Exclusive: VERIVERY Proves She's One Of K-Pop's Most Underrated Gems On New York Stop Of “PAGE : O” Tour

Exclusive: VERIVERY Proves She’s One Of K-Pop’s Most Underrated Gems On New York Stop Of “PAGE : O” Tour

If you want to see VERIVERY before they inevitably make it “very, very” big, now is the time.

For those in the know, VERIVERY has made a name for themselves over the past three years as one of K-pop’s most talented hidden gems, and they even have receipts.

In 2020, YouTuber techie_ray devised an algorithm to measure the dance timing level of different K-pop groups. In the second of two videos in which he used his algorithm to unofficially rate the synchronicity of various boy groups, VERIVERY took first place with an astonishing synchronicity level of over 95 percent.

This famously flawless dance, with its clean angles and amazing timing, was on full display at the New York stop of VERIVERY’s “PAGE : O” tour, which will take them to 16 different cities in the United States and Latin America this fall. .

But unexpectedly, what made their concert at Sony Hall in Times Square so special wasn’t the group’s undeniable talent, but rather the impressive level of care that VERIVERY paid to their fans as they personally interacted with them throughout the night.

Here’s just one example: At one point during the show, the group was about to move on to their next song when leader Dongheon suddenly stopped things. The reason for the pause? Dongheon had seen a fan in the crowd yelling, “Teach me how to dance!”

Instead of going ahead with the concert as scheduled, VERIVERY spontaneously decided to give fans an impromptu dance lesson. Yongseung offered “tips” on how to grab everyone’s attention before setting the crowd on fire with a sultry move, after which VERIVERY instructed the fan that she had initially requested a lesson to copy her dance.

That was far from the only time VERIVERY noticed their fans during the night. Later at night, when Yongseung shared that he had written the lyrics for his emotional B-side “Fine” while in the US last year, about not being able to complete his previous tour due to COVID-19, Gyehyeon walked. to the side of the stage to point out that she had seen specific fans singing the song’s lyrics, even though they were in Korean. “I was touched,” Gyehyeon said.

At another point in the concert, Hoyoung noticed a fan wearing a party hat at the back of the venue and asked her if it was her birthday. (It wasn’t, but they still ended up serenading a nearby fan who was actually celebrating his birthday with the birthday song.)

In contrast to the crisp timing that VERIVERY is primarily known for, it was actually these kinds of spontaneous and impromptu interactions that made the concert an unforgettable night for those lucky enough to attend.

Between impressive, high-energy renditions of powerhouse songs like “TRIGGER” and a rock version of “GBTB” (which earned the group their first No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart, and the entire venue sang along in New York), the members of VERIVERY always took the time to run around the stage and jam with their fans, even jumping through the crowd to get as close as possible to concertgoers in the front row.

The concert’s diverse set list also highlighted VERIVERY’s versatility, with the group effortlessly switching between hard-hitting tracks and more fun and upbeat songs that allowed the members to show off their playful side. The idols charmed the crowd with their infectious energy during lively performances of their self-composed, unreleased song “Crack it!” and an English version of her debut song “Ring Ring Ring,” while her smooth and polished dance skills took center stage during the fan-favorite hit “Lay Back.”

Outside of their own songs, VERIVERY split into units to cover Wanna One’s “Kangaroo” and Why Don’t We’s “Love Back,” and they didn’t stop there. Yeonho delighted the crowd by unexpectedly bursting into song