Tara Lee, Fangirl, Fanwar and Media Playing

So, this is now happening in my twitter for almost a week already (or probably longer I just did not notice it before)

Ever since I follow EXO in early 2014, I made my timeline colorful with all Kpop stuff as well as divers friend because only right now, I found out that most of my friend I got from EXO, they were all either Kpop fans or had much knowledge about Kpop than I do—of course.

Before my timeline is only CNBLUE related news, be it friends or news from other fanbase, I did follow some of Korean portal news of course to keep myself update with CNBLUE but then again, it was only focus matter. I used to focus on CNBLUE only thus I only have Boice friend, but now, no more.

As I said earlier, my friends now were as colorful as my timeline—not that I’m complaining though. With various friends I have right now, the thing I know about fangirl’s life is different, safe to say, it surprising me because all the nonstop fanwar. And my question is, is that really necessary?

Personally? Of course not. XD

To me, fangirl means new friends to hang out—even mostly on twitter only—and share the same excitement about music we like. But apparently the point of view other fans are different—and I can’t do anything about it, sadly.

So, what does media had to do anything with this fangirl and fanwar stuff? Well, fanwar happen as fangirl’s respond for the news relied by media of course. And as my experience of running CNBLUE’s fanblog for almost three years, there quite difference about Korean media and Japanese media when it comes to entertainment industry.

To Korean media, whenever there idol made comeback, it was the time for them to open all the rumors from the wrapper. To those who is blunt or clumsy they would trapped by the situation the host or media created and of course, it would led to another fanwar.

As for Japanese, comeback means they could provide their readers or audiences behind the scenes every song the artist made.

Thus far, I almost never found about Korean media that talked about CNBLUE’s music (well I took CNBLUE as example because that what I know the difference what Korean and Japanese article or TV show wrote about them). All I found was the rumor and gossip from each member.

I almost never know the story behind their Korean songs (almost all of them that only released in Korea). And on the contrary, I know every story about their Japanese song, each of them. There times when I bored reading Japanese translation because one album CNBLUE could be featured in at least 3 magazines with the same topic, MUSIC! How the idea came up to them, how they arranged the song, how the other member contributed to the song (well, mostly CNBLUE’s song composed by Yonghwa and Jonghyun) or is there any special touch up about the song. They also ask what strongest point from each song.

I wonder why Korean media could not do the same. Instead of talking crap, why did not they started to educated their reader or audiences with meaningful stuff?

Then my friend said to me,

“Korean idols are not all composing their song, and as far as I know there no media focus to cover Korean music globally (published in both Korean and English). Maybe there media that only focus on music like Japanese does but you’ll never know because they’re not popular. What did the idols should talk about when they have no idea about what they’re singing or how the song producing? CNBLUE could talk much because they knew. And I think Korean will run out of topic if they insist to do like Japanese does. Japanese should divers their focus because they would not run out of topic. There loss of musician offered them to write down their story in their editorial.”

Upon hearing this, I realize, what she said was true. Sadly, but that’s the truth. All of musical activity which purely sold music had rare chance to be covered by major media.

One of my friends once flew all the way from France only to attend music festival in Korea, she said, there actually bunch of talent musicians in Korea and various genre too (because all this time I only think Korean only could sing a dance music) but when I try to search any information of the event. There only few and that was not even a headline unlike any event that Kpop idols joined the line up. And the audience too, she said, not many people came.

I actually hope that musician will have a place in Kpop industry (which I thought unlikely, take a look CNBLUE and Juniel) and make the sound of Kpop move divers than coloring by fanwar and controversy.

Wu Yifan, the Twist for the Rookie

Wu Yifan, the Twist for the Rookie

Well, hello again, it’s been while since my last post in here. All this while I don’t feel to write anything but here I am right now, ’cause twitter seems can’t handle my opinion anymore,  well so I guess I’ll start to write again.

There many things happened during this span of time and to be quite honest, I don’t know where do I have to start. So I picked up the most recent issue going on in my twitter which I have many pro and contra, well, it’s no other than my bias, Wu Yifan.

So, the recent issues were all about movie posters and Harper Bazaar photoshoot.

Why those two became issues? Trust me, I don’t know either because I don’t see much problem in there especially for Bazaar photoshoot.

Well, let’s get started with the movie poster.

Some fans upset with the poster for many reasons and here I show you several posters and official casts photoshoot they released those far

The two photos released shortly after the official announcement of Somewhere Only We Know production and the two didn’t drew any bad comments yet and fans begin to wonder what kind of story of the movie be like since in China, movie or drama production always kept under the wrap. There so little things about the storyline or anything about the movie that revealed to public.

New posters been released again and it was nothing ‘cause it still consistent with the previous two or the other promotional photo that officially released, there alwas four of the casts.

However the talk begin when the first movie clip released, in the 30 second video, there only Yifan and Likun couple and Gordon Alexander and Jinglei couple, the other two, ChangZhao and Yizha all of sudden vanished from the sight.

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The questions begin, from, where did Changzhao and Yizha dissapeared? And did Grdon Alexander and Jinglei couple did so much in the movie? Or, what kind the storile of this movie exactly? But many comments and opinion were over promoted of Yifan and Likun couple (I don’t like to say but I think the opinion is true).

The arguments went on as the new posters came out

The posters only consist by two couples and from here Changzhao and Yizha were definately out of sight. And so, when the official teasers came out, all the clip was all about Yifan, Likun, Jinglei and Gordon Alexander.

Even me, I was fooled by the storyline before. All this time I was thinking that the main story would revolved around Yifan, Likun, Changzhao and Yizha. But I guess, I surprised by the — abrupt — change of the promotional photos and posters.

All the more when the cinema version poster came out, all the bad comments toward the director rising once again. Some of fans accused her to use Yifan for promoting the movie, as if there only her and Yifan.

For me personally, from the photos that released earlier (where there always four casts in it) and the official posters, I think it was inconsistent from the SOWK team. I know, the whole storyline only the team themselves so all they can do whatever they want for the posters or teaser clips. My point is, if there four from the start then ideally will still four in the end because movie is not like the real life where none of us can’t handle the future. In the real life is still possible we begin with four and end up with three or two, but hey, this is movie, there a director, a script-writer and whole team to control where the story will going and how it will ended.

If you asking me I like this final poster or not, well, I don’t like it. My reason why I don’t like the poster is, SOWK can hired a better graphic designer. I don’t care about how many of them in it (though I still rooted five or six of them on one frame) or how huge Xu Jinglei face will be, the only one that intriguing me is the design. They should do much more better than this.

From the poster, the storyline seems ambigous. Especially the one where Xu Jinglei, Yifan and Likun on one frame, people can suspect that Yifan was involved in love triangle where the fact is not.

Another issue was, Bazaar photoshoot. And this issue is the most ridiculous things I ever heard. Some upset about Jinglei see-through blouse and saying Yifan shouldn’t do such kind of photoshoot. Other upset and questioned, why did Jinglei even follow Yifan to appear in the cover, why didn’t she leave Yifan alone on the cover?

