It’s odd being crazy about a particular member of a music group since it leads to thinking about them as “my (insert fave) and his band mates!” whenever the ensemble shows up. The perpetually adorable Kang Min Hyuk was in Taiwan this past weekend with CNBLUE for the two-night leg of its CNBLUE LIVE: Can’t Stop Asian tour. The tickets weren’t sold out but that’s likely due to the band performing two nights rather than just one gig, and even then it was pretty much as packed show for both nights. Goes to show just how popular they are as a quartet. The Taiwan media was noticeably annoyed with member Jung Yong Hwa‘s sour visage during the press conference, keeping a poker face on and being rather curt with answering questions, and reports have been rather snarky about it. He explained that he was just tired having come from filming his upcoming sageuk drama Three Musketeers and hopping right on a plane for Taipei.
I actually thought the whole band was rather serious and dour though Kang Min Hyuk cracked a smile now and then. It likely is just exhaustion setting in after nearly two months of tour dates and promotional activities. The band has one more set left in Kuala Lumpur on August 9th before jetting straight for Los Angeles to perform at KCON. I don’t know how Yong Hwa has the energy for his music commitments plus being one of the male leads in a currently filming sageuk, I’m surprised he didn’t fall asleep at the Taiwan press con. The reviews for their concerts have been uniformly strong since they have a very loyal fan base plus their rock and ballad music is a lovely exception to the overly synthed synchronicity of most other K-pop boy bands out there. They manage to make rocking out in simple t-shirts and jeans look hotter than ripped abs hopping around on the stage for fanservice. I’m hoping with the tour wrapping up soon Kang Min Hyuk will also come back to drama land, hopefully as a male lead for me to have more screen time to droolz over.