Words & pics by Orchid
Fans of Brian Joo were delighted when just about a month ago, the 29-year old Korean-American singer announced that he would be visiting our shores for a showcase cum fan-meeting. The day has arrived and on July 10, 2010 Brian gave his fans a chance to catch him up close and personal at The Opera, Sunway Pyramid.
What did you say? WE LOVE YOU BRIAN. YOU’RE HOT!
Brian Joo a.k.a. Mr Manifold’s first visit to Malaysia!
He performed at a club in Sunway Pyramid.
Brian performed at The Opera – a three-storey club at Sunway Pyramid which has good acoustics, but a rather small stage. Organizers of the event Rhythmland chose a suitable venue as the dark and raunchy interior of The Opera reflected Brian’s style of urban R&B and club music perfectly.
Fans waiting for Brian to appear…
Venue suited Brian’s style of music, but the giant pillars
blocked the view of the stage somewhat
Host for the event Baki Zainal did a good job warming up the crowd (which consisted of 99% females) before Brian kicked things off with his high- energy, Korean version of Jason Derulo’s In My Head. The fans went wild and Brian encouraged everyone to let their hair down and dance.
With cameras flashing every few seconds, Brian went on to sing Don’t Go (가지마), his first single. Brian was accompanied by two male dancers from South Korea and the crowd clearly enjoyed the performance
Brian talked quite a bit and interacted with the fans in-between songs. He tried to communicate and asked what the fans were all screaming to him…and eventually interpreted it as “Please take off your clothes”. When in actual fact, they said “You’re hot!”. Brian kept his clothes on, but continued with the slow number – Even Though My Heart Breaks from his Fly to the Sky days.
Interaction with the fans
In any Kpop fan meeting, the star would typically fulfill his/her fans’ desires or make their “dreams come true”. A lucky draw was conducted and four names were selected. Brian would then have to do the following :
1. Do a sexy dance for her
2. Hug her from behind
3. Give her a hug
4. Act cute – just for her!
Towards the end of the session, Brian felt a bit sheepish with all the hugging, kissing(?) and seducing. Fans on the 1st floor were screaming “andwae” (Noooooo!) when Brian hugged his lucky fans on stage.
Brian also took time to present the autographed poster of the Design A Poster contest to the deserving winner. She was really happy to receive her framed poster with Brian’s signature and stamp of approval on it.
Brian continued on with the second half of the showcase with Tears Run Dry, a medley from his album Manifold and a new remix of My Girl.
Lastly, Brian performed Jason Derulo’s version of In My Head (yeah the English version) as an encore. It was a crowd pleaser and everyone got onto their feet to dance! What an uplifting end to the hour long showcase.
Brian Joo’s fan-meeting didn’t quite feel like the typical Korean pop star fan meeting. Except for the fact that there was a session where Brian fulfilled the dreams of four lucky fans, it felt more like a showcase, with Brian talking in-between songs.
Generally Brian comes across as a genuinely nice guy. K-popped! wishes him all the best in his solo career! FIGHTING!
Brian is such a sweet guy he obliged to take photos
with fans in the VVIP and VIP zone (he hugged them too!)
Here i leave you with a video clip of Brian singing My Girl (the new remix). I apologize for the video quality. It was really dark in the club. Enjoy!
Coming soon: Brain Joo meets the Malaysian press
For more videos of the showcase, pics of the press conference and Brian’s fav team to win the 2010 World Cup, go to http://www.facebook.com/kpopped