Zikzin fes. Osaka was held on Aug. 3rd and 4th. About 24,000 audience (each show has 6,000 audience) attended the show. But especially Aug. 4th JKS stage was special for both of us, JKS and his eels. Because Aug. 4th is his birthday, the ticket was very hard to get in hand. All tickets were sold out soon. But thanks to the organizer, the show was live broadcast to more than 50 movie theaters throughout Japan. Even those who couldn’t get tickets also could celebrate his birthday through the big screen. Yes, I was one of them.
There were tons of funny and mischievous scenes he showed us. But first of all, I want to share with you about his word that impressed me so deeply… He said before singing the last song ‘Like a Movie’, “… then, please believe me, too.”
Ah…. we made him say this word in public again… He dared say this word to us eels again…
This was the very last part of the JKS stage. When I heard this, I went blank. Ahh… he said this simple but very deep word to us. Again, he dared say this on his birthday. And it was broadcast throughout Japan. It means he really wanted to convey this message to his eels. It was said before he sang ‘Like a Movie’.
OK, before I tell you what he said before this word, I’ll share funny parts beforehand.
First of all, this is the set list of JKS stage on August 4th. Almost all article said about the number of songs he sang at JKS stage on August 3rd was 15. But on Aug. 4th, I think it was 14.
1. Nature Boy
4. Love is black hole
5. Always close to you
6. Bye Bye Bye
8. My precious (birthday version)
10. Turn off
11. Save me
12. Like a movie
13. Let me cry
14. Indian summer
The show starts singing one of the title songs ‘Nature Boy’. I imagined Nature Boy is like summer, but his costume on that day was more suitable for autumn, I think… Anyway, after singing a couple of songs, he started to speak to the audience. He said honestly having two stages in a day was much harder than he expected. Especially yesterday was the first day for Zikzin festival, so he didn’t know how much he should put his energy into one stage. And he failed. He confessed he couldn’t have sung well on yesterday’s Team H show. He couldn’t bear standing for singing because he was too tired. He sang sitting for the first time without any intentions. Just for your information, JKS stage starts at 13:00 and Team H stage starts at 18:00. Each stage is expected to continue for 2 hours long. And the stage is not like CRI-SHOW one. Very simple one. So he said, “I thought I should continue moving while singing. That’s why I ran and ran during JKS stage yesterday.” That was enough to make him fatigue. He told us why he did so. He thought standing still while singing looked not cool. So he tried to entertain the audience too much, running and jumping all the time… But after that, he had second thought that showing real JKS is more important for the zikzin festival. Then, on that day he secretly showed us his back applied a compress to take his fatigue away. He said “This is real JKS! I wouldn’t show this if I perform at CRI-SHOW. But this is Zikzin festival, so I’ll show you everything about JKS!” Compared to CRI-SHOW, Zikzin fes requires him to wake up early. As you know, he’s not a morning person. He said, “When I performed at CRI-SHOW, it started at around 19:00. So I usually woke up at around 14:00. But at Zikzin festival, JKS stage starts at 13:00. So I have to wake up at 9:30!!! It’s very hard for me!!!” Poor Sukkie.. kkk He did a rehearsal before the show. He sang 4 songs, but as it happens to us usually, just after we wake up, we can’t sing well. Our body is still sleeping, not ready for singing. So, that morning all the staff were worried about his voice. They even suggested him to lip-sync. He revealed all that BTS stories! kkk He said, “I want to show you all JKS. No secret!” Then, he jokingly showed us how to lip-sync. But his singing was really superb. He was finally wide awake. Really better than the CD! Yes! I can bet!
On JKS stage, there was no dancers and BB. Instead, his new partner, Eastern Sidekick performed with him. Their arrangement of JKS’ songs were really nice. They were like different songs. When the music of ‘My Precious’ started, he sang a part of the beginning. But then, he stopped singing. The music producer thought JKS might have forgotten the lyrics, so he sang the melody through an earphone. This time also JKS told us he did so. He said, “Do you know how many times I sang this? Don’t you really think I totally forgot the lyrics? No! I just hit upon a good idea. That’s why I stopped singing.” Then, he showed us his idea, changing the part ‘precious’ to ‘birthday’. It means this song becomes “My Birthday”. It’s more suitable for his birthday. Lol. He also said, “I know I’m too funny. Is there anyone you know except me who are really happy on his own birthday?” Then, we sang the special version, “My Birthday” together. After singing the song, he asked only the audience whose seat were very far from the main stage to sing the part again. Their voice, although they were far from stage, was really big enough to touch JKS’ heart. He seemed a bit shocked to hear they sang really well. Then, he teased them, “I thought your seat was too far, so I planned to approach to you, but it’s not necessary?” I know he said so jokingly, and he also prepared to say so beforehand, but he regretted that he made them disappointed even for a short time, even it’s just a joke. His facial expression was really something. For me, he was about to cry. For me, I felt like hearing his apology to them. Then, he changed his face with smile as usual, then “Just joking, I’ll go over there to see you closely!”