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Well, for the first issue about Jinglie’s see-through blouse, I don’t have problem with it so, I let you to judge it by yourself. If anything, I like the photoshoot, Jinglei can pulled of her sexy look with someone much younger than her and most of all, she didnt need to reveal her skin.

The second issue, I’m not Bazaar editor so I don’t know the motif, why they took the couple for their cover. FYI, I’d been a editor so quite sometimes and even if it’s not magazine, but I know how they work. I don’t think it was Jinglei’s request to appear in the cover with Yifan. It must the editor of the magazine (in this case is Harper Bazaar) itself.

Honestly I, myself, I don’t see any problem with them being the cover. I don’t know if there many mind that.

Lastly, there one opinion thar drew me to write more in here. Last night, I came acrross with the funny opinion to me. It said, to those who obligated to be thankful to Jinglei with all her decisions and everything is insult Yifan because surely even without Jinglei, Yifan still can do so much.

I’m agree with that but also I’m disagree.

I’m agree that we should thankful to Jinglei to give Yifan so much — great and rare — opportunity he was dearly wished for. To me, SOWK is like Yifan’s experiment project. Why? He’s rookie (and please not that he was never been in acting before unless for his group MV or CFs) but he took lead cast for a movie, secondly, have you ever heard an amateur up for the big chance of being songwriter and even producer for the movie OST?

I’m sorry to called Yifan as an amateur because for me he is. Sure he worked in musical field before but please notice that he was a performer, he only sung — well, he was a rapper before — the song the team given to him, he didn’t write or produce or anything, all he did was sung the song according the score, nothing else.

If I was Jinglei, SOWK is my movie, why I do trust an amateur to do the soundtrack where obviously I can find the better musician to do it because let’s face it, music is doing big thing in the movie too? The answer is either Yifan request to her to do the OST and she sees the potential in this rookie, so she trust him.

If you argue, but Jinglei was still supervising the MV.

Let make this clear, MV and music is DIFFERENT I don’t think Jinglei has something to do with There is a Place because there only mentioned Yifan and Bingyang.

But again, just because I’m thankful to her doesn’t mean I agree with all her policy, I have some dissagreement toward her since the beginning of the SWOK promotional, but at that time, fans accused me as Yifan antis and now when I’m already move to think something else, fans starting to protest to her with the same reason I did before. It’s so funny to me.

And, I’m still believe that even without Jinglei, Yifan can do so much, of course he can because he is Wu Yifan. He can do everything he can and wants. But unfortunately, it was the woman named Xu Jinglei who took him under her wings for his first project, so, you liek it or not, Jinglei, SOWK and There is a Place playing huge role in Yifan’s future career as solo artist AND it was normal that you should be thankful to her, because I think, Yifan personally also thankful to her.

Actually, the relation between Yifan and Jinglei is mutual benefit, Yifan need the chance and room to explore himself and Jinglei need his popularity and fans to give her movie so much love and attentions. This is win win situation for both parties.

If you can’t see her as someone who give great chance to your idol and I don’t think you can appreciated someone who help you in real life either.

Well, it’s enough I think, I need to stop writing before I can’t stop myself. LOL

I welcome opinion from you all as long as we can discuss and talk with chill head and appropriate language ^^

See you next time

Photo by various weibo outlets

Video by galaxy fanfan

Written and posted bt Tara Lee

CNBLUE Interview on PATi PATi PRIME Volume 1, 2013 Issue

CNBLUE Interview on PATi PATi PRIME Volume 1, 2013 Issue

‘Groovy CNBLUE’ Feature summer single

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CNBLUE will release a single just like the summer, ‘Lady’ on July 31st. About this ‘Groovy CNBLUE’ song that has disco atmosphere, we threw ‘Lady’ questions associated from the lyrics at them.

As a part of world tour, CNBLUE hold Zepp tour in Japan this summer. Moreover they will appearat summer festivals. They release a groovy dance tune ‘Lady’ as if we begin to dance in the summer live. A party at night, A lady is made a target, she is already mine… We set the song that is the sexiest in CNBLUE songs as a theme, probed into their private.

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‘Lady’ is the word that fits the song the best.

– New song ‘Lady’, did you make this song with awareness that this is released in Japan?
Yonghwa Not especially. I’m not particular about where the song will be released. I release completed songs at release season.

– Were you aware of the single released in summer?
Yonghwa: Yes I was. In fact when I was writing a song like ballad, but it doesn’t suit summer, so I omitted it this time.

– What is a theme of ‘Lady’?
Yonghwa: When we go to summer festival, everyone dances and livens up the atmosphere, like club. I wrote with such a portrait. We will play at summer festivals this year, this song is like disco and we can feel coolness, so it’s just like a summer.

-What is the root of this title?
Yonghwa: ‘Lady’ is the word that fits the song the best.

– How do you feel after you play it?
Minhyuk: This song is fun. While playing we’re liven up because rhythm of this song is disco..
Jonghyun: In fact I didn’t make songs for a while after I made ‘Blind Love’ though I already start to make again. I felt something is lacking, so I was studying music. In the mean time, I left songs making to Yonghwa. Then he completed very good songs. When I listen to ‘Lady’ for the first time, I felt it’s groovy song. It has sexy atmosphere, too. It is like summer, isn’t it?
Yonghwa: Because this song is cool and fresh.
Jonghyun: I felt the disco song like it also suits summer. Rhythm is good, isn’t it?
Jungshin: Mwo?
3 members *except JS*: hahahahaha! ‘Mwo?’

– What, what is it?
Jungshin: I say ‘Mwo’ from a habit before I start to talk. I’m being made fun of it by members (wry smile)
Jonghyun: ‘Mwo’ is Korean, ‘Nani?’ in Japanese.
*’What?’
in English* (so bunny buin, lets follow him saying ‘mwo’ before start talking, kkk)

– I see (laugh) How do you feel after you play ‘Lady’, Jungshin?
Jungshin: Just like other members had said, I felt it’s just like summer. There were originally two versions about rhythm in this song. The other one is a little difficult.
Yonghwa: We felt guy while listening its one, but the playing is complicated.
Jungshin: And another one is now disco rhythm. This song became groovy because rhythm was decided this version. That’s why I’m looking forward to playing it at live.

Perspiring on the nose is the sign of ‘I love you’ (laugh)

– Well, I’ll ask you from lyrics of ‘Lady’. At first, what kind of ‘Lady’ that appears in front of you,  and you feel ‘I want you’?
Yonghwa: If she is so cute, I might think too much and feel much pressure (laugh) the best person is who agrees with each other. I guess Minhyuk’s thought is so, isn’t it?
Minhyuk: Yes. Most important thing is her personality. First when we’re directly meet, whether we can understand or not, it’s important. And I like a person who has pure eyes.
Jonghyun: Mine is feeling *his important point*
Yonghwa: It’s just a feeling~~ (suddenly started to sing ‘feeling’)
Jonghyun: If our feelings coincide, I can understand her without doing nothing.
Jungshin: I…… I like a person who is whiter than me.
Yonghwa: Such people are many! (laugh)
Jungshin: And a person who agrees with each other, and…
Jonghyun: Despite his appearance, he has lofty ideal. He is most particular of all.
Jungshin: Because I’ve not kept company with so many women, I become  too much.

