Welcome to IU’s 10th anniversary tour concert. The main concept of this tour concert is movie. Some
might have been with me for 10 years, some only one year, but regardless of who you are, I’ll be showing
every single one of you my past 10 years being summarised into movies of different genres in here
meaningfully. As you can see, even the opening CFs were filmed specially for this tour concert only.
Since the setlist is really long, so there’s no time for us to talk. I will tell you guys my stories through my
songs now, please let the show begin!
Growing Up – Goodbye to my 10s
I mustered my courage to perform ‘Good Day’ in the beginning even though it’s my biggest hit song ever because I think I still have many hit songs, so it should be fine. I’m thinking of leaving this one out of the setlist someday too! Let’s talk about love stories since I have lots of breakup songs. ‘The Story Only I Didn’t Know’ is a very mature love song. I think I’ve matured a lot as compared to when I first sang this song at the age of 18, so I think I can sing it better now. Also, this will probably be the last time for me to perform cute songs like ‘Marshmallow’, ‘Love Attack’ and ‘Boo’ as I think it’s time for me to leave my cute and young image behind. We actually invested most of our budget on these adorable yet very pricy marshmallow costumes! Now back to the main subject, I sincerely hope to convey more stories of my 20s in the future.
Passion of Writing & Embracing Myself
I really love to write since I was young as much as I love to sing. Even now as IU, one of my favourite things to do is writing lyrics. It is the toughest yet happiest process for me ever. Sometimes I get these inspirations from my concert, maybe negative which is why we have BBIBBI, but mostly positive and heartwarming like ‘Through The Night’ or ‘Heart’. I’ve never said this before but when I was young, even though I’ve received so much love, but I used to pay more attention to the people who disliked me. I think that’s why I used to write lyrics that are so sharp and dark, but it’s definitely changing now. I have become a person that can focus more on love. I’ve finally learnt to accept and embrace the various sides that I have after 10 years. I’m proud of myself for being able to tell my stories from different subjects and a broader perspective too. Seeing you guys today, it makes me want to write more songs about love or comfort. I really love myself at times like this. In the future, I’l write more lyrics that are maybe warm and tamed, or unkind at times too. You guys make me a better person and I’ll continue to sing songs that can convey more than simple words. I’m not sure what type of song I’ll write next, but in the process of writing, though our thoughts might not collide, but I really hope you guys will listen and relate to my emotions more often, can you do that for me? It won’t be easy since I’m very talkative, but please don’t hate my nagging and do continue to listen to my stories for a very long time.
‘BBIBBI’ – A Preview of the Next Album, Chat-Shire 2.0
I prepared ‘BBIBBI’ with light feelings, so I’m glad it was well-received. Initially, I intended to write the song to show my gratitude. Eventually, it digressed quite a bit from that. It became a warning song instead. At first, what I wrote was that, “we don’t know each other well yet, we don’t owe each other anything, so we have maintained a good relationship”. I wanted to write a song along this theme, because it was a period of time that I was thinking a lot about relationships between people. Composer Jong Hoon and I discussed a lot about what makes a good relationship. Some people would think you need to know the other person really well for a good relationship, but I personally feel that the moment I think I know a certain person really well, I’ll spoil our relationship. If I pigeonhole someone as being a certain type of person, or that the person would think in this way or that way, from the moment I do that, I won’t be able to see that person as who he or she is. Instead, I would just see the person as who I think the person is. So that’s something that I’m personally cautious about. No matter how close I am with a person, I think to myself, let’s not assume we know everything about the person. With those feelings, mixed with a bit of mischief, I wrote the song BBIBBI. As I wrote the lyrics, I thought a lot about my fans. My fans and I have that sort of relationship. If you meet someone a lot, there are times when it gets a little confusing, without you realising it, lines are crossed or things go overboard. But my fans have been careful about that for the past 10 years, so we have maintained a good relationship. I think it’s because of that that we don’t feel any hate towards each other and just think “ah it’s nice.” That’s what I thought about as I wrote this song. I thought about my Uaenas that I don’t need to give warnings to, whom I have a pleasant relationship with. So if you look at the song itself, although it seems rather off the mark, it’s a kind of “fan song”.
