I fell behind on the PAGE videos, then the sporadic V Lives, and even some of their Twitter posts. There was a sense of foreboding from within, and I questioned whether the thought of retirement from the fandom had been spurred from fatigue, anxiety, or mere moodiness.
- JB and Youngjae's individual vocal performances on the main stage
- AmeriThaiKong's rap segment on the extended stage
- Jinyoung and Yugyeom's joint dance segment on the main stage
Given our positioning by the edge of the extended stage, I was unable to grasp a clear view of either of 2Jae's stages. The same situation arose for the JinGyeom stage, where Jinyoung's far right positioning caught me by surprise yet again. To say that I didn't suffer a twinge of disappointment would have been a lie.
On a brighter note, the international line's sentimental yet powerful display was wonderful - engaging and charismatic, heightened even further by the contrast of coloured lights.
- Girls Girls Girls
- If You Do
- You Are (?!?!)
The absence of You Are, in particular, came as the greatest shock to me. A track I can never seem to tire of, I was noticeably shaken when the boys did not assemble for the dance sequence. Girls Girls Girls - the debut track they've never omitted in any of their solo shows - was also oddly removed from the setlist.
Another performance I didn't expect was Paradise, given that we had heard it during the Eyes On You tour. But as with OUT and Go Higher (encore), it persists as a popular concert choice amongst the boys.
Youngjae executed his speech in a rather adorable way: similar to the previous year, the members less familiar with the English language would read off the monitor before them. He made no attempts to hide the fact that he was doing so, but it didn't make his heartfelt message any less impactful. What moved me - as well as thousands of other attendees - was the very fact that he made an entire round about both the main and extended stages, just for the purpose of saying "Thank you".
Even Mark was close to tears with at the termination of the show. Our hearts went weak looking at the bloodshot eyes magnified before us.
As BamBam had stated, they have instilled their faith in us, and we owe it to them to do the same.
Through this show, I found what my soul had yearned to know.
The answer is to Keep Spinning.
- I love Jinyoung. I love boys in denim. I love Park Jinyoung in denim, especially faded/gradient denim.
- Youngjae in his Supreme headband will forever tug at my heartstrings in an ethereal kinda way.
- Mark looks best in platinum, in my opinion, but his dark strands tucked behind a headband was shockingly attractive.
- Jackson shines brightest in vibrant shades such as cobalt blue and zesty orange.
- JB is a creature with incredible duality; you may choose between his cat-loving homebody self, or the wild, water-flinging alter ego referred to as "Def".
- I did not perceive any new revelations about the maknae, but it's undeniable that the JinGyeom unit is one of the most highly anticipated pairings on the upcoming season of GOT2Day.
While it was brought to my attention that this year's show was less thoughtful than the previous year's, whether it be in terms of stage design or artistic direction of unit performances, I stand by my claim that one occurrence of Keep Spinning was more enjoyable than two of Eyes on You. Concert experiences are very personal, thus the manner and frequency of member interactions hold greater value than the performances themselves. Seamless productions can be sourced online from fansites or broadcasting stations, but a moment with a particular member belongs to me and only me. Moreover, a front view in close proximity trumped both far right and close back views of the 2018 World Tour.