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Twice’s Prudential Center Concert Recap: First New York-Area Solo Concert

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In 2015, TWICE arrived on the K-pop scene with their hit debut single “Like Ooh-Ahh” and have been going ahead at a quick tempo ever since. With addicting, brilliant electro-pop songs popping out with regularity, the nonet is without doubt one of the most distinguished woman teams of the technology — they’ve bought greater than 6 million albums since their debut — however they’ve largely targeted their touring efforts in Asia, the place they not too long ago grew to become the first-ever K-pop woman group to carry a stadium tour in Japan. This month, nonetheless, the “one in a million” woman group introduced their TWICELIGHTS world tour to North America, hitting up Los Angeles and Mexico Metropolis earlier than showing on the Prudential Middle in Newark, N.J., on Sunday evening.

Returning to the sector and New York Metropolis space for the primary time since they carried out at KCON 2017 New York, the members of TWICE introduced their vivacity and catchy discography to the sector, the place they confirmed off their various “colors” all through the evening, or their “TWICELIGHTS.” Switching between energetic moments and extra sentimental ones, sweeter and sexier ones, the present introduced forth one thing for everybody as they showcased the various set of charms which have attracted followers from throughout the globe.

Issues kicked off with the dynamic “Stuck in My Head,” an obvious nod to how TWICE’s singles often function earworm hooks comparable to the following track, “Cheer Up,” which introduced any stragglers sitting all the way down to their toes as your entire enviornment was stuffed with the viewers singing and dancing alongside to the 2016 hit. Over the following two hours, the act displayed a wide range of completely different sides to themselves, breaking the present up into color-based acts.

The primary black-and-gold-hued act was filled with propulsive power and led into the emotive white section, when the ladies appeared in robes as they carried out songs like “You in My Heart” and “Sunset,” displaying their stirring vocals. Issues took a sudden flip when a ballad remix of “Heart Shaker” stopped proper earlier than the refrain, because the lights turned off whereas the gang was audibly heard persevering with to sing on; they turned on moments later, with the members returning to the stage in purple appears to be like, brightening issues up with a bombastic, horny remix of the track, kicking off a set of impassioned performances from the act, together with the Chaeyoung-penned “Strawberry.” 

Issues then shifted to place the deal with smaller models of the act, with Sana, Tzuyu and Dahyun performing a canopy of Beyoncé’s “Dance for You,” Jihyo and Momo placing their spin on Taemin’s “Goodbye,” and Chaeyoung, Jeongyeon and Nayeon main the gang in a rendition of Woman Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Because the evening turned towards its finish, the act confirmed up in colourful outfits much like ones they wore whereas selling and performing hits like “Likey” and their most up-to-date Korean single “Fancy,” and fittingly carried out these songs together with a few of their different greatest songs, together with “What Is Love?,” “TT” and “Like Ooh-Ahh.” The evening wound down after an interactive encore break featured a collection of quests that As soon as within the crowd may take part in, earlier than the evening ended with the ladies performing “Signal” and “Knock Knock” forward of the candy nearer “Stuck,” a soft-pop counterpart to opener “Stuck in My Head.”

All through the evening, the group’s newly launched Candybong Z, the up to date model of their lollipop-shaped lightstick often known as the “Candybong” with “bong” which means “stick” or “rod” in Korean, introduced a way of festivity to the excited environment, illuminating the venue with Twice’s literal lights. Followers of the group, recognized collectively as As soon as, may change the colours at will, and all through the evening, the sold-out enviornment was stuffed with followers alternating between both the two-tone official colours of TWICE — apricot and neon magenta — and colours that correspond with every of the person members of the group.

Whereas it felt like a celebration for a lot of the TWICELIGHTS present as TWICE and As soon as celebrated the group’s profession by performing their greatest hits and a wide selection of B-sides, the evening was tinged with a way of bittersweetness as Mina was unable to attend as a consequence of her struggles with anxiousness. A standout second, and a testomony to the act’s bond with their followers, was through the second act of the evening when As soon as modified their Candybongs to Mina’s mint hue whereas the group sang “After Moon,” resulting in a touching dialogue from the members about how a lot they missed the member — plus a second of hilarity when Jeongyeon stated she was touched by the occasion however admitted she had at first thought followers had been altering colours for every member’s half and that the mint was the truth is her corresponding inexperienced. Jihyo, who was dropped at tears by the sentiment from ONCE, stated, “I actually need to see her… I see plenty of Mina’s placards and her colour. As we speak, I actually miss her.”

The shut relationship between the ladies was obvious all through the evening as Mina’s vocals had been stored in lots of songs to take care of her presence regardless of her bodily absence and got here to an emotional excessive towards the top of the evening when Chaeyoung urged concertgoers to “please keep in mind us as 9 members.”

A present constructed round exhibiting the bond between TWICE and their Onces, the long-awaited evening didn’t disappoint by its show of the various colours of the act. As a first-ever solo present available in the market, it was a powerful showcase of simply what makes TWICE such a sensation, with their exuberance shining all through the evening. As issues ended and the members expressed a want to return once more subsequent yr, the gang roared with approval in an obvious promise of continued assist, making it clear that although it was the act’s first live performance collection within the U.S., many within the crowd hoped that it could be removed from the final.

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