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Thursday August 29, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by seto kit yan
CNBLUE in action during its concert at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
K-pop fans in Malaysia spent last weekend swooning over Hallyu rockers CNBLUE.
K-POP fans in Malaysia got to witness the “Blue Moon” rising last weekend when CNBLUE took to the stage during its first concert in Kuala Lumpur. The South Korean rock band was at its head-banging best, performing for two-and-a-half hours at a packed Stadium Negara filled with screaming fans waving blue glow sticks.
The four-man Hallyu rock band – made up of frontman Jung Yong-hwa, 24, guitarist Lee Jong-hyun, 23, drummer Kang Min-hyuk, 22 and bassist Lee Jung-shin, 21 – quickly endeared themselves to local fans by addressing the crowd in Bahasa Malaysia whenever they could. There was a mixed bag of fans, though, as one could hear all kinds of excited chatter in several different languages.
CNBLUE also sang Feel Good, a song composed by Yong-hwa to promote a Samsung smartphone. Fans all around raised their smartphones to take pictures and make “fancams” of their favourite Hallyu rockers.
Not for the fancy footwork nor slick dance moves typical of other boy bands from Korea – CNBLUE is just not that kind of boy band. In fact, it would probably be easier to spot a blue moon than to see CNBLUE dance! At a roundtable interview with the band on Friday, the boys revealed their aversion to dancing on stage.
Yong-hwa said during the interview, “We cannot dance,” to which Jung-shin added, “We don’t like to.”
But Yong-hwa was quick to point out that the boys had every intention to cover the length and breadth of the stage during their performances. Especially since the stage at Stadium Negara featured a special circular “moonzone” which allowed the boys to get really close to fans.
During the show, Yong-hwa managed to get the Malaysian crowd to get up and do the human wave, not once but twice.
At a press conference held the day before the concert, the members of CNBLUE won over local media with their earnest attempts at speaking Bahasa Malaysia. Min-hyuk revealed that he looked forward to savouring satay (grilled skewered meat), which he enjoyed during his previous outing here.
CNBLUE made its first trip to Malaysia to attend the South Korean 27th Golden Disk Awards which was held for the first time in January this year. The band nabbed the Disk Bonsang Award for its third mini album Ear Fun and was named Malaysia’s Most Favourite band, too, at the awards.
Although CNBLUE couldn’t quite define its sound, lead vocalist Yong-hwa said the band’s songs were catchy and could be easily identified as a product of CNBLUE. “But, we want to preserve our ‘colour’, an old school rock band sound,” he added.
When asked why CNBLUE chose the title Blue Moon for its world tour, drummer Min-hyuk replied: “Sometimes, there may be two full moons in a month, but a blue moon is a rare phenomenon. Since this is our first world tour, we want it to be special.”
Meanwhile, Judo enthusiast Jong-hyun was asked whether he could still defend himself if the need arose. Laughing, he jested: “There are so many security guards around us that it’s not necessary for me to take action.”
CNBLUE’s Blue Moon tour kicked off in Taiwan in April and has since taken the band to Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, Philippines, and Beijing, China. The group is set to play in another two cities in China – Guangzhou and Shanghai – next month as well as in Jakarta, Indonesia in October.
Tour dates for major cities in the United States and Europe have yet to be finalised. Yesterday, CNBLUE released its second Japanese album called What Turns You On?.
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