Re­turn­ing with a Bang

> The South Korean K-pop sen­sa­tion was a man short, yet it still man­aged to thrill fans in Kuala Lumpur over the week­end


SOME 12,000 fans were at Sta­dium Merdeka last Satur­day night to catch their favourite South Korean Kpop group BigBang in ac­tion as part of its 2016 BigBang MADE [V.I.P] Tour in Kuala Lumpur.

While fans were a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed with the ab­sence of key mem­ber T.O.P. who was away for an art auc­tion with Sotheby’s, the re­main­ing four mem­bers – GDragon, Se­un­gri, Dae­sung and Taeyang – still man­aged to de­liver a show worth re­mem­ber­ing.

The tour was also held in con­junc­tion with the quin­tet’s 10th an­niver­sary, with the con­cert de­signed to be more of a ‘fan­meet­ing’ event filled with short games and even a mini con­cert prior to the main per­for­mance.

The four ap­peared on stage at 7.45pm to play three short games among them­selves. Al­though fans could only watch and cheer, these mini games showed a more ca­sual, hi­lar­i­ous side to the boys, mak­ing it more in­ti­mate and en­gag­ing for the fans.

Some of the games in­cluded trans­fer­ring ping pong balls with a straw, re­mov­ing a rib­bon at the bot­tom of a bot­tle with­out top­pling it over, and iden­ti­fy­ing an ob­ject with their cheek while blind­folded.

Apart from toss­ing lim­it­ededi­tion BigBang mer­chan­dise such as T-shirts and posters into the crowd, fans were ec­static when each mem­ber pulled out ran­dom ticket seat num­bers for a ‘mini lucky draw’ com­pe­ti­tion where lucky fans walked away with a signed plush toy.

An hour later, the four be­gan the con­cert proper, start­ing off with Loser, a melan­cholic num­ber in their first EP of the MADE se­ries al­bum, as the crowds waved their yel­low crown-shaped glow sticks back and forth.

Com­pared to other BigBang tours where the mem­bers were al­ways clad in flam­boy­ant strik­ing out­fits, this time around, they sur­pris­ingly dressed down for the oc­ca­sion.

Even fash­ion icon G-Dragon, who is well-known for his eclec­tic out­fits and brightly coloured locks, was wear­ing just a ca­sual T-shirt over long sleeves and a cap which cov­ered his hair.

Per­haps, this was one way to make the ex­pe­ri­ence more up-close and per­sonal for the fans.

Nonethe­less, their per­for­mances and com­mand­ing stage pres­ence did not fall short of amaz­ing.

The en­ergy in the sta­dium was quickly el­e­vated when the group per­formed the popular hit, Bang Bang Bang, ac­com­pa­nied by flash­ing LED lights, im­pres­sive vis­ual shows and py­rotech­nic smoke ef­fects.

Fans man­aged to sing-along to some of its lat­est hits from MADE such as If You, Sober, Bae Bae, and We Like 2 Party, as well as all-time crowd-pleasers like Bad Boy and Good Boy. Just like in their pre­vi­ous con­certs, the boys also per­formed their own so­los, since each of them has his own in­de­pen­dent mu­si­cal ca­reer.

Fans echoed along to ev­ery sin­gle word of Taeyang’s poignant Eyes, Nose, Lips as well as Se­un­gri’s sen­sual Strong Baby and GDragon’s en­er­getic Crooked, and cheered Dae­sung along as he sang the joc­u­lar Look at Me, Gwisoon.

At the fi­nal count, BigBang only per­formed 13 songs – a big dif­fer­ence to its usual pre­sen­ta­tion of 30 or more songs. But then again, this was only a mini con­cert.

Right be­fore their fi­nal per­for­mance, each guy took time to ex­press his grat­i­tude to their fans.

“Per­son­ally, our new al­bum is al­most done,” Taeyang added, be­fore fans erupted into cheers.

The four ended the show with Fan­tas­tic Baby, a mega hit with ad­dic­tive elec­tro dance beats that stim­u­lated fans to jump up and dance along in the midst of con­fetti show­ers.

Ru­mours have been cir­cu­lat­ing that the boys will soon be putting their mu­sic on hold to at­tend mil­i­tary ser­vice back in South Korea.

For lo­cal fans, the 2016 BigBang MADE [V.I.P] Tour has given them an ex­pe­ri­ence that will stay in their mem­ory for a long time.

This con­cert was sup­ported by Malaysia Ma­jor Events, a divi­sion of Malaysia Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Bureau, an agency un­der the Min­istry of Tourism and Cul­ture.

BigBang in ac­tion … (clock­wise, from right) fans wav­ing their yel­low crown­shaped glow sticks as they cheered on the boys; Dae­sung (cen­tre); Taeyang; Se­un­gri; and G-Dragon.

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