Following SMTOWN's official press conference at the Honda Center, the SMTOWN Live in L.A concert finally began!
Large screens were placed on either side of the stage for fans that were further away, giving them an equally exciting view as everyone else. SMTOWN also prepared extended stages from the main stage, with stages extending on either side, one in the middle with a center stage, and from the center stage all the way to the front. The lights dimmed and one could see the amazing fan support with pink, red, green, and blue lighsticks seen throughout the stadium.
The MCs for the concert were Super Junior's Leeteuk and Girls' Generation's Tiffany and Taeyeon, who introduced this it as the MBC special SMTOWN segment for the upcoming broadcast by MBC titled, "Korean Music Wave: SMTOWN Special."
A video then began playing, hinting that the concert had finally begun. Scenes of the SM artists underwater were shown, revealing the concert's water theme.
The opening artist for the concert was surprisingly SHINee with "Lucifer." The popular male group made their appearance at the center stage and an explosive scream erupted throughout the stadium. During the performance, SHINee was suddenly raised into the air by the platform in the center stage and froze. Backup dancers dressed in dark clothing came on stage military style. "Lucifer" was then given a techno-military-like remix as the performance continued.
SHINee: "AMIGO" (rock version) + "Juliette"
Following SHINee, the next artist to come on stage was Super Junior. The members were seen lined up side by side on the main stage as red lights glowed. Lights flashed and only their silhouettes remained. Their track "Superman" began playing as the members of Super Junior began hitting their chests to the beat of the song. Slowly, Super Junior walked coolly to the center stage, and as the platform raised, water shot up from the stage. The stadium boomed with the united sound of everyone clapping together to the beat with the Super Junior members.
After a short, but intense dance break, Super Junior performed a new and updated version of their hit track, "Don't Don," which also had its own dance break. The song suddenly transitioned into an intense rock version, signaled by the loud bass and drums.
It was clear by this point that many of the tracks by the SM artists would have a rock makeover.
One of the hottest male groups of the night suddenly made their first appearance of the night, gaining the most explosive screams from girl fans yet. TVXQ began performing a medley of "The Way You Are" and "Mirotic" at the main stage to the delight of fans.
Super Junior made their reappearance on the stage and performed yet another rock version of their track, "Bonamana." The members spread themselves out throughout all the stages, including the extended stages, pumping fans to the beat, and headbanging. The "Bonamana" performance seemingly ended with an explosive rock guitar sound, but resulted in a fake out before the performance actually ended.
Video: "Miracle of Music, United As One. Music Nation. SMTOWN."
f(x) made their first appearance of the night with their #1 hit track, "Hot Summer," to which the stadium sang along with during the chorus. After their "hot" performance, f(x) gave their introductions (Luna: "I love you"), with Amber doing most of the talking.
Amber then asked her fellow members, "Does anyone else want to speak English?"Looking towards Sulli, she asked, "You wanna try?" Krystal then added, "Say dirty." Amber then revealed, "Sulli has the best pronunciation."
f(x): Nu ABO
The stadium went black and the lights began to focus on the center stage where Girl's Generation's Taeyeon was waiting with a mic in hand. She began to sing "Devil's Cry" and the platform raised as backup dancers appeared, dancing around her at the bottom. With the end of the performance, the remaining six members of Girls' Generation in attendance joined their leader and proceeded to perform "Run Devil Run."
After the performance, the group introduced themselves to the mass of fans (Jessica: "Great to be back in California, I hope you enjoy the show."; Tiffany: "What's up Anaheim!"). Tiffany then explained that the "lucky 9" are not present, but the "lucky 7" are. She then explained that both Yoona and Yuri are back in Korea, busy filming for their respective dramas, "Love Rain" and "Fashion King."
Following their introductions, the group performed "Genie" and surprisingly, the track was given a small, but amazing change with Tiffany spitting out a rap with a great flow before shouting, "DJ, put it back on!" The group performed "Kissing You" before SHINee replaced the group on the stage.
SHINee rocked the stage with "SHINee World" and finally introduced themselves to their fans. The group thanked fans, saying they were where they are today because of their fans.
They then began to dance before bellowing out "Love Like Oxygen" with a lot of charisma. Following their performance, f(x) and Super Junior appeared on stage together to perform "Oops!" for the first time during a North American SMTOWN Live concert. Fans were given a surprise with Heechul appearing via video, singing his part. After Heechul's part was done, all of the artists on stage turned to the screens and gave a military salute (Heechul is currently completing his 2-year military service).
