Not a typo. Haha.
In April I went to an online concert.
It all started because Supernatural J&J had a fan meeting and I was awake at 3am so I went along. It was free but you could pay if you were able to so I paid. It was a lot of fun. So, then I signed up for an online Kpop fan meet thing… which was like a mini-concert and variety show in one (Xiuweet time for those playing at home).
That was a lot of fun even though it was mostly in Korean, they had subtitles… those were just a little late – because it was a live show they can’t really know in advance what someone will say. It was still a lot of fun for me as a non-Korean speaker.
Actually, it was so much more than I expected given the only fan meet I had ever been to was the supernatural one and that was two guys talking to each other on skype, mostly forgetting we were watching and every now and then they would take a question. So, it was kind of extraordinary the effort that went into this fan meet.
I kept seeing promotions for this online concert, I kept thinking about it.. Then, on the day of the concert (4th April), I decided I would go to it and bought the ticket. I told Triston I was thinking about going so we were at home just in case but I hadn’t committed because I had never heard the group before.
I could have googled and listened to their music to decide but I wasn’t going because of their music. I knew of them from an article and I wanted to go because of that. Also, 3 of the 4 current members had served their mandatory military service. This was their first concert since returning from service, prior to their military service, one of their members had died which really made me feel sad for them. So, I figured I may as well go and show support even if I don’t like their music. I may as well hear them for the first time live, why spoil the surprise.
Triston asked me about half way through if I liked their music and I said I wasn’t exactly sure but their were very entertaining and great performers so I was enjoying the concert. That’s all that really matters right?
The ticket I bought offered me 2 replays which, for reasons I don’t understand, got extended to 4. So, yep, I watched them all. We were generally out when they started and I would catch it from the same spot onwards but the more replays I watched…. I definitely became a fan.
Anywho, since then they have been pretty active with online promotions, t-shows and instagram live/vlive. They are hilarious. There was a solo concert for one of the members. Yep. I went (The replays are happening soon. Yay!).
Another member is in the cutest ever musical. It is super famous I hear but I knew nothing about it. It was sooo cute. I might get a ticket for another show. It is online but in Singapore (and I guess a few other countries) they have cinemas playing the live stream so you can feel like you went to the theatre. I just watched at home. If you want to watch you can here: ‘Midnight Sun‘ – it is subtitled – and Onew/온유 as the leading man is the version I watched. They have a few different leads but Onew is in the group I am referring to.
Why the count down to the 25th? They have their 13th anniversary (since launching officially as a group) and an online fan meet. These are subtitled and pretty fun to watch. They do take questions live from people in the live audience but also they took some in advance and a few other things as well to help prepare for the show.
Their final member has to do his military service. End of this month his enlistment starts. I think he has to serve for 18 months. Hopefully, by then covid is over and they can tour properly as a group when he is back out.
Singapore also has mandatory military service but it is longer than that in South Korea. Most people do it in their early 20’s (only mandatory for men in both Singapore and South Korea) but with Kpop stars because they are teenagers when they get launched they usually wait until the last moment so as to have a successful career for as long as possible. It seems to be pretty cut throat because every Korean person I have spoken to says that the Kpop careers end when they do their military service. I hope not. Not with these guys. I think they are good enough to keep going but it really comes down to the Korean people because that is the bulk of their market (as far as I understand it anyway).
Looking forward to the 25th. I will just ignore the 21st because surgery is boring to think about. Kpop fan meets are fun.
For those who don’t know yet the band is called SHINee and you can listen here. Do I understand the words – mostly no. Intent of the songs – mostly yes. Are they entertaining and fun to listen to anyway, yup.