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Sunday, August 6, 2017

G-Dragon's 2017 World Tour Act III: MOTTE in Seattle Concert Experience

G-Dragon is currently in the middle of his grand scale 2017 world tour entitled "Act III: MOTTE", and I'm ecstatic to provide my experience of his Seattle stop! As you probably know, the tour began on June 10th in Seoul and a month into the tour, GD is starting his 8-stop North American leg in Seattle on Tuesday, July 11th.

I admit that I only know a couple of GD and Big Bang songs, however it truly is an honor to be able to see G-Dragon live in my own city. It is still not common for Korean artists to perform in Seattle, with only a few (Kanto / Beenzino / Verbal Jint and CL) performing at the very intimate venue The Show Box in recent years. GD is really stepping it up by performing at Seattle's basketball stadium Key Arena that houses 17,000+ seats (at maximum configuration). I'm so excited to experience a Kpop concert in my city and to support Korean artists to continue coming to Seattle!
A week before the concert, I started noticing GD's concert posters plastered around the city, even in residential neighborhoods. I love how the city is getting spirited for the event!

I'll break down this post into various sections to fully outline my experience of attending a Kpop concert at Seattle's Key Arena. I hope my details can be used as a reference for future performances here.

Ticketing
General ticket sales began on Friday, May 5th at noon PDT via www.ticketmaster.com. There are 2 types of tickets: VIP Soundcheck Package and standard seating. For VIP, there are Gold, Silver, and Bronze packages (for Seattle, only Gold ($600USD) and Silver ($400USD). VIP sounded very enticing with access to the pre-show soundcheck rehearsal, commemorative laminate and gift pack, and more. Gold also includes a post-show send off for G-Dragon. It would have been so cool to experience all of this, however that's a lot of money to fork out. All VIP tickets are general admission standing. 

Ticketing was rather chaotic as expected. The website chooses the "best available seat" based on your search criteria and holds that seat for you for several minutes. It was hard deciding whether to buy the ticket chosen for you or opt for another seat. I sadly did that several times, and after about 15 minutes, ended up with Section 115 Row 14 Seat 4.

At The Venue
I arrived at Seattle Center (the area surrounding Key Arena) at around 4:30PM. The doors had already opened for VIP (this is referring to those with the VIP Soundcheck Package, not the fandom) at 4PM for those lined up at the East Entry. There were separate lines with large banners to distinguish VIP type. Across the entrance a few yards away was a separate line for general admission standing. For those with seated tickets, they could wait anywhere, however I chose West Entry as that didn't conflict with any pit tickets where waiting in line was important.

My friend had Silver VIP and was standing at the East Entry along with the other VIP ticket holders. The security guards let me join my friend despite me having a seated ticket (especially since you need a VIP ticket to enter anyways). She told me that after they let VIP in (gold first, then silver), they collected their VIP goodies and were able to buy merchandise, then went back outside the East Entry to wait again for Soundcheck. It wasn't so organized because once my friend went back outside, there was no distinct line for Soundcheck.
My friend showed me the special VIP goodies she got. It included a red book bag that specifically stated Act III: MOTTE in US/CANADA, along with a black velvet pouch containing 2 red metal clips with Act III: MOTTE, and other goods. I plan to get pictures of these eventually. She also received a VIP Soundcheck badge and lanyard. Pictured above is the backside.
The front side of the badge is holographic!
Looking at the badge one way shows a blackened image.
Looking at the badge another way shows VIP on the red poster background with inverse colors for the text.

Waiting to Enter the Stadium
Officially the doors were supposed to open at 6PM for all ticket holders, so I walked around to the West Entry by 6:05PM. Pictured above is my place in line, and within minutes the line doubled. The security guards gave a debrief (have your ticket available, have your bag opened, be prepared to be wanded, don't have drinks) and the line started moving at 6:15PM. The guards told us to fill the area in front of the doors rather than keeping a single-file line, so I ended up on the last few steps of the entrance. One guard later on informed us that the doors will open at 7PM instead, due to the soundcheck being longer than intended, however I'm not sure how accurate this statement is. At 6:52PM, there was a loud and heavy bass. It occurred again at 7:01PM.