– Then, if you meet a ‘Lady’ whom you felt ‘I want you’, how do you approach her?
Minhyuk: I catch her soon.
3 members: whew~~ (laugh) how manly!
Minhyuk: Oh why? I catch her as my girlfriend.
Yonghwa: I don’t understand him well. If I feel positive, I approach her, but if I don’t feel so, I don’t by the situation or atmosphere at that time.
Jonghyun: Feeling is important for me, so if I like her, she should like me. Special approach doesn’t need. It’s rare only one side like her, isn’t it?
Yonghwa: Really? I don’t think so~ (laugh)
Jungshin: I can’t approach someone at all.
Yonghwa: In case of Jungshin, his perspiring on the nose is the sign of ‘I love you’ (laugh) (All were staring at Jungshin) Look~, hahahaha, he is just sweating on his nose.
Jungshin: No I’m not! (laugh)
Minhyuk: Jungshin sweats on his nose only when he sees a picture of hot food.
Yonghwa: Human tells his mind with words, Jungshin can tell his mind with his nose without speaking! (All burst out laughing)
Jungshin: So, when I meet you, I’ll say ‘Annyunghaseyo~’ (covering his nose with his hand) from now on. (All laughing hard)
Yonghwa: Shall I buy any deodorant for nose? (laugh)
Jungshin: (laugh) By the way, my answer to the question is ‘I can’t’. I couldn’t talk with women well before. I can do it now as might be expected. But I guess I can’t do anything if there is a woman on my heart in front of me.
– So, who is the activist to woman all of you?
Jonghyun: I think such person is no one among us.

-Well, who changes a sexy man in the night, not on the stage?
Yonghwa: Firstly, a man doesn’t feel other man sexy, I don’t know it well.
Jungshin: We’re not sexy, only noisy men in the night. (LOLOLOL)

– Who is the sexiest on the stage?
Yonghwa: (immediately) No doubt, it’s me!
Minhyuk: Yes, he is. His action one by one,
Jonghyun: Sexy.
Yonghwa: Ah~ Sexy moving like that naturally appearance, hahaha (laugh) I usually hide all the points.
Jonghyun: hehehe (laugh) I see. I think everyone who works hard is sexy. But Jungshin is all in sweat when he plays bass hard, so this point is uncool (laugh)
Jungshin: What!?
Jonghyun: But okay. Jungshin hascute (smile)

-‘Lady’ is groovy music, do you sometimes go to a club and spend the ‘party’ night?
All: No, we don’t.
Jungshin: Not club, we dance in a house or car, don’t we?
Yonghwa: A car leaps because of it (laugh)
Minhyuk: We’re listen to music which makes us dance and we move.

-When you play ‘Lady’ at summer festivals or tours, members and audiences will become like a party.
Yonghwa: Let’s dance hard!

 

 

 

 

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Trans by Satsuki @ cnboice

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CNBLUE’s Blue Moon Concert in Melbourne, Australia!

CNBLUE’s Blue Moon Concert in Melbourne, Australia!

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On May 31st, the 2013 CNBLUE BLUE MOON WORD TOUR concert was held in Melbourne, Australia and started off with a bang!

Literally! Rain, lighting and thunder all happened on the day. To all the fans that started lining up at 7am that morning, they definitely showed what you call dedication and commitment to your International artist! They were surely not disappointed by the end of the night!

The opening act commenced at 7:30pm at Festival Hall in Melbourne, with a traditional band layout and a massive screen at the back. It was 100% obvious that all our attention would be on the 4 amazing rockers about to embrace the stage.  As the lights dimmed and the sea of people screamed, a moon appeared on the screen followed by a futuristic video of the members of CNBLUE. Within a few minutes Lee Jonghyun, Kang Minhyuk and Lee Jungshin came out onto the stage and took their positions for the first act. Just before they started, our leading man Jung Yonghwa took to the stage and rocked out their first song for the night, ‘Where You Are.

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‘Where You Are’ was the perfect song to start the show. With a slightly remixed ending showcasing their amazing talent and Jonghyun’s ridiculously fantastic guitar skills, the fans embraced the song wholeheartedly; singing along as if they had sung it 100 times before. It was a clear indicator that the members were going to make their Melbourne fans happy!

Their next song was ‘Get Away.’ Throughout the song, our 3 guitarist completely embraced the stage. They were rockin’ it from one side of the stage to the other, and even back to Minhyuk, who was putting his all into every snare and drum hit making the fans go wild. Yonghwa would then scream out “everybody jump!” And that’s when you really felt the vibration in the floorboards of the venue!

One Time’ was their third song for the night. With a heavier rock intro at the start, red lasers shooting into all directions and a background video of burning buildings, the fans were all fired up chanting like crazy. When Yonghwa would sing the words “I know” the fans would sing back with “you know.bmsidney90

The amazing acoustics of Festival Hall, along with the strong vocals and instrumental skills of CNBLUE made such a great pairing -leaving long lasting impression on the people of Melbourne. A sea of CNBLUE red and blue glow sticks waved around the venue and the high pitched screams of  the fans gave everybody goosebumps as they listened to Yongha scream ”top of the world.

After the song, Yonghwa spoke a little bit of English and surprised the fans by saying “good day mate,” one of Australia’s popular greetings.

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He then followed this with a “How are you” and Jungshin joined in by attempting an “Aussie Aussie oi oi oi” chant that sent a roar of laughter and screams throughout the crowd. This was very endearing and sweet! After Yonghwa said “Next” they began their intro into ”Man like Me.

Coffee Shop” was song number 5 for the night, with CNBLUE screaming out ”Everybody make one noise…..” the crowd responded with screams, rocking hand movements and a lot of jumping!

The age group at the concert varied from young females to middle aged women enjoying their dose of Korean rock goodness, bopping to the music and singing along to the songs. CNBLUE’s reach was massive and appreciated by everyone no matter who they were or how old they are. This is what make K-POP so incredibly strong and amazing.

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A Pink Floyd inspired spectrum of colour played on the big flat screen, rising and falling with the variations of beats and sounds, which paved the way for their next song “Have A Good Night.

Claps filled the hall for “Wake Up” as the disco ball came on and the flat screen, which changed into what reminded me of comic book artwork, showed the lyrics to the song. ‘Are you having fun’ and ’Lets go’ flashed on the screen in bright neon colours and lighting bolts. It was absolutely insane.

Throughout the song, Yonghwa was lifting the engagement of the fans even more by screaming “Say yeah” and ”Make some noise!!

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Minhyuk and the other members grooved to the beat and sank deep into the music as Jonghyun showed an amazing guitar solo that was completely electrifying.

The music stopped and Yonghwa encouraged the crowd to clap, saying “Ok my turn! Are you ready? Ok, 1, 2 wake up wake up!” As the music slowly built up he went into a scream as the heavy drums, bass and guitar kicked in again for the finale of the song.

The band then decided to take a little break to have a chat with their Melbourne audience!

