Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Music of Oh Joon Sung- Concert after thoughts

I had finished the following after thoughts at 3am in the morning bu when I tried to post it, the whole systen hanged...so I went to bed. For those who have been waiting...sorry but here it is.

Yes, I'm back from the concert.

Had my curry puff and tea and now sitting in front of my computer and collecting my thoughts about the concert.

- Oh Joon Sung is really a fun, warm and friendly guy (with a touch of humour, I might add), who obviously likes Singapore and its residents alot (he said it about 6-7 times)

- Boobby Kim sounds even better singing live

- Shinee was very painfully not used to just standing still whilst singing- I could see they were just itching to dance, especially Tae Min, who was shaking his bum away. ^^

- It was not nice to see groups of Shinee fans leaving just after Shinee performed and before the concert ended (even though I can understand why). Actually, it was very disrespectful to the performer on stage- in this case, Oh Joon Sung himself.

- AND the surprise of the night- ALL the artistes participated in the autograph signing session after the concert. Yes, all- Oh Joon Sung, Bobby Kim and Shinee.

The audience was mostly girls...young girls for that matter. Thankfully, nobody placed any placards or banners up, though there were sporadic screamings. The hall, though not filled, were packed enough. Not sure about upstairs, as I was sitting in the foyer stalls.

The concert started off pretty much on time. Li Yi of Yes 93.3 was the MC and did a short introduction. Actually, she only appeared 3 times during the concert. Anyway, the concert began with a song that is pretty much familiar to most people- Never Say Goodbye from 'My Girl'. I guess he wanted to warm up the audience with a familiar, upbeat song. I believe most of the audience at the concert (me included), didn't know what to expect. In fact, the Shinee fans behind me were wondering if Shinee was going to sing 'Ring Ding Dong'. I must admit though it has a very different feel, especially when I heard the orginal singers sang it live at Sundown Festival last year.

At this point, the band and the orchestra were still warming up to each other, and it didn't help that the sudience were a littl unfamiliar with the songs- those from 'Get Karl! Oh Su Jong' and 'Serenade' from 'Great Inheritance'. With the latter, I'm not even sure if anyone would know (this is a 2006 drama starring Kim Jae Won and Han Ji Min). The tune is great but I think it didn't fare as well with the singer. You can catch the trailer for this drama here to have a feel of the drama.

From 'Witch Yoo Hee' onwards, it got better because the songs in the drama are more suited to being played by a live band (and orchestra!). It was nice to hear the saxophone part in the song 'If'. Ok, I'm a sucker for saxophone because if played well, it is really, really sexy (think of Kim Bum in 'Boys Over Flowers', though I'm not sure if he can actually play).

Remember I mentioned in my earlier post that Oh Joon Sung had revealed that 'King and I' was his most memorable work? Before playing this song, he announced to everyone that he likes it- 'Love for Thousand Years'. This is a great song to be played by a live orchestra especially at the parts where the music soars. The singer was good.

After the sad parts (all the 3 songs in 'King and I' are pretty sad), the mood picked up again. Although I've never watched 'The Queen Returns', I really like the songs in it. Makes me want to get up and dance, especially 'With Me' (makes sense why I would feel like dancing coz the drama is about dancing ^^).

Oh Joon Sung has a sense of humour. He was struggling to introduce the next segment, which was songs from 'Heading to the Ground'...and then he mentioned...Dong Bang Shin Ki. That 4 magic words drew immediate response...with lots of screaming, whistling and clapping. You would have thought DBSK was actually there. ^^

Thereafter, whenever he wanted a response from the audience, he would say...'Dong Bang Shin Ki...my friend', or 'Shinee...my friend'. hehehe!

For me, this was the segment I was looking forward to...coz Bobby King (as part of Buga Kinz) sang the song, 'Look at the Sky'. I held my breath...would he sound as good live? I didn't want my image of him to be shattered....

I guess I shouldn't have worried. He was even better singing live. He has one great soul voice.

