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Guitarist and vocal of CNBLUE, the 4-member band from Korea, Lee Jong Hyun, held a tour of [1st Solo Concert in Japan ~Welcome to SPARKLING NIGHT~] on summer to commemorate the release of his first solo album. As an encore performance of the tour which mobilized about 18000 audiences on 5 performances in Osaka, Nagoya, as well Tokyo, it was held at Tokyo International Forum Hall A on Sunday, December 25th. There were 5000 audiences and it had so much fun, he shouted “I’m not lonely!” (!?) The Christmas special live report is here.
A lively red drape curtain fits perfectly for Christmas season and gorgeous eye-catching stage with a team consists of drums, basses, guitars, keyboards, saxophone, and a group of male and female chorus. Jonghyun as the MC greeted first “Merry Christmas!”, “Thanks for coming everyone, even though it’s Christmas Day. Actually, there weren’t any plans (for me) on Christmas but this live then decided, I thought that I won’t be lonely since there are you guys who waits (for the live). I’m rather happy. Let’s make the best Christmas today” he said. Even the MC is special because it’s a Christmas performance, the set list and overall production (of the live) were also upgraded.
The venue was cheering for excitement when the song begins to play, Jonghyun’s vocal wrapped it all up (the audiences’ cheers). As the heat rising slowly, Jonghyun’s live performance tastily soak up the excitement, the venue was filled with warmth as of Jonghyun’s song has such a healing power.
At the end of the main part, after enthusiastically singing the Korean version of a famous song “I LOVE YOU” by Yutaka Ozaki which had been sung by him since he was 15 years old during high school, a Christmas song medley of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” which added by a jazz arrangement that fits the performance itself was presented, along with “Jingle Bell” and “White Christmas”. A mirrored ball hanging on the stage’s ceiling reflected red and green Christmas color lights and turned the stage like a merry-go-round, when Jonghyun finished singing he said “It’s Christmas, right? Everyone will get angry if I don’t sing (Christmas song) properly” showing his gentle smile.
When it got more powerful during Christmas medley, Jonghyun catch a fun conversation afterwards with “not lonely” as a keyword and the venue heats up. “Today, we’re not lonely! There are people who can sing a song with, together.” By that thought, he said “I want you to sing with me in a huge voice”, trying to urge the audience as usual, “we’re not lonely!”, then made the venue gone loud, “I’m so sorry (for considering everyone as a lonely person). I was wrong” and Jonghyun laughing hard.
Next, during MC part again he said that “Starlit Night” is a favorite song in the final (such as encore), then started to have a Sparta guidance to sing the Chorus. While handing the microphone to fans who were sitting in the front row, “ah, too bad (LOL)”, “barely/just there (girigiri)”, “not yet”. When audience said “terrible”, he responded “Ahahaha, you are yelling at Christmas (LOL) but I guess it will be fine since every of you sing with a big voice”, anyway, audiences were stick with attitude (following the rules on the venue/concert) and it was impressive.
When Jonghyun came out for the encore, he said “the voice is getting smaller” and then the venue called Lee Jonghyun with a “huge voice”. Both Jonghyun and fans were maximizing the possibility of enjoying the live each other, it felt like the strength is surely stronger than the opening one, it was moving.
In response of the claps that didn’t stop even after the band members’ greeting, Jonghyun appeared alone on the stage for a double encore, holding an acoustic guitar. While playing guitar for the first time on that day, he prepared himself and then singing the last song “a.ri.ga.tou”, “this song will be meaningless unless if everyone sings together”. It was like a nostalgia after all.
Heard the “huge voice” of the fans, Jonghyun showed a different and vivid expression when playing guitar, as well with the best smile. On MC part, “It’s hard to do this live alone, but I’m happy because I can sing my songs together, it’s fun. I want to do it little by little every year”, saying his goals. As a guitarist and vocal of CNBLUE, also as a solo artist, what kind of activity will he show next year? It’s the first solo tour of singer Lee Jong Hyun which its charms shine glowingly.
