she’s converted when you’re in the car driving home and she says in distress “What have you done to me?!” and agonizes over whether she likes Daehyun or Yongguk more.
Some final thoughts from me:
Youngjae and Zelo didn’t have solo performances 😦 I was really looking forward to Youngjae having one… Throughout the whole show I was hoping Save Me would be up next and I would be blessed again with Youngjae’s “And be careful I’m like Fire.”
Youngjae, why did I not appreciate you more? After the last concert you were the only one I wanted to see. Now I feel like in some ways I forgot to pay attention to you.
I didn’t notice a lot of fan interaction with Himchan. I hope he had a good time. He mentioned on a show that LOE 2014 was special to him because the Chicago show was on his birthday. I hope this time was enjoyable for him too.
Zelo and Daehyun were being such flirts the entire show. Two years ago, Zelo was was just the funny kid who liked being outrageous, and now he seems to have just channeled that same energy into being an utter flirt.
Also, I think Yongguk took over the 2nd bias spot. He’s always been special, but his performances last night just took my breath away. I’m sorry Daehyun 😦
Now, having seen them twice, I think I’m satisfied. I don’t feel that need to see them again anymore. I feel like they have a bond now with Chicago. We shared experiences together, now more than once. It’s something really special. I wonder if this is how Korean fans feel all the time.
Let’s end with some pics:
Congrats to making it to the end! I hope you enjoyed!
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