NOTICE: While I was writing my FA, the official photos taken on March 15th were released. So I added them to my FA.
Photo credits of CRI SHOW III: Frau International
I wonder where to start… Well, I think you’ve already read Allyson’s passionate FA of the first day, so I’d like to share how I felt and what inspired me attending CRI SHOW III in a unique way.
I bet CRI SHOW III is the best of all CRI SHOW series for me. The reason why I thought is because the visual effects using colors penetrated to my inner heart. You may think ‘colors’??? Contrary to my expectations, CRI SHOW III ‘monochrome’ used a lot of colors for the stage. I expected the stage setting must be very simple, something like there was a microphone stand alone. But it wasn’t… Well, color is something very special for me. I’ve been interested in colors since my childhood. I don’t know why, but seeing various colors always touched my heart. So, this FA is my own answer to his message in CRI SHOW III.
A veil was hanging over the stage. In fact, the veil was not just a cover of the stage, but a big screen for a film projector. The show started, playing monochrome pictures on it. After that, he appeared on the stage and started singing the first song. But still there was the veil. We couldn’t see him directly. Instead, his image was projected there. His projection seemed not to be intended to show his singing face, rather I can say it was the production. This created a magical atmosphere throughout CRI SHOW III. We couldn’t see his face clearly, but we could feel the world view. He was very close to me, but I felt different. What can I say? He was like something out of a dream. Words can’t describe the beauty.
After singing a couple of songs, finally the veil fell! Then, I could see him clearly and with color! You know what? The way of his appearance on the stage impressed me a lot and that reminded me of an old movie called ‘Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)’ by Wim Wenders. I watched this movie a long long time ago, so I don’t remember the story well, but the concept was as follows. There is an angel (main character) in Berlin. For him, the world is colorless. He sees the world objectively from the sky. One day he fell in love with a girl, and decided to become a human. That means he gave up his eternal life. His world turned into a colorful one. Even there are a lot of difficulties in life, the world is still beautiful and shining with colors…. something like that, I think.
Photo credits: ‘Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)’ by Wim Wenders
You know my blog ID is tenshi_akuma. Tenshi means angel, and akuma means devil. I chose this name inspired by an idea, light and shadow, black and white, a similar concept of his album ‘monochrome’. This movie shows how we fall in love. When I saw Suk on the stage, he was brilliant with color. I felt like he was the only shining star in my colorless monochrome world. My soul was shaken and I was lost for words. I was just staring at brilliant him silently.
His looks were really manly… and sexy… He was wearing a white shirt with a black sweater and white jeans. Unlike the hairstyle of the first day, he looked like this Dokgo MaTe. His hair was not long enough to tie back, so he fastened his hair back with hair grips.
Photo credits: ‘Beautiful Man (Bel Ami)’ Togko MaTe
Each song he sang on the stage has colorful visual effects with light. For example, one was blue, and the other was purple… To be honest, I couldn’t see his face clearly because of these vivid colors although my seat was close enough. But I understand that seeing his face doesn’t matter for CRI SHOW III. The more important thing he wants to show us is the world view with colors, I suppose. He also focuses on singing. He creates the world with his singing. I could feel him in each color of the stage. It was an unexpected experience and became unforgettable.
When he sang ‘In my dream’ on the stage, the image color was red like the below photo. I didn’t imagine it would be red. But seeing his singing in red made me feel strange. “Red may show the world view of this song, his inner feeling when he made the song best…”
Photo credits: Takagi Masakatsu
This change happened in my mind reminded me of another movie ‘Blue’ by Derek Jarman. I don’t think many of you know this experimental movie. This movie shows only this ‘blue’ color, Yves Klein Blue for 74 minuets. Poetry readings and music are the sound track. Seeing the only one color for a long time was my first and last experience. I believe visual images tell us more than sounds. It’s unusual in our real life seeing one color, but as a visual effect, it helps us to show our inner feeling very well. When we were born, the color of the world may have been monochrome. Living our own life, the world is getting colored. If we can put colors on our world, I hope it will be beautifully colored.
Credits: Derek Jarman’s Blue
When Suk sang ‘My precious’, I saw Kang Mu-gyul on the stage. I felt as if I were Mary… The visual effect this time was like gems (see the image photo below). Very very beautiful… Suk is a really gem in my life. This song took me to a fantasy world… I’m not sure well, but after this song, some song came to have several colors to express the world view. Like a collage expression, even using several colors didn’t interfere each other. Rather, it created a unity. ‘My precious’ was my favorite visual part in CRI SHOW III.