Also, BBIBBI is actually a preview of my next album which i’m still working on it, so the release date isn’t confirmed yet. It’s similar to Chat-shire, which is an album I cherish the most because it contains all my thoughts and imaginations back then, and there’s no way I can describe ‘Singer IU’ without this album. While Chat-Shire is more about my own stories, the next album is produced from a broader perspective, more about people too.
Gloomy Clock – For The Brightest Star In The Sky
The next song actually wasn’t on my set list, but I prepared it because I’ve been thinking about this one a lot recently. This song has been a great comfort to me since the moment I met it. I’ll change my mic (to pearl aqua). I really hope this song will reach the person I really miss.
Drama . Heart . Knees . Through The Night
I’ll add my self-composed song ‘Drama’ in my album someday because I really like it. ‘Heart’ is really precious to me, so I hope this song would represent me even after I die. I hope singing ‘Knees’ and ‘Through the Night’ will bring y’all a good sleep tonight. I’m really happy, so I think I’ll be able to sleep well tonight too.
รัก / Ruk (Love) in Bangkok
I was taken aback by how beautiful the lyrics are. I wonder if I can ever write a mature song like this in my life. My favourite part is “แต่ไม่รู้จะขอบคุณ ไม่รู้ทำอย่างไร ไม่รู้ว่าสิ่งไหนจะยิ่งใหญ่ควรค่าพอ” (But I don’t know how to thank you, I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what’s great or worth enough) Just like the lyrics, I really don’t know how to express my gratitude towards you all for the hospitable reception. I’m so thankful.
Frankly speaking, I’m a very healthy person. Though I tend to lose control of my stamina sometimes, but I’m still proud of myself for being a mentally healthy person. However, lots of things happened to me while I was filming the drama early this year. Things were getting so tough to the point where I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it for the first time ever since I made my debut as a celebrity. As it was around the time of the filming, so even though it was against my will, my condition somehow affected our drama team a lot. I was behaving like Ji-an in the beginning as it was actually my real condition at that time. But instead of pushing and rushing me, the whole crew was being really supportive while waiting and guiding me patiently until the end. So even though it was a hard time, I think I was able to complete this precious and meaningful project because of them. The My Mister team, especially my seniors and juniors are actually really busy, but they’re here to support me today. The moment the concert dates were out, they instantly made announcement in our group chat. The announcement was made months before the concert. They even started voting on whether to come on Saturday or Sunday together. They even postponed their filming schedules specially for me. I felt so bad as they really didn’t have to adjust their schedule simply for this one concert. Honestly, I didn’t expect them to stay until now (re-encore stage) as it’s super tiring even for my fans, but seeing how they’re still here supporting and showing their love to me, I feel really grateful about it.
To Be Born As Myself Again
I wondered what’s going to happen for the next 10 years and I felt, “For all you know, I could be having a more interesting and better life than I do now.” It’s only recently that I started having such thoughts though. Those who liked me since I was young would know this, but I’m not someone with a very high self-esteem or self-confidence. As I promoted as a singer, I built a lot more self-confidence in the process… especially, last year and this year. I always had the worst impression of myself and from a young age, what I felt about my life was, “ah, it’s beyond my ability”. Somehow, from last year all the way until this year, I’ve been feeling really glad that I was born as myself… It’s not exactly like I changed or anything, I’m still me, but my perception and how I feel about myself seem to have changed. Self-esteem is not just about being pretty, or cool, or great. I think being glad that you were born as yourself is having self-esteem. From last year to this year, I’ve been really glad that I was born as myself. I feel like this is such a great life.
