Time flies. I can’t believe it was only about 10 days ago. As I told you in ECI just a day before I attend the show, it was a literally miracle that I could go to YOKOHAMA CRI SHOW2 with my mother. And, amazingly the miracle became bigger when I found our seats at the venue!
Before sharing my FA on that day here, I’ll share my post on ECI on July 22th midnight. See the below.
“OK. It’s about time to bed, but before that, I’ll share my story about CRI SHOW2. It’s a kind of long story, but to start with the conclusion, I managed to get a ticket for Yokohama CRI SHOW2 tomorrow with my mother!!!! I don’t remember how many times I tried to get the tickets… about 8 times? I don’t know… Anyway, I finally got the chance to attend the show very yesterday. As you know, the tickets were all sold out. But after the venue setting was fixed, some seats were decided to go on sale. It was the final chance. And I did it!!! The seats were said to be limited in advance, so I might not be able to see the stage as the same as the seats of my Saitama arena. But it’s OK for me. The most important thing for me is I can attend the show with my mom!!!
OK, I have to add another story. To tell the truth, I already got some tickets for CRI SHOW2 during pre-order period. Applying for tickets before it goes on sale officially is a privilege of Japan official FC members. To apply for the ticket in advance, my mother became the member, too. But we failed… 🙁 Yokohama is the hardest place to get tickets, because it’s nearest from Tokyo. Yes, even though we’re official members, we can’t get tickets easily… As for me, I also applied for other places such as Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka because we could apply for the pre-order only once, so I didn’t want to miss the chance. So I applied for all venues, I mean 8 stages (2 stages, each venue). And I got 5 of them. But, honestly I couldn’t feel happy in my heart… So I decided to keep this fact secret until I got tickets for us, mother and me. But I failed over and over… so I finally told the truth to her about a week ago. She said it’s OK if I can go to see Sukkie. But apparently she looked disappointed… *sigh
Under these situation, I found the final selling and I succeeded to get 2 tickets yesterday. Honestly I can’t believe I can go tomorrow even now. But when I told her about that, she was sooooooooooooo excited and looked very happy. Seeing her smile filled my heart already. Now she went to bed earlier after using facial mask for tomorrow show. So sweet mom, isn’t she? I’m typing with facial mask, too! lol. In conclusion, I’m sooooooooooo lucky to attend 6 stages on his CRI SHOW2. I’m happiest but I have to work hard and save money.. lol.
The following is my schedule.
July 22: Yokohama (with my mom! bad seats… though)
Sep. 14: Osaka (not sure where my seat yet)
Sep 19 & 20: Nagoya (not sure where my seat yet)
Oct. 6 & 7: Fukuoka (not sure where my seat yet
That’s all I want to share today. Sorry I’ve kept them secret until now. Now, I try not to get too excited. Being cool-head until just before the show starts is my style. I’m not confident, though :P”
As I mentioned above, the ticket I got was “limited eyesight seat with prior consent”. This means buyers have to accept it if they can’t see the stage well because of the production or the equipment. So I supposed our seats as bad ones… As I got them as the final chance, the very day before the show, buyers including me had to get the tickets on site. The tickets were distributed at random, and surprisingly I got the nearest seats ever from the stage!!!!!
Below are the views from my seat. My seat was second row. It was very next to the stage, so I couldn’t see the stage from the front, but still the distance between Sukkie and me was very very close!!!
Can you imagine how excited we (mom and I) were when we found out our seats??? We went down the stairs to find our seats, checking the number on our tickets. Our eyesight became closer and closer to the stage… Really?? I checked our seat numbers again and again, and found it was true.
The fact was too unbelievable for us. I couldn’t believe this luck until the show happened and saw Sukkie in person.
To tell the truth, I couldn’t remember this show well… Because I was too excited and I was anxious about if my mother enjoyed the show, I couldn’t memorize the detail. So I was much helped by other Japanese eels’ fan accounts to remember what happened and what Sukkie said on the stage. And gradually I’ve become conscious. lol.
First of all, I will share the set list for CRI SHOW2.
1. 200 miles
2. Take Care, My Bus!
3. Let Me Cry
6. Bye Bye Bye
7. Crazy Crazy Crazy
8. Always Close to You
10. Hello Hello
11. Oh My Darling
12. In My Dream
14. Guardian Star
15. I Will Promise You
16. My Precious
17. Melody We Made Together
18. Gotta Getcha
19. Shake It
Now I made the playlist on iPhone, and listen it again and again. You can feel the excitement listening this playlist, too ^^
OK, let’s get back to the subject. I heard there was no interpreter service at Seoul CRI SHOW2. For international eels, it must have been hard to understand what Sukkie said on stage. If the show had been held in foreign countries, he would have spoken English, but it was held in Soul, his country. Therefore, he intended not to use English, but to use Korean for Korean fans. Because he is made in Korea! This time, he spoke Japanese without an interpreter as usual. So I could understand what he tried to say to us eels. In this Fan Account, I’m going to share what he said mainly.
(Sorry I couldn’t see the stage from the front, so as a show, I coudn’t fully understand the production. Maybe, next time.)
I try to write down what he said in chronological order.
JKS: I smell eels~~~
-> It was so funny! It means there a lot of the audience in the venue.
