Posted 24 October 2011 - 04:12 PM
Ok, so the concert was last night. I will write a really short review.
The MSG slowly but steadily filled up, I would say that by the end of the concert it was 90-95% full. That's cool, I heard stories of people overbuying tickets and then the event had many many empty seats last year in LA. At least this time that didn't happen. The stage was big, with a big runway that divided into two at the end.
I do think that they could've done a better job with the arena, though. The screens were super crisp and you could really see clearly through them, but the stage itself was very simple. They had an LCD super basic background drop that did some super basic light patterns, and they had some harnesses so everyone was flying in the sky at some point. They also used fire guns and fireworks, which where cool. I still had hoped they used more lights and patterns in the background, or in the floor, or more stage props... I don't know, the stage looked too simple with a black floor, only a few people dancing each time. Maybe it's not fault of the stage itself, but of the performers, where comes my next point.
*puts on shield*
I was expecting more, for some reason. I'm not gonna lie: I was a little dissapointed. I was expecting to see all this kids running like crazy around the stage, and sweating and getting involved with the crowd... I was expecting me not holding on and just standing up and dancing... I was expecting a blown up asian pop show. I got (for the most part) people singing and dancing in a stage empty except for the people singing and dancing on it. I still liked it and enjoyed it very much, and some of them really rocked and surprised me in a good way. Specially the male bands. I guess I'll write about each act.
F(x) - They opened the show, and performed all (if not most) of their singles throughout the whole concert. Sulli had a duet with Kangta (I think she was lipsyncing). They're definitely pushing Sulli a lot. Girl is ADORABLE. Amber is really popular here and everyone cheered really loud on her parts. They are all great dancers but for some reason their moves on stage look waaay more soft than in their videos.
Kangta - He's obviously not as popular as he was a few years ago, but he looks great, can dance like a pro and has a beautiful voice. It was cool to see him although the crowd was not really that into him and his songs are not that popular.
SNSD - Girls are hot! Hyoyeon is GORGEOUS and for some reason it doesn't show in videos or TV performances! I guess she's just not as photogenic as the rest of the girls. But she is awesome. Seohyon is growing up and damn she can pull of sexy now. She rocks The Boys. As a group, they were solid performers and people love them as a unit (the cheers for the individual members were not too loud, but for the group as a whole people went crazy). BUT they were very 'static'. Stood up there, did the dance, that's all. Even on the songs where they 'ran' on stage and divided up, they were so... lifeless. I don't know. I was so excited about SNSD and I loved seeing them perform but they let me down a little bit.
Shinee - They are GOOD. They are the best dancers of them all for sure and have a really high energy level. SPECIALLY Minho. If I was to say who was the best performer of the WHOLE show, it would be Minho hands down. He's soooo energetic, runs around, jumps, cheers up the crowd, he really gets into it... he was majorly awesome. Yay for Minho. Key was also very good. Onew and Jonghyun have amazing amazing voices (onew even did an opera performance haha), and taemin is really shy but he's a great dancer.
SuJu - They are good too. Sang all of their hits and did a great job on them all. They were probably the group that got the most out of the people with their performances. Granted, they are 8 guys with a ton of energy so it's kind of easy for them. EunHyuk was great! He dances so well and his energy level is really high up there. SuJu were performing at the most part of the few songs during the whole show that I had to stand up :)
TVXQ - They are really good, but it's not the same with just 2 of them. They performed rising sun and that made me happy.
BoA - She's awesome. But again, the stage looked empty. It could've been way more exciting with more stuff on stage.
All in all, I'm glad I went, I bought super cheap tickets but got upgraded when I was there and ended up with pretty decent seats, had a good time, watched all these kids I've been following for quite a while, but... It was not as amazing as I was expecting. There, I said it.
I want to go to a H!P concert circa 2003 or 2004 u_u