Idol group JYJ held the first performance of their World Tour in Bangkok, Thailand, from 2 to 3 April.
The 2-day concert attracted more than 22 000 fans, and JYJ put in all their effort to perform ‘Song Without a Name Part 1’, which was recorded in JYJ Music Essay, as well as 4 other new songs, bringing happiness to the listening fans. Kim Jaejoong took up the role of Concert Director, attending personally to everything from stage design, sound to performance costumes, presenting an even more elaborate stage to the fans. With Thailand as the first stop, JYJ will continue their World Tour next in Taiwan on the 23rd, then on to Beijing on 7th of May, before moving onto 4 cities in North America and then wrapping up in Korea on the 11th and 12th of June in Busan, finishing the 8-months-long promotional activities of their worldwide album, “The Beginning”.
What the members learnt from Director Kim
“At first we called him Assistant Director Kim, but later on we wanted to call him Director Kim, so this became our nickname for him”. Park Yoochun and Kim Junsu’s praises made Kim Jaejoong feel embarrassed, which he expressed, “Because this is the first time I’m challenging (to be a concert director), I feel excited but also nervous, and through this chance I have learnt a lot. If the stage is not directed well singers performing will encounter huge barriers, and though the scale is smaller and not as large as our concerts when we were newcomers, we knew there were many details and areas that still require a lot of preparation.” When reporters asked if everyone is satisfied with this concert, Jaejoong stole a glance at Yoochun and Junsu before answering, “Everyone should be quite satisfied”.
Director Kim: Only cares about directing, and not singing and dancing?
Yoochun, as though he suddenly thought of something, was laughing to himself at a corner. Only when everyone was looking at him with curious eyes, did he open his mouth to say, “Jaejoong hyung was very hardworking as a director, but as a singer…”, laughing out loud before he finished his sentence. Upon hearing Yoochun, Jaejoong smiled and expressed, “There are many things to do as a director, such as going to the raw materials market for the costumes, as well as being responsible for stage design, so there isn’t any more energy left”, honestly revealing, “If everything was not standardised, there would be unhappiness, and I will not be able to sing properly, that is why I did not have more energy to care about performing. On the first day of the concert, I did not change my costume during the time I was supposed to, as I only cared about the set list and the stage”.
A satisfying performance, thanks to Jaejoong Hyung
In order to present a perfect stage, Director Kim flew to Thailand alone 2 weeks before the concert to prepare, and his passion and hard work were finally translated into his members’ satisfaction.
Yoochun: “I was really satisfied after it ended, because everyone was tight for time but still had to prepare for such a large-scale concert, therefore there will definitely be lacking areas, and since this is the first concert, there was unease and a lack of confidence. But all thanks to Jaejoong hyung, the level of completion was rather high.”
Junsu: “Due to my musical and Yoochun’s drama, we could only depend on Jaejoong hyung to organize (this concert), he must have been under a lot of stress and felt a strong sense of urgency. I am very thankful to him, because he prepared such a stage with the pre-knowledge of what a singer needs, and that is why we could stand on stage with the most comfortable and stable state of mind. It was really good.”
Jaejoong: “Compared to very elaborate concerts, I went with the feeling of ‘Hoping everyone would appreciate our own stage and songs’ to design the stage, and put in a lot of effort to completely showcase a concert that JYJ could present, that JYJ was best in, and I hope everyone would like it.”
A stage with only JYJ’s songs
Yoochun: “We were very happy to have songs enough for a concert, which means we could use our own songs to hold a concert. We wanted to leave a deep impression on everyone through our JYJ World Tour, so we worked very hard to not let everyone see our lacking areas, and to present our most perfect condition. Although we experienced quite a big barrier, but through the concert, I understood the standard I was at, which line I was standing on, and to me this has a huge meaning. At the same time, we were also given the chance to grow.”