Finally at 7:13PM the doors opened. Though we were in a massive blob to get in, it split into several lines for security check. Guards used metal detector wands and checked bags. I made it inside the building at 7:21PM.

Venue Observations
The entire time I was around the venue, from 4:30PM until after 7PM, there were no fansites in sight. I was sad to see this part of the Kpop concert experience lacking. There was one group who had planned a special project of passing out small red plastic bags to every fan, which we would put over our lightsticks and create a red ocean after GD performed "Crayon". My VIP friend said that this group had passed out these bags earlier, but I hadn't seen them since. It wasn't until I was lining up for merchandise that they came around again to pass out more bags.

While waiting in line at West Entry, I did notice across the street a sketchy minivan with unofficial posters plastered over its windows. They were selling unofficial Big Bang goods, but clearly they weren't a fansite.

The doors also had signs saying no re-entry.

Last observation, the audience was very mixed, containing mostly teens and young adults, about half Asian, and maybe 10% male. It looked like older married couples attended too, as well as young friend groups.

Buying Merchandise
There were two merchandise stalls inside the stadium, located right after entering from the West Entry and East Entry. I went to the stall near West Entry, and it was split into two lines. I got in line at 7:21PM and finished buying at 7:52PM, lasting about 30 minutes. As imagined, it was very chaotic and the cashiers were constantly going to the backroom to bring out more boxes of goods, especially boxes full of lightsticks as practically everyone in line bought at least one. They accepted both cash and card, however I recommend using card so that the line can move faster and hopefully the goods you want won't run out.

Each lightstick purchase is supposed to come with a pair of batteries. However the lady paying in the line next to me had gotten the last pair of batteries, and somehow this stall didn't receive the same number of pairs of batteries as they had lightsticks. At the same time, there were two ladies in front of me that were paying in cash, greatly slowing down our line. When it came to my turn, I purchased the lightstick without batteries. I will show an unboxing of this lightstick in a future post.
I was pleasantly surprised at the great selection of merchandise that the tour brought to their North American leg. While this isn't the entire collection that was sold in Seoul or at other Asian stops, this is still quite impressive.
They displayed all the merchandise on the back wall, with smaller items also displayed in the glass cases. This is what the Seattle stop had to offer in USD:
  • Long sleeve tee - $55
  • T-shirt (4 types) - $45
  • Towel - $35
  • Baseball cap - $45
  • Bandana - $25
  • Tote - $15 (?)
  • Bear - $20 (? it was already sold out)
  • Pins - $7 or $10
  • Necklace - $10
  • Luggage tag - $7 or $10
  • Lightstick V4 white - $35
  • Water bottle - (?)
Ear plugs were also sold for $2.
In the display case, you can see the luggage tag, necklace, cap, bandana, towel, and water bottle.

The Concert
I was worried that my seat would be quite far away and quite angled from the stage, however it was a really great view! The best part is that because this is stadium seating, each row is significantly higher than the previous so no one can block your view. Above is my seat along with my non-lit lightstick.

There was one screen on each side of the stage showing GD's music video reel until just before 9PM when the concert began.

Everything has become a happy blur, so I'll just list the things I remember (I video recorded the entire concert, but it's a lot to rewatch and take screencaps...):
  • GD performed song after song after song, with only 3 talking segments. I was so surprised that he spoke English so well! He was very fluent and all of his speeches were very natural.
  • He spoke a lot about his latest album, his new stage in life, and how worried he was on how fans would perceive all of this.
  • The concert was broken into 3 acts, transitioning from G-Dragon to Kwon Ji Yong. The VCRs even showed this, displaying a medical transition. There was also one VCR documentary asking CL, Taeyang, Jung Hyung Don, Psy, and more, the following: 1) Who is GD to you, and 2) Who is Kwon Ji Yong to you.
  • Though I was in the seated area, during the last half hour everyone was standing. In the latter half of the concert, the audience kept chanting Kwon Ji Yong.
  • During GD's performance which is usually performed as a duet with CL, it was cool that they incorporated a VCR of CL.
  • Sitting at the side of the stage, it was hard to see GD during many stages. There were many props where he was in a box, or on a royal thrown on top of stairs, and only those in the center could see him. There were also huge curtains covering majority of the stage at times. For one stage, people were even hanging from the ceiling.
  • I was disappointed that for many songs, GD took many pauses and let his pre-recorded tracks play instead. However I do understand that it's tough to rap a straight 2 hours.
  • After he performed Crayon and they played a VCR, about half of the audience with lightsticks created the Red Ocean.
  • The concert ended before 11PM. While usually I would try and see the artist leave the venue, I didn't this time as only Gold VIP were able to attend the sendoff party.
GD looked like he had a lot of fun on stage. Here he's sitting on a box in front of the stage, watching his background dancers.
At other times GD had a very simple stage.