Yonghwa: “We love Melbourne … We love you!!

Can you speak Korean?

Annyeo?

Minhyuk: “THANK YOU!! We were here in Australia 2 years ago, we go Sydney two years ago, but this time we come to Melbourne!! I really love it here

There are many reasons why, but it is sick! Very sick!

Jungshin: “I love steak!

Yonghwa: “Medium rare please

We had steak yesterday, soooo delicious’!!”

“I can’t speak english…. A little…

Ok we sing love song

Next song is Love Light

After that super cute chat, the announcement of their next song sent the fans wild! I spoke to a few fans earlier before the show and this was definitely one song that they wanted to hear. A project by Jonghyun, Yonghwa started off the performance with a beautiful acoustic solo and then “1..2…1..2…3..4 Sing this song with me!” to which the fans sang along, as Jonghyun was at the bass for Yonghwa’s short rap.

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When the song finished the lights went off and reappeared again with the spotlight on Yonghwa for his beautiful piano solo.

The lights expanded to show the all the 4 members as they begin their performance of “Feeling.” I must say that looking around the crowd everyone had a look on their face as if their heart was melting, mine included!

As the piano faded out and the place got quiet again, a fan screamed “oppa saranghae!” Drums, bass and guitar as well clapping began simultaneously with Minhyuk’s drums becoming the focus. Screams were heard almost in sync with each hit of the snare. As the music faded, Yonghwa was left with his piano, playing yet another beautiful piano solo for the outro.

These Days” was next up, leaving the crowd in awe with Jonghyuns beautiful voice and jazzy feel to the song. The crowd was silent but very hypnotized at the same time.

After performing “Y,Why” the band decide to continue their conversation with the attentive crowd.

Yonghwa: “THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Are you having fun?

We too!

Minhyuk: “I want to come here again and again!

We love Melbourne

Yonghwa: “English very well

Are you guys having fun? Good day mate!

From now on hear our rockin roll music!

First it’s time to do dark sexy metal

ARE YOU READY!! LETS GO MELBOURNE

The ’dark sexy metal’ line was one of the highlights of the night!

La La La” was a great follow up after the previous slower song, and ridiculously hilarious conversation.

CNBLUE continued their heavier rock feel with “Just Please.” The extended instrumental piece of the outro was absolutely amazing and made us realize even more, that they are a force to be reckoned with.

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The next two songs for the night were “Tattoo” and the big hit, ”In My Head.” This was definitely a hit with the fans as they screamed wildly after hearing the intro, knowing exactly what was coming up next. Every time Yonghwa tried to encourage the fans to participate he never failed as an extremely loud roar always exploded from the crowd.

Yonghwa: ”I love you very very much

Tonight is Rockin ..I need more!!

So hot…ok from now on we have to get crazy

So I need your help…..I need you to scream!!

Are you ready Melbourne?!! Lets dance with me!! I’m dancing king of CNBLUE. Like usher, like Neyo, like Chris brown. I’m the best! ARE YOU READY MELBOURNE!! Lets party till the end!! “

The beat of the all too familiar hit “Intuition” started and brought on the biggest cheer along with the loudest claps and chanting I’ve heard so far. Almost every person in there knew the words and it really lifted up the atmosphere even higher.

With sweat dripping down their faces, the performance went on without a glitch or discomfort, showing true showmanship and dedication to providing the Melbourne fans with a outstanding show.

From the ending of “Intuition” this transitioned straight into “I’m a loner.” Another big hit that surely kept up the high energy level in the hall and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

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The ‘last’ song of the night was possibly the one everyone was waiting for “I’m sorry.” I actually got goosebumps every time the fans chanted “michyeosseo!” My favorite part was possibly the climatic alternate outro to I’m sorry. It was powerful and totally ‘dark sexy metal’ just the way Yonghwa wanted.

The ending of I’m sorry was meant to signal the concert’s end, but no! In true concert spirit the crowd sent roars of “ENCORE! ENCORE!” And “CNBLUE! CNBLUE!” trembling through the hall and as expected, our favourite band graced the stage yet again for “Hey You,” 1 of 5 of their encore songs.

When CNBLUE re-entered, they came out in black in their  ’Blue Moon’ concert tee shirts and Yonghwa said, “Thank you for waiting!

From an energetic “Hey You” they transitioned perfectly into “Love Girl“.

Yonghwa busted out some moves as the CNBLUE’s ‘dancing king’. He wore what looked like a zebra eared headband thrown by one of the fans on stage. This performance was quite comedic with their dancing and Yonghwa’s galloping across the stage.

Yonghwa also took a cap thrown to him by a fan in the audience, adjusted it and wore it just as they started their performance of ”You’ve Fallen For Me.” It was extremely sweet when they inserted “I love you Melbourne, I love you so much” into the well known title track from the K-Drama, ‘You’ve fallen for me.’

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After such a sweet performance Yonghwa also managed to get a hold of a sign that had ‘Dragon Flower’ on it and said “I Am Dragon Flower,” “My aka is Dragon Flower.” This was so adorable and funny that the crowd was left in stitches!

I must say that CNBLUE are well experienced entertainers! Their energy towards the crowd and their engagement was absolutely perfect. Their genuine personalities make you feel like their speaking to you directly. I also discovered that Yonghwas’ beat boxing skills are absolutely SICK!! Unfortunately for us, hardly any of us were able to repeat after him but it was great to see Jungshin laughing so wildly.

After their performance of “Love“ Minhyuk took to the mic and had a little chat.

Minhyuk: “I really want to come! I’ll come back for fun! I promise!!

Younghwa: “THANK YOU for your appreciation, THANK YOU for your screaming, I love you!

Tonight was really awesome

THANK YOU mate I love MELBOURNE!!!

This song last song

Sing along with me!

Try Again, Smile Again” was the last song to CNBLUE’s heart wrenchingly awesome concert. As the song ended the fans screamed, “I love you,” became a lot more apparent as the screams grew louder rising even above the thrashing of the guitars and drums. We all know good things come to an end, but the promise of their return one day definitely kept everyone happy.

Regardless of the long waiting and the weather, CNBLUE gave Melbourne fans an amazing memory that will last  forever! THANK YOU CNBLUE for coming all the way down to Australia and for giving it your all!

Article by Cammy @ KMusic

Edited by Mariam @ KMusic

Photo by  VISPENN PHOTOGRAPHY

Reposted by Tara Lee @bpb decoded /cnboice

 

 

 

 

 

CNBLUE B-PASS Magazine June 2013 Interview

CNBLUE B-PASS Magazine June 2013 Interview

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– Speaking about CNBLUE’s single, we strongly imagine speeding up (up tempo song) till now. But ‘Blind Love’ is the first medium ballad. Why did you choose this kind of song as a title song?

Yonghwa: This time, we decided to change a concept, then we made a song like that. Our previous songs have offensive thought; the concept of this song is like Japan or J-Rock.

Jonghyun: I hope not only our fans but also more Japanese will listen to the song.

Jungshin: We usually choose a song in many songs composed by hyungs, so we rarely (but we did it this time) make a song after we decided the concept.

