Seungri has long been known as one of the funniest members of K-pop boy group Big Bang. Despite the group's cool, badass image, Seungri's no-holds-barred sense of humour makes him a favourite on Korean variety shows, opportunities that, unfortunately, he doesn't get as often as he should.
Having been to Big Bang and G-Dragon's concerts in Singapore, I was expecting a music-focused show that the group is so well-known and well-loved for-after all, they're one of the few boy bands that perform with a live band for their concerts. But I should have expected a variety show-like concert because that's what Seungri delivered for The Great Seungri Tour 2019 Live In Singapore.
In between sets that comprise his solo releases, the group's popular hits as well as the other members' song, he bantered with the fans in fluent English and Mandarin in his signature brand of humour. Some of the funniest quips of the night:
"ANY OTHER KOREAN ARTISTS CANNOT SAY IT LIKE THIS. I'M THE BEST."
Right from the get-go, the K-pop star expressed his love for Singapore. The 28-year-old is known to have made regular visits to Singapore and has friends in the country, which is probably how he has picked up Singlish that he proudly used during the concert. He showed off his Singlish skills, saying, "Are you having a good time lah?" before describing himself as the best Korean artist with a Singapore English accent. "Oh Singapore lah; no problem lah. Any other Korean artist cannot say it like this. … I'm the best. Because I love Singapore so much."
"MY COMPANY DIDN'T GIVE ME THE JOB. ALWAYS, I MAKE MY JOB MYSELF. COME ON, GUYS, THAT'S LIFE."
During the concert, he thanked fans for their support and making it possible for him to perform here. He also took jabs at his agency, YG Entertainment, which he claimed doesn't arrange for shows for him. Of course, do take his word with a pinch of salt because during Hong Kong show, he joked that he didn't have a lot of backup dancers because his boss, Yang Hyun Suk, didn't even know he had a concert on that day. After fans got upset, he clarified on Instagram that he had taken the joke too far.
"WHY ARE SINGAPORE PEOPLE SO MAD?"
This was a running joke he had during the whole show. It started after some fans told him they didn't want to sit after he told them to do so right before he started singing a cover of Jay Chou's "The Longest Movie". The fans had screamed "No" to be heard, prompting Seungri to joke, "Don't be mad. I'm trying to be nice." After the song, he asked how his performance was and fans had screamed, "Very good" (because, passion) and he imitated them while joking, "Why are Singapore people so mad? Be nice to me."
"IF YOU'RE NOT DOING IT, I'M NOT GOING TO SING."
Seungri is all about fan interaction and somehow, he managed to get a man in the audience to dance to "GG BE"-for the camera, no less-by joking that he wouldn't perform the next song if the man didn't dance enthusiastically. The man, of course, obliged.
"WHEN YOU GUYS ARE PROPOSING, LET ME GIVE YOU GUYS ONE TIP: BRING THIS WOOFER BASS."
During the show, Seungri showed off the tech and special effects that he had put together for his concert tour. He said, "This show started last year. I brought the best production in the world on stage." He then went on to demonstrate them one by one, from the lights to the special effects and the woofer for the bass sound. After demonstrating how impressive the woofer was, he told the male audience, "When you guys are proposing, let me give you guys one tip: bring this woofer bass. When you guys do the proposal, hold it." He demonstrated how it would add sound effects while the guy is expressing his love, tickling the audience's funny bone.
"I LOVE RUMOURS BECAUSE IT'S BETTER THAN NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT ME. RUMOURS IS LIKE LOVE."
While lamenting about how the world is changing and that we're all connected via the World Wide Web, Seungri said, "Sometimes, I hate it because a lot of rumours there." He quickly added, "But I love rumours-better than nobody is talking about me. Rumours is like love." Trust him to always see the good side of things!
"AFTER I SAW THIS PHOTO, I CANNOT EAT TAMAGOYAKI."
While showing a collection of Big Bang photos and their inanimate lookalikes, Seungri paused at a photo G-Dragon with bleached, centre-parted hair, which was compared to tamago sushi. Seungri said, "Actually, I really like Japanese food. I love Japanese sushi. But … after I saw this picture, I cannot eat tamagoyaki. I don't know why, just… no need tamagoyaki. 'Why? Our restaurant is most known for tamagoyaki.' 'Sorry, I can't eat it.'"
"S***, MY ENGLISH SUCKS."
Right before he started singing a cover of Taeyang's "Eyes, Nose Lips", he told fans to turn on the flashlight on their phone to create a sea of lights. He fumbled over the English words while giving fans instructions and said, "S***, my English sucks." He switched to Mandarin, saying, "I think my Chinese is better than my English. If your friend doesn't know how to turn on the light, please help them."
"WHAT THE HELL? ... YOU DECIDE AND TELL ME."
Towards the end of the concert, fans held up placards with "We'll stay with you" written in Korean. Seungri saw the placards and said, "Did you guys write the Korean words? It means I'll stay with you, right? … Thank you. Please stay with me. I'm not a bad guy." He added, "You know, Big Bang has a song called 'Bad Boy', right? And then GD and Taeyang released a song called 'Good Boy'. What the hell? … What do you want to tell me? You're a bad boy or a good boy. (In Mandarin) You decide and tell me."
"I'M NOT GONNA BE UGLY MORE THAN THIS. I'M GONNA BE MORE SHUAI."
This concert would be Seungri's first and last solo concert tour before he enlists to fulfil his mandatory military service in South Korea. While T.O.P, G-Dragon, Taeyang and Daesung will be discharged from June onwards, Seungri will only enlist this year. He assured fans that he would be all right, before joking, "I'm not gonna be ugly more than this. I'm gonna be more shuai (handsome)." Before bidding goodbye, the K-pop singer brought out the Singapore flag and bowed to fans while holding our national flag.
This article was first published in CLEO Singapore.