Even earlier than Seventeen took the stage throughout their ‘Be the Solar’ World Tour cease at UBS Area in Elmont, New York, on Thursday, September 1, you may hear their followers from exterior the venue. Within the 10 minutes earlier than Seventeen got here out, the world was crammed with screams and Carat Bongs, lightsticks named after the group’s fandom that had been programmed to gentle up in sync with the live performance’s lasers and manufacturing. Nobody was but on stage, however the feeling the group may seem at any second was imminent. Then Seventeen got here out, and the screams went from loud to deafening.
For those who aren’t a Carat (Seventeen’s fandom title impressed by their 2015 track “Shining Diamonds”), right here’s a refresher on the group: Seventeen is a South Korean boy band that debuted in 2015. They don’t have 17 members. As a substitute, the group is made up of 13 members and three models—smaller teams specialised in sure members’ strengths: Hoshi, The8, Jun and Dino are within the Efficiency unit; Woozi, Seungkwan, DK, Jeonghan and Joshua are within the Vocal unit; and S.Coups, Vernon, Mingyu and Wonwoo are within the Hip-Hop unit. The members carry out in each models and within the group as an entire. 13 members plus three models plus one group equals Seventeen—therefore the title.
The live performance on Thursday—which got here days after Seventeen received their first MTV Video Music Award for Push Efficiency of the 12 months—additionally marked the return of two members: Hoshi and Joshua, who missed Seventeen’s Washington D.C. and Atlanta stops after testing optimistic for COVID-19. “Who’s again! Hoshi is again!” Hoshi advised the group of greater than 10,000 after Seventeen’s heartracing, lightstick-pumping performances of “Scorching” and “March,” which opened the present. The songs are from Seventeen’s fourth studio album, Face the Solar, which their ‘Be the Solar’ World Tour helps. Joshua additionally celebrated his return to the tour by asking the viewers who’s again. “Joshua!” the group shouted, to which Joshua responded with a cool and informal, “Keep in mind that.” Later within the present, the opposite members additionally remarked how full it felt to have all 13 members again on stage. Dino and Mingyu additionally missed earlier tour stops attributable to COVID-19.
However again to the live performance: After their opening speeches, Seventeen continued the excessive power with performances of “Hit” and “Rock With You” (two former singles that noticed the members transfer to intricate choreography with military-like precision) earlier than transitioning to unit performances. First had been Joshua and Vernon—Seventeen’s English-speaking members (Joshua is from Los Angeles, whereas Vernon is from New York, a truth the opposite members made positive to remind him of throughout their Lengthy Island present)—who carried out “2 Minus 1,” an all-English pop-punk-inspired banger that noticed the 2 rock out in leather-based jackets and mic stands. Subsequent was the Efficiency unit (Hoshi, The8 Jun and Dino), who carried out “Moonwalker” and “Wave,” two easy dance tracks that made use of the members’ seductive choreography and breathy vocals. The Vocal unit (Woozi, Seiungkwan, DK, Jeonghan and Joshua) adopted with powerhouse performances of “Come to Me” and “Imperfect Love,” full with confetti and a subtitled sing-along second for followers. The Hip-Hop unit (S.Coups, Vernon, Mingyu and Wonwoo) closed out the Unit performances with arena-shaking renditions of “GAM3 BOI” and “Again It Up,” highlighting the members’ quick rap spits and stage presence.
After the unit performances, all 13 members returned to the stage for performances of crowd pleasers “Mansae,” “Left & Proper” and “Very Good.” The stage was half skit, half efficiency with the band giving a take a look at their personalities and relationships with improvised jokes, piggyback rides and even a bicycle. The live performance continued with darker tracks like “Shadow and “Crush” earlier than the members gave their remaining speeches earlier than their encore. Hoshi reminded the viewers that the primary time Seventeen was in New York was for KCON, an annual Ok-pop conference, the place they had been one of many opening acts. Now they’re on their very own solo tour. The speeches additionally noticed the members carry out acapella elements of their songs, proving that, behind the particular results of their manufacturing (which included hearth, lasers and a sea of flashing lightsticks), the core of Seventeen is uncooked, actual expertise.
After a captivating efficiency of “World” and a short intermission (throughout which the digicam panned to followers and flags from Mexico, Brazil and different nations across the enviornment), Seventeen returned to the stage for encore performances of “Our Daybreak Is Hotter Than Day” and “Snap Shoot.” The latter of the tracks noticed the members choose viewers members across the theater to bop on display screen to the energy-packed refrain. The fan service continued with Seventeen’s remaining efficiency, an encore of “Very Good,” the place they got here all the way down to flooring degree to have followers end the lyrics and dance alongside to the track’s leaping refrain. After hyping the group one final time, the 13 members lined up behind the stage and took their remaining bow. “That is Seventeen,” they mentioned in unison because the stage went down and the lights got here up.
Simply over two-and-a-half-hours lengthy, Seventeen’s New York live performance glided by quick. There wasn’t a uninteresting second. The breaks (which noticed inventive movies of the members play because the band modified outfits) had been few and much between, and a few of the most entertaining and genuine moments got here when the group wasn’t even performing however simply speaking to one another on stage, teasing each other and proving that, past the costumes and sophisticated choreography, Seventeen are simply 13 greatest pals who occur to be worldwide pop stars. The unit phases gave each member (every of whom commanded the stage within the valuable solo moments they had been on display screen) an opportunity to shine, however the magic of the group got here when all 13 members had been collectively, transferring in sync with each other to their choreography and the small moments between them as they sang. It’s arduous to clarify the ability of Seventeen, however maybe DK mentioned it greatest earlier within the live performance: “When all 13 of us are collectively, I really feel extra highly effective. Seventeen needs to be 13.”
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