It’s been a long 2 years wait, but last night B.A.P was finally back in Melbourne for their Live On Earth 2016 tour. Despite raining for most of the day, BABY’s spirits couldn’t be dampened with hundreds of fans gathering at Festival Hall to show their support for their favourite group. As the start of the concert drew near, it became harder for the fans to contain their excitement with the night becoming illuminated with the green of the Matoki lightsticks.
The show opened with Warrior, B.A.P’s debut song and the start of many BABY’s journey with the group. Yongguk’s “Wassup Melbourne” hyped up the crowd while Daehyun wowed with his high notes. They moved on to perform a remixed version of No Mercy which incorporated the hit song, We Will Rock You, where the boys encouraged the fans to sing along with them and stamp their feet.
Himchan came out looking incredibly handsome in a suit, performing his solo stage S.N.S with a feature rap from Yongguk. B.A.P then showed their playful side- having a dance battle to SPY with Yongguk, Zelo, and Daehyun on one team and Youngjae, Jongup and Himchan on the other.
B.A.P then took a short break to introduce themselves starting with their iconic greeting “We are B.A.P! Yes sir!” topped off with a salute. Showing how much effort they go to in order to communicate with all their fans the boys memorised their individual greetings completely in English. They asked if the Australian BABYs had missed them after being gone for such a long time and encouraged everyone to be happy!
Daehyun graced the stage to sing Shady Lady, the backlight making him appear angelic. He cutely told everyone he loved them before exiting the stage. During Bangx2, Zelo elevated fanserivce to a whole new level when he jumped off the stage and down into the mosh pit, leaning back and letting fans touch him.
The other boys also got involved by throwing their towels into the audience and Youngjae even throwing water from a bottle on everyone. No one quite gets the crowd as involved in the show as B.A.P does, constantly encouraging the fans to jump, put their hands up, and sing along with them.
The night then took a serious turn with Himchan suddenly disappearing for a few songs and reappearing with his arm in a sling. He assured fans that is was a minor injury and not to worry about him but, he still looked sad about not being able to participate fully for the rest of the concert. He began to apologize to the fans but, Babys reassured him it was fine and began to chant his name.
It was then time to perform the last song With You, where the fans raised banners with a special message from Melbourne Babys to B.A.P on it. However, after leaving the stage it didn’t take long before the crowd started to chant for an encore and the boys quickly reappeared to perform an extra three songs.
This time the concert really was coming to an end, but not without the boys promising to come back with an even better stage for their next world tour. Due to Himchan’s injury he was not able to participate in the high touch yet, he playfully joked that next time he will just have to touch everyone’s hands twice to make up for it.
We wish Himchan a speedy recovery.
Article by Jody