Photo credits: teamLab
During the show, Suk revealed his concern about the hall tour. ORIX theater in Osaka is the biggest venue of all hall venues. The capacity is 2,400 seats. Not like arena tour, all seats are installed. Zepp tour was held in small venues, too. But it was not like civic halls. The audience stood up and danced together in a small space. But this time, it was hard for the audience to stand up or move. Civic hall is used for many events like classic concerts or plays. The audience are not expected to dance enthusiastically. Especially on the 2nd or the 3rd floor, they have a risk to fall from the floor. But this time CRI SHOW III focuses on his singing and visual effects on the stage. So we were sitting when listening to his songs. He sometimes told us, “You can stand up” or “You can sit down”. We eels just followed our master’s order. kkk
He also confessed that he was really nervous yesterday. It was his first hall tour, and first singing new songs from ‘monochrome’. Especially new songs requires him to sing with a higher voice than before. So it still seems hard for him to sing with confidence. He said jokingly “When I sing songs with my eyes closed, it means I’m not confident to look straight to the camera. haha Even I look cool, my heart is beating fast to hide my nervousness.”
Throughout the stage, he sang more than 20 songs! Some were not full. I mean he sang some as a medley. But he did anyway. The order of songs were well-organized, and I could enjoy his various singing styles. The arrangement of each song was also different from the one in the albums. So I could enjoy finding the new sides, too. There was a ballad segment. ‘Serenade’ was the best performance on that day. He sang loudly and passionately. I’m sure this love song reached to each eel’s heart on that day. He sang TEAM H songs solo. Especially acoustic version of ‘Driving to the highway’ was eels’ favorite. Some said they loved it more than the original version. We even did the chorus gesture, sitting on our seat. It was a bit hard to move, trying not to hit the person next to me. hehehe
The last song before the encore was ‘Let’s go back sweet home.’ There are hook lines. He walked down from the stage to the audience, and asked some of them to sing the part. I wasn’t asked by him (lol!) but I sang the part with heart and soul. “No matter what happens, we can come back here anytime, which won’t change. We’re always here for you.”
Eels got crazy to see him close… stood up and rushed to him. I was sitting then, so I couldn’t see him clearly. I heard there were some people who touched him… They didn’t know he hates to be mobbed by fans??? *sigh 🙁 If many break our rules, he will stop getting closer to us. We have to keep order.
The encore started with ‘Hidamari (sunshine)’. He appeared riding in a paper boat in the MV. ‘Hidamari’ is really a symbol of CRI SHOW III. “Oh Honey Honey Honey~ When you smile, that will bring a glow to my colorless monochrome life. Like my sunshine.” Yes, you’re my sunshine, Sukkie. You made my world more colorful and beautiful.
I found the song ‘To the place where the sun shines’ really fits the encore song. Like ‘Tomorrow’ in CRI SHOW II, this song expresses a positive feeling for the future. It became one of my favorites of ‘monochrome’ songs.
Like this, I was so satisfied and full of the warmth of happiness after attending the show. Through CRI SHOW III, I felt as if I had seen his life so far. I saw his various sides; his struggles, his weakness, his ambition and love. The colors show his inner feelings vividly. Each stage was literally beautiful. I realized again how beautiful the would can be. Can you imagine seeing brilliant Suk on the stage? It was like just a miracle! I thanked my luck to live in the same era as him. I thanked my luck to witness this miracle in the venue. For eels, Suk is already a shining and brilliant star, but literally I experienced it on that day.
In the end-title roll, they showed us his another monochrome pictures. Seeing him in monochrome images, I felt his natural and innocent side. No color means another possibility to change the color. To reset the previous color means to take a rest for the next challenge. I didn’t feel the same before, but seeing the monochrome film gave me an impression that he would show us unseen colors in the future. We have many possibilities as long as we don’t stop trying. “Our world can be more beautiful than we imagine”… This show taught me and proved it in front of me.
I’m afraid my FA doesn’t describe the whole show properly, but please forgive me. I really want you to feel the world directly. As I said, this time visual effects with color works very well. I’m sure you can feel it through the DVD. I don’t want to spoil your natural emotion. I believe this show should be saved in our eels’ life forever. He’s still young. What kind of world will he show us next? Let’s walk and see together.
*Set list for CRI SHOW III
1. 春になれば (haru ni nare ba; When spring comes)
2. 一つ傘の下 (hitotu kasa no shita; Under an umbrella)
3. mixed version with ‘Rain’ and ‘Bye Bye Bye’
4. 夜明け前 (yoake mae; Before dawn)
5. 淡い雪のように (awai yuki no yoh ni; Fragile like snow)
6. Save me
7. In my dream
8. My Precious
9. Crazy Crazy Crazy
10. Let me cry
12. Beautiful change
13. 鳴らない目覚まし時計 (naranai mezamashi dokei; The alarm clock that doesn’t ring)
14. Turn Off
15. Driving to the highway
16. I Will Promise You
17. Love Letter
19. 風 (kaze; Wind)
20. 家に帰ろう (uchi e kae roh ; Let’s go back sweet home)
21. ひだまり (Hidamari; Sunshine)
22. 陽の射す方へ (hi no sasu hoh e; To the place where the sun shines)
23. Melody we made together