Ending Thoughts
Leaving the concert, I had these thoughts:
  • I thought that I'd never be able to use my Big Bang lightstick, but then during GD's concert there was the announcement that Taeyang will be having a world tour this year with a stop in Vancouver...
  • This concert was so different from any of the Infinite concerts I experienced. The VCRs, themes, and ments all felt like a live documentary, all very raw and real.
  • I didn't really know any of GD's songs, but now I'm obsessed with "Crooked" and especially "Untitled". It's amazing the variety of genres GD has covered, and I hope he continues with songs like "Untitled" to showcase his talented voice.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

[IFNT COLL] Infinite Other Albums

In this post, I'll show my other albums within my Infinite collection. These albums are outliers that don't belong in my other Infinite album posts, so I decided to group them all here. If you haven't already, please check out the introduction to My Infinite Collection here. Below, I'll break down this "other albums" collection and include my unboxing review of each item using ∞.

LPs
Paradise  (#09320 out of #10000)
Be Back  (#03784 out of #10000)
It feels so special to play Kpop albums on a record player, like combining two different generations together. I wish I enjoyed playing LPs more often, so that I could expand my Kpop LP collection^^ But of course, my two Infinite LPs will always be most special~

Live Albums
One Great Step Returns Live
Infinite Effect Advance Live
Photocard: L (out of 7)
I know that I had already included IEA Live in my DVD collection, but I felt that it belongs equally in this collection as well. I'm really happy for Infinite to have released live albums - it's really cool listening to Infinite's performances versus their studio recordings.

Instrumental Albums
The Origin
Coin: Silver (out of 3)
The packaging of this album is absolutely beautiful. It's very minimalist yet so elegant with the color scheme and embedded coin. I really like how the tracks are split up into "White", "Black", and "Gold" to match the genre. Maybe a few more releases down the line, Woollim will be able to release another instrumental album. 

All of these albums are really special. It may seem like Woollim's just trying to release random things to make more money, but I like that these albums are all really well designed, enhance Infinite's album collection, and they make me appreciate music so much more. I have come to really cherish LPs and have started listening to my dad's LPs from back in the day, I love having live tracks to listen to, and I love (occasionally) listening to the instrumentals. I can't wait to see what other of these special albums Woollim has planned in the future!

Monday, January 2, 2017

[IFNT COLL] Infinite Korean Albums

I am finally showing my Korean albums for My Infinite Collection series! Please check out my introduction post here. I will first show all of my Korean Infinite albums together, then I'll break them up first by those without photocards, and then I'll show my albums with photocards and order them by release. I will also link my unboxing review of each item with a ∞.

My Albums without Photocards
First Invasion (Mini Album)
Evolution (Mini Album)
Inspirit (Single)
Infinitize (Mini Album)
Over The Top (Full Length Album)
Missing: Over The Top - Gold edition


I became an Inspirit well after these albums were initially released, so I don't have first press of these. The first press of First Invasion comes with a special sticker, Evolution has a promotional poster that is really hard to find now, first press Inspirit of course has the super rare member photocards, and the first press of Infinitize comes with a random member audio track, none of which I have. As for Over The Top, there is only first press or the new gold edition. I had bought one copy of OTT new but weirdly enough they sent me two without the exterior slip and with a "Used" stamp. Because of this, my collection still feels like it's missing OTT.