While preparing for this concert, I examined my past 10 years and found myself thinking, “Oh right, I really didn’t like myself back then, I really didn’t like how I sounded then”, but at the same time, I felt that I’m really satisfied with myself now. I’m really satisfied with the role I play and if I were to be born again, I would like to be born as myself. If I were to pick the biggest change for me for the past 10 years, this would be it. All of you played a huge role in making that happen, right? Although I don’t know each and every one of your names, or where you live, or your age and so on… but I feel like I know you. Not information about you per se, but still coming to watch this concert after these 10 years, sitting here and listening to me singing for over hours. I think it’s because we know each other well that we’re able to do this. All of you still look excited too. During this concert tour, I kept having thoughts that if there are people who continue to think I’m interesting and look at me excitedly, I could easily do this for another 10 years. I’m lacking in some areas, but I’m very grateful that we’ve been spending time together and that you’ve been accommodating towards me for the past 10 years. I’ll.. become better. I’ll become better and I’ll work harder. I’ll do that for the next 10 years. Thank you, everyone.
*IU’s mom bought more than 35k air cushions for the Busan, Gwangju and Seoul concert-goers.
I always thought of my fans as violet flowers, because you’re really quiet. Yet, with certain presence. You’re delicate yet dazzling individuals. Y’all used to be really quiet back then, but you’re getting louder and louder these days, you know when to cheer for me and I really love the change.
*IU crying for the first time at her concert upon seeing Hongaenas holding up their name cards
*IU kissing the hand of a Uaena who organised the touching event to express her gratitude
Dear Delicate Yet Dazzling Names
The reason we went with the theme of ‘movie’ for this concert is that my past 10 years have been like a movie too. Starting from being a nobody and now being able to perform at concerts, even do a tour, in front of such a large audience. Over the past 10 years, many more people have heard me sing as well. It really seems like a movie. When I first started out, I didn’t even dream of this. All I thought was that I wanted to become a singer. I never dreamt that I would receive so much love from everyone. I feel really lucky to have many happy memories from these past 10 years and been through a lot, promoting as a singer with the name ‘IU’. As this concert also signifies a consolidation of my past 10 years, I really invested my sincerity, time and energy to prepare for it.
Although I’m not sure when you started liking me (or becoming a fan), in order to explain who I am and for everyone to be able to follow easily (during the concert), we consolidated my past 10 years into this ‘movie’ (concert) for everyone. In fact, not only me, but each of your lives can be considered a movie too. It’s just that I’m lucky to have audience who keep coming to watch my movie. No doubt this movie of my past 10 years is able to shine brighter because of y’all. I wanted to show you guys a really cool movie this time, but I’m not sure if I did a good job conveying that to everyone.
Since the start of this year, I really gave it my all without holding back. I discussed with my staff for opinions too. After putting on this concert, I thought I would have repaid my debt (for the love and support that I received), because I really worked hard to prepare for it. However, I failed in the end. Today, I feel indebted to my fans again, so it seems impossible to repay it all once. Over the next 10 years, I’ll work diligently to repay everyone.
Now, I’m going to sing the last song and end the movie of my 10 years. I intentionally chose this song as the ending scene for the movie. After writing the lyrics for this song with Kim Eana lyricist, I felt, “Oh, I’ve really changed.” That’s because I’ve always been focusing on talking about myself and thoughts about myself, but now I’m able to shift that perspective outwards and see from others’ perspectives. Now, I even have the heart for and the capacity to show my support for someone else. I felt that my time spent as singer IU has been valuable, for making me someone who is capable of such love. “That’s really valuable” was what the song made me think.
I would like to dedicate this song to all the names (people) who have given me consolation over the past 10 years, before greeting everyone farewell tonight. Presenting the final ending scene of this movie to everyone. I’m going to sing the last song and take my leave. Thanks for always offering me your comfort, let’s cheer on each other and get along well for the next 10 years. I’ll never forget your voice, your heart and what we shared tonight. 정말 I’ll never forget 습니다. (Seriously, I’ll never forget it.)
*IU broke her own record record and sang 43 songs at her Seoul (Day 2) concert which lasted about 5.5 hours.
Translated by squishy_blob, 4seasonswithIU
Compiled by IUteamstarcandy