 

– Jonghyun-kun wrote the lyrics and composed ‘Blind Love’. When did you compose?

Jonghyun: January in this year? At first I put theme spring and made, so the lyrics included ‘Sakura’. It’s rare to include Sakura in the lyrics in Korea, but it’s common in Japan, so I changed.

 

– I see! I want to listen to CNBLUE’s sakura song.

Jonghyun: ‘Kimi ga kagayaku yo~ (you are shining~)’ like this kind of song. Is it nice?

Yonghwa: Honestly, I couldn’t catch the meaning from the first lyrics. haha

Jungshin: The new lyric is easier to sing. It adapts how to sing.

Jonghyun: If I have another chance, I’ll make sakura song. I kept the melody by imagining spring as it is; I wrote the lyrics what we can feel no matter what a season is. This song is a lost love song, but it is abstract.

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– About Japanese lyrics, did you translated from Korean, or directly write in Japanese?

Jonghyun: I wrote it in Japanese. It doesn’t include so much difficult word, does it? It’s nothing much.

 

– Do you think ‘I can’ (for writing lyric directly in Japanese, despite the fact that Jonghyun is Korean)?

Jonghyun: But I wrote hiragana not kanji. haha

 

– What is a point of playing (the rhythms instruments)?

Minhyuk: The melody is calm and lyrics remain in our mind, so I was careful not to put too much out my strength in playing.

Yonghwa: Was bass difficult?

Jungshin: Yes it was, just what Minhyuk had said, this song is calmest among the entire single (CNBLUE had release so far in Japan). This love theme is the first in Japan. After all….. Not severe and sad, this has lyrics painful love, so I had trouble on part of expressing sound a little.

 

– The second song, ‘With Your Eyes’ is also composed by Jonghyun-kun. What is the kind of song With Your Eyes is?

Jonghyun: Melody is rock, but lyrics are expressing a life. He’s looking for a reason why I live, after all he knows what does it mean, but he doesn’t know…..I put such feeling into the song.

 

– Do you always think about your life?

Jonghyun: I suppose we surely think many things each ages. But a person like our age mentioned about life… (Sounds inappropriate since Jonghyun thinks he is too young to judge the life)  So I wrote positive elements in the lyrics. Like my age (usually thinks).

Jungshin: Solo guitar’s part of this song is really cool! During recording, Junghyun hyung was playing the guitar again and again next to me as he said how to play solo guitar. It was so cool and I recorded it on my phone, and I listened to it about ten times in a day after mastering, too. Although it has different feeling from solo guitar played by hyung till now (demo and the result is bit different), it has hyung’s color. I guess he challenged so much. It was completely manly sound.

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– Jonghyun-kun, you was being praised very highly.

Jonghyun: (Shy smile) It was rather difficult. I play this song quite rapid, but originally I like playing slow. I don’t mean I don’t like playing rapid or I’m not good. Although I made solo parts by myself, I was playing as I felt, so is it rapid likes this?

Yonghwa: My guitar sound contain as backing there.

 

– Ho~ I want to tell one sound from another. And digital manufacturing is used on the edges just light.

Jonghyun: Yes it is. This has contained since demonstration step, so this is an arranged decided from first.

 

– The third song is composed by Yonghwa-kun, ‘Greedy Man’.

Yonghwa: When I was playing with a composer, suddenly the theme of this song hit me. I began to write, I could write smoothly. I completed it only a day. I wanted to write a unique person in the lyrics, so I described a sticky man.

 

– You often write the lyrics from things in yourself, how about this time?

Yonghwa: I don’t have such strong persistent, but I have a little. I exaggerated because of lyrics world, but whoever loves one, they have such feelings even little, I think.

Minhyuk: Yonghwa hyung starts from real world, Jonghyun hyung’s lyrics has abstract lyrics. Both are interesting.

 

– By the way, you did updated a photo of your new studio on CNBLUE’s twitter, where is that? Is that your own room, or a common use studio?

Yonghwa: That is each our studio in our office in Korea. Jonghyun and I have that for compose.

Jonghyun: Thanks for that, I can concentrate to compose better these days.

 

– Do Jungshin-kun and Minhyuk-kun have each?

Minhyuk & Jungshin: Yes we do.

Yonghwa: Because of limited number (the rooms); members who compose take a priority. If they began to compose, may add rooms or share.

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– As far as I look at the photo, A PC in front of Yonghwa-kun showed sound data, do you often input data when you composed?

Yonghwa: When I make a demo, I often use my PC to input sounds of strings and synthesizer.

Jonghyun: I input all the sounds except guitar and piano. I guess such a way (how to compose) is the way I do more these days. I input drum and bass into a PC, I only play the guitar. Of course we play our instruments during recording.

Yonghwa: As we composed, Jungshin and Minhyuk often drop in.

Minhyuk: I don’t interfered atmosphere of the song, I tell frank impress ‘good’ or ‘not good’.

Jungshin: I have liked ‘Greedy Man’ since Yonghwa hyung had composed, so I felt wasteful that the song is b-side, not a title song.

 

– I’ll ask about world tour. It’s already started, didn’t it?

Jungshin: Yes it did, we already visited Taiwan (April 6th) and Singapore (April 13th). Once we have finished promotion in Japan, we’ll visit Thailand and Hong Kong, and Korea. It may continue even more countries.

Jonghyun: In Japan, We’ll change set list from world tour one and hold concerts in summer.

 

– What difference between world tour and Japan tour?

Yonghwa: in world tour, we’re mainly play Korean songs; basically we don’t sing in Japanese, we sing Japanese songs translated English or Korean.

Minhyuk: At first we research representative foods to use for (topic) MC in live, and we remember trendy words from some countries.

Jonghyun: Ah~ I can’t remembered many trendy words, I forget all….

JungshinS: ‘Thank you lah~’ this is Singlish.

Yonghwa: It’s Singaporean English. Seem ‘lah~’ added the end of word. ‘I think lah~’

 

-Speaking of world tour, I have seen at Korean article before, you might build a school in Africa by world tour’s profit.

Jonghyun: Yes we are. The first school is already built; I hope the second will be soon.

Yonghwa: I have been interested in charitable activity, but I didn’t know how. There is a person familiar with it around us, so we come to join it through our music activity.

Minhyuk: We couldn’t have visited yet, but we saw the photos.

Jonghyun: The name of the school is CNBLUE SCHOOL!

Yonghwa: Burkina Faso in Africa has a serious poverty; many children can’t go to school. So we collect fund-raising as we hold world tour and we ask fans to help, I hope we can help even a little.

Minhyuk: We are visiting many countries for tour, so I want to visit Africa this year.

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-I heard Yonghwa-kun made the school song.

Yonghwa: Yes I did, I want to tell them ‘You aren’t alone’, so I composed with the theme ‘You&I’. Though children there may be not able to catch the meaning of lyrics yet, I created positive lyrics and melody like they can feel their hopes and future from music.

 

-I listened to the story associated the world now, as a contrary story, I’ll ask you about street live, the starting point of CNBLUE. It appears to come into fashion in Seoul these days. If you hold street live again, where and how do you want to hold it?