LEE JONG HYUN 1st Solo Concert in Japan Encore Live
～Welcome to SPARKLING NIGHT～
2016.12.25(SUN) ＠Tokyo International Forum Hall A
M1 Moonlight Swing
M2 These days
M3 Lucid dream
M4 Call me
M5 Hate you
M6 I just need a..
M7 Blind Love
M9 Be OK
M10 Pina Colada
M12 Show Me More
M13 I LOVE YOU
M14 X’mas MEDLEY
M15 SHINE DROP
M16 Starlit Night
Not exactly all text from the article translated, just parts that related to the live. Any correction are welcomed 🙂
Trans by alvianashin
Source : KStyle Japan
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Release date : 2016.10.19
【First Press Limited Edition A】CD＋DVD
WPZL-31236 / ￥3,800（exclude tax）
All 10 songs, include 「Glory days」「Puzzle」「Take me higher」
「Glory Days -Music Video-」「Glory Days -SPECIAL FEATURE-」
【First Press Limited Edition B】CD＋DVD
WPZL-31238 / ￥3,800（exclude tax）
「SPRING LIVE 2016～We’re like a puzzle～ ＠NIPPON BUDOKAN」Multi Angle
・「Take me higher」
WPCL-12444 / ￥3,000（exclude tax）
【BOICE Limited Edition】CD＋DVD＋Goods
WPZL-31240 / ￥4,800（exclude tax）
CNBLUE Japan Major Debut 5th Anniversary OFFICIAL FAN MEETING 2016 -BoiceTATION-
・Hide and Seek
・Hold My Hand
Pop-up photo book “brave four man’s adventure – Once upon a time…~”
※BOICE Limited Edition is a product available only for BOICE JAPAN member purchase
1. Be OK
2. Glory days
3. Take me higher
4. Face To Face
6. Royal Rumble
7. Every time
8. Stay with me
【CNBLUE 5th ANNIVERSARY ARENA TOUR 2016 -Our Glory Days-】
2, 3 November 2016 – Chiba・Makuhari Messe Event Hall
9, 10 November 2016 Osaka・Osaka Jo Hall
17, 18 November 2016 Aichi・Nippon Gaishi Hall
24 November 2016 Fukuoka・Marine Messe Fukuoka
29, 30 November 2016 Tokyo ・Tokyo Nippon Budokan
Are you ready, BOICES? ^^
Source : excite music Japan
CNBLUE is going to celebrate the 5th Japan debut anniversary with the long-awaited 5th album “EUPHORIA”, which was announced by the members during Abema TV & FRESH! Live on September 5th!
It will be released on October 19th this year, just like CNBLUE had their Japan debut on September 19th 2011, and it’s just about their 5th anniversary of Japan debut. On this work, EUPHORIA <happiness>, which will be ‘given’ on the 5th debut anniversary, would represent the current appreciations and blessings, and the anniversary album would represent the future of CNBLUE.
This album will be released in 4 different items, Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, Regular/Normal Edition, and BOICE Limited Edition. Limited Edition A contains of CD & DVD which includes the MV of the lead track “Glory Days” and it’s MV making package. Limited Edition B contains of a Multi Angle video package from the May 2016 Arena Tour “LIVE SPRING 2016 -We’re like a puzzle- @NIPPON BUDOKAN”. The BOICE Limited Edition includes the addition of a SPECIAL LIVE DVD Video from March 2016’s “CNBLUE Japan Major Debut 5th Anniversary OFFICIAL FAN MEETING 2016 -BoiceTATION-” as a limited privilege, “pop-up book about ‘brave four man adventures – Once upon a time…~” as limited benefits also included.