OK, I have to add some information about the venue of Zikzin festival. There is not originally for concerts. I think it’s usually used for exhibition or convention. So the venue is just flat and I heard there are a lot of columns. For some audience, it’s very very hard to see him from their seat. After he knew about this poor environment, he tried to approach as close as possible to the audience. Originally JKS stage uses the main stage only. But he used the central stage that is settled for Team H stage, too. It was only when he sang ‘Rain’ though. On the first day, he also tried to approach his eels as close as possible, but an accident happened. Too excited his fan scratched his back, then he was hurt. So he asked the audience not to get too excited. “Please keep order, if so I can approach near you.” JKS and some members of Eastern Sidekick went to the central stage, then sang ‘Rain’. JKS shared another accident happened the day before while singing ‘Rain’. When he was about to sing the hook-line, the band member forced him not to sing. Suddenly sound problem happened. No sound at all. Then, JKS checked if today was OK before he sang the part. Lol. So funny. That’s why ‘Rain’, one of his beautiful ballads became a so funny song to hear. JKS suddenly stood up and headed for the audience. Guess what? He asked the audience if anyone can sing a part of ‘Rain’ very well. Most eels couldn’t sing because JKS was just in front of them and he asked them to sing with a microphone. They seemed to go blank. But one of the audience (I read she has a music background on twitter after that) could sing very well. Then, JKS gave her a big hug for the prize. P.S. the woman was wearing bikini, too! Like this, we really enjoyed singing together. Yeah, it’s not like CRI-SHOW. CRI-SHOW is more like a perfect musical show. Instead, Zikzin festival gives us a feeling at home. We sang and laugh together.
Then, he talked about some songs. Sorry, I omit the stories about ‘Turn off’ and ‘Save Me’. Because he’s already told about them before. If you don’t know, please check [ENG-SUB] JKS comments on each track of NB_0130528.
Coming back again, the most impressive part during the JKS stage was what he talked about ‘Like a Movie’. This song likens our life to a movie. There are happiness and sorrow. There are meetings and partings. He showed us the specific lyrics in it. Below are the part.
Oh my glory glory glory
The more I dream,
I’m fallin’ falllin’ fallin’
Why the more tears come to my eyes?
He asked us “Why do you think we cry although we get the glory?” Then, he revealed his thoughts to us. He said, “I’m really lucky. I’ve achieved a lot of my goals, but when I feel happy, at the same time I’m worried about how long the happiness continues. That’s why I’m always trying to do my best. I don’t cry though.” Then, he continues. “I didn’t believe anyone before, I only believed myself. And I did my best to everything. But I found there are many people whom I can believe. For example, my fans. You are always supporting me even if we can’t see each other in person. I’m really appreciated… Then, please believe me, too.” He said the word like this.
Again, I think he dared say this to us on his birthday and to all the audience who were watching JKS stage. Why he had to say so? Hummm… It’s a sad but true fact that many his fans just believed unreliable rumors blindly more than his own word to eels and left him. He’ll accept if it’s because of his fault or responsibilities. For him, it’s more painful to know his fans believed not him, but the rumors or distorted facts. He also knows there are still many loyal fans around him. Needless to say, but he dared to say, that he was really lucky to have people he can trust. He believes the bond between eels. I think he wants to believe there is the bond. Then, he said to us “I believe you. Please believe me, too.” He looked very serious to beg us…
It’s natural people’s mind changes. We change. He changes. So do I. But he doesn’t change at all for me about his honesty. He’s become very popular, but he always tries to show real JKS, similar to us. I’m always feeling close to him. Even if I can’t see him in person, I feel a sense of intimacy. I can feel him, Jang Keun Suk.
During the encore, there is a surprise happy birthday event. All the audience sang ‘Happy Birthday to you’, calling JKS back to the stage again. Then, he appeared. After a short while, dancers brought a special decorated birthday cake on the stage. As you know, JKS doesn’t have a sweet tooth, but he licked some cream and ate a strawberry. But he said, “Japanese cake is the best of all.” I agree with him. I also don’t eat much sweets, but Japanese ones are not too sweet. That’s why he can try some bite. After licking the cream, he started to decorate his face with cream. Looks so cute like a little boy! I wanted to see his face with cream as long as possible, but Mr. Chikubi helped him to wipe it out before the encore songs. Then, he sang ‘Let me cry’. He seemed so happy to have a big birthday party with fans. He said it must be the biggest birthday party in his life. Not only in the venue, but also in movie theaters a lot of fans joined his birthday party. After singing the last song, it was about 15:30, I think. I know the 2nd stage (Team H stage) starts at 18:00, so I hoped he could take a short rest before that.
tenshi_akuma’s note1: JKS named BB’s fan “protein” like JKS’ fan “eel” on the first day. So he asked the audience if there is any proteins. Then, he saw some and said, “Get out!” jokingly. I know he is also a protein of BB! kkk
tenshi_akuma’s note2: JKS knew that this show was broadcast to movie theaters. Then, he spoke to us (I’m one of the movie theater live viewing audience) something like this, “You stupids! You should have tried to get the ticket much earlier. Lol. There is another show in Makuhari, so please come and see me then.”
tenshi_akuma’s note3: My seat was in the front row of the movie theater. It wast first time to sit there. The screen was too close, but I tried to gaze at him. That’s why my eyes couldn’t open on the day after the show. And my neck was hurt, too. But my experience was worth enough. A little girl was sitting near me. She was really active for cheering him to the screen. He clapped hands and sang happily. I was also happy to know he made such a little girl happy like us, too.