Yonghwa: If we hold it in Korea, it’s interesting to hold communicating with other bands in Hongdae where street live exactly come into fashion now.

Jonghyun: I want to hold street live very much. Wherever in Japan, Korea or other countries, I want to hold in a place we don’t know. It’s very fresh for us.

Minhyuk: I want to hold in front of people in a country that doesn’t know us at all. I think it’s more meaningful and interesting to be able to remember past feelings such as how we let people who don’t know us to turn around.

Jungshin: That’s how we consider where we are right now after major debut, we must really go to the place where people don’t know us to hold street live like atmosphere in the past.

Street live will cause traffic jam or trouble…. It’s if many people gather, haha

 

-Lastly. It becomes customary at B-PASS, request or ambition to staffs!

Yonghwa: Oh, it’ll be ambitions. To get rank 1 of Billboard chart and realization to hold live in (New York) Times Square! Please look forward to it!

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Special Column ‘Greedy CNBLUE’

-By ‘Greedy Man’, Please tell me your ‘Greedy’ things.

Minhyuk: I think that desires change. Recently we moved into new office and house in Korea. In past no matter we would sleep together in the same room, but now we have our own rooms that have enough space, I feel happy to be able to take a rest calmly. I would have desires to other things in spite of I was unconcerned with a small space. But I’m full to have space for life more than materialistic desires.

Jonghyun: I think so. It’s the best in our house because we aren’t so often to have this thing. It’s most comfortable, so a room bears in our feelings, what a more several things go well.

Minhyuk: I really appreciate that we can visit Japan or foreign countries, but we have to stay in the hotel for a long time as we are in foreign countries for a long time. I felt relieved when we go back to our home.

Yonghwa: When we are in Korea, we usually stay our home except for our schedule. Perfectly indoor. In foreign countries, we don’t have enough time, so we usually stay a hotel after all. I always have a desire if we have more time, in Japan, too.

Jungshin: I want to go shopping more in Japan. I want to take for a walk in a town. Like indies days.

Minhyuk: I want to do so, but I want to go to a travel, the better. Wherever it’s as long as has the beautiful view.

Jonghyun: I want to go to hot spring. I love it!

Yonghwa: Near to the Mt. Fuji… Hakone!

Jonghyun: It sounds good!

Jungshin: We went to hot spring during arena tour last year. Can we go when we’ll hold tour this time? Actually to take a hot spring seems to be in the main winter, but it’s not connected with us, haha

Jonghyun: Talking of my materialistic desire, I often buy a wrist-watch. Because I’m a man. I buy it when I feel that it fits me, I’m not so particular.

Yonghwa: I like watch, too. We are 4 members like it, right? I suppose all men like it. Even if I put up with buying clothes, I want to buy a wrist-watch. Can women understand this feeling?

Minhyuk: Many men invest in a car or a wrist-watch. What I can say first, my watch is the cheapest of all us, haha

Yonghwa: Who has most expensive watch…. It’s secret.

Minhyuk: Mine is the cheapest.

Yonghwa: We have already heard! haha About a number, I have most watches? But a few.

Jonghyun: Talking of a desire about time, what do we want to do? For example, if we are general persons, what do we want to do?

Jungshin: If I have girlfriend, I will go out on a date such as going to sea or sauna.

Yonghwa: I want to be a business owner. It had been my dream.

Minhyuk: I want to be an office worker.

Jonghyun: It’s like you!

Yonghwa: A public worker! Minhyuk should be a public worker.

Jonghyun: Such as a complaint officer for citizens.

Jungshin: Such as patrolling.

Yonghwa: When it becomes at 6 pm, you quickly leave the office, hahaha you only work during certain time.

Minhyuk: I have a good or not, I properly do what I can….

Jungshin: I want to work in a sitting position.

Yonghwa: Ah, how about a person in entry gate, in the immigration bureau.

Jonghyun: But you don’t like a work in a standing position, do you?

Yonghwa: No, it is in a sitting position.

Jungshin: Umm~ but it seems to be bored. How about Jonghyun hyung?

Jonghyun: I…..let’s see, I want to do anything, whatever I hit on. I think it’s a luxurious desire.

 

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CNBLUE on Yess Magazine vol 1157

CNBLUE on Yess Magazine vol 1157

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January last year, CNBLUE held two consecutive solo concerts, with high standard of music; it was attracted in total more than 6000 fans. After more than a year, CNBLUE is back again! From last week, 2013 Blue Moon World Tour concert had started among the Asia countries. With a larger-scale, more shocking and more explosive, it “bombed” near 14 000 of boices’ vision with auditory. That day, CNBLUE shouted more than 10 times of “WE LOVE HK!”, “I LOVE HONGKONG!”, “ARE YOU READY HONGKONG?!” to convey their love for Hong Kong. Since CNBLUE loves Hongkong so much, they can be a tour guide to promote (sell) Hong Kong! (Joke)

There will certainly be Hong Kong in the plan whenever CNBLUE holds a concert, this allows Hong Kong boices to have chances to close up and experience CNBLUE’s explosive concert. There are a lot of boices in Hong Kong, this explains why whenever CNBLUE arrive Hong Kong, and there will be hundreds of boices in the airport to cheer them on. Last week, CNBLUE had came Hong Kong earlier for rehearsal and to attend the press conference, to share their feelings for holding a concert in Hong Kong again.

Minhyuk is thankful for Hong Kong boices’ support and promised that the concert will be exciting.

Besides holding a concert, CNBLUE will also donate the special-version of blue moon T-shirt for auction; the funds raised will be donated to the charity.

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Q1: This time, there are overwhelming responses for the concert ticket, upon hearing this news, how do you feel?

Minhyuk: The first time we heard about this, we felt very thankful yet excited, we’re very happy for Hong Kong boices’ continuously support. That’s why we decided to perform well in return.

Q2: This concert is larger-scale compared to the previous one, how do CNBLUE feel?

Yonghwa: This allows me to meet more fans, thus I’ll perform a better show than the in the previous concert. 

Jungshin: This is my first time holding a concert with the name of CNBLUE; I feel that it will be a magnificent and cool performance. I hope that we can smoothly show the perfect side of us to everybody. 

 

“Hope that you will film MV in Hong Kong”.

 

Q3:  Fans hope that they can interact with their idol up close, what has CNBLUE prepared for it?

Jonghyun: We have prepared a special part for the boices. Plus we will also perform all the songs in our new album. I believe everyone will be pleased with our performance.

Q4: New album Re: Blue all the songs are personally composed by CNBLUE, how do their inspirations of composing come about?

Yonghwa:  Actually it is based on every member’s personal and unique creativity. I don’t have a fixed direction of composing, all inspirations are naturally inspired.

Q5: Title song I’m Sorry’s MV is specially filmed in London, will you consider to film in Hong Kong for the next MV? 

Yonghwa: Who knows…? Maybe! If we really film in Hong Kong, I hope we can film in the double-decker bus towards the night scenery of Hong Kong; the result will definitely turn out good.

Jungshin: Hong Kong’s night-view is so beautiful! All of us love it!

