Concert: The Blaq% Tour Taipei 2012

With the current Hallyu wave, it made us curious what all the hype was all about. Now it so happened that this concert was happening on the weekend we were scheduled to be in Taipei, so DramaQueen and I decided to have a look see.

You can read a review that DramaQueen wrote here for the English version and here for the Chinese version.

MBLAQ, an acronym for Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality) is a South Korean quintet male vocal group created by South-Korean entertainer Rain under J.Tune Camp. The group consists of Seungho (leader, lead vocalist, lead dancer), G.O (main vocalist, lead dancer), Lee Joon (vocalist, main dancer, visual), and Mir (main rapper and the maknae). The group debuted on October 9, 2009, at Rain's Legend of Rainism concert. - Wikipedia
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The Blaq% Tour was the group’s first Asia Tour and had the group touring in countries like Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

The concert was held at the National Taiwan University Sports Center / Taipei Sports Stadium / Taida Gym (it has many names) and the nearest MRT station should be the Gongguan MRT Station, from there it is but a short walk of about 10-15 minutes to the stadium.


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So on to the concert, The Blaq% Tour Taipei, which was more or less the highlight of the trip or rather the finale to this Taiwan trip. When we reached the stadium, there was already a growing crowd. Ticket collection was easy and everything was orderly – no accidents or anything but there was an ambulance on standby. Apparels (e.g. posters, lightsticks etc…) and CDs seemed to be selling like hotcakes. There were even touts trying to sell tickets to those who had not procured any tickets prior to the concert. Now if such touting were to happen in Singapore…

Blaq% Tour Taipei 2012
Blaq% Tour Taipei 2012
Blaq% Tour Taipei 2012

Anyways, while we were waiting outside there were two girls who were wearing bright yellow suits (I think both were pikachu suits) who walked past us. Eventually, one of those girls got picked to go on stage (well, it was an eye-catching costume after all).



I’d have to say I was intrigued (and still am) with screaming fans that are (very) enthusiastic towards their idols with gifts and letters and whatnot. It is a concept that eludes me, but I would never decline free tickets to concerts. ^^ I do, however, admire their devotion and dedication, but it stops short of those stalkers who are plain scary.... (Google “sasaeng fans” and a whole lot of results pop up)

The stadium is not very big but it seemed that every seat was filled. MBLAQ definitely knows how to put on a show and work the crowd. Towards the end of the concert, for the encore, fans were catapulting gifts (thankfully of the soft variety) on stage with some even “aimed” at the members, the group did fan service like grabbing the fans' camera and taking photos, water was sprayed by fans with water guns and the group returned in kind with their water bottles. Their stage presence, dancing and personalities were strong and entertaining (but what would I know, it’s my first such concert with screaming fans and all that).

DramaQueen got into the groove pretty fast which resulted in the below:

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Mblaq Lee Joon
Mblaq Lee Joon
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With fan accounts being so detailed, you can read more about what went on at the concerts from the perspective of fans:

 

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