Oneus — Seoho (main vocalist), Leedo (main rapper, sub-vocalist), Keonhee (main vocalist), Hwanwoong (main dancer, sub-vocalist), and Xion (sub-vocalist, maknae) — fired up the new year with their Reach for Us World Tour and joined the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Auditorium Concert Series on Friday, January 27, at Will Rogers Auditorium. Despite doors opening at 6:00 PM and the show beginning at 7:30 PM, ToMoon (Oneus’ official fandom name) were seen lined up wrapped around the auditorium hours before the show started. Although common in the kpop world for fans to camp out to see their favorite groups, it did take the rodeo world by surprise. One rodeo attendee said he couldn’t believe how dedicated the fans were for waiting in the cold for so long, and that it was truly amazing to see the two cultures collide with the rodeo next door.
At 7:30 PM sharp, the auditorium went dark, and the first VCR began to play for Oneus’ introduction, welcomed with screams heard throughout the room. The VCR started light and airy, almost like a movie, as each member was shown on the screen in cool-tone outfits. This shifted into the boys running and making their way to an apple tree, as the colors started to change. The camera focused on Leedo as his eyes turned bright red, sending a chill down the audience’s spine, reminiscent of a horror film. Still filmed from a first-person perspective, the next shot shows the group dressed in all black, making their way towards the viewer as the music intensified along with the excited crowd’s screams. Just this VCR alone was enough to prove why the group is known as the “concept kings” of the fourth generation.
The five silhouettes walked on stage one by one, and the screams rose to an all-time high. Oneus opened with their title song “Bring It On” from their seventh mini album, Trickster. Their second song, “Come Back Home,” began with Hwanwoong’s impressive solo, coming on stage blindfolded for his intro dance before making a swift jump into the backup dancers’ arms. The third song, “Black Mirror,” switched up the vibe with a groovy, disco-sounding synth mixed with a sexy choreography reminiscent of the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. This trio of songs was just the beginning of what Oneus had in store for ToMoon. Taking a short break to introduce themselves, and even doing their best “yeehaw” impression for the crowd, it was soon time to get the ball rolling again with a more seductive stage, starting with “Who Got the Joker?,” followed by “Full Moon,” showing a much darker concept as Xion came front and center for a solo moment, swaying the audience with his fluid dancing as he embraced his villainous side. Filled with a nice rhythm and sexy choreography, the intensity of these performances became unbearable, as one fan in attendance could be heard yelling that she was on the verge of fainting from all the sexiness displayed by the members.
Luckily, the boys were able to cool it down with light-hearted and good-natured songs mixed with some rock elements, such as “Skydivin’” and “Stupid Love,” where Leedo’s rap and the vocal line’s high notes were executed flawlessly. Soon after came a few special stages, and the excitement of the crowd skyrocketed as the group covered BLACKPINK’s, “Pink Venom,” and Seoho, Leedo, and Hwanwoong took it way back to 2006 with Justin Timberlake’s hit song, “SexyBack.” Keonhee and Xion rejoined the trio on stage as the beat dropped to Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” as part of their Top Gun Medley stage. Some of the parents of the younger fans’ jaws dropped, as one could be heard expressing their disbelief. “Never in a million years would I think I’d hear Kenny Loggins being played at a kpop show. That was so unexpected but so cool!” Even some of the security guards and cops dressed in their cowboy attire were grinning and enjoying the special stage break. Oneus wrapped up their Top Gun Medley by covering “I Ain’t Worried” by OneRepublic and “Soldiers” by Otherwise, before switching back to their discography, where they performed a few slower songs to give the fans a much-needed break to cool down once again.
Another VCR played, showing the boys practicing for their tour, clips from their first tour, and the group just your average fellas’ who are always playful and tease one another. Once the VCR was over, “Intro: Eden” was next on the setlist, and the boys appeared dressed in all black, followed by the unveiling of their performance stage for their highly anticipated electronic song, “Same Scent.” This song set a romantic mood, being about reminiscing about an old lover and their scent. It set the tone for the show, as the boys were able to display a mature side while being dreamy when they performed it. Naturally, ToMoon was over the moon, and you could even hear the fanboys screaming at the top of their lungs, which caught the members by surprise as they soaked up all the love and support. The members were truly happy that everyone was enjoying themselves, asking the crowd if they liked their sexy outfits and expressing their admiration for ToMoons and their cowboy and cowgirl outfits, to which the boys said, “You stole our hearts with a lasso.” Next was their Korean-style, traditional title songs, “Luna” and “Lit,” which were highly anticipated and popular due to the remarkable dance break during “Lit,” and their choreography during “To Be or Not to Be,” which involved a lot of intense stunts.
As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.” Down to the last few songs of the night, the highlight of the entire show was when they performed “Life is Beautiful” and “What You Doing” while running down the aisles of the auditorium, greeting the fans. Leedo even made his way to the second-floor balcony to greet ToMoon, which caught everyone off guard, but had everyone starstruck. It was truly a memorable and bittersweet moment to bring the show to an end. Oneus did such an impressive job with their performance, everyone in attendance was truly amazed. From their vocals to the choreography, and their fan service being top-tier, fans can’t wait to see them grow even bigger and become even greater. We would like to extend our appreciation to RBW Entertainment and MyMusicTaste for having Officially Kmusic attend the show. Make sure to check out our Facebook page now to view all photos from the show!
Written By Kristen Powell
Edited By Ephney Tsai