In a press conference days before their online concert, SB19 teased that fans would be seeing "another side of SB19" in an "explosive" and "emotional" showcase of skill, talent, and energy. And, lo and behold, that's exactly what they delivered.
Joining the likes of international artists like BTS, Joji, and Billie Eilish, the Filipino pop group held their first-ever virtual show SB19xGlobalLive last weekend. Serving as their first concert since their nationwide tour was put on halt by the pandemic, SB19 did not hold back in giving their fans a memorable performance.
The hour-long live concert was streamed on Saturday (21/11) via Australian online concert platform, Global Live. Featuring songs from their debut album Get In The Zone, SB19 got fans excited with performances of 'Love Goes', 'Tilahua', 'Ikako', 'Wag Mong Ikunot Ang Iyong Noo' and more, joined by surprise renditions of Bruno Mars' 'Finesse' and Bamboo's 'Hallelujah'.
📸 #SB19onGlobalLive pic.twitter.com/2wgJnJOXep— SB19 Official (@SB19Official) November 23, 2020
Decked in black and sliver suits, SB19 opens the show with a powerful dance number that seamlessly segues into their edgy, rap-heavy track 'Love Goes', beginning their online concert with an infectious energy that transcends through the screen.
Welcoming A'TIN from all around the globe, the group immediately slowed things down with a heartfelt and intimate performance of 'Hanggang sa Huli', where they impress with their vocals and harmonies, both interlaced with raw emotions. Not wanting to bring the mood down for too long, the group continued their strong opening with a fan-favourite track 'Go Up', which featured a dance break that left everyone in awe.
Yes! WORLD DOMINATION— SB19 KenPH 🙏🏻 BABANGON TAYO, PADAYON! (@SB19KENPH) November 23, 2020
📸 #SB19 on #SB19onGlobalLive
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Making room for SB19's aplenty costume changes - four to be exact, the concert was segmented by behind-the-scenes footage and short interviews with the members. In one segment, it shows SB19 practicing for their performance of 'Alab' and talking about giving their best efforts, regardless of the absence of a live physical audience.
While the entire concert was noteworthy and worth rewatching, their sub-unit performances left fans absolutely speechless.
Sejun and Ken wowed A'TIN with an unexpected performance of 'Akala', an unreleased, hip-hop track produced and composed by Sejun and his brother, Josue. Setting the stage aflame with their jaw-dropping rap skills, the two delivered an unforgettable performance that definitely struck the hearts of fans.
HALLELUJAH— yenase✨ (@yenaissance_) November 21, 2020
JoshTinStell owned this song! The bars are on point and never cringey!@JoshCullen_s as lead@jah447798 's slow rap@stellajero_ 's machine gun (x100 speed eh!)
true to their promise of showing the different side of SB19! 👍@SB19Official #SB19onGlobalLive pic.twitter.com/4GyJZOhiL5
Josh, Justin, and Stell, on the other hand, performed a cover of Bamboo's classic hit, 'Hallelujah'. While Josh has shown his rapping skills in a number of SB19's tracks, Justin and Stell are mainly known for being the vocalists of the group so when they took on the Filipino rock track with such ease and prowess, fans were certainly pleasantly taken aback. Tackling a genre outside of their own, the three showcased exactly why the group, as a whole, has often been described as "all-around performers".
Other notable numbers were their cover of Bruno Mars' 'Finesse', where they donned retro-inspired attire and added a Tagalog rap verse to the track, their skit-performance for their Pepsi advert song 'Sundin Ang Puso', and their earnest 'Ikako' number, which they dedicated to frontliners.
📸 #SB19 on #SB19onGlobalLive— SB19 KenPH 🙏🏻 BABANGON TAYO, PADAYON! (@SB19KENPH) November 23, 2020
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Before the concert ended, A'TIN had some suprises up their sleeves for the P-pop act. Unbeknownst to the boys, their fans from all across the world sent in video messages expressing their love and appreciation for SB19. Hearts full and eyes welling with tears, SB19 couldn't help but share how grateful they are for their fans and each other, especially after a turbulent road preparing for their online concert.
"Honestly po, naiiyak po kaming lahat kase nabalik po yung feeling nung nag-pperform kami. Naala namin yung...diba wala po nag nanonood saamin [na live], ganto po kami nagsimula pero ngayon kasama na namin ang A'TIN. Unstoppable force kami pag kasama namin ang A'TIN," said Sejun.
"After yung ilang weeks na naghirap tayo, kahit hindi tayo sure sa kakalabasan nang concert na to, ngayon nararamdaman ko na worth it lahat nag pinahihirap natin. [A'TIN] ang lakas namin at sila din yung kahinaan namin kaya maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng tulong nyo...hindi nyo alam kung gaano ninyo kami pinasaya ngayong araw," said Stell.
you came at the perfect time. through the five of you, we found our home. we found a reason to keep fighting. you made our lives worth living. we are forever grateful, boys. mahal na mahal namin kayo. @SB19Official #SB19onGlobalLive pic.twitter.com/lWbYnb4D1F— elha | temp. closed (@stillintojah) November 23, 2020
All in all, SB19 gave an all-out concert that deems them ready for a bigger stage. Tackling a number of genres and styles, the boys showed their range and capabilities as performers. The group has been well-described as the "Kings of P-Pop", and their first-ever online concert proved exactly why.
Our first full-length virtual concert will be a memorable moment for us! Thank you so much A'TIN for supporting #SB19onGlobalLive 💙#SB19 #SB19_SEJUN #SB19_JUSTIN #SB19_STELL #SB19_JOSH #SB19_KEN pic.twitter.com/otAuILOf2Y— SB19 Official (@SB19Official) November 21, 2020
Relive SB19's online concert by listening to their debut album Get In The Zone below: