Event dates: 100819 ~ 100821
Korean boy band CNBlue hit local shores last week and kicked start their Asian tour on Saturday. In “I’m A Loner” MV, the four members, Lee Jonghyun, Kang Minhyuk, Lee Jungshin and Jung Yonghwa each represented a quality – Burning, Lovely, Untouchable and Emotional respectively and indeed, their characters are as diverse as it seems.
Passionate fans are CNBLUE’s energy
On the arrival hundreds of fans waited to welcome them, showing off an above average level of popularity among Singapore – moreover, you could see older ladies in this crowd, mostly coming to see “Shinwoo”, or the character Yonghwa acted in “You’re Beautiful” earlier this year. As the boys appeared in the arrival hall, you could tell they were surprised at the amount of people and Minhyuk, full of ‘love’, waved to every fan he could see. Yonghwa commented the following day that seeing all the passion from fans the previous day were their source of energy to finish the whole Asia tour.
B, L, U, E – the different characters of CNBLUE. ‘Burning’ Jonghyun shows of passion like fire burning,’, ‘Lovely’ Minhyuk shows a lovely side all the time, ‘Untouchable’ Jungshin is someone who seems unapproachable on the first meeting despite looking good, and ‘Emotional’ Yonghwa isn’t depressed but tends to get emotional and serious when playing music.
CNBLUE’s western music influences
When asked about the artists they look up to, all four members chose European artists. Minhyuk has a fetish for synthesizers, wanting to play alongside bands like Maroon 5 and Linkin Park. (I personally very approve!). Jonghyun wants to play guitar like John Mayer; Yonghwa likes Jason Mraz a lot, as their music styles seem similar and he hopes to play with him one day. Surprisingly compared to the others Jungshin’s music style is more mainstream and hiphop, and he mentioned he would like to do hiphop like Jay-Z.
Keeping-in-view full concert in Singapore
They’ve always heard SIngaopre a fine city, and Yonghwa said they would love to hold a concert here, but there’s no plans now but they are working hard to give local fans a good concert in future.
Yonghwa doesn’t want to be alone
What CNBLUE song will each CNBLUE member dedicate to their first love? For Minhyuk, he would like to sing Sweet Holiday to his girlfriend, the song which he participated in writing. Love Light represents first love, thus it was Jonghyun’s choice. When it was Yonghwa’s turn to reply, he gave an embarassed laugh (Seohyun was written all over his face).
“Firstly… Every song other than ‘I’m A Loner’ is good, I don’t want to be lonely like ‘I’m A Loner’.” He got a little greedy with his song choices, “I would chose Love Revolution from Bluetory, Love Light and Sweet Holiday as written by Minhyuk… Basically any love song is good.. Just not ‘I’m A Loner’.”
For Jungshin, he would like to sing Love Revolution from Bluetory, to express feelings for his first love.
If CNBLUE gets a 5th member that is a girl, what qualities she have and how will the boys welcome her?
Because CNBLUE has 2 guitarists, 1 bassist, 1 vocal and 1 drum, It’ll be good to have someone to play the synthesizer to improve the quality of their music. They don’t know yet but it’ll be good and they’ll work hard to make good music together.
(Side note – Seohyun and CNBLUE will perform as a band at 2010 Incheon Korean Music Wave Festival on the 29th August! Does she know how to play the synthesizer? ^^)
One thing they love/hate about being famous?
Minhyuk: I really appreciate the attention from the fans, expecially when we’re recognised on the streets, but I don’t really think there’s anything bad at the moment.
Jonghyun: It’s good that fans know our music and songs, and it’s good to share their music, at the moment nothing bad.
Yonghwa: Me too, it’s good that people love our music. But if when we go to the restaurants to eat, they have to eat beautifully as fans are paying to attention.
Jungshin: He’s very thankful that people recognise and love their music, there’s still a lot to improve and nothing bad yet.
