Saturday, September 16, 2017

[Schedule] Jang Keun Suk Zepp and Cri Show IV Schedule - 2017-09-16

Hang Keun Suk has a very busy autumn and winter coming up in Japan.

First, he has two Zepp shows which Universal Music Japan put together. One show in Tokyo on Sept 27 and another in Osaka on the 28th. These two shows are only for those who have bought Voyage. Inserted into some albums is a special ticket or notice with a number. Those with winning numbers can attend these two shows. Each show was announced as having a limited seating of 1200, but UMJ announced that they discovered the Tokyo venue had room for more seats and has chosen to hold a second lottery but only for those who buy the album anew. Any cancelled or unredeemed original numbers will be offered by lottery to first time buyers.

Anyway, in a deal among JKS, UMJ and Frau International (the owner of the JOFC website), JKS, as he mentioned during ROCKUMENTARY, he will tour Japan for Cri Show IV.

After Zepp, Jang Keun Suk will go on a tour of five Japanese cities with Cri Show IV.

A new web page site has already been uploaded to provide information on the tour.

As noted above, JKS will visit five Japanese cities during Cri Show IV.  For those unfamiliar with Japan, the following graphic shows where he will be and when.

Maybe a little history on the origins of Cri Shows would be beneficial right about now. As most Eels know by now, “Cri” stands for critical. JKS has said he chose “cri” as critical to his to his future, to his ability to move forward, to his well-being. But the term has a deeper meaning which goes back to early days of creating a fan base. He said his fans were intelligent and critical thinkers. They didn’t just blindly follow the latest fad or popular celebrity, but instead used their critical thinking skills to cut through all the clutter to find the best. Consequently, the term “cri” has a double meaning, both as critical to JKS’ success and a description of his fan base.

Following the release of each full album, JKS chose to do a Cri Show. His first Cri Show followed the release of his first full album Just Crazy. JKS went on a major Japanese tour and around Asia in which he named Cri Show I. He chose the color purple for the album and again for the show.

Using the color green for his second album, Nature Boy, he went on another Cri Show tour following the release of the album.  Cri Show II proved to be huge hit and again garnered fantastic reviews throughout Asia. While his Cri Shows were very expensive to produce, but JKS didn’t care. He wanted to put on the best shows ever by any singer/entertainer.

It should be noted at this point that his dream of putting on the best show of any entertainer was not only met but exceeded. The media, throughout Asia, took note of his Cri Shows and praised him elaborately. Of course, all the venues at which he performed were sold out immediately...and in some cases he was forced to add extra dates because of the excessive demand.

With the release of his third full album, Monochorome, JKS scaled back everything. Gone were the elaborate stages indicative of previous Cri Shows. This time JKS chose Black and White for the color of his album. Monochrome.

He’s said that the time during which he made this album was a dark time for him. And that’s probably true since the selection of songs and making a new album can easily take a year or more. It was during this period that JKS endured perhaps his darkest days, having been personally accused of Tree J tax evasion. Although Tree J paid the fine and additional taxes due without dispute or any excuses, JKS personally apologized for his company’s error as if he personally had made the mistake. Nevertheless, the Korean press and anti-fans went after him ruthlessly, regardless of the fact that several other Korean celebrities at the same time were being accused of tax evasion. Yet, JKS alone was singled out and ended up dropping out a TV show in the middle of production. To make a long story short, he spent a lot of time in seclusion and aside from some concerts in Japan, where he is always welcomed with open arms, and some Team H activities, he remained quite silent. Not defending himself against the unfair attacks; not defending Tree J for having made the tax error; nothing. He silently let the storm pass.

Yet, Monochrome is perhaps his greatest album until now, exhibiting a diversity of songs, tempos, and arrangements that can only come from a deeply emotional spirit seeking a way forward out the darkness we, too, sometimes face.

When JKS went on his Japanese tour for Monochrome in Cri Show III, his fans were more than delighted. Eels around the world flocked to Twitter to learn the every detail the audience tweeted. The Monologue Cri Show III was electrifying to say the least. He showed a true singer's expertise and an ability that outshone any of his previous shows, indicating that he’d spent a great deal of time during the previous year or so training his voice. To put it mildly, JKS himself, without any elaborate staging, outshone any of his previous performances and exceeded everyone's expectations. He proved himself to be a great singer.

Monochrome moved JKS from a popular Korean singer in the Japanese market to a maga-star in Japan. As a result, Universal Music Japan picked up JKS in 2015 as one of their artists.

So, that brings us to Cri Show IV. JKS said that coming out the low during the Monochrome stage of his life,  he wants to Voyage and Cri Show IV to show his happiness again. What color he chooses for this Cri Show, however, is anyone's guess. Thus far, the images for album have concentrated on yellow and blue tones.  Like a sunrise. But who knows what he will choose or how he will greet his audience with Cri Show IV.

Regardless, Cri Show IV marks the release of his latest full album, Voyage, in which JKS hopes to relate the progress he and his Eels have made together. For everyone, including JKS, the ride has been a journey…a never-ending Voyage…that they are all taking together. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if he chose Blue as the color of Cri Show IV. “Nothing but blue skies ahead.” That’s fitting for JKS at this point.

JKS will perform Cri Show IV in the halls listed below. Note, this is the first time, my knowledge, that he’s gone to Kanazawa. Let’s hope hie tries out some of the absolutely, melt-in-your-mouth, magnificent sushi Kanazawa offers.

Yokohama Great Hall

Osaka Festival Hall

Honda Forest Hall 

Nitori Culture Hall

Fukuoka Sun Palace


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all the info behind the albums, very interesting!


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