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  • Shin Hye Sung Holds Concert in Japan
  • [2010-06-09]
  • As singer Shin Hye Sung (real name Jeong Phil Kyo, 31) came up on stage, Japanese fans vigorously rushed to stand up in their seats to cheer for him by calling his name “Hye Sung” in a loud voice.
     




    Audience members were holding orange cheering placards and simultaneously responded to Shin Hye Sung’s announcement spoken in Korean. As Japanese fans were pleasantly laughing, shouting and clapping for him in a highly elated atmosphere, Shin Hye Sung was also stimulated and completely drenched in sweat only ten minutes after the concert had begun.

    Shin Hye Sung held a concert on June 7 at Tokyo Forum in Japan and the concert was entitled “2010 Shin Hye Sung Live Concert in Tokyo - Find Voice in Song.” He greeted his Japanese fans by saying, “When I practiced for this concert, I just wanted to have a concert as soon as possible, but as I am on the stage now, I am much more nervous and excited.” The concert was actually very meaningful to him, so it was natural that he was under extreme tension.

    The concert was held after a one year break by Shin and was organized to celebrate his first album sung in Japanese in Japan, which is entitled “Find Voice in Song.” Actually, he had to take a break as he evoked criticism by becoming involved in gambling last year. With this meaningful concert, even though he already performed in Japan many times as a member of the group Shin Hwa and as a solo singer, he selected songs among his first Japanese album only for this concert such as “In the Middle of Spring Day,””With You,” and “Over the Rainbow.” He also sung hit songs by Shin Hwa and his other solo songs which had been greatly loved in Korea as well. Shin Hye Sung revealed his various charms while he sang selected songs to perform under four themes: innocent, vivacious, sensitive, and tough. When he performed, video images showing Shin Hye Sung’s engaged in various activities such as cooking and exercising were played in-between songs, which revealed the exact intention of the performance following the four themes.
     




    When he showcased another theme of “emotions,” he read a letter in Japanese that he had prepared in advance, saying, “I prepared this song for my fans whom I always thank,” and he sang the song “First Love” while playing the piano. As tears welled up in his eyes, he said, “You are my first love and I want you to become my last love, as well,” and the audience members responded with loud applause.

    After that, he played the guitar while singing “Falling Slowly,” the title song of the movie “Once,” and the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love.” He presented fresh performances for his fans. But, the performances that drew the most enthusiastic applause were when he sang a medley of Shin Hwa’s hit songs such as “Hey, Come On,””Brand New,” and “Perfect Man.”

    Fans showed an enthusiastic response even for the video images of Shin Hwa, and when Shin Hye Sung promised his fans, “I will come back and give a performance again as part of the six-member group Shin Hwa,” fans responded with an even louder ovation.
     




    At the end of the concert, he said, “This moment that I am singing is the happiest moment for me.” And he presented Whitney Houston’s song “Greatest Love of All.” When he sang the song, he stood in front of background pictures showing the happy moments of his fans. He sang the last song “Same Thought” with his fans together and repeatedly expressed his appreciation for his fans by saying, “I will never forget today’s concert.”

    Takahashi Misato (38), who came to Tokyo for the concert from Osaka, said, “I could find Shin Hye Sung’s voice from his songs in this concert, just like the title of the album says. When he read the letter in Japanese, I almost felt like crying.”

    Shin Hye Sung held the concert over two days and attracted around 7,000 audience members.

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