Q6: CNBLUE always try different style during the performances, but personally what kind of style do each of you likes?

Minhyuk: I’ll always coordinate with the coordinators, but personally I like simple and plain outfits.

Jonghyun: Personally, I am more sensitive when it comes to the outfits. Sometimes I will wear exaggerated outfits but normally I’ll wear T-shirt with jeans. 

Jungshin: I like accessories to match with full black suit, but this time I wore slight sharp outfits, I am surprise myself too.

Yonghwa: I like comfortable clothes, as long it as matches me, I’m okay with it.

Q7: YongHwa performed an impromptu song in Japan; will you also perform an impromptu song for Hong Kong boices?

Yonghwa: I’ll definitely perform, if I can speak Cantonese. But with Korean or English, it is already stated as “impromptu”, thus it is based on the atmosphere. If the atmosphere has feel, plus boices understand Korean, I don’t mind to performing. 

Q8: It is Jonghyun’s birthday soon, how do you wish the member will celebrate it?

Jonghyun:  It is a week before my birthday; normally members will celebrate my birthday together. 

Q9: Lastly, what do you want to say to Hong Kong boices? 

Jungshin:  Can’t wait to meet the Hong Kong boices! Hope that they will look forward to our performance; we promise to bring joy/pleasure to everyone! 

Jonghyun: Our today’s status is all thanks to fans that support us, thanks everyone! Therefore, we’ll use our best performance in return to our fans. 

Yonghwa: Every time we come to Hong Kong, our fans will welcome us enthusiastically; we’ll perform enthusiastically as well and also to bring everyone an unforgettable memory.

Minhyuk: Our concert theme is Blue Moon, as Blue Moon is a rare natural phenomena, thus it will be a special day. I hope that Hong Kong concert will be like Blue Moon and bring an unforgettable night for everyone!

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From the start stimulate to the end:

Each night they had attracted more than7000 boices, both nights they attracted a total of more than tens of thousands boices. Before the start of concert, there are already lots of fans queuing early in the morning. 15 minutes before the concert had started, the fans are already all ready to welcome CNBLUE. CNBLUE first sang a rock song, ‘Where Are You’ to excite the fans, then sang ‘Get Away, ‘One time’ and Coffee Shop’. Unlike other Korean groups, they did not make use VCR time, or wore luxurious clothing’s. They turned up with a simple T-shirt plus jeans for the whole concert. Just with their singings and instruments, they filled the 2 hours concert; this proves that they are definitely one of the best bands in Korea.

 

Love Song:

Beside rock songs, the romantic representatives, Yonghwa and Jonghyun also led Jungshin and Minhyuk to play a touching love song; it showed their gentle and affectionate side. Firstly, Yonghwa played ‘Feelings’ with keyboard, it changed the atmosphere. Then Jonghyun played guitar to led Jungshin and Minhyuk to perform slow song ‘Love Light’ and ‘These Days’. Fans shone white lights while they sang ‘Love Light’ to create a white sea. This makes the atmosphere to be more romantic. Yonghwa can’t help but to be touched and shouted “Thank You So Much!”

 

30Times of Love Hong Kong:

Every time before they start singing, Yonghwa will shout ‘Are You Ready Hong Kong?!’, ‘Make Some Noise’, or ‘We Love Hong Kong’. And after singing a song, Jungshin and Jonghyun will use Cantonese and shouted something like ‘are you guys happy?’ In the 2 hours concert, CNBLUE shouted more than 30 times of ‘We Love Hong Kong’. During encore, Yonghwa kept his promise and performed impromptu song in English to thanks the fans. Although lyrics are just ‘I Will Remember Tonight’, ‘We Love Hong Kong’, ‘I Love Hong Kong’, etc. But at the end, Yonghwa added a part of beat box. Shockingly, fans screamed. Then they performed ‘Hey You’, ‘Love Girl’ and ‘Try Again, Smile Again’.

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*Translator’s note: I’m not Cantonesse so forgive me if there mistake in my trans.*

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Edited by Tara Lee @bpb decoded/cnboice

 

CNBLUE Blind Love Release Event by Excite Music

CNBLUE Blind Love Release Event by Excite Music

‘Fans are the best for me’ (Yonghwa)

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‘Blind Love’ Release Event, Communication at a Close Range

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‘There aren’t 5000 people, are there? 500 people, right?’ The cheers of the fans are so amazing that Jonghyun asked this in spite of himself. The purchasers of ‘Blind Love’ who won the lottery, gathered for ‘CNBLUE 5th Single “Blind Love” premium release event. With their precious tickets, their excitement was wrapped in the Nikkei hall all the time.

With the first song, ‘Where you are’, the atmosphere in the venue heated up fast. They played ‘I’m sorry’ as the second song, and sang it together with the fans, so their sense of unity was increasing. Using all of their body, the members played in front of the stage and performed with gestures on a simple stage which only carved CNBLUE. Between the songs, Jonghyun told the fans ‘Let’s sing as usual!’ and they played ‘Kimio’ as a band arranged version, which was different from the acoustic version at the previous fan meeting. Minhyuk looked back and said ‘This has a different attraction!’ in excitement.

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When they played ‘Time is over’, cheers like screams rose when only the title was announced. The bass sound played by Jungshin was vibrant in red lightings, which made a tense situation. The raps was strong, the singing was beautiful and the shouting was sharply, Yonghwa handled his voice well. We could feel a variation between his and Jonghyun’s warm voice, and could feel the several expressions of their songs. Yonghwa highly stirred up ‘Everybody in my head!’, the song changed into ‘In my head’ and all their excitement climaxed. Minhyuk greatly brought down his drum stick and showed dynamic drumming. When Yonghwa noticed ‘Next is the last song’, the audience looked reluctant. Finally it was the ‘main song’ of this day, ‘Blind Love’. ‘This song was the first song at the fan meeting, but today is the release event, so we prepared it as the last song. Please listen!’ said Yonghwa, while he continued speaking, he started playing a sound in blue lights. Yonghwa began to sing softly and warmly, which was different from the high tempo songs. It was fresh for me, and leaded us. Jonghyun’s beautiful falsetto and their calm playing were comfortable. It left a comfortable aftertaste.

After a short rest, the talk corner started. When the members appeared on the stage again, ‘Blind Love’ was played. Jungshin adjusted it, and then fans began to sing with him  too. It looked casual, but it was an impressing scene. MC Ayugai Ken asked ‘You stood in front of fans, How do you feel?’ Jungshin answered ‘It’s great!’ Yonghwa said ‘I for once felt big, like this venue is, but I’m impressed that I hear that the fans here are lucky fans.’ The MC asked ‘In this visit, what gave you an impression?’ Members revealed they had taken a walk together, shopped, ate in restaurants and so on. About the visit to Shabushabu, Jonghyun sayed ‘I like ponzu! Gomadare, too!’ (these are Japanese condiments) Yonghwa made us laugh ‘I like sukiyaki the best of all Japanese food. But it takes a longer time to cook sukiyaki than shabushabu, and I can’t wait when I’m hungry.’ Then, about the shooting of the ‘Blind Love’ music video, Yonghwa revealed ‘I felt cold when we were done shooting outside because of the heavy wind!’ ‘But I watched the music video later, why is it so short…!? Although I only had outside shooting.’ He talked about his shock and induced laughing. Jonghyun said that he was worried about Yonghwa and asked ‘Are you OK?’ when Yonghwa finished his shooting and returned. And he answered ‘I don’t know…’. This episode gave us a concrete imagine of this situation. It was such a bitter experience, but it paid off, ‘I could shoot with a sad expression, since it is a ballad song.’ Yonghwa said.

