On January 24, CNBLUE heated up the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for the final US stop of their "CNBLUE Blue Moon World Tour."
CNBLUE not only graces K-pop fans with quality rock tracks, but with impressive acting chops, philanthropy, and amazing visuals as well, it is no surprise that they are considered one of the top groups in Korea. This was particularly evident by the mass number of American Boices that filled the auditorium with blue light-sticks and cheers even prior to the members taking stage.
Once the members, Yonghwa, Jonghyun, Jungshin, and Minhyuk, took the stage, a new level of energy was reached and sustained throughout the two and a half hour set. Particularly after the unexpected confetti shower at the beginning of the show.
What I enjoyed most about their overall performance was that there were no unnecessary frills to take away from their music--everything from the stage set-up to their outfits were simplistic and casual, allowing fans to enjoy what they ultimately came for, the music experience. Although, as a side note, I must say that the first few minutes of the concert, I was a little distracted with admiring how good-looking they were in person (especially Jungshin, who's not even my bias). The members performed their hearts out with each track, running around stage and engaging with their fans--by the end of each track, you could see a new layer of sweat beads glisten on their faces.
I really think my latter point is what made me enjoy CNBLUE's performance the most: the combination of their hard-working demeanor and service to their fans. Prior to the concert, I expected the entire concert to be conducted in Korean, as YongHwa's famous, "is it my turn already?" led me to believe. However, I was pleasantly surprised when members interacted with fans in English--even performing "Try Again, Smile Again" in English--which really demonstrated the effort CNBLUE puts into connecting with Boices world-wide.
Overall, it is safe to say that Friday's performance led to me become an even bigger fan of CNBLUE.
So, for those that missed the concert, here's...
The set list:
Where You Are
Man Like Me
Have a Good Night
In My Head
I'm a Loner
Hey You (Encore)
Love Girl (Encore)
You've Fallen for Me (Encore)
Try Again, Smile Again (Encore)
A fan video (Jonghyun focus) of my favorite performance of the night, "Try Again, Smile Again":
Some behind the scenes footage of the members during the US leg of their tour for eye candy:
And last but not least, Yonghwa, just because :]