South Korean singer Xia Junsu from music trio JYJ puts on a show during one of his performances for his first Asia tour, Tarantallegra, at Jitec Mangga Dua on Saturday night. (JP/Irawaty Wardany)
The stage for South Korean singer Xia Junsu at JITEC Mangga Dua on Saturday night was far from grand, but that did not stop the fans from being amazed by his live performance.
After more than a one-and-a-half hour delay, the concert finally started at 8:40 p.m. with Xia appearing in a blue outfit, the same color as his hair, which he said was own special preparation after learning that Indonesia was an archipelagic country.
He started the concert with ‘Breath’, one of the songs from his first solo album, Tarantallegra, launched in May, and followed up with ‘No Gain’.
Indonesian fans screamed their lungs out during the concert, waving red light sticks that swayed back and forth with the music.
Xia, who previously promised to try to communicate in Indonesian, fulfilled his intent when he introduced himself saying “Apa Kabar? Saya Xia. Saya senang bertemu kalian” (how are you? I am Xia. I’m pleased to meet you all).
He continued the concert with ballad songs ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Intoxication’ until the 17th song ‘Fallen leaves’.
In the middle of his performance, Xia also showed his quality as a musical performer by singing three of songs from his musical performances ‘The last dance’ from Elizabeth; ‘Why don’t you love me’ from Mozart and ‘I am, I am music’ also from Mozart musical, complete with a theatrical act.
“The concert was amazing, even though I was a bit upset with the delay. Junsu had showed us that he really is a quality singer,” audience member Hany Zakiyah told The Jakarta Post.
She said the performance was worth the Rp 1 million (US$106) she spent to buy the festival ticket.
Xia, a member of trio JYJ, along with Park Yoochun and Kim Jaejoong, had hoped to hold a concert in Jakarta last year but the plans were cancelled due to unclear reasons.
“Xia’s concert is a cure for my disappointment over JYJ’s concert cancellation last year,” Hany said.