I’m ready to share my feelings about JYJ concert in Barcelona.
First thing I want to say: I saw once again how our love for JYJ can overcome any border and any cultural barrier and assemble people from around the world.
Through the variety of people lined up hours before the concert, I could hear dozens of different languages at once: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, Japanese, Dutch, English, Spanish, Portuguese… This was the living representation of affection for these resolute guys, a colorful and heartwarming microcosm: the United Nations under the aegis of JYJ.
While queueing, I had the pleasure to get acquainted with a group of a dozen of Japanese obasan, that were impressed by the fact that a middle-aged Italian couple was present there to see the concert and above all that my bias was Jaejoong.
It was really funny that they were amazed that we had made a flight of an hour and a half when they flew half of the world for only 3 days in Barcelona and exclusively to attend JYJ concert.
They told me that they were present at last week concert in Japan and at the one in June. They even participate in almost all events in Korea. This is what I call dedication.
They weren’t obsessed 15 year old fans but a diverse and passionate group of 40-70 years women . The best among them was a funny lady in her late 60, in love with Jaejoong, wearing a Hello Kitty mask!
We exchanged our point of views on our secured between exclamations of wonder ‘Sugoi’, ‘Kakkoi’, looking at Jae’s pictures on our respective phones. The ladies were amazed by me flaunting few words of my “flawless” Japanese and my “erudite” knowledge of kanji. Actually, I was helped by a wonderful Japanese girl living in Rome that acted as interpreter for us (Mami-san thank you for everything!). She wasn’t a JYJer before attending the showcase at Salon del Manga in the morning, she was only accompanying her aunt that came from Japan. Then, after the event, she converted herself to JYJ religion. JaeChunSu power!
We took some photos and we exchanged email addresses.
It was a pity that I lost sight of them entering the venue and I couldn’t find them throughout the place.
And then: The Concert
I couldn’t fully enjoy it because my husband wasn’t fine and I had to shuttle between the stage and the place where he was sitting. It was a shame because I wanted to share my joy in being there with him (after all he followed me without too much enthusiasm…).
So my problem was to not being able to fully appreciate the exciting atmosphere of the concert, even if all other fans were outstanding! Never too intrusive with fanchant, they participated in the songs without ruining the atmosphere and without too much shouting at the wrong times as I often see in some fancams.
The venue wasn’t packed and then we could easily move around.
I stood on the left side of the stage and I was amazed seeing how handsome is Junsu! Really, no photo I see till now can fully represent his perfect physical appearance. It’s wonderful to be able to attend live to his body movements, he was created specifically to dance. I think Junsu was in a good mood, because he never stopped smiling and he was continually addressing to the crowd below the stage, reading fansigns, looking amused and winking. His solo was what you can expect from him: perfect voice, perfect execution. I love how Junsu can always totally dip into feelings of his songs.
Yoochun is the playboy all we can expect. His smile is captivating and mesmerizing and can win your heart in a nano second. His voice always send a shiver of pleasure down to my spine but hearing him singing live is something indescribably … I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of his singing. Recordings don’t make him justice. His solo: Chunpimp at work and fangirls screaming.
Last but not least and for my personal pleasure, Jejung. I reached the goal of a lifetime. Now I can say with certainty that the angels exist because I saw one (though at some distance, because he was almost all the time in the middle of the stage). His ethereal beauty needs no introduction, his superb voice during the solo was a delight to my ears and I must say that at that moment even my husband was moved and give me a gentle back hug and danced with me (epic romantic moment!).
I had an epiphany while JYJ were executing Ayy Girl, a song that has ever impressed me, but their a cappella harmonization on the beginning of the song was sensational!
During the concert our boys sang and danced with enthusiasm and in the pause speaking to the audience they were really funny and cute. We all had a blissful smile from one ear to the other.
JYJ seemed really amazed from affection received and that the fans arrived from many different countries (when they asked us to raise our hands if we weren’t Spanish, half of the crowd responded and Jejung was really fascinated by that). I feared that JaeChunSu could be disappointed the venue wasn’t full, but the warmth of the fans involved seem to have remedied to my concerns.
When they talked about their projects as actors in drama and musicals, JYJ marveled that we all knew Mozart! and we had seen SKKS, PtB and Miss Ripley. I don’t know if they really don’t know Internet, YouTube and fansub power or whether they are of such great actors to pretend astonishment that I read on their faces.
When they announced their last song there was a chorus screaming “Andwe!” and once again their eyes expressed wonder because they
didn’t expect our manifestation of disappointment was in Korean (evidently they don’t know how many of us consider to learn their language to be closer to them). Then Jaejung hilariously said that this was really the last song because even if they wanted to, they hadn’t unfortunately prepared another, causing a burst of laughter.
When they came back on stage for encore, JYJ consumed until the last drop of energy that was in their body, singing and dancing with enthusiasm to Get Out and Empty. And once again Junsu’s dance was epic!
My first impression: too fast too short! The concert lasted less than 2 hours, including MC, and then… game over. Maybe it’s because we would like to have them beside us throughout our life that spending time with them is never enough, especially if you think that it might be the only opportunity to see them live.
Second: they looked in good health (though Jae is still so skinny) and especially happy and it seems to me that they still maintain a genuine candor which sometimes makes them look like little kids although they’re professionals for years.
Third: the show, although in reduced version (small stage, no spectacular stage entry, fireworks and all other amenities that you can have in largest and most expensive venues) was worth the ticket.
Fourth: thank heaven that it didn’t rain despite predictions were not the best, but the warmth of fans would however heated a colder weather.
Fifth: I really have to buy a decent camera. All my photos and videos are blurry and I feel like cry. If I can manage to save some, I will publish them.
In summary: it was an experience that I can’t wait to repeat!