South Korean boy band Exo has no trouble pulling in 30,000 fans to their three Bangkok shows
Exo, one of South Korea’s hottest boy bands, packed out Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani for all three of their “Exo Planet 4 – The Elyxion” concerts last weekend, their popularity here evident from the way the 30,000 tickets available for the shows were snapped up in less than five minutes of going on sale.
“Elyxion means heaven for the chosen and we would like everyone to feel that this concert hall is like heaven, and all of you are the chosen ones,” Baekhyun told the media before the last concert on Sunday.
“We would like to give all Thai Exo-L fans a round of applause because you are so great. We have worked hard and put a lot of efforts into our songs and shows in order to thank to everyone. The secret of our success is Exo-L,” said Chen.
The fans obeyed their idols’ instructions to the letter, turning out in the floral shirts more usually associated with Songkran to gain admission to their heaven for the night.
The hall was all aglow with white lightsticks held by the audience and my head felt like it was about to burst when 10,000 shrill female screams broke through the sound barrier as Xiumin, Suho, Chanyeol, D.O, Kai, Baekhyun, Chen and Lay appeared on stage. Clad in white, the lads swung into their hits “The Eve”, “Forever”, “Ko Ko Bop” and “Growl” and ended the set with a dance battle between Xiumin and Baekhyun. As they exited the stage, the LCD screens took over, telling the story of the band.
After the second video and Kai’s solo, the eight, now attired in formal three-piece suits, returned to a stage that had been transformed into a classy jazz bar to perform a second set that included “Call Me Baby”, “Touch It”, and “Chill”. That ended with D.O playing a grand piano on an English version of “For Life”.
The group took a quick break to introduce themselves to the crowd and drew even louder screams as they attempted to speak Thai, and winning applause when both Chanyeol and Baekhyun slipped in some dialogue from Channel 3’s hottest TV period drama “Buppesannivas.”
The group continued with “Boomerang” and “Lotto”, before breaking into the subunit featuring Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin for a performance of “Ka-Ching!”. Suho went solo for “Playboy” and Chanyeol rapped in “Hands”.
In the second half of the concert, Exo separated into four groups moving slowly across the stage in carts and tossing signed plastic balls to the audience as they brought the tempo down with mellow tracks “Cloud 9”, “ What U Do”, “Tender Love”, and “Walk On Memories”, before Chen went solo for “Heaven.”
The final segment saw the hall morph into a dance hall with a set that included upbeat tracks “Diamond”, “Coming Over”, “Run This”, “Drop That” and “Power”.
Fans quickly started chanting for an encore singing along to an instrumental version of “For Life” before Exo returned with “Don’t Go” and “Angel” and a promise to come back to Thailand soon.