My Albums with Photocards


Paradise (Repackaged Album)
Photocard: Dongwoo, Sungyeol, Sungjong (out of 7)
It's interesting how this album may come with 0, 1, or 2 photocards. Mine only came with Sungjong's, then I started collecting more but never finished. I really do like this set of photocards though - it looks so timeless and classy.

New Challenge (Mini Album)
Photocard: Woohyun, L, Sungjong (out of 7)
 New Challenge is really significant to me because it is the first comeback I experienced as an Inspirit (though tbh, I was still just a Myungsoo stan back then and was slowly getting to know OT7). I was still new on pre-ordering back then, so I had foolishly missed first press which includes one hidden track out of 6 instrumental tracks from the album. My album came with Sungjong's photocard, but I couldn't resist collecting more. I spend about $14 on Myungsoo's photocard which seems expensive to me, but the happiness I've received from it <3

Destiny (Single)
Photocard: Woohyun, Sungyeol, L, Sungjong (out of 7)
 I keep coming up with reasons for trying to collect all photocards from one release. For Destiny, I was thinking that because the photocards were shot in the US (Universal Studios in LA), I had to get them all. My album came with Sungyeol's and I stopped after collection 4 total.

Season 2 (Full Length Album)
Photocard: Sungkyu (out of 14)
Missing: Gold edition
 Season 2 definitely has one of my most favorite photoshoots (disregarding the black-and-white cow outfits). I love how "Last Romeo" fits absolutely perfectly with the album concept and the lace suits.

Be Back (Repackaged Album)
Photocard: Dongwoo, Woohyun, Sungjong (out of 7)
 Be Back also has a special place in my heart because this album was released while I was studying in Seoul. I had bought 4 albums there (1 initially that came with Woohyun, then 3 to enter a fansign that came with Sungkyu, Dongwoo, and Sungjong). Despite its special place in my heart, I decided not to collect all 7 photocards, because the 3 that I have now are even more special since I got them with my albums in Seoul.

Reality (Mini Album)
 Limited edition
 Normal edition
Photocard: Sungkyu, Hoya, L (out of 7)
Date Card: Sungkyu, Dongwoo (x2), Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol (x2), L, Sungjong (out of 7)
I am so thankful for my Inspirit friend who gifted me with the normal version of both Reality and Infinite Only, and for so many photocards and date cards from these releases. I love that Woollim continues their release pattern and album packaging, keeping the mini albums the same.

Infinite Only (Mini Album)
Limited
Normal (with Hoya Special Pages)
Special Pages: Hoya, Sungyeol, L (out of 8)
Photocard: Sungkyu (2/2), Dongwoo (2/2), Hoya (2/2), Sungyeol (2/2), Sungjong (2/2) with duplicates of b&w SK, DW, SY (out of 14)
This is my most complete set of photocards, 10 out of 14! Because I have 3 duplicates (black and white versions of Sungkyu, Dongwoo, and Sungyeol), I would love to trade for either version of Woohyun or Myungsoo^^

I really hope Infinite will release more Korean OT7 albums throughout the near future! If they're sticking to their release pattern, we should be expecting their next release to be a single...

Saturday, December 31, 2016

[Update] Infinite: Infinite Only 6th Mini Album (Normal Edition) Review

I previously did an unboxing review of the normal edition of Infinite's 6th mini album, Infinite Only, here. I'm doing an update on this album because my friend gifted me with two more copies and many of the photocards (more about my haul here)!
My friend gave me albums containing the special pages of Myungsoo and Sungyeol!
Myungsoo's has 8 pages from the white photoshoot, with 1 of the photos also included in the limited photobook and all others are exclusive to this special section. Sungyeol's has 5 pages from the white photoshoot, with all photos exclusive to this special section.
Myungsoo's has 3 pages from the black photoshoot, with 1 photo duplicated in the limited photobook. Sungyeol's has 6 pages from the black photoshoot, with 2 photos duplicated in the limited photobook.
The normal edition of Infinite Only includes 2 random photocards out of 14. One set is from the black-and-white photoshoot and is in all black-and-white, while the other set is from the all-black photoshoot and is in color. My friend gave me 10 different photocards, so I'm only missing Woohyun's and Myungsoo's cards. The images of these 10 photocards are not in the limited nor the normal photobook, and Hoya's and Sungyeol's photocards aren't in their special pages.
The backside of these photocards have a printed message and autograph of that member. It's too bad the messages are the same for both versions of each member.

