It has been one year. One year since the men of MBLAQ stepped onto their first stage as a trio at Omiya Sonic City in Saitama, Japan. I think back on those two very important performances and am filled with so many emotions, still. I told you I was the sentimental type. Nevertheless, I remain so very grateful to have been there to support G.O, Seung Ho and Mir, and on this 11oth day of G.O’s service, commemorate the anniversary of that very special day.
I am not going retell the fantastic moments of the show, hi touch and overall adventure here in this post, as I have already written about it extensively. You can check it out here where I am sure much (if not all) of the same pictures were also shared. I could not keep my camera’s eye off of him.
The beauty of seeing MBLAQ at Omiya last year, apart from just being able to see them, was having that opportunity in a small venue. Now, some may think this a sad situation given that many of the cookie-cutter Kpop groups of today can easily sell out huge arenas. But I beg to differ. The larger the arena, the less intimate it becomes (in my opinion, anyway).
For the three men of MBLAQ, much was still unknown in way of how their reconfigured dynamic would be received. Their new album, Mirror, had not yet been released. There was a great deal of anticipation from both sides: MBLAQ and their trusting and adoring fans. A small venue was the perfect way to return.
Fall in love…huh…fall in love…huh..♥
It was bittersweet but wonderful all the same. Sharing this important moment with Seung Ho, G.O and Mir, and with all of the A+ there (including the western contingency I traveled with (Marisol, Nelly and Marlena), and the ever-kind JA+) was the perfect way for MBLAQ to begin their new chapter.
Looking back over this past year since the shows at Omiya, I cannot say it has been an easy ride for the three amazing men of MBLAQ, or their fans. I am reminded of G.O’s tender words in the chatroom the night before he was scheduled to leave for Army training camp wherein he said that it has been a struggle for their fans, and that MBLAQ fans have had it far more difficult than fans of other groups.
So perceptive. So kind. And ever so thoughtful. If I could be anywhere right this moment, I would turn back the hands of time . . .
. . . to be captured once again in his permeating and dreamy gaze.
[Image cr. mine; Video cr. 링링]