Bobby Kim really warmed up the crowd tremendously. Working up the crowd comes with experience of doing concerts live. He was quite funny too, shouting, 'All the Shinee fans, scream!'. I guess neither Oh Joon Sung nor Bobby Kim had any illusions as to why most of the audience were there at the concert.

During the short interview by Li Yi, Bobby Kim revealed that he likes chilli crab and that he was getting fat with all the delicious food. Sigh...he's also having a concert in Seoul in April and invited the audience over. I wish I could be be there. Dare I wish for his concert here???

His second song, 'Live or Die' from the drama, 'Dream'...which most people recognised if only because of Kim Bum. And by the end of the song, the whole audience knew who was coming up next- Shinee!

Li Yi could barely introduced them with all the screamings and shouting amongst the audience. And then, the 5 boys appeared on stage...dressed in black again.

Oh Joon Sung retired to take a break. Countdown from 'Dream' was the only song that was performed without a live orchestra or band...though the boys did sing live. Unfortunately, with the sporadic sreamings...sometimes their singing could not be heard.

And when the boys sang 'Stand by Me' from 'Boys Over Flowers', with the full orchestra and drama clips in the background, the crowd went wild.

Now Sue has asked me about whether camera is allowed inside the concert hall. Strictly speaking- no. It was even announced just before the concert- no photography and video recording. In fact, the girl infront of me was stopped by one of the usherer. However, by now, there were so many cameras up everywhere, that it was impossible to control...so the usherers gave up. I guess the boys' fans are not going to miss such a rare opportunity right?

I must say the boys are not too bad and I rather like Onew's voice.

Unfortunately, as soon as the boys finished the last note, groups of girls (many of whom were sitting in front) rushed out. Whilst I completely understand why they did it, it was still rather rude. Especially as Oh Joon Sung was still performing.

And he performed for a good 15 minutes more with an encore. He sang songs like 'Starlight Tears' and Because I'm not smart. Hehehe! Although I wouldn't say he's a great singer..but..he can sing better han alot of singers I know...and he plays the keyboard too!

And then it was really all over...and all the artistes came out for a final bow..Mario&, Bobby Kim and Shinee and of course Oh Joon Sung.

The crowd (whatever that's left..coz even more girls had left by then) went crasy.

By the time I came out...thinking I could queue up to get Oh Joon Sung's and Bobby Kim's signature...there was already one long queue. That was when I found out that there was a last minute change...and Shinee was going to sign afterall.

I wish there was a seperate queue for Bobby Kim...but I guess it would have made the whole situation even more chaotic. So I left without his signature. I heard from someone that they could get the signatures of all the 7 artistes (Oh Joon Sung, Bobby Kim and Shinee) on the cd. I haven't had the time to read on the various forums yet...but if it was really the case, I'm sure those fans who did get it would have been very happy. But the autograph signing session was supposed to lasts for only 30 minutes...so I'm not sure how they managed to wrap up the session coz it would have taken more than 30 minutes judging by the queue.

All-in-all, it has been a pretty interesting concert. Obviously, some songs performed better on stage live with a band than others. But most have been ok and interesting. However I do think things could have been done a little better to get the audience in the mood by identifying the songs from the dramas. Eg, annoucing the drama on screen and playing more clips from the drama.

Ok...now I don't know if the 2nd concert tonight will also have an autograph signing session. And I don't know if all the artistes will sign like last night. But I fear even more fans will leave immediately after Shinee performs..leaving an almost empty hall. If that happens, it would be really, really be embarrassing for Oh Joon Sung, who was very happy at being able to perform a live concert of his work.

For those going tonight...enjoy yourself.

Remember to bring cash if you want to buy the cds.


Sue said...

Hi Tiff,

Thank you for the review. I have been refreshing the page since morning.. lol.. I'm glad that you enjoy yesterday show so now I'll prepared myself for tonight show. Well, I do hope there will still be autograph session after the concert tonight.. but that will surely be one crazy long queue.. So we should buy the cd before the show or after the show?

Sue said...

gotta add some more from my previous post.. I'm not sure whether it's right to ask or not, but for the autograph session, they would sign to any price of category or only some limited category? thanks a lot..^^

TASHA said...