This will be my last post for 2016. Please look forward to my upcoming posts!

[IFNT COLL] Drama Merchandise

Here's the next installation of My Infinite Collection series: Infinite members' drama merchandise! For a refresher, check out my introductory post about my collection here. Usually I would provide a list of anything that I'm missing, however I'm just not really sure what drama merchandise I'm missing that would include a photo or something else of an Infinite member. I will include the ∞ for each item to link my unboxing review of it.
This mini collection only consists of dramas that featured Hoya and/or L. For the dramas where they were not a part of the main cast, I impulse bought their drama OSTs in hopes that a photo of Hoya/L would be included. Lo and behold, each OST that I gambled on did have Hoya/L included^^ Below I'll list the dramas in Korean alphabetical order.

가면 Mask (Hoya)
 This CD isn't photo-heavy, but I was very happy to see one small picture of Hoya on the last page! I absolutely loved the complex, suspenseful storyline of Mask, and Hoya's acting made me fall for him all over again!


내겐 너무 사랑스러운 그녀 My Lovely Girl (Hoya & L)
 I honestly still have not finished this drama...and I don't know if I ever will. The story isn't interesting, the characters are a bit boring, there's no chemistry, and I just don't have that emotional attachment. Despite all of that, I got the album in support of Infinite Power^^

너를 사랑한 시간 The Time We Weren't In Love (L)
 This drama is definitely one of my top five favorites, and not just because of Myungsoo! Ha Ji Won is such a lovable actress and I loved the relationship between her character and Myungsoo's. Sadly Myungsoo's only featured in those two pages (above), but it's nice reliving that umbrella scene every time I look at it^^

닥치고 꽃미남밴드 Shut Up Flower Boy Band (L)
SUFBB is a very special drama to me because it is the drama that converted me from loving Kdramas to loving Kpop, and more specifically, becoming an Inspirit. I was watching this drama the same time that a college friend was showing me Infinite's music video for "Be Mine", and watching that karaoke scene where they sang "Be Mine", it all clicked and I just fell in love with Myungsoo and Infinite.
I am also including the Etude House Pink Dolphin hand cream, because that scene is always so fresh in my mind. To think, I have the same hand cream style that Myungsoo held in his hand...^^

앙큼한 돌싱녀 Cunning Single Lady (L)
This drama is lighthearted and refreshing, and Myungsoo's character just makes it all the more better! He played the perfect assistant with his cheerful and youthful personality.

응답하라 1997 Reply 1997 (Hoya)
Honestly, I had tried watching this drama long before I knew about Infinite and before I was into Kpop. It was just too different from the fluffy dramas I was used to back then. After I became an Inspirit and realized that Hoya was in Reply 1997, I instantly fell in love with Hoya's acting. Really, I am first drawn to actors within Kpop groups, and don't even realize that they're idols until much later. I do wonder if I had continued watching Reply 1997 initially, would Hoya have been my bias...?

Please do let me know if you think I'm missing anything within this collection! I will continue My Infinite Collection series, as well as do some more unboxing reviews for more Infinite albums^^

Saturday, December 24, 2016

My Korean Haul!

This week I received another package from a very special friend! During my second year in college, I began taking Korean 101 and had to meet a language partner where I would help them with English and they would help me with Korean. I was so lucky to be paired with none other than a Korean Inspirit! She is my very first Inspirit friend and I hold our friendship very dearly. Anyways, she sent me another box of goodies, which I want to show on here^^
My friend gave me a project banner from the second day of IE in Seoul, fansite fans, Myungsoo's TSC2 poster, two Infinite Only normal albums, Infinite Only photocards, scratch postcards of Korean landmarks, and a festive holiday card. 