Tiffany, Taeyeon, and Leeteuk returned to the stage as the MCs with Tiffany saying, "Through different diversities, we can all come together as one through music."
The first special English collaboration then took place with Onew and Luna singing High School Musical's "Can I Have This Dance." The duo received great cheers for their excellent chemistry and vocals.
Following this collaboration, sisters Jessica and Krystal performed "California Girls," which was followed with Changmin and Kyuhyun's collaboration of Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are." The performance came to a screaming surprise for fan girls with a TVXQ fan awaiting the two, sitting on a high chair at the center stage. Changmin and Kyuhyun sang to her, going down to one knee and even hugging her at the end of the performance.
Donghae and Eunhyuk then performed their duo collaboration, "Oppa Oppa," exciting fans with their colorful performance. EXO then finally made their appearance with EXO-K beginning the performance of "History" before EXO-M appeared. Following their introductions and a very loud cheer, EXO-K and EXO-M performed their debut title track, "MAMA," together.
Girls' Generation's first sub-unit, Taetiseo, took the stage with "Twinkle Twinkle," having only a slight rough beginning. Taeyeon seemed to have trouble with her shoe strap, to which she quickly fixed at the beginning of the performance and continued to sing as if nothing had happened.
Amber, Key and Kris then gave an explosive cover performance of Far East Movement's "Like a G6." Key made a surprising appearance in the 224 section at the start of the performance before joining Amber and Kris on stage.
Following a fairytale video of SMTOWN, Super Junior performed "Sorry Sorry" before introducing themselves to the fans. Leeteuk had fans laughing when he repeatedly asked, "My name is...??" When fans answered "Leeteuk," he complimented them with a smile and said, "You are geniuses!" He continued, "By now, your neck and legs are probably very sore. Are you ready to make some noise? Make enough noise to get to the next song!!"
Super Junior: "A-CHA"
TVXQ took the stage for the 2nd time, giving a powerful and charismatic stage with "MAXIMUM." The duo then gave their introduction, with Yunho first greeting the fans eagerly. Changmin then jokingly said, "Yunho, are you done?"
Changmin then greeted everyone with, "Hi everyone, I'm Changmin. First of all, it's a blessing and honor for all of us to come to the Honda Center today. Enjoy the rest of the show, now on to the next TVXQ song."
TVXQ: "Why (Keep Your Head Down)"
BoA finally took the stage for the first time and gave a powerful performance of "Look Who's Talking" and "Energetic" from her 1st English album. She then introduced herself and said, "I want to hear you SCREAM!! SMTOWN IS BACK!"
She then proceeded to say that it seemed like she has been singing the same English songs forever, mentioning that she is wanting to release a new English song sometime this year. BoA also mentioned that her boss is sitting in the audience, watching them all perform.
BoA then said that unlike the other SM artists, she only arrived in Los Angeles a few hours before the concert and was very excited that she would be performing.
BoA commented, "I'm gonna do what I want to do on stage. Please LOSE YOUR MIND. Jump, shake your booties, just do whatever you want to do. I'm going to sing my K-Pop Star track, 'One Dream.'" For the song she was accompanied by Kris and Key.
BoA: "I Did It For Love" ft. Key + "Hurricane Venus"
Girls Generation: "Way To Go" + "Gee"
Following the performance by Girls' Generation, Super Junior took the stage with "Dancing Out," having a mild situation with a few mic's loosing battery, which was quickly fixed with the members switching mics with one another.
SHINee then performed "Ring Ding Dong," which was barely recognizable as it was a heavy metal version of the track. The track had heavy metal elements with heavy drum and guitar playing.
f(x): "Pinnochio (Danger)"
Girls' Generation: "The Boys" (English)
Super Junior: "Mr. Simple"
TVXQ returned to the stage with their hit track, "Rising Sun." Despite the song originally spread into 5 parts, Yunho and Changmin did a splendid job filling in the space. Their large amount of effort could be easily recognized as they performed the whole song together.
The MCs returned to the stage one last time with Tiffany asking the fan-filled stadium, "Which team did the best?" She received screams as a response.
She continued, "We've had so much fun the past four hours, but unfortunately, we are met with one last performance."
Slowly, all the SMTOWN artists made their way to the main stage, wearing the pink SMTOWN t-shirts that were sold by the agency last year during SMTOWN NYC. Together, the artists performed H.O.T's "Hope," indicating the end of the concert. Super Junior's Leeteuk was the last SMTOWN member to exit the stage, staying extra long for fans and even taking off his SMTOWN shirt to throw to a lucky fan.
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