Hey there Tiffany! I'm glad you enjoyed the concert as much as I did. Even though at first,the only reason to go to the concert was because of SHINee.But overall,the concert as a WHOLE was really good! I was also sitting at the stalls on the very last row but we still got a good view of the whole stage and we had fun watching the performances,waving our hands in the air and feeling the rhythm of the music.I totally agree with you on the girls running out,I thought they were pretty rude.We are fans of the boys too but we decided to stay till the end..and Oh Joon Sung performed the last two songs really well! I liked it!
However,we left with a heavy heart knowing the chances that all of the artistes are going to be at the fansign…but despite that at least we had an enjoyable time at the concert! After all,there is always other opportunities to see them again right?

Oh,and I'll definitely continue reading your blog! ;D

edna said...

hey tiff~

glad to know that u're a bobby fan too! so if u did hear any random shouting of bobby's name last night from the left, yes its me and my friends XD i was really happy with the concert, except for the fact that i had to endure tremendous screams which i dont think i enjoyed at all(my mom was there too and her ears were covered). Overall, the concert was enjoyable =)

anyway, did you manage to catch bobby any where else in sg? coz he wasnt there to sign our programmes last night.. i really wanna ask him some questions, so hope i can see him before he leaves..

if you do know more info bout him here, please please please contact me at 91597145. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! ^^

Mai Rose Lee said...

hey tiff,

Been reading your blog for a long time regarding all about korean pop culture.

So it's time for me to comment! :)

Wow, i found those "obvious" SHINEe fans rather rude. They shouldn't have done that! Ugh, leaving a bad impression on singapore fangirls :\

The LOT 1 event was more horrid.

But i'm glad you enjoy the concert


Do update about SHINEe departure!


June said...

There maybe possibility that SHINee leaving tonight: 22:40 OZ752 Seoul, Incheon Intl, T2, Row 01, Gate E4, I can't guarantee whether is today or not. :D:D

Anonymous said...

Hey Tiff!

Thanks for the recap - i could re-walk thru my walk down kdrama memory lane. hehe.

This was my first korean concert and i had a BLAST! my friend and i were pretty sane at the beginning of the concert - just bobbing our heads and tapping our feet. but by e end of e concert, we were screaming like there's no tmr - n we weren't even shinee fans to start with.

i hope oh joonsung keeps his promise - quote "ss501...my friend. next time, i bring ss501". woots!

Edna, so it was u who screamed when OJS mentioned bobby kim! =) my fren n i wondered why did ppl scream when OJS said "u like bbq?". haha...bbq = bobby kim! oh OJS, u need to work on ur pronunciation sir...

winterlove said...

Hi Tiffany,

It's really fun reading your post. Seems that the concert was really wonderful, except for the screaming and the Shinee's fans leaving halfway. I don't blame them actually because I can understand if they are late, they may not get the autograph again, and it's probably the very last chance they have.

I was at Esplanade for both days, yesterday, just wanted to try my luck to see Shinee but I didn't have any luck and I went home before the concert end, so I didn't see the fan signing, bad...anyway I didn't expect all Shinee and Bobby will sign for yesterday, plus I was quite tired to wait until the end of the concert outside. Today, I left at about 8 plus, and I saw the signing table set up already, but there are only two seats, so I guess maybe Shinee's fans won't be so lucky today? I don't know, let's wait for more fan's account after tonight.

Too bad you didn't get Bobby Kim's signature? Was hoping you could post up a pic of CD with his signature.

Having a heavy heart now, because how I hope I was inside the concert too.

tiffany said...

Hi Sue

Sorry for the late reply but have been really busy today. Shinee didn't sign tonight as they were leaving tonight.

I just found out about an hour ago.

But I hope you still enjoyed the concert.

tiffany said...

Hi tasha

Am so glad you and your friends enjoyed yourselves. I think Oh Joon Sung is one brilliant composer.

Do drop by more often. ^^

tiffany said...

Hey Edna

Wasn't Bobby Kim great? I was ok with the screamings actually...as long as they occur at appropriate moments- like before song and after song. Definitely not whilst the song is being performed.

