If you haven't watched the con yet DO NOT READ! I don't want to influence you in any way!
After 4 and a half years of being in the Jin fandom (well, KAT-TUN but let's use Jin for You&Jin purposes), I can honestly say I was excited for this concert. Well, it didn't really hit me that I was going to see Jin (for those of you who know me I was a HUGE JINNAR way back when). Don't scream at me for saying I hate Jin, because if I hated him, I wouldn't have gone to his concert or bought the tickets that I bought.
Needless to say, I was disappointed.
I take that back, the show met my expectations, which is why I was disappointed XD. It was everything I thought it was going to be...aka really Americanized and all auto-tuned. I know a lot of fans are like OMGAD IT WAS SO GREAT, but being the fan that I am, I am comfortable in saying what I really think, and I think Jin could have done a lot better.
My friend and I were straight up front row as well, so to say that we were kinda blah for part of the show is saying something. Don't get me wrong, it was still FUN because it was front row, but if I honestly sat somewhere else, I would have been semi bored. HOLY SHIT WHERE DID ALL THE JAPANESE FANS COME FROM!? By the way, a lot of people were standing, and if you're short, that's too bad ahah!
I'm not going to give a point by point review, but I just wanted to say that going to this concert, it's very very hard to get the vibe that one would get in a KAT-TUN concert. Jin's main aim was to do everything NON related to Japanese or KAT-TUN, or JE in anyway (except for his dance moves AHA those were SOO JE), so if anyone was wondering why there was no shout out to KAT-TUN, wonder no more.
I'm not saying OMG I NEED IT TO BE JAPANESEY....nope. But the issue was that Jin hid everything that made him Jin. He hid his beautiful voice by auto-tuning every song except Lovejuice, Wonder, and maybe one other one, he hid his face under sunglasses, a hat, and his long hair, and he didn't bother to sing a Japanese song (though we had been forewarned). He came out looking nasties because I couldn't see his face haha, but omg GREAT sunglasses and AWESOME WATCH. The boy really knows how to accessorize still, no matter how long he wants to grow his hair to.
As well, he didn't do much interaction with audience, as he felt it was more necessary to be cool on stage and chill with dah homies instead. And worst of all...he had an INTERMISSION at the CONCERT, instead of an MC or something. TOTALLY KILLED IT. Who does that?! Not in Japan or America! Ahah. I honestly think his English is still bad (that's what the stagehand I talked to said) and he didn't want to say anything, and that's why his music is auto-toned. No ballads either, which I feel are what encompass his beautiful voice. There was a bit of Eternal melody in the beginning but...NOOOO!! That's it. No encore because of the stage hands said NO (COME ON ARE YOU SERIOUS =___=). Even the director asked him if they had encores in America and he said "sometimes yes sometimes no." Do us a favor and just say yesss DX
I feel that because he can break free from JE this time in America, he felt it was necessary to put in a lot of drinking topics into his songs, as well end the first half of his music by going to a bar, as well as drinking on stage. I was like uh ok it's really unnecessary. Songs had GREAT beats. Yellow Gold was so great! I could dance the night away to Jin's songs. He really knows how to pick great song backgrounds <33
The best part was the dancing, which I congratulated Sky Hoffman and the choreography team on afterwards, as they did a great job. One of the best parts of the con was Joey Tee, who I might add is SOOO CUTE now that he's grown up. I used to think he was a little punk ass but he's grown rather well, and my eyes were glued to him when they weren't glued on Jin. Joey Tee was totally sporting the JE look which was HILARIOUS. OH AND JIN'S PIKACHU GUY FROM THE PHOTO WAS THERE. DA EFF? At least I think that was him?
All in all, I still had a really great time! In terms of it being a concert of course. It was fun, and there was a lot of energy on stage, and Jin looked like he was having fun :] In terms of having fun because it was Jin? Not really, because I felt so cut off from him in terms of seeing him or hearing him (there were no "put you hands up!" and things like that that he would usually do, which made me know most was lipsynched), I didn't feel like HOLY SHIT ITS JIN ON STAGE!! If you go, you're not going to get the feeling you get when you watch him on screen, because it's much more Americanized. Just letting you know!
Fun? Yes. Memorable? If you're like me and you love the old Jin who wasn't bent over backwards on being so ~cool~ on stage with his krew and his alch, no, unless you're like in the first few rows. Btw one of the staff guys told me Jin and the others party like hella on Saturday nights. HAHA. Everyone that I ran across says Jin is a great guy and he's super nice. Time to sleep, I have to go back to LA tomorrow...I can't wait for the evening show !!
Jin, no matter what, I totally love you ♥ ♥ can't wait to watch you again.