[KPOP] BEAST UNLEASHES IN MALAYSIA
BEAST unleashes the wild side
When talking about 1Malaysia and the various ways to achieve it, perhaps those with hopes of bringing races together should consider two things — music and pretty Korean boys!
To illustrate the point, maybe they should have been at the ‘BEAST Shock Of The New Era’ exclusive showcase last Saturday. The two elements proved there and then to transcend across borders, regardless of race or religion. The crowd of almost 3,000 diehard fans was almost enough to cause a human stampede.
For those who have never heard of the K-pop group or profess not to be into the scene, the turnout at the KL Live on Saturday would have probably been enough to make you a convert.
Young teens were waiting for the much-anticipated concert to start since as early as 6am that morning. By 3pm, the numbers had already grown into the hundreds.
By the time 8pm rolled around, and the place filled with people, the scene was akin to a human sardine can. It was so jam-packed with everyone trying to push their way nearer the stage that it was almost as chaotic as it could get.
Thankfully, the concert organisers managed to keep some semblance of order and while there were a couple of fainting spells, nobody was injured. But honestly, who could stand between a teenage girl and her pop idol? It seemed that a fainting spell for most of them was well worth it.
Before BEAST was brought out on stage, the audience were already chanting their names and basically screaming their heads off. As a teaser before the concert officially started, a couple of BEASTS’ music videos were played on screen. That brought the crowd to wild screeches and screams. One would probably have thought ‘Wow, if they react this way to a screen, how much louder could they scream if the boys were actually brought out?’.
That question was answered shortly as BEAST pranced out on stage right at that very instant close to 9pm. If the screams were loud then, it was deafening now!
Belting out hit after hit, one thing could not be denied. These boys had as much talent as they were pretty. They danced and sang their hearts out while the audience pretty much screamed their hearts out.
A surprising nugget for the night that was pretty puzzling was that every single one of the fans could sing along to all the songs even though the lyrics were all in Korean. Save for a few choice punctuations of English words like ‘bad girl’ and ‘everyday I shock shock’.
A fter a few songs, BEAST retired back stage to change and the emcee proceeded to play a game with the audience. The prize was to get a picture taken with BEAST!
The rule was that three fans would have to follow the dance steps to one of BEASTS’ songs. There was no need to cue the music. The audience basically sang in unison to the song. After they danced, they each had to sing a verse from the song!
Strangely, everyone that night sounded like they could speak Korean judging from how articulate they were. The winner was of course the one who garnered the most applause and cheers from the rest of the crowd.
The other two were given autographed posters.
When BEAST took to the stage after their outfit change, they were again met with very loud cheers from the audience. Never underestimate the power of teenage girls’ lungs! This time, it got even more interesting.
They had a lucky draw to pick a member of the audience to come up on stage while the band serenades her.
As her name was called, a shy tudung-clad girl squeezed her way up on stage, grinning from ear to ear.
As the boys serenaded her, and gave her flowers and even held her hand, she looked like she was going to burst into tears of joy.
Alas, all good things must come to an end and after a few more crowd-pleasing songs, the band ended the night with an autograph session. The showcase proved one very important thing — the K-pop fandom in Malaysia is an extremely fast growing one.
Also, if you are a pretty Korean boy who can sing and dance, people will love you even if they don’t understand what you are saying — though they might eventually. All in all, a night of catchy tunes, exciting dance steps, and a quick flash of a six-pack. You can be my BEAST any day!
Up close and personal
Not only was The Malay Mail at the BEAST showcase, we also caught up with the boys at the Press conference and on top of that, managed to get three of them aside for some one-on-one face time! During the Press conference, one question asked was how they would describe their success.
“We never thought that we would be this successful! For this trip to Malaysia, we have gone through a lot of preparation to show the best that we can deliver.”
The boys were also asked what they thought of Malaysian girls, to which they answered that they had heard Malaysian girls are very beautiful and since setting foot in this country, they could see that it is true! Such sweet-talkers, no wonder so many girls swoon over them.
Every time BEAST graces the stage, one thing is undoubted — they are always impeccably dressed and styled. So how do they coordinate their outfits? Furthermore, do they ever wonder whether their fans love them for their music or their looks?
“We are interested in fashion trends but do not follow blindly. We wear what suits us best. We do not know what our fans like us for, but we would prefer that they like us for our music and not so much our looks.”
After the showcase, The Malay Mail caught up with Lee Gi Kwang, Yang Yo Seop and Yong Jun Hyung to get slightly more up close and personal. This was done with the help of two translators which of course, left more time for the reporter to stare at the three hunks!
“The fans were passionate and we had so much fun during the showcase,” said Yang. They expressed that it was their first time in Malaysia and they liked everything they saw. Of course, the first thing that they heard about before their trip was the Twin Towers and the building was even taller and bigger than they expected!
As they are all quite young ranging from the ages of 19 to 21, another question that we asked was where do they see themselves in the future, in terms of personal life and career.
“We will continue to do our best for our family, friends and fans. Personal life wise, we would all like to meet a girl that we love, get married and live happily ever after.”
That question of course, led to what kind of girls they like. “I like cute girls with long straight hair. She must be nice and cuddly. I must feel like hugging her all the time and she must be shorter than me of course!” laughed Yang.
For Gi Kwang and Jun Hyung, they said that they would like to find a nice, pretty girl with a kind heart and is faithful. Basically what ordinary men would want in their partners anyway. Considering their rise to fame has been pretty rapid and exponential, it is a wonder how fame has changed their lives.
“There are, of course, pros and cons. The pros is that we have been practising five to six years before our debut and we are very happy for our present state. We also love the feeling of being on stage and seeing our fans.
“On the other end, we have less privacy now. Even while going to the convenience shop and buying drinks, there will be people taking photos of us and uploading them. Basically everyone knows everything that we are doing.”