To look out for CNBLUE in casual in Korea, spot..
Spectacles, cap… Normal clothing, nothing special, said Minhyuk. (It’s true, the more you dress up the more obvious you get.)
Who changed the most since debut?
“Since we’re always together, we don’t really feel like anyone has changed, but in terms of looks everyone has changed – especially Jungshin, who looked manly when he just joined, but now he’s becoming a lot more pretty. Not like a girl, but just more pretty. Character-wise we’re still the same,” Yonghwa replied.
CNBLUE’s way to destress!
“When it becomes really stressful all members come together to talk about it. Listening to music is also helps, other than talking…” Indeed simple life.
What is the craziest fan encounter?
“We haven’t really had crazy fans, but ever since we started performing around the world, we met a fan in Japan who attended all our performances and gave us a present of 100 ticket studs she collected from our shows and events as a present, and we were really touched.”
“This is our first time in Singapore and our first stop for our Asia tour, so when we met the Singaporean fans yesterday at the airport and felt their warm welcome too.”
Following the end of the conference the boys posed for a photo-taking session, and when requested to pose “something Blue”, all the boys laughed and turned straight faced for a while.. other than Yonghwa whose hand naturally came up and started waving.
And after some more mini-interviews, the boys left for lunch, and was spotted at Raffles Hotel, having lunch and a small photoshoot.
100820 Autograph Session @ City Square Mall
The Autograph Session at City Square Mall attracted more than 1000 people who watched the going-on from ground level all the way to Level 4! Fans swarmed the area with fanboards, fangifts and even plans to get the best of of the situation – hugs from the boys! The moment the boys stepped onstage, the screaming was deafening and with a short introduction in English, the fansign proceeded.
It is a rare for celebrities to write a fan’s name together with autograph, especially for a big autograph session like this. However the boys did it. Fans were more than happy to go close and tell them their names while the boys listened attentively to every fan.
It was half-time when the boys took a break and came back with a mini lucky draw, to choose the colour of their bands. Category 2 ticket holders are able to get one member’s autograph only and whose autograph they could get was decided by the colour of the bands. Minhyuk went first and got green, Yonghwa very proudly shouted “BLUE!” when he revealed his band; Jonghyun smiled as he got red (burning indeed) and maknae Jungshin, knowing he was left with yellow, pouted. Apparently he does not like yellow, and was sulking for a while, looking at Jonghyun’s red band..
Following the smooth going of the last half of autograph session, it was a phototaking session with CNBLUE. Fans with a more expensive ticket or winner of 100.3’s contest had a chance to take group photos with the boys! The stage was probably too small to hold 30 fans at once; the boys were engulfed by the fans, but it proves their popularity – girls were trying to get as close to the boys as possible. It’s cute how even Yonghwa accidentally blocked Jonghyun with his “Victory” handsign.
It did get a little chaotic in the end because some fans did not manage to get their photos, but the boys made it up with extra time to wave and pose for the fans before leaving.
100821 Listen to the CNBLUE
The next day dawned with fans making their way down to NUS University Cultural Centre (UCC) early in the morning, hoping to catch wind of CNBLUE’s rehearsal; the area was packed with fans by the time the doors were to open. Fans made their last minute lightstick and merchandise purchases and orderly entered the concert hall.
The audience were teased with CNBLUE’s famous debut song “I’m A Loner”‘s minus-one track, before all lights dimmed and the showcase started with a bang. The boys, decked in their trademark white and blue outfits, started off with an impressive introduction featuring Yonghwa’s rap and rock guitar melody, knocking out the fans – “Let’s Go Crazy” came up right after and the atmosphere got crazy with screaming! Their English may not have the best pronounication but their thick strong vocals and enaging stage presence got the crowd high.
Love Revolution, Jungshin’s song choice to sing to his girlfriend, showcased his rapping skills well – indeed very mesmerising to the female fans offstage. Yonghwa even purposely went close to him with a look:
“Hello everyone, we’re CNBLUE!”
