by Kristen Powell
This past summer, FNC Entertainment’s boy group SF9 had many people falling head over heels for the nine-member boy group at KCON LA and NY. And for stateside fans, it was only a matter of time until they would be back in the U.S. yet again, this time for their very first American fan-meet tour. During this trip,the boys would be coming to three major cities, Seattle, Boston, and Dallas, with the latter stop kicking off the tour on Nov. 15.
When doors opened at 6:30 p.m., it did not take long for each seat in the Bomb Factory to fill up immediately. Although there was an hour wait for the show to start, it went by fairly quickly because of the many Fantasies (SF9’s fandom name) dancing, singing, and even shouting out the boys’ names way before the show even started.
Once the lights dimmed, a sweet introduction video shot through fans’ hearts, showing the boys dressed up in flashy suits while holding red roses. Shortly after, nine familiar shadows appeared on the stage and screams began to grow. The first song to get the crowd warmed up was their debut song “Fanfare” from 2016. Next was “Roar,” the title track from their first mini album, Burning Sensation. For this performance, Rowoon attacked audience members with his seductive line, “Hey, little mama…” These two songs alone had the crowd going wild. And it was pretty evident that the boys themselves started out big, pouring their heart and soul into these two songs. However, things were only just getting started.
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After the first part of their performances were over, the well-known translator and MC Danny Lim then came out and had each member introduce themselves. Once that was done, Danny then moved onto some questions submitted by Fantasies, opening up a talk session that had the boys showing off their talents, including rapping, sweet-talking, playing the chicken fight game, and doing aegyo (cuteness) by dancing to Twice’s “TT.”
SF9’s members were only being silly and flaunting their charms, but that alone had all the Fantasies’ hearts just swooning for more. But of course the band had to step off stage for a few minutes to share a playful video (known commonly among K-pop fans as “VCR”). SF9’s VCR had just about everyone’s eyes gleaming and in complete awe as the boys appeared on the screen, getting ready for a “special date with Fantasies.” Each member had his own different date scenario, and even offered up cute messages for fans. Even my heart skipped a beat, because it really was one of the most endearing moments of the night.
After the VCR ended, it was pitch black and the screams, yet again, erupted. The stage then lit up with red and orange lights and the silhouettes were seen, formed into the iconic wheel dance from their choreography for their 2016 single “K.O.” Then, all hell broke loose; it seemed like the music became even louder and the bass boomed throughout the venue, plus the crowd was beyond energetic. They then performed “Jungle Game” and a cover of Austin Mahone’s “Dirty Work.”
The next special segment had the members draw raffle tickets that were given to Fantasies right before the doors opened for a chance to play games with the members on stage. These were, in fact, relay games, so they’d be doing a variety of different things, which made it even more amusing. Two lucky Fantasies were chosen separately to help members complete their tasks. It was quite hilarious because you could tell the boys were getting a kick out of the fans’ reactions.
Unfortunately, only one fan was able to help the boys complete their task, and for her prize, they took out their latest album and had each member sign it on the spot. There was one task in particular where Dawon had to blow up balloons, and he and Youngbin had to pop it by pressing against each other. However, Dawon took it upon himself to cheat and, after he blew up multiple balloons, he sweetly wrote his signature on them and began throwing them into the crowd instead of popping them. Lots of lovey-dovey-ness, but it didn’t stop there.
Next up came yet another VCR, this one featuring the boys dressed in animal onesies playing random play dance. The boys seemed to really put much thought into creating such an exuberant show; there were so many screams, so many “aw’s,” and a lot of giggles from the crowd as they watched this second VCR alone.
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Thereafter they performed “Let’s Hang Out” and “Easy Love,” which were the last two songs of the night. Nevertheless, Fantasies weren’t letting that happen until they all sang happy birthday to the leader, Youngbin. It then became very emotional for everyone, especially Youngbin because he wasn’t expecting it at all. He tried hard to fight back tears and thank Fantasies for the wonderful surprise. Soon after, every member began to show their gratitude, and then they hit us with the encore song, their latest single “O Sole Mio.”
Overall, SF9 truly showed up and showed out, proving that their skills are something serious. The vocal line had such solid vocals, while the rap line delivered that edgy, rough voice. What made their stage performances so grand was the style, though.