For the third time this year, fans of the Korean wave have been treated to a dose of KPOP as Kim Junsu a.k.a XIA of JYJ came down under for his Second Solo Tour Concert.
Anticipation rippled through the crowd as the curtain lit up with the words “Incredible”, the name of XIA’s concert tour and latest album. As the curtain fell, XIA was seen sitting on a huge throne and then jumped up to perform the explosive “Tarantallegra” which certain wizarding fans may know as the spell to make one dance uncontrollably. His lack of an undershirt under his black jacket made many girls swoon!
After a few songs featuring his mega talented dancers and a wardrobe change into a hot pink suit, XIA greeted the crowd with a ‘G’Day Mate’ and told us that although this is his second time visiting Australia, being on-stage was a different experience. He complimented Sydney as a beautiful city and also confessed he tried some interesting foods when he visited last ~ a la crocodile pizza!
Next up was the dramatic song “Rainy Eyes” and a selection of dance numbers, including his first solo single “Uncommitted”, a very catchy song which was released in English. Following the ending of the song “Fantasy” he gave one his male dancers a big hug but reassured his female fans and apologised to his male fans the he still liked girls, girls, girls just like in the song. A tradition in is solo concerts, XIA promised to grant three wishes for the crowd with the fan favourite being his performance of the cute Korean viral video “Gwiyomi”, something he never expected he would have to do as a 28-year old. When XIA performed “11AM”, the first song he released from his album Incredible, he started off with a few verses in acapella to a hushed crowd, with fans holding their breath as they as his voice permeated the concert hall.
Throughout the concert, there was a video storyline between XIA and a fictional girl, with text messages showing his sweet side when he appears at her doorstep, a passionate scene where they embrace eliciting many screams from the girls in the crowd and the final sad scene as he lets an engagement ring slip out of his hand and drop to the ground. While XIA was backstage, his dance crew also amazed the crowd with a dance performance ending with them throwing the glowsticks from their performance into the excited crowd.
Before the performance of the concert’s title song “Incredible”, fans were treated to a video showing photos from his childhood as well as decreasing sets of numbers which were statistics about XIA’s early life and being a performer such as 98,000 – the total kilometres he has flown around the word to see fans; 53,800 – the number of attendees at his solo concerts; and 30 seconds till he would return on stage. A personal message from XIA filled with Korean style emoticons such as how sad he was to be performing his last song for the crowd (ㅠㅠ) and how exhausted he was from his concert (ㅋㅋ)! The performance of “Incredible” was absolutely awesome and over too soon!
XIA then left us waiting and the crowd chanted his name “Kim Junsu” to entice him back onto the stage. He jumped on with “Fever” before a final chat to his fans, thanking everyone for attending his concert and saying that he was concerned that our parents would worry if we were home late as well as thinking of all the beautiful girls in the crowd who would need to make their way home safely. He commented that he wouldn’t forget the amazing experience he had with his Australian fans and that he would look forward to coming again, whether for a solo concert or with JYJ. XIA complimented the flags held by the attendees in the seated area, noted the many Western faces as well as the shedding of tears he saw. He gave his final apology for the end of the concert by performing his beautiful ballad “Sorry”.
나 지금 고백한다 (I’m Confessing Now)
Turn It Up
가지마 (Don’t Go)