BigBang rules! There’s no doubt about that. Just ask the 16,000-strong crowd on the first night of its two-day BigBang 2015 World Tour (Made) in Malaysia concert at the Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex over the weekend.
Hailed as K-pop royalty, the quirky quintet made up of G-Dragon (Kwong Ji-Yong, 26), T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun, 27), Taeyang (Dong Young-bae, 27), Daesung (Kang Dae-seong, 26) and Seungri (Lee Seung-hyun, 24) is not your typical boy band. They don’t need all that fancy polished choreography that is synonymous with K-pop – the non-conforming South Korean singing sensations are well-loved for their flamboyant individual personalities.
The world tour is to promote BigBang’s latest studio album MADE, due for release in September. Although the concert only started at 9pm on Friday, BigBang fans, known as VIPs, were already thronging Bukit Jalil in the early afternoon just to catch the lads during the sound check party.
Joining BigBang’s Malaysian supporters in Kuala Lumpur were almost 2,800 international BigBang fans, some from as far as Russia and Kuwait, according to Malaysia Major Events (MME), a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), which is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Malaysia was BigBang’s sixth stop after South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. Upcoming stops include the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan.
The last time they performed a full-fledged concert as a group here was three years ago during their BigBang Alive Galaxy Tour in 2012. Since then, only G-Dragon and Taeyang have held solo concerts in Malaysia, so fans were understandably excited to see all five of the boys back in KL at last.
Emerging in an all-white ensemble, the boys got off to an explosive start with Bang Bang Bang, their newly-released electro-dance number which was voted MTV IGGY’s 2015 International Song of the Summer recently.
Screaming fans were especially excited when BigBang belted out Loser, a track which garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube in under four days.
The K-pop heavyweights went on to entertain fans with 22 of their hottest hits including Bad Boy, Fantastic Baby, Hands Up and their latest hit singles like Bae Bae, We Like 2 Party, and If You during the energetic two-hour concert.
Apart from group performances, each of the boys got a chance to shine individually as well: Seungri came out strong with Strong Baby, Daesung soared with Wings, T.O.P hit the high notes with Doom Dada, Taeyang got fans screaming with Eyes Nose Lips, and G-Dragon straightened things out with Crooked. Daesung even got to showcase his drumming skills at one point.
While introducing their new song Bae Bae, the boys took the opportunity to teach Malaysian VIPs about chapssalddeok (or chapssaltteok), a word repeated over and over in the lyrics. It is a sweet and sticky Korean glutinous rice cake dessert (much like the Japanese mochi), that is traditionally given to newlyweds so that they get along sweetly and stick together forever. In Korean slang, it is often used to refer to soul-mates who are “perfect for each other” – just like BigBang and their VIPs.
Now that’s sweet!