SM Town in New York 2011
Right after the powerful rap performance of Get Down, the highly anticipated Girls’ Generation hit the stage. Madison Square Garden exploded as all nine beautiful women stepped onto the darkened stage. There was no mistaking who they were. Pink foam hearts from their international fan forum sprung up everywhere.
They began their show with Run Devil Run and proceeded from there. Again, I’m not a big Girls’ Generation fan, but they were so very fun to watch. Somehow I ended up learning all the songs they performed that night. I was able to sing along and even dance along with some of the dances that have made Girls’ Generation famous. They’re actually very good live performers. The girls have beautiful voices and banging legs to go with them. (Maybe that sounds familiar hehe.)
I must take a pause here to mention that Jessica and Tiffany (the two members that speak English) announced the release date for their American debut maxi single. The Boys will be released in the US on November 19, 2011, just in time to bring the heat to the dinner table at Thanksgiving, and boy did they bring it to the stage.
Above all the noise inside the Garden, you could hear fans chanting “Girls’ Generation makes you feel the heat.” Even I was singing it at the top of my lungs.
Just as Julyssa had mentioned in her review of SM Town Paris, Super Junior was a major surprise. One could even say Super Junior made SM Town. Every other performance had Super Junior in it. In fact they performed around 10 different songs, including the collaborations with other SM artists, of which my favorite was Kyuhyun and Seohyun’s lovely duet. It was a whole lot of Super Junior… but for the better.
These boys know how to work the crowd; they know how to give back all that love and dedication fans pour all over them. Leeteuk and Sungmin took up the mission of gathering cameras from the fans and taking pictures of themselves, especially Leeteuk, who laid on the stage floor so the fans would be seen in the picture. They played around with items that the fans threw their way. Plain and simple: Super Junior has fun with the fans. They are very playful and very approachable. Honestly, speaking I might just be an ELF now.
Aside from that, this was a special show for many ELFs for different reasons. For one, neither the group diva, Heechul, nor their handsome member number 1, Siwon, were present. Number two, and most noteworthy, the members of their sub-group, Super Junior Mandarin, were taking part in the show.
Henry and Zhou Mi took part in the performances of Don’t Don (돈 돈!) and their Chinese hit Perfection (太完美) [MV]. They were amazing, to say the least. When Zhou Mi was lifted onto the stage with his banging electric violin, I was Super blown away.