MONSTA X Bonds With U.S. Monbebes Through The Connect Tour
MONSTA X has returned to the United States for another solo tour a year after the first, greeted by a full house in Newark. The boys performed a total of 24 songs in two hours, including special unit performances about a third of the way through the show. If you weren’t absolutely in love with these boys before, you definitely were by the end.
The show kicked off with latest title “Jealousy” to a roaring crowd, the boys coming out from the shadows after an intense VCR. The energy was kept high with performances of “Be Quiet” and “Beautiful” following immediately after before the boys took a break to introduce themselves to their adoring fans. “Gravity” and “Tropical Night” followed before another ment, with the boys showing some of their well-known personalities via a beatbox battle. “Crazy in Love” and “All In” wrapped up the full group sets for the beginning of the show.
After another VCR, it was time for unit performances. The first was the trio consisting of Wonho, Minhyuk, and Kihyun, who performed “I Do You,” potentially one of the cutest stages in existence. The trio captivated fans through their sweet demeanor and actions, with Minhyuk even pretending to fall in love with a few members of the audience for a portion of the choreo.
The atmosphere changed completely with the next unit consisting of Shownu and Jooheon, who performed a sexy set covering Bruno Mars’s “Versace on the Floor,” with rapper Jooheon performing as a vocalist. The final unit of Hyungwon and I.M continued this sexy theme with a vocal performance of Drake’s “Fake Love” and a special choreography stage that certainly had the crowd enchanted.
An additional ment followed as the last unit prepared for the next stage, consisting of Wonho’s composed “From Zero,” “Because of You,” “White Love,” and “Roller Coaster.” The third and final VCR consisted of a cute video of the boys explaining what the tour meant to them and their feelings for Monbebes, followed by a performance of “Lost in the Dream.”
The next set of “Destroyer” and “Shine Forever” may be the portion of the show that left the biggest impression, as the choreo and intensity of the songs were perfectly delivered by the members and left many, including ourselves, speechless at their talent.
The party atmosphere really turned up in the final stretch with performances of “Rush,” “Special,” and arguably the crowd’s favorite, debut track “Trespass.” The final two songs did not focus on the choreo, but instead had the boys jumping around the stage and interacting with fans, including a moment where Jooheon jumped on Wonho’s back and got himself a piggyback ride. The time came for the ending ment, where Kihyun mentioned he worked hard on his English skills to communicate with us better and Minhyuk confessed that Monbebes are what make him special in his heartwarming speech. The main portion of the show wrapped up with “Dramarama,” but that of course wasn’t the end, and the boys had one more round of songs for us.
After a period of what felt like a million years, the boys came back onstage, decked out in their tour shirts and ready to hype up the crowd one more time with an extensive performance of “Fallin’” that included multiple sprayings of water all over the place, courtesy of I.M. We got completely drenched by the energetic boy (be sure to always wear waterproof makeup to concerts, friends!). “Fallin’” never seemed to end as the boys played the chorus more than a few times, much to the delight of fans.
The real ending ment came after the energetic encore, followed by a heartwarming performance of “If Only” before the final end of the concert. Let us not forget to mention the spectacular moment after bowing where Wonho took his shirt off and flung it into the crowd for one lucky fan to catch, showing off just how much he’s been working out (and none of us complained).
The boys really showed how much Monbebes meant to them throughout the show and through the post-concert hi-touch event, thanking each and every fan as they walked down the line, despite being tired and working so hard.
The night with MONSTA X proved to be not only enjoyable, but memorable. MONSTA X has somewhat struggled to gain recognition in the industry, but they certainly have the talent and enthusiasm needed to survive the K-Pop industry. If you have the chance, definitely attend this tour and support these seven hard-working boys who never miss the opportunity to tell you how important you are to them!