JKS: I’ve been to Yokohama before. In 2010, as my fan meeting. But this time I’m here as a singer, not as an actor or artist today. I finally released my own album. So it’s a concert of who has his own album. Please enjoy my concert!
-> As he calls himself a singer, he focused on singing this time. Less talk time. Totally different form the last arena tour. Sukkie revealed he tried not to speak much after the opening show (the first day), he kept silent and drank only water to prevent his throat from being hurt. So professional! And thanks to that effort, his singing voice was perfect!
JKS: I know eels’ life is very tough and hard. Everyday with anxiety. It’s like a roller-coaster. I know how much you’ve been anxious about me, so please wash away your worries listening this song.
-> Then, Sukkie sang “Rain”. He all knows our feeling.
JKS: I released my first album about a month ago. I thought the theme color (purple) is important. As I had been busy shooting at that time, I had little time for the promotion. Nevertheless, you made it No.1 on Oricon chart. I really appreciate your support.
-> Sukkie always bows very deeply. Just seeing his bow made me cry.
JKS: Don’t fight against others. Rather fight against yourselves. My rival is only me. You’re the same. Do your best to think you’re your own rival.
-> Sukkie said the same thing when appearing on Sukkiri. His rival is himself. He loves him and at the same time hates him.
JKS: Which do you prefer, I dress in black or in white? I like both, but I think black is cooler. It’s simple, stylish and charai (frivolous)! I’m not charai. I’m very charai! lol.
-> As you all already know, one of his favorite Japanese words is now “charai”. It’s very hard to translate into other languages. It’s not a good word, only used by younger generation. “Charai” people don’t care their future. they just enjoy this moment. They are smooth talkers and good at entertaining others. They like hunting girls. Something like that. I wonder who taught him such words!?
JKS: The other day I appeared on Sanma-san’s TV show (sanma-no-manma). He taught me, “Being vigorous and healthy is above everything else! (Yappa, Genki-ga-Ichiban-ya!)”
-> Sukkie seems to like this phrase. He said it a lot during the show.
JKS: To tell the truth, I have some favorite phrases recently. When I say “So-da”, you’ll say “Ne~”. OK?
-> Then we demonstrated “so-da-ne” again and again. Don’t forget when he says “Ne~”, you have to bend your neck to the right, not left. Sukkie pointed out the mistake when he found in the audience. And we also demonstrated “Jyo” and “Zikzin~!” When we tried to demonstrate “Jyo~ Zikzin”, he entrapped us posing the fist and changed suddenly “So-da-Ne~” and said “Don’t you still know what I am?” So mischievous!
JKS: What is your dream you had in childhood? It can’t be eels, right? lol. My dream was to be Asian Prince and fortunately I am now. Wherever I’m introduced on TV and in newspapers, “Asian Prince” is added to my name like “Asian Prince, Jang Keun Suk.” My dream is now to be World Prince. It’s not important if I can realize it or not. I declare it for inspiring me. If it’s a dream, my resolute intention, I want to promise it and keep our promise, doing my best toward my dream. Like me, I want you to have your own dream.
-> He mentioned that his next dream is to be World Prince. We international eels support him more and more!
JKS: How many eels attended last arena tours? Almost? You must have remembered the original song I sang then. Next song is “In My Dream”. I want to keep this song so that I wrote the lyrics and included my album. I wrote the lyrics and music, so as long as you listen to this song, I’ll get money! lol.
-> Before singing “In My Dream”, we sang together the original song. The lyrics are as follows; Yesterday, Nagoya~ Today, Osaka~ Tomorrow, Saitama~ Next month, Tokyo Dome~! Perfect, JKS~ Great, JKS~ I’m genius~!! And the guitar he played at YOKOHAMA CRI SHOW was a present from Japanese eels. He thanked them about it.
JKS: This year is my 20th anniversary. I’ve been often asked how I feel about that. But for me, the next 20 years matter the past 20 years. Please keep up your support.
-> Yes, we’ll be with you ^^
JKS: I have a lot of things I want to do. I’ll do additional Saitama tour and Europe clubbing tour as Team H. And I want to hold dinner show in Japan as well as in Korea. I’m not sure I can hold them, but I just want to. At dinner show, I want to share my old stories with you. I’m planning to invite special guest, my parents! No fee! Of course, I want to have a girlfriend and get married. But I don’t rush now. I’m working hard to realize my dreams in the future.
-> About dinner show, he said it must be a small venue. So if he realized this attempt, very few eels could attend there. How they will be chosen??
Off-the main report. I heard he came to the venue driving a convertible by himself to show him to waiting eels outside the venue. I’m sure he’s the only artist who provides such fan services. You can see it from the fact he suddenly planned Guen Cup in public appearance. He loves his fans so much. But on the other hand, he hates to be touched by others, even fans (Please see the NOTICE on this blog). We shouldn’t confuse his public time and his personal time. As you already know, after this magical show, Japanese sasaeng fans chased him… 🙁 Why can’t they be satisfied with having a great time with him? They must have left the venue before the show ended for preparing the chase. I was so shocked to read his angry tweets after I returned home.
Anyway, to conclude my FA, this show was one of the best concerts I ever attended among other artists. His singing voice is perfectly great even from the view of singers. He has many faces, but this time he’s truly a singer Jang Keun Suk. For me, it’s a very new experience to consider him as a singer. Next time, I want to see the stage from the front and enjoy the show with the productions! 🙂