B.A.P’s exclusive recommendation of where to go in Korea during summer
Even though they don’t have time to rest during the summer holidays due to busy schedules, B.A.P still passionately recommended places for fans to go to when travelling to Korea in the summer.
Jongup who really wants to go play with water, recommended without hesitation: “Carribean Bay”, seems like he seriously wants to go!
Daehyun strongly recommends hometown Busan’s GwangAn beach and neighbouring theme parks. Daehyun also laughed saying: “I can be everyone’s tour guide! There’s really good sashimi and seafood near the beach, if you’re lucky you can see fireworks.” Upon hearing Daehyun’s words, the other members also started discussing, perhaps next time when B.A.P goes on vacation, “Tour guide Daehyun” will bring the members to Busan and play together!
Neverending music composition
B.A.P who in 2012, received 14 rookie awards, 13 iTunes hip hop music champions, Billboard world album first place, was dubbed by the media as “2012 Korea’s strongest rookies” with their shocking achievements. Officially entering the second half of 2013, what plans and wishes do they have that they must fulfill before the year ends?
Leader Yongguk expressed: “So far we’re focusing on the concert tour. But when we have time, members are actually constantly making music, hoping to hurry and bring new works to everyone.”
"If we can, hopefully this year we can get first place on a music show." Youngjae spoke out member’s inner wishes, everyone laughed and nodded while clapping as encouragement for each other. We believe that under B.A.P’s strong presence and persistent efforts, they can definitely achieve this goal! Go B.A.P~ Fighting!
After the interview
Even though we really wanted to continue chatting with B.A.P who we haven’t seen in a long time, but in order not to delay their next schedules, we could only reluctantly end this time’s interview. Before leaving, B.A.P members each bowed 90 degrees to all the staff as farewell and thanks, smiling while saying: “You’ve worked hard!” just like the first time when they met with TRENDY, still humble and polite, not letting their blasting popularity change that. We believe that perhaps it’s because of this, that B.A.P has received so much love!
Press conference speed notes
-Location: Taipei International Conference Center (TICC)
B.A.P punctually appeared at the site of the press conference in purple, energetically greeting everyone with their signature greeting. Coming to Taiwan for the second time, once they got off the plane they felt Taiwanese fans’ extreme passion. Due to fans’ passion to the point of loss of control and nearly got toppled over, member Daehyun said: “Even though it’s our second time coming to Taiwan, seeing so many fans coming to pick us up at the airport makes me really happy, I hope that the concert will be successful.” Himchan’s memory from the showcase upon the first time coming to Taiwan is still fresh in his mind, and hopes that this time coming to Taiwan they can make many memories as well. Leader Yongguk also mentioned last time because they spent too little time in Taiwan, they weren’t able to properly experience Taiwan, and hopes that this time they’ll have the chance to understand more deeply Taiwan’s culture! Zelo who got picked on to speak by the host expressed: he thinks the same as the hyungs, hoping that the second time coming to Taiwan, they can have a successful concert and further know Taiwan. After Zelo finished speaking he didn’t understand himself so he laughed in embarrassment, making the other members laugh as well.
B.A.P also mentioned that food they wanted to taste this time coming to Taiwan. Youngjae reminisced that the mango ice they ate last time when they came to Taiwan had already melted, therefore this time once they came to Taiwan they immediately reported to the mango ice store, even using relatively accurate Chinese and said: “I want to eat mango ice”, Jongup also expressed that he wanted to drink Taiwan’s bubble tea again, Himchan immediately picked up the microphone and said: “I want to drink bubble tea!” in extremely fluent Chinese, making everyone laugh. Seems like the members all practiced Chinese really hard just to taste Taiwan’s delicacies!
During the press conference B.A.P also ironically revealed that the greatest difference in images on and off stage was the youngest member, maknae Zelo, and was elected by the hyungs as the cutest and most aegyo-capable member! Zelo slowly used Chinese and answered: “thank you!” His cute appearance cause laughter on and below the stage.
The concert’s content that everyone is curious about, members kept as top secret. During February’s Seoul concert, leader Yongguk revealed his sixpack, which also makes people curious whether or not he’ll show his good body during Taiwan’s concert too?
Himchan indicated: “You can’t reveal all your best possessions during one concert, we’ll work even harder to improve our bodies, next time we’ll show it to everyone!” Leader Yongguk added: “If the concert atmosphere is high enough, members may also subconsciously show off their bodies too!”
On this time’s press conference, B.A.P also received the confirmation of Sony BMG Taiwan’s golden disc award because of second mini album “ONE SHOT“‘s sales achievement in Taiwan. B.A.P’s great popularity can also be seen through this.
B.A.P Live ON Earth Pacific Tour in Taipei
-Location: Nangang 101
Bringing the original performance from the Seoul stop onto Nangang 101’s stage, while declaring to conquer the world, the six members of B.A.P stepped on stage in a blast of all-white outfits, bringing three powerful hip hop signature songs “Warrior”, “What The Hell” and “No Mercy” as the concert’s opening. The fan’s super strong cheering also caused the atmosphere to reach a climax. B.A.P who immediately transformed into deep, sentimental men, performed ballad song “Rain Sound”, letting fans swoon uncontrollably.
During each member’s introductions, B.A.P’s “extremely manly” leader Yongguk sang Girls’ Generation’s “Gee” under the pressure of the other members to prove that he is a rapper who can sing. Bang Yongguk’s deep voice singing the playful “Gee” had a somewhat “giggly” effect. B.A.P who has always had a strong image, during this time’s concert, every member ignored their image and revealed their cutest side to the fans. Zelo who was revealed to be the member most aegyo-capable during the press conference also performed “gwiyomi”, causing everyone at the concert to shout from his extreme cuteness!
Apart from six membered stages, B.A.P also specially prepared small group performances during this time’s concert, letting members show their most talented side. Daehyun and Youngjae performed R.Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”, Youngjae’s elegant turn notes, Daehyun’s perfect high notes and the two’s flawless harmonies expressed the song perfectly; Jongup and Zelo showed their adept dancing skills; Yongguk not only showed a bit of DJing, but also performed their new song “Sexy Clap” with Himchan, showing the two’s mature charisma.
B.A.P performed a total of 20 songs during the entire concert, singing and dancing, dynamic and static, Hallyu rookie bosses is definitely not an unworthy title. This time’s concert created beautiful memories for both B.A.P and BABYz, Himchan also took out his personal camera in the end to record Taiwanese BABYz looks of passionate cheering.
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