Also, on how the 5th anniversary should be commemorated as the “EUPHORIA = happiness” and celebrate it with fans, they have “CN5” campaign which contains five major benefits as a form of appreciation and awards. The first award “CN1” is “all tour performances admission Glory passport gift!!” It’s on sale in the FNC JAPAN ONLINE STORE, where all four types of “EUPHORIA” is packed in the original box of “EUPHORIA BOX SET”. This CNBLUE BOX set was made to commemorate the Japan debut 5th anniversary, but it’s limited only for 5000 sets, first come first serve, there will also be a lottery for those who purchase this box set with a present of a pair admission ticket to all performances of “CNBLUE 5th ANNIVERSARY ARENA TOUR 2016 -Our Glory Days-” called “Glory passport”.
The second award is “CN2”, “become the fifth member of CNBLUE! EUPHORIA PREMIUM 5 SHOT photo session invitation!!”. Image of “EUPHORIA” original jacket photo, all CNBLUE members and the only selected winner who fits with CNBLUE as five?! A rare “EUPHORIA = happiness” chance to be invited to the 5 SHOT photo session. A commemorative photo that has been captured will be given to you on the spot.
The third benefits “CN3”, “invited to the ”EUPHORIA” premium release event-through happiness and luck autograph session!!” Deep talks about the production of “EUPHORIA” album which is more tasteful with all the members participated on it, the premium release event consists of signings of all members.
The fourth award is “CN4”, “invitation to the photo session with the members right after the live performance!! ‘Meet & Greet & Glory’!!” We want to invite you to “CNBLUE 5th ANNIVERSARY ARENA TOUR 2016 -Our Glory Days-” Meet & Greet event that takes place in all performance venues. Met with all members who just showed off the hot performance on stage, and, being in a group photo, it’s an event that promises you the best after-show memories.
As an extra, there’s “CN4.5”. On September 21st, CNBLUE DVD / Blu-ray “SPRING LIVE 2016 ~ We’re like a puzzle ~ @ NIPPON BUDOKAN” will be released and those who purchase it will have a chance and invited to Meet & Greet event held at the venue of all performances of <CNBLUE 5th ANNIVERSARY ARENA TOUR 2016 -Our Glory Days->. Terms and conditions applied, you have to check the official site for more information.
The fifth benefits “CN5” is a present in a lottery for fans, “CNBLUE 5th Anniversary original badge”, fan’s CNBLUE debut 5th anniversary logo emblem design will be featured in the original badge. For more information about the CN5 campaign please check to the campaign site :
In addition, along with the album, the tour in five cities with 9 performances were announced. With the album “EUPHORIA”, CNBLUE is going to spread the blessing and gratitude to the whole country.
“I want fans to enjoy the music and me that are different from CNBLUE”
We must become happier when we found the reason for trying hard.
How did you feel when your solo album release decided?
I decided my mind because lots of fans have asked me “don’t you do solo debut?”. In fact, I thought of taking some time off for a while since I worked a lot as CNBLUE last year. But members who still work hard told me “work well, not only fishing or trip.” (Laugh)
How is your album?
I wanted to make this album different from CNBLUE one. So, I asked an author to make a song. I think it’s a variety of albums.
The sweet and gorgeous scenes that all women long for are portrayed in the lead song ‘Moonlight Swing’.
At the first, I had the image like fairly story, but I added the theme of love for it.
This album makes us feel heal and cheer up.
I think a song doesn’t relate to an intent of a person who made a song. I sometimes make a happy song when I feel sad, on the other hand, I make a sad music when I feel happy. There are variety songs in this album, I want fans to find a favorite song.
How do you think the older women who work hard and strive for self-improvement?
Cool. I have an image that Japanese ladies are hard-working. But I feel sad when I see the ladies who are having big stuff. Working hard is respectable things, but I get worried if it would be the only things for her. I think we must become happier when we found the reason for trying hard.
Is there any chance to get excited by the gesture of the older women?
Wonderful women are a wonderful. Anywhere, anytime.
You are said to seem cool in CNBLUE, but, what do you think about it?
Since I am not easily nervous. But, I am like a fifteen-years-boy with members. (Laugh) I wonder I am not a person who is sweating the detail (because of too nervous).
Please listen to the songs in my album.
Working well is important, but enjoy a life.
Source Steady Magazine
Trans by Satomi
Posted by Tara Lee