I barely made it to the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium after getting into traffic on the bus before changing over to the metro. It was 15 minutes before the show started and lots of people got off the subway at the Olympic Park Stadium….I could only smile knowing why they were running like madwomen ….Lee Seung Gi’s Concert. There were many Japanese tourists who were also running and some were telling me how this was quite an experience just getting there. LOL. Other people in the subway station were asking why people were running… there were signs in the station pointing towards the exit for the stadium…then someone said it’s for Lee Seung Gi’s concert.
Breathless by the time I got to the ticket booth, since I was living in Korea, they just asked for the last 4 digits of my cell phone number and I showed them my F4 Visa (for Korean Americans) for identification purposes. I ran into the hall and several helpful ushers led me to my seat. My brain was total mush by that time and even though I recognized the songs Seung Gi sang, I was thinking in Korean (why, I don’t know…maybe all the translations I’ve been doing recently?) and couldn’t translate the titles into English. So, please forgive me those of you who followed me on twitter yesterday. Aigoo. The security in the VIP section where I was sitting was extremely tight since many Airens were there. I was annoyed that one of the girls helping out parked herself right in front of my section in plain view so I couldn’t take many photos. Argghhhh… I saw Seung Gi’s van leaving the stadium after the concert but my fingers froze up and I suddenly forgot how to take pictures… LOL. Now I understand what it’s like to see him in person. 🙂
At the concert, Seung Gi spoke in Korean, so I felt bad for the many International Airens who were there. I will provide a brief account of what he said. My next post on Sunday’s concert will be more detailed as to what he said. After finishing his first 2 songs, Seung Gi asked the audience if it was to our liking. Everyone answered “YES!” Then a series of several videos played on the screen while performing, 3 of which he narrated. He was talking about his career as a singer and it being 9 years already. In one video, he asked “Will my music be remembered?” He also had this adorable Heodang moment trying to introduce the members of his trot band which performed on the mini stage to the audience’s right with the library background. The musicians ended up introducing themselves. LOL. Afterwards, Seung Gi sat down and asked the audience if they liked romantic comedies, if so which ones? He said that he personally liked Notting Hill for Julia Robert’s refreshing charm and smile as well as Hugh Grant’s style. He said that the next song he would perform was a new one and people oohed and awed only to find out it was Will You Marry Me rearranged in a trot version. After he finished, he asked the audience what we watched on TV last night and everyone said “Noonas over Flowers!” He asked, “Did you also watch “Insects?” jokingly and talked about Na PD giving him pressure about having the ratings reach at least 10%. He was very humble about this and said that he didn’t have time to watch it personally due to rehearsals and said that it really showed an extreme Heodang side to him so he was actually glad he couldn’t get to watch it. Seung Gi then told the audience that the 락, pronounced (rahk, meaning happiness) part of his 4 themed concert actually stood for rock, which was the theme of this concert.
Then came time for intermission. A boyband called Cross Gene and Noel, a group that Seung Gi said that he used to like even as a high schooler, would be guests on the show. Many people were running out of the stadium for a bathroom/refreshment break during this time. If you remember, one of the members of Noel, a 4 man vocal group, sang for the Gu Family Book OST. I didn’t quite catch the name of the boy band and wasn’t really interested. They sang a song called ‘Amazing’ and were pretty good. On the other hand, Noel was awesome. The difference between a seasoned veteran and a rookie was readily apparent.
As Part 2 started after intermission, Seung Gi said “Now is just the beginning, are you ready for rock? The performance’s highlight is rock. Are you ready to jump nonstop??!!!”. After finishing ‘Losing My Mind’, Seung Gi had a conversation with the audience and thanked everyone for attending and having so much passion for the concert. Before his final encore, Last Word, he said “I’d like to thank the staff who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, Hook entertainment, which has been like a family to me, and my Airens. I hope you can come to the Daegu and Busan concerts.
Tonight will hopefully be better, and I’ll be able to use my cameras to take better photos. The ones I took yesterday were from my cell phone. I’ll write a detailed description of the concert after I come back. I feel like yesterday was too rushed for me to fully enjoy it. A security man was actually pushing me to leave when I wanted to take pictures of the stages. I wanted to tell him to take his hands off of me…aigooo….sometimes I get annoyed with the lack of manners in Korea. Hope to get pics of the stage tonight and NOT have to take a taxi home like I did last night for 35,000 won after public transportation got cut off last night. On weekends, public transportation stops running early in Korea. It doesn’t quite make sense, does it? People go out and have fun during this time. >< The train bound for home stopped in Apgujeong and that’s an hour away from where I live. The buses weren’t available either so I felt really annoyed having to pay so much when I could’ve gone home for 2,000 Won. I was thinking in terms of what kinds of souvenirs I could’ve purchased at the Hope concert for my taxi fee. I guess that’s Airen thinking… rather spend that money on Seung Gi stuff. By the time I got home, it was almost 1 am so I just went to bed. Here’ a list of the songs that Seung Gi sang..
1. Because You’re my woman – techno version, very different, fast paced, Seung Gi wearing a black jacket with his tuxedo collar lined in red LED flashing lights…LOL
2. Nobody-rearranged rock style
3. Cry Out
5. White Lie
6. Shadow of Separation
8. Will You Marry Me- rearranged trot style
9. Return- rearranged version shown on Entertainment Weekly
10. Because We’re Friends
11. Love Taught Me To Drink
12. Gone Not Around Any Longer with SISTAR’s Bora ~ oh my heart! This was a sexy performance. She was wearing a man’s white dress shirt and black patent leather high heels and it looked like nothing else, but she had on a pair of short black spandex pants on . >< He was touching her legs and chest..And the ending….OMG….she had her legs around him as he was sitting! >< After the performance, he said that he was no longer a young boy so shouldn’t this be natural? NOOOOOOO~!!!! ><
13. 2 Trot songs ~traditional Korean trot karaoke songs – Southbound Train, Girl of Soyang River (소양강 처녀)
14. Arirang , most famous traditional folk song of Korea…rearranged version. There are several styles of Arirang but this one is from Kangwondo province, the most famous one.
15. Like a Flower
16. Crazy for You
18. Losing My Mind- fast paced rock version
19. Smile Boy
20. Let’s Go on Vacation
21. Let’s Break Up
22. Last Word ~ Scenes from the official MV with Suzy Bae showing on screen.
*UPDATED: Here are some pictures I took from that day~ I had a better seat up front near Seung Gi compared to Sunday’s performance. I will post better close up pics by other Airens as well as press photos on another post.