(Photo : Sinyii | Special Thanks to IME Productions Singapore and Three Angles Production)
Fresh from their recent Japan "Shake Shake" concert tour, the 4 boys of CNBLUE were whisked to our shores for the first overseas gig of "Between Us" concert tour in Asia held at [email protected] Box on July 1st, 2017. Viewed by an audience of 16,000 at the Osaka Jo-hall on June 22nd, it was also coincidentally frontman Jung Yong Hwa's 29th (Korean age) birthday, making it a big night of celebrations.
Despite their tiring schedule, a much smaller audience size and a somewhat "less than ideal" sound system, the boys still went all out to make the show an enjoyable experience for the crowd. The best song of the night had to be "Manito" (composed by bass guitarist Lee Jung Shin, with help from Jung for lyrics) when the 4 boys sat right in front of the audience, performing in acoustic style. Even drummer Kang Min Hyuk had a go at one of the verses. It is not common for all members of a rock band to hold a tune of their own, but the 4 lads have proven their ability over the years, with solo outfits for both Jung and Lee (Jong Hyun) and OSTs from Kang and Lee (Jung Shin). It is a rare treat for the fans to be serenaded in such close proximity to the handsome guys. In response, Boices (CNBLUE's fans) swayed and sang along to the melodious tune of "Manito", which is fast becoming the next "representative love ballad" from CNBLUE; hopefully as a long overdue replacement for the overly jaded "Love Light".