The third of their four US stops for the Live On Earth 2014 Continent Tour,the Chicago invasion by B.A.P was BANGtacular!!!
The invasion happened last Saturday April 19th, 2015 at the Star Plaza Theater Merriville, Indiana where unbeknownst to them of what was to come, Midwest ‘BABYz’ (fan club name) had waited excitedly to see their kpop idols. The wait, I-yeoja might add, was not just a couple of minutes, but hours as some fans would rather be out in the scorching sun than miss an opportunity to sight the band members as they arrived. Some had also used that as an opportunity to have k-pop meetups with other fans.
As the theater quickly filled up with excited Babyz and the lights dimmed to introduce B.A.P, earth chattering screams and chants resonated sharply all around I-yeoja. It being her second k-pop concert after ‘Boyfriend’, she’d never felt/experienced such electrifying energy before and that kind off got her all pumped and excited too. Speckles of green lights (from fans glow sticks) could be spotted all over the dark theater making it look indeed like an alien invasion.
B.A.P took over the stage with their entrance performance ‘One Shot’ which was brilliantly done. You could tell by the awe stricken screams of all the fan girls and boys resonating around the theater, making it almost difficult to hear the song playing. ‘One Shot’ was immediately followed by a flawless performance of ‘BadMan’ which preceded a powerful delivery of ‘Power’ led by Bang Yong-guk.
While B.A.P got ready for their next setlist, a Matoki video of Youngjae & Zelo answering the question “What is Love?” was played to keep fans entertained. I-yeoja definitely found it both cute and entertaining.
‘Lovesick’ followed immediately after and then fans were treated to soda looking ‘coffee’ from the ‘Babys Coffee Shop’. They even had a barista present to brew fresh ‘coffee’ for fans and each member set out and took fans orders. I-yeoja has to say this, B.A.P were very entertaining and did their best to interact with their fans which was very sweet. After serving coffee, they went on to perform ‘Coffee Shop’, fans favorite, and then ‘Body and Soul’. ‘Body and Soul’ which is one of their recent ballad, was used to calm down the heavily pulsating theater.
I-yeoja can go on and on about how awesome all their performances were, but she’d just let you enjoy some of the pictures that captured what an awesomely electrifying night it was. I-yeoja thinks she was mostly drawn to Zelo. He seemed all over the place with his enthusiastic moves and flawless rap skill.
They even made fans learn a dance that would prove their awesomeness to eternity. How fantastic is that?! 😉
For their last set, which is were B.A.P completely let loose and had so much fun, they performed ‘Hurricane’, ‘Dancing in the rain’, ‘Stop it’..among others and then B.A.P and fans went on show to so much love to Himchan for his 24th Birthday. Of course, BABYz went into a screaming frenzy of ‘Saranghae’ and ‘Happy Birthday’.
What made the night more memorable for I-yeoja was the show of support to the family of the Sewol ferry tragedy through twitter posts. Before a video made of each members support post was played, Bang Yong-guk had asked fans to pray and show support to the victims of the tragedy. I-yeoja can only imagine how heavy hearted the band member would have felt, having to perform abroad when back home the country was heavy with sadness from the tragedy.
In all, it was a night to be remembered for a long time as a night Chicago (more like indiana, taken into account the venue location..lol) was attacked by 6 aliens who brought with them such magnetic excitement and happiness to last for awhile.
And to the guys who made the whole night all the more electrifying with lights and sounds, I-yeoja says ‘Thank You’.
Fans even after the show still wanted a piece of B.A.P to take home as keepsakes.
To watch the videos and relive that exciting 2hrs, please see I-yeoja’s YouTube playlist of Fancam of the concert.
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