They reported about the decision of the Zepp tour and held a lottery for the poster present, the event reached it’s end. ‘I’m happy to make this live with the lucky you. We’ll meet at the Zepp tour! (Jungshin)’ ‘We’ll come soon for the Zepp tour. It was fun today, too. I’m looking forward for seeing you the next time!’ (Jonghyun) ‘I’m happy to be able to see your expressions. Really, fans are the best for me.’ (Yonghwa) ‘During a short time, we really heated up! We’ll meet at Zepp!! (Minhyuk)’ They said their last greeting, and the event finished. They made us feel a story in the live flux of their limited songs and showed friendly parts during the talking time. When the 4 members with a sparkling personality gathered, I again thought about how bright the light CNBLUE was.

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「僕にはファンが一番」(ヨンファ)
『Blind Love』発売記念イベント、至近距離での交流

「5000人じゃないですよね? 500人で合ってますか?」とジョンヒョンが思わず口にするほど、この日の歓声は凄まじかった。 「Blind Love」CD購入者の中から抽選により高倍率を潜り抜けて当選したプラチナチケットを手に、【CNBLUE 5th Single「Blind Love」発売記念プレミアム・イベント】に集まったファンたちの熱気が終始、日経ホールを包み込んでいた。

1曲目の「Where you are」から瞬時に会場は温まり、韓国で1位を獲得したナンバー「I’m sorry」を2曲目に披露すると、ファンは韓国語でともに歌ってみせて、一体感も加速度的に増していく。目立った装飾はなくCNBLUEという名が刻ま れただけのシンプルなステージに、手振りを交えて熱くパフォーマンスしたり、前へ歩み出て全身でプレイしたりするメンバーらの姿がよく映える。曲間のブレ イクでジョンヒョンが「いつも通り一緒に歌いましょう!」とファンに呼びかけた3曲目の「kimio」は、前日のファンミーティングのアコースティック仕 様とは異なり本来のバンドアレンジで披露。ミンヒョクは「違う魅力がありますね!」と直後のMCで興奮気味に振り返ってみせた。

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曲名がコールされただけで悲鳴のような歓声が沸いた「Time is over」は、赤いライティングが緊迫感を醸し出す中で始まり、ジョンシンの爪弾くベースの音色が心地よく躍動する。ラップは力強く、歌は艶やかに、シャ ウトは切り裂くように鋭く、変幻自在に声を操るヨンファ。ぬくもりを感じさせるジョンヒョンの歌声との対比、絡み合いにもメリハリを感じられたし、歌の 様々な表情を味わうことができた。昂ぶった状態のまま、ヨンファが「everybody in my head!」と煽り、「In My Head」へとなだれ込むと、盛り上がりはピークに。ひときわ大きくスティックを振り下ろすダイナミックなドラミングを見せるミンヒョクの勇ましい姿も印 象的だった。「そろそろ最後の曲ですね」というヨンファの予告に観客たちは「え~!」と心底名残惜しそうな声を挙げたが、いよいよこの日の“主役”となる 楽曲「Blind Love」へ。「ファンミーティングでは最初の曲でしたが、今日はリリースイベントなので最後に準備しました、聴いてください」(ヨンファ)という言葉に 続き、青い光の中、曲が響き始める。アッパーな楽曲で見せる姿とは異なる、優しいトーンでそっと歌い始めるヨンファの佇まいが新鮮で、引き込まれる。ジョ ンヒョンの美しいファルセットも永く耳から離れなかったし、落ち着いた演奏も心地よく、心地よい余韻を漂わせるエンディングだった。

小休止の後、トークコーナーがスタート。一旦ステージを去っていたメンバーたちを再び呼び込む際に流れた「Blind Love」に合わせてジョンシンが口ずさむと、リリース直後にも関わらず、ファンが重ねて歌い出して大合唱になっていたのも、何気ないけれど感動的な光景 だった。「皆さんの前に立って、いかがですか?」という司会・鮎貝健の問いに対し、「最高です!」とジョンシン。「昔はこれくらいの大きさの会場が大きい と思っていましたが、今は(当選した)500人がラッキーになる、と聞いて、感動しています」と感慨深げなヨンファ。「今回の来日で印象に残ったこと は?」との質問には、4人で散歩し、ショッピングや食事をしたことなどをメンバーが口々に披露。しゃぶしゃぶに行ったと明かし、「ポン酢大好き! ごまだ れも好き!!」とジョンヒョンが語ると、ヨンファは「日本の食べ物の中で僕はすきやきが一番好き。でも、すきやきは(しゃぶしゃぶと比べて煮えるまで)時 間がかかるから、腹ペコの時は待てない(笑)」と笑わせた。また、「Blind Love」ミュージック・ビデオ撮影のエピソードとして、ヨンファは、「外での撮影は風が強く寒かったです!」と告白。「でも、(完成した)ビデオを観 て、なんでそんなちょっとだけ…!? 僕だけ外で(撮影を)やったのに」とショックを受けたと語り、笑いを誘った。撮影から戻ってきたヨンファに「大丈 夫?」と尋ねると、「分かんない…」と答えた、というジョンヒョンの明かした秘話が、その状況をより具体的にイメージさせてくれる。つらい体験(?)が功 を奏し、「(バラードに合った)悲しい表情で撮影することができました(笑)」とヨンファは締め括った。

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夏からのZepp Tourが決定したことを改めてファンに報告しつつ、サイン入りのポスタープレゼントの抽選会を経て、イベントはラストへ。「ラッキーな皆さんと一緒にラ イヴを作れて、うれしかったです。夏のZeppで会いましょう!」(ジョンシン)、「またすぐZeppで来ますから。今日も楽しかったです、次もよろしく お願いします!」(ジョンヒョン)、「今日は皆さんの表情が見えて、うれしかったです。本当に、僕にはファンが一番です」(ヨンファ)、「短い時間ですけ ど、本当に盛り上がりましたね! Zeppで会いましょう!!」(ミンファン)とそれぞれに感謝を込めた挨拶をし、イベントは幕を閉じた。限られた曲数の 中でもライヴの流れにストーリーを感じさせ、トークでは気さくな親しみやすさを垣間見せたこの日。それぞれに個性を磨いた4人が集まった時、CNBLUE というバンドが放つ光とはこんなに眩しいものなのか、と改めて思わされる1時間だった。
(取材・文/大前多恵)

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Trans by Satsuki @cnboice

English edited by Linda @cnboice

Reposted by Tara Lee@bpb decoded/cnboice