Coming up, I'll have a separate post showing the random member pages of the Infinite Only albums, and I'll continue my Infinite collection series. I'll show all of the Infinite Only photocards I received in my collection post about Infinite's Korean albums.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Infinite: Infinite Effect Advance Live CD + DVD Review

On November 10th, 2016, Woollim released Infinite's Infinite Effect Advance Live CD + DVD set. This set contains the concert DVD and live tracks from Infinite's second world tour encore concert in Seoul Day 2 from February 2nd, 2016. This post is going to be pretty lengthy, where I talk about Infinite's second world tour in general, and intertwine that with my unboxing.

I'm going to go off-topic really quickly, to talk about Ktown4u's and YesAsia's cancellation policies. Long story short, I was overwhelmed with this pre-order: I first pre-ordered from Ktown4u, then cancelled that order, then pre-ordered from YesAsia, then cancelled that order, and finally re-pre-ordered from Ktown4u. To cancel an order from Ktown4u, I simply used the site's 1:1 customer service, and they automatically cancelled my order within a few hours, no questions asked. To cancel an order from YesAsia, I used their customer service contact section, and it took them about one day to cancel my order. YesAsia doesn't bill your credit card until after they ship out the order, so my transactions from YesAsia weren't on my credit card bill. Both sites were very efficient in their cancellation process.

I ultimately decided to pre-order from Ktown4u because this set comes with 2 exterior posters only for first press, and Ktown4u always provides folded posters with their pre-orders. Ktown4u also held an event where they would randomly send a signed poster to 10 individuals for those who pre-ordered. My order was under $65USD with shipping. My order was shipped out really quickly on November 10th PST - I love how Ktown4u is always so efficient on their shipments. My package arrived on November 25th in an orange waterproof, bubblewrap-lined envelope (like Kpoptown's). My item and the 2 folded posters came carefully wrapped in 3 layers of bubblewrap. I was thrilled to see that everything had arrived in perfect condition - no exterior damage at all!
Sometimes readers ask me about Ktown4u's customers declaration, so I have included a picture of what the mailing sheet looked like on my package. In my order, I had chosen to state the full retail value of the item and that it is merchandise, not a gift.
Here are the 2 external posters that come with first press.
These posters are the same dimensions as Infinite's usual album posters.
This set is packaged in a metallic blue, square box. The front cover has a transparent plastic film with a geometric pattern on it, matching Infinite's One Great Step Returns Live album design. The box dimensions are 7" x 7" x 1.75".
The bottom of the box has the CD tracklist and technical DVD information. The DVDs are for all regions, have subtitles in Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese, and are 180 minutes in total. The concert tracklist is not listed here.
Packaged inside the box, on the top is the disc case (blue) and on the bottom is the photobook (white).
The exterior design of the disc case and the photobook are quite similar. Also you can see how metallic and shiny the disc case is here. Both the disc case and the photobook are very smooth and glossy.
Here is the front cover of the disc case and photobook.
And here is the back cover.
The disc case is quad-fold. Unfolding it once reveals the tracklists.
The left side contains the tracklist for the DVDs.
The right side contains the tracklist for the CDs. I know it's hard to see the tracklists, so I've included them in a table below.
The two DVDs are on the left and the two CDs are on the right. The first DVD is just over 1 hour and 27 minutes long and the second DVD is just over 1 hour and 32 minutes.
The photobook has 92 pages (as stated by YesAsia) and is broken up into sections. There are no page numbers, but the sections start with the individual promotional photos, 1 for each member, that are the same photos as in the collage poster (also refer to the Myungsoo and Sungyeol promotional pages below).
Between Sungjong's and Sungkyu's promotional pages are photos from rehearsal.
Between Sungkyu's and Myungsoo's promotional pages are photos from backstage.
Between Myungsoo's and Sungyeol's, and Sungyeol's and Hoya's, are photos from live group stages.
Between Hoya's and Dongwoo's are photos from the solo stages. There are 2 pages dedicated to each solo stage, which is nice since Hoya's, Sungyeol's, and Sungjong's stages aren't in the concert DVDs.
Between Dongwoo's and Woohyun's are individual member's photos. These specific photos contain all 7 member photocards' photos. The group photocard photo is not in the photobook.
Between Woohyun's promotional page and the credits are photos from the ending stage.
This also comes with a random photocard out of 8 (there's a group card!). I feel like no one will be bulk buying this just to collect and trade the photocards, so I'm so thankful to have gotten Myungsoo!!! (← fangirl moment of silence: this is my second time pulling Myungsoo ever!)
Here is the back of the photocard.
The back designs are all slightly different - Myungsoo's "ADVANCE" is in white, just like the page opposite of his promotional photo in the photobook. The card is quite glossy unlike Infinite's other cards.
The photocard was placed deep into the photobook on this page - oh, the way Myungsoo is looking at Sungyeol!^^

