he boys came onto the stage one by one to rapturous applause from the 20k+ audience in a Japanese arena. Song after song, note perfect. The young vocalists' amazing voice, powerful, husky, perfect stage presence. I sat and watched, and I didn’t move! I didn’t know a lot of what these kids were singing about but damn it was great.
A real modern Rock band, and for ones so young, FT Island’s Arena tour 2013, playing to huge packed out audiences. How had I not heard of them? They were amazing musicians.
About half way through the set the boys really showed their versatility when they switched from Rock to Club Land. First Haruka followed by Satisfaction followed by Barae. The young vocalist Hongki demanding the crowds attention, then the young bassist Jaejin coming on at the start of Satisfaction and proving his voice is as good as his bass playing skills, and at this time he was a mere 22 years old.
I needed more. Who were these kids? How did they play so well live? Moreover, which angel had his voice stolen by that young vocalist Hongki?
Cue, YouTubeathon. All on this amazing band. Many of the tracks had the verses in English so it was easy to keep track of what was going on. Then I came across ‘Freedom’ I’d heard it during the concert but the video was so much fun. Moreover, that was it I was totally sold.
Click above to watch the video 'Freedom' by FT Island.
Next week: I feel a trip to South Korea coming on. (Yes! Really!)