Korean band Day6 turns sentimental in Manila gig

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 24 2019 01:21 PM | Updated as of Nov 24 2019 01:30 PM

South Korean band Day6 plays at the Araneta Coliseum for their “Gravity” tour. Reya Buenaventura, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — At the beginning of Day6’s concert at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night, vocalist Jae urged the audience to forget about their worries — whether related to school, work, or even personal life — as he promised them enjoyable performances.

True to Jae’s word, the South Korean band had the crowd on its feet for most of the night. Fans waived their light sticks up in the air, jumped up and down, banged their heads, and even danced to Day6’s signature pop-rock and punk-rock sound.

The high energy, however, dissipated towards the end of the show after the 5-member band watched a video (which can be viewed below) prepared for them by fans.

The 3-minute clip, set to Day6’s song “When You Love Someone,” showed the struggles that Filipino fans deal with in their daily lives, from simple household chores, exhausting commutes after a long day at work or in school, to the pressures of reviewing for a licensure exam.

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“No matter how long our day may be, we can always take refuge in a home that takes all the sadness and sorrow away,” said a female voice over a scene that showed a person playing Day6’s music on her phone, suggesting that fans are able to cope with their daily struggles through the band’s music.

The video left Jae, Sungjin, Young K, Wonpil and Dowoon speechless for a few minutes. 

When they finally regained composure, each member began to deliver his farewell message to the audience, with Young K suddenly reflecting on how the video prompted him to reevaluate his purpose as a musician.

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“After a certain point, it was really hard to find the reason why we sing on stage. Because we are doing the same thing over and over again,” said Young K, bassist and rapper to the 4-year-old band.

“I wasn’t doing it for my parents, I wasn’t doing it for the company. It wasn’t the competition anymore. I was looking for the reason why [we perform] and there we go, you guys gave us the answer,” he said. 

“You guys are saying we are the reason, but trust me, you guys are our motivation, you guys are our inspiration. You guys are our reason to be on this stage,” he added.

In what he described was a rare moment, Jae cried, even turning away from the audience to hide his tears.

“You guys are lucky. No one ever sees me cry,” he said.

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In apparent jest, Jae then asked fans to keep his outburst a secret.

“No one will put this up on Twitter, okay. Promise me?” said Jae, who is one of the most active and widely-followed Korean musicians on the micro-blogging platform.

“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being my reason to continue and do my best,” he said.

After the heartwarming moment, which also left some audience members sobbing, the band capped off the 2-and-a-half-hour show with “Dance Dance” and “Freely.”

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Among the other songs that Day6 performed during the concert were their singles such as “I Wait,” “Shoot Me,” and “You Were Beautiful.”

The band also played songs off of their recent “The Book Of Us” series, including the singles “Time of Our Life” and “Sweet Chaos,” and B-side tracks “How to Love,” “Wanna Go Back,” “Cover,” and “Best Part.”

Day6, formed by JYP Entertainment, debuted in 2015 as a six-piece band. Keyboardist Junhyeok left the group in February 2016 due to personal reasons.