I wanted to provide a comparison of the setlists from Infinite Effect, Infinite Effect Advance, the IEA DVDs, and the IEA CDs. Throughout the IE world tour, the setlist changed here and there. So I decided to give 2 setlists from IE, one from the first show in Seoul (I think...it's really hard to find this setlist!) and the one from IE in LA. (I hope you guys don't mind if I put some of the song titles in Korean, just so everything can fit more nicely in the table^^)

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IE in Seoul
IE in LA
IEA
IEA DVD
IEA CD
1
BTD
BTD
Man in Love
Man in Love
Man in Love
2
Paradise
Paradise
Nothing's Over
Nothing's Over
Nothing's Over
3
내꺼하자
내꺼하자
맡겨
맡겨
맡겨
4
Destiny
Destiny
BTD
BTD
BTD
5
Tic Toc
Tic Toc
Paradise
Paradise
Paradise
6
발걸음
발걸음
발걸음
발걸음
발걸음
7
Love Letter
Love Letter
Love Letter
Love Letter
Love Letter
8
마주보며 서 있어
마주보며 서 있어
마주보며 서 있어
마주보며 서 있어
마주보며 서 있어
9
Everyday (WH)
Everyday (WH)
Pick the Stars (SJ)
Fly Again (DW)
엔부해
10
바빠서 Sorry (H)
바빠서 Sorry (H)
Fly Again (DW)
Daydream (SK)
Moonlight
11
예뻐 (H)
예뻐 (H)
Daydream (SK)
엔부해
Follow Me
12
Kontrol (SK)
Kontrol (SK)
Good Kisser (HY)
Moonlight
Cover Girl
13
가슴이 뛴다 (F)
가슴이 뛴다 (F)
엔부해
You're My Lady (WH)
이보다 좋을 순 없다
14
My Girl (F)
My Girl (F)
Moonlight
Love of My Life (MS)
다시 돌아와
15
24 Hours
For You
You're My Lady (WH)
Follow Me
Destiny
16
JALN
Nothing's Over
Love of My Life (MS)
Cover Girl
내꺼하자
17
Dilemma
맡겨
Daddy (SY)
이보다 좋을 순 없다
Bad
18
For You
Cover Girl
Follow Me
World Tour Interview
Back
19
맡겨
엔부해
Cover Girl
다시 돌아와
마음으로..
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Cover Girl
Moonlight
이보다 좋을 순 없다
Destiny

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엔부해
Back
다시 돌아와
내꺼하자

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Moonlight
Chaser
Destiny
Bad

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Back
Bad
내꺼하자
Back

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Chaser
다시 돌아와
Bad
마음으로..

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Bad
Together
Back


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다시 돌아와

마음으로..