The boys gave an introduction in English, with Yonghwa starting, “Shall we introduce us- erm – shall we introduce ourselves, individual?” Their English vocabulary really surprised the fans (though grammar can be improved) and despite Yonghwa speaking the most, Minhyuk‘s English grammar seemed the best. While Jonghyun passed it off well, Jungshin looked like he was rapping as he said hi to the fans.
There was a problem with Minhyuk’s earplugs so there was a mini delay, but Jonghyun quickly covered it by singing a short and pretty sweet line of Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning – it was so good it seemed to be part of the act! Even though at the start of “I’m A Loner” was a little offbeat (most probably due to Minhyuk’s earplugs) he quickly made an extra incredible drum comeback on the second verse which earned extra screams from the fans. It was, not surprisingly, a great performance.
Love Light was next, its soothing melody got the fans swaying and clapping along. Yonghwa teased the fans on the last line when they all stopped suddenly and the fans were stilll singing along. The “last” song after that was their title track of their second album Bluelove, LOVE, which everyone sang along too.
Well definitely as a mini-concert the fans wouldn’t let the talented boys get away with just four songs! The boys came back with “I’m A Loner (Burning version)”, indeed burning up the concert hall with extra electronic notes, following by a medley of other songs from all their albums like One Time and more. It was almost amazing to listen to their performance live as audio tracks great discounted on the bass and flattens the impact of their vocals. All four of them looked like they enjoyed performing so much the audience cannot help but enjoy it with them.
Meeting the fans
Finally the instruments were set down and the boys were sitted for the fanmeeting. Host Ah Dong from Radio 100.3 started the talk well and the boys were really comfortable, replying questions in a comical fashion. When talking about if they have tried Singapore’s famous dish chilli crab, Yonghwa said, “Ah.. we have a schedule for Chilli Crab..”
The series of questions asked were from fans who posted it to the organiser’s Facebook, and innocent questions such as “What would CNBLUE be if there wasn’t CNBLUE” and “What artist in or out of Korea does CNBLUE want to collaborate with” all turned towards Yonghwa. “We Got Married!” and “So Nyuh Shi Dae!” were fans’ answers for Yonghwa! He took the chance to flash his “wedding ring” and went “no no no no” in a joking manner while laughing embarassedly. (FYI – Yonghwa and SNSD’s Seohyun are a virtual couple on variety show “We Got Married”. Fans are teasing him because of it.)
Some lucky fans got to fulfill their wishes as they were chosen through a lucky draw to recieve CNBLUE’s autographed/personal items, hugs and even a lucky girl got a serenade by Yonghwa, “Fool” the song from Yonghwa’s drama “You’re Beautiful”.
The fanmeeting came to a close as a representative of CNBLUE SG Fanclub appeared with a cake to celebrate CNBLUE’s start of Asian Tour. The boys were surprised and happy as they cut the cake, and were also treated to a music video put together by the Fanclub with the most comical, touching and memorable moments in the past. One could tell the four boys really enjoyed the video as it brought back some of their fond memories…
The showcase ended on this touching note, followed by the music video “Fool”, a compliation of CNBLUE’s efforts and the fans’ love to them.
Blues go away…
As they left for Korea that night, the airport was yet in a frenzy as usual; the pushing and shoving was a little scary and upset of the boys but the boys gave a grateful wave in the departure hall before they left and embarked on the next part of their Asian Tour. CNBLUE, aja aja hwaiting! Thanks to Proof Label for bringing in such a wonderful music act!
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CNBLUE Showcase P1 (Intro + Let’s Go Crazy)
CNBLUE Showcase P2 – CNBLUE speaks English (a lot, very cute!)
CNBLUE Showcase P3 (I’m A Loner + Love Light)
CNBLUE Showcase P4 (LOVE + One Time – Jungshin raps with charisma)
More Photos from Showcase
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