Jang Keun Suk Shows off His Global Appeal And Starts Asia Tour 2012
By Staff Writer | July 07, 2012 10:40 PM EDT
Jang Keun Suk successfully finished his two and a half hour performance in Seoul, held in Korea University's Hwajung Stadium, in front of 3,500 fans. This starts off his second Asia Tour, "2012 Jang Keun Suk Asia Tour The Cri Show 2."
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His outfit was appropriate for the unique aspects of the occasion, a very showy purple outfit and a magician's hat to match.
The 3,500 fans, which included not only Korean but also Japanese, Chinese and other Asian fans, roared their applause as they saw the appearance of the prince, who started the performance with "200 Miles," one of the songs from his first Japanese studio album Just Crazy.
Jang Keun Suk went on to explain how he was able to acquire the nickname of "Asia Prince" and revealed his plans for a possible Europe Tour, putting the fans in anticipation.
"I am dreaming bigger," he said, "I want to become the 'World Prince'."
At the Seoul performance, he showed off his immense, impressive and expensive set and stage that will be used for the rest of his Asia tour, which includes China and Southeast Asia. The stage resembles that of a wine glass, with a large projector screen in the middle and two other screens that flank it on the side. He is planning to have 10 performances in his Asia tour and will spend 2 million won, allowing potential audience members to expect a great quality show.
"We started off the tour with a deficit, but I was adamant on the tour happening because I'm made in Korea!", he claimed, reaffirming his proclaimed status as not only a Hallyu Star and Asia Prince but also a Korean star.
The concept of this tour is "Welcome to the Magic World" and befittingly, the performance was riddled with wizards and haunted houses, reminiscent of a theme park. He enticed the audience with his mysterious image as a magician but also a sexy and frightening charismatic character. He switched in and out of outfits to fit the theme and kept the audience excited and engaged.
Jang Keun Suk performed a total of 19 songs, including songs from his album Just Crazy, songs from his current drama and songs that he wrote himself. He was no different from the idol stars and famous singers of today with his showmanship and his ability to engage an audience on stage. He didn't forget to joke and interact with the audience, saying sweet and endearing remarks like "I'm not loyal to Japan you are the fans that are important to me."
After the two and a half hours, fans were disappointed to see him go, chanting his name.
At the after party, Jang Keun Suk told sources that despite the fact that the performance seemed to be a success, he was still looking for room to improve and had a headache from his stress. He said that the show in Seoul didn't make any money but he was proud to have started his Asia tour in his homeland.
He confessed his worries and his concerns about his image in the Korean market. "Haters think that I'm only popular in Japan and that I'm no longer popular in Korea but I was made in Korea. It was okay to hear it once or twice but they are still hurtful remarks. I wanted to show Koreans what I was doing out there that was becoming popular and making money."
He also announced that he was planning a club tour of Europe at the end of the year or perhaps an encore Asia tour or a dinner show in Korea, showing that he was constantly thinking about ways to reach his audience and keep them coming for more.
"2012 Jang Keun Suk Asia Tour The CRI SHOW 2" had its start in Seoul and will continue on to Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka in Japan, followed by Shanghai, Taiwan, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.
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