When the five-man Korean group performed their first solo concert here as part of the Alive World Tour in 2012, tickets sold out within minutes of going on sale, pushing Live Nation to add a second show.
BIGBANG also saw a 35,000-strong crowd rocking out to almost their entire repertoire at the F1 Singapore Grand Prix last year.
So when it was announced that three of the five-man superstar group were hosting a fan meeting — a more intimate gig that promises close encounters — the VIP scene here buzzed in anticipation.
But the fan interaction segment, which saw three of the fans picked roulette style joining G-Dragon, Taeyang and Seungri on-stage for a game of dress-up, was a tad lukewarm.
It could’ve been the segment lacked the ubiquitous ‘soul-baring’ interview, but we suspect much more could’ve been achieved if the boys had not been so reliant on prompters and Korean translators.
Contrary to the nature of the event, there was barely any interaction — neither with the fans nor with the night’s host Dee Kosh — and the segment ended on a faintly awkward note.
Fans at the fan meet
Each member drove the show home with his solo performances. Seungri’s hits “Strong Baby”, “Gotta Talk to You” and “What Can I Do” were strongly executed and G-Dragon’s fluidity on stage — celebrated by songs from his latest album Coup D’etat — is a sight to behold. If we had to pick one artist that really stood out though, it’d be Taeyang. Reliving the evergreen “I Need a Girl” and “Only Look at Me”, the 26-year-old was at the top of his game, flawless vocals and all.
Seungri’s almost fluent jab at G-Dragon — “My leader doesn’t like it when I talk too much, but I don’t care him (sic)!” — may have been as candid as it got, but when it comes to BIGBANG, it’s always about the music, fan meeting or not.