KCon 2014 Concert Special: CNBLUE

Posted by Stephanie on August 23, 2014

Music

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I HEART YOU CNBLUE! I HEART YOU HARDCORE! SQUEEE! Look!

I even made a button:

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Now, that out of the way, perhaps I can begin my unbiased reporting of their super-awesome, crazy-fun-time, scream-till-you’re-hoarse, concert set.

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Ahem. Maybe not.

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Yes, I know this photo is unflattering, but it makes me laugh, and so it’s going in.

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I did already report on my friend Molly and her completely heroic measures to make sure we were able to see the concert and not just hear it. But even if one is only able to hear a CNBLUE concert, their music and style is so good, and so different from hearing the actual recordings of them, that’s not too bad a go.

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Of course, it is bad when you’ve paid lots of good money to see them, and their pretty, pretty faces are right there, and yet just out of reach because some inconsiderate bozo is in front of you, keeping you from the Khottie promised land… but I digress.

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We were just happy to be there.

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The group, as they are a band with instruments that need to be plugged in, were pretty stationary for the evening, Yonghwa just moving from one point to another, which means, from my vantage point I was able to get fairly good shots of three of the band members, but unfortunately, the guitarist and problem child in drama A Gentleman’s Dignity was an illusive creature, almost like a cute bigfoot.

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I got random shots of his back, and then was able to supplement with a few shots of the closing when all the bands of the night came back out and walked around.

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Question? When did Minhyuk get hot?

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Wasn’t it like yesterday that he was the little weirdo in Heartstrings?

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Well, that, and I got some great shots of the whole band during the red carpet, but that will be another squeeworthy post.

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The group, for the pretty much non-stop schedule they had leading up to KCON (basically flying from country to country doing concerts), put their all into it and rocked the house. You can tell that Younghwa was the most tired out of all of them, as he is also in production for his current drama, Three Musketeers.

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Now, a regular person would not have known this, but someone who has been to their concerts before and have experienced him in his full on “I’M SO EXCITED TO BE HERE, AND I LOVE MUSIC, AND I LOVE SHARING MUSIC WITH PEOPLE WHO LIKE US” mode, there was a difference. But then again, the difference was between an electric performance and an excellent one—so still pretty stellar. However, I did want to pat his head and tell him to go take a nap.

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I love the fact that I knew, and could sing along with, all of the songs they sang—it was as if they were doing a ‘best of’ playlist. And raise your hand if you now say “L-O-VWE-e Girl!” when you sing along with the song!

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This is not a mockery at all, it’s almost an homage, something I can’t help but do. Same thing as when I sing along with Super Junior. I think it’s a mark of a real fan when you accidentally say “Shuper Junior.”

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At the request of Molly (who I later found out was asking on behalf of Cherry Cordial), I spent a good portion of their set trying to take pictures of MinHyuk—which was harder than you’d think, as he’s blocked behind that drum kit.

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But despite that, I persevered and managed to get this one, when he was flipping his sticks,

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and this one, which Cherry likes because you can see him stick out his tongue.

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As I mentioned in the podcast, I am fairly disappointed in Yonghwa. Why?

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I’m sad to report, he was not wearing any of the big honking earrings he prefers. There is just something about them that I find alluring. While taking photos, it took me a minute to realize why he looked so different, but there it was.

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Yes, he’s still attractive without them, but just not quite as alluring. Its as if you were to go see GDragon live and he only sings ballads. Yes, you’re going to have a good time, but it’s just not the same.

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And now you realize how much of a weirdo I am.

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In a heartbeat, I would go see a CNBlue concert again. I’d love to see another one where they are the headliner, as I feel like, with the 3-4 songs we got, it was only a taste—and I wanted more.

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Check out Yanis Rei’s videos from their set! They had a great vantage point!

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