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Together




*JALN = Just Another Lonely Night
*엔부해 엔딩을 부탁해

Thoughts about Infinite's second world tour, IEA, and this CD + DVD set, all in one go:
  • With the start of IE in Seoul, I was so thrilled to see that their setlist included the Korean versions of Infinite's many Japanese releases. I thought this meant that Infinite would perform these songs at every stop AND that Woollim would soon release a Korean album of Infinite's Japanese releases. Sadly neither happened.
  • Not surprisingly, IE wasn't released as a concert DVD just as OGS wasn't.
  • It's always hard watching Infinite's world tour encore concert DVDs and hearing them say how much they missed Korean Inspirits...as if international Inspirits are a burden ㅠㅠ
Thoughts about the DVDs:
  • At times the editing was choppy, especially between stages that were removed from the DVD.
  • The VCR opening seemed just like the one from IE! I'm so happy that IEA kept the VCR theme from IE so we at least have that documented^^
  • I liked how IEA started off so lively and light, whereas all of Infinite's other grand scale concerts started off very dark and strong.
  • As always, "발걸음", "Love Letter", and "마주보며 서 있어" are so amazing live.
  • I was so surprised and happy to see Gyu rap during his solo!
  • Woohyun's solo stage was breathtaking; I am still too speechless.
  • Myungsoo's solo stage was like SI, him shyly singing a ballad!
  • The World Tour Interview VCR is under 6 minutes. It's a compilation of solo interviews covering generic questions on the members' thoughts of their second world tour. It did warm my heart after the members said how it's hard not to see Korean Inspirits during the 6 month period (which brings my point from earlier -.-), then Hoya said how he was excited to embark on this tour. It was also really cool seeing different rooms of the Woollim building adorned with the artists' CDs, posters, and trophies!
  • Woohyun mentioned how the guitarist in their live band was his doppelganger throughout the world tour due to their matching blond hair. This is so true! When I blogged about my IE in Vancouver experience, I mentioned how I was tricked after the concert because I thought I had saw Woohyun in person!
  • Because Infinite changed up the encore song from "다시 돌아와" to "Back", it was entertaining to see the confusion of the crowd! Sungkyu mentioned it, bringing more entertainment to it.
  • During the ending ment, fans sang "With..." and Woohyun joined - it was so touching. It was even better when Sungkyu was saying how happy he was to hear the fans' "nice song" [With...] but he couldn't keep a straight face and started laughing because he couldn't understand what the fans were singing for the longest time!
  • Every time I watch an Infinite concert DVD, Sungkyu always steals the show for me. He always owns the stage, and this time, all of his antics were just too adorable! He is such an entertaining MC. It was hilarious when Sungkyu said that Infinite will all be at Hoya's upcoming movie premier, and that the members should all try to hold in their laughter while there.
  • Infinite has grown so much. Now in their ending speeches, they are much more informal and they speak in the moment, whatever comes to their minds. It feels a lot more personable, like they're talking to us in a conversation.
  • In Myungsoo's ending speech, he kept referring to himself as "oppa". In this case, I guess I'm not as upset by how Infinite keeps saying that they miss their Korean fans. It's like in this instance, Myungsoo's assuming that all the fans are girls (though I did spot one guy in standing!), like how they always assume their fans are Korean citizens.
  • The Making is about 22 minutes long and is broken up into 3 days: the day before the concert, Day 1 of IEA, and Day 2 of IEA. The first day showed Infinite's prep, including signing autographs (for the paper airplanes they'll throw) and doing sound checks. It was cool seeing Sungkyu and Woohyun rehearsing their solo stages and making note that the beat was faster than the original. The second day showed the fans outside the venue, Infinite rehearsing, and Infinite preparing backstage. During backstage before the concert, it was funny hearing Infinite's comments about each other's appearances - including that Dongwoo was dressed like Joon Pyo from Boys Over Flowers! There was also a glimpse of the press conference. Then there was a quick medley of the first concert, followed by informal backstage interviews. The third day followed the same pattern as the second day, sans the press conference. It was nice getting a glimpse of Hoya's, Sungyeol's, and Sungjong's solo stages since those aren't shown in the concert DVD.
Thoughts about the CDs:
  • I was disappointed that there are only 19 tracks (due to individual stages), especially compared to OGSR Live. While I'm glad that only the 7 solo stages were removed from the CD tracklist and not any of the group stages, that is still a big chunk of the concert that's missing...
  • With Infinite's live albums, I love listening to see if all of the tracks are from the last day of the concert, as shown on the DVD. But of course I fail at this and can't tell^^
  • It would be nice if Woollim released live albums of their summer concerts where they do acoustic versions of their tracks.
  • My favorites are definitely the three Reality tracks (as mentioned above) and "Follow Me".
I must admit that my above opinions seem really negative. But in reality, how could I not love an Infinite item? Of course I could not stop fangirling over the concert DVDs nor could I stop singing along to the live CDs. It's always amazing seeing and listening to Infinite shining on stage. And I really hope Infinite can continue holding world tours in the future~!