Alas- I don't have any more infor on Bobby Kim, though I guess he will be leaving tomorrow night. Hope he enjoyed his stay here.

tiffany said...

Hi Mai

It certainly wasn't nice of the girls to rush out, even though I can understand why.

I heard there was a lot less people leaving tonight. Perhaps word got around?

Shinee left tonight and sorry, organiser did not want to release news.

tiffany said...

Hi June

Thanks for posting the infor here...but you were right. They left tonight..though I'm not sure if it's the 11pm or midnight flight.

tiffany said...


It was great especially when he played those catchy tunes.

As for OJS bringing SS501....crosss your fingerd.

tiffany said...

Hi Winterlove

I'm sorry you didn't to see her guys. Let's hope they do come back for a concert in the mear future. ^^

mi*in said...

Hello there Tiffany..
First time commenting here.
Yes, there was SHINee fans streaming out of the theatre the moment SHINee ended their last song. It was embarassing for me as a SHINee fan. Seriously, if it wasn't for Oh JoonSung, would it be possible for SHINee (the 1st SM artists) to reach our city? I don't think so. Etiquettes, girls. ETIQUETTES. Btw, Tiffany.. by any chance do you have any idea when and what time (as in the departure details) of Mr. Oh, Bobby Kim and the rest? Would love to see them off. :)

Mai Rose Lee said...

AWW they left already.
No wonder i got this "feeling" that they left last night. haha!

Glad they left already so that i'm back in reality now xD

Haha it was a smooth move to leave after the concert ytd because most girls are schooling the next day!

thanks tiff!


Sue said...

Hi Tiff,

Yesterday I was too tired to go online after reach home. So I'm back here to give some review.. Yap, Shinee didn't sign yesterday as they are leaving for airport, I realised that once they said that there were no autograph session for Shinee and Bobby Kim. I was thinking if no Shinee it was ok to go for Bobby Kim, Mr Oh and Mario&, but I supposed Bobby Kim was also leaving yesterday.. I am so mesmerized by his live performance, and he looks good in person.. so in the end I only got autograph from Mr Oh and Mario&.

Hm, the concert was awesome.. I always want to watch live orchestra performance, and they didn't disappoint me.. and Mr Oh is so funny.. keep saying like, I love Singapore.. (so many times he said that during the interval of songs, then in the end when he tried to say I love... then everybody was laughing, and so the audiences answer .. Singapore..lol , then he apologizes for not having a good English/ limted English) . He also keep saying, Dong Bang Shin Ki.. my friend. Super Junior.. my friend.. haha.. and oh, did he sang Paradise on the first night as well? He did sang Paradise with Mario&, before come back and sang another 2 songs from BOF ost for the encore. and I also want to add, now I realised how bad it is when you all said Shinee fans leaving after they end their performance.. Quite a number of Shinee fans also leaving the hall yesterday after they finish the song, even the one sitting beside me.. oh, that is so rude.. and I did feel bad for them who was on stage. but anyway, there was still quite a lot of people remain in the hall, and we are all so happy to even ask for encore. I guess Mr oh was very happy yesterday, keep saying "Thank you" more than dozen times..

Well, I think that's all.. I also would like to thank Tiffany, because you share some precious information about the concert, that I was buying the ticket in the last minute. and I don't regret it.. thanks a lot.. though I guess the first night would be more meaningful since they are all there for the autograph session..
and the usher is very strict at phototaking. :(

P.S Keep updating your blog, coz I will drop by more often..^^

tiffany said...

Hi mi*in

I heard there were less Shinee fans leaving on the 2nd night, so I guess a little better. Yes, it was not nice for the performer on stage- Oh Joon Sung, who is also the composer.

Sorry, the organiser did not want to release the news of their departure. It would have been nice for the fans to send them off...

tiffany said...

Hi Sue

I'm so gald you enjoyed yourself. I think Esplanade and the performers would have been very pleased to read all everyone's positive comments here.

Do drop by often. Can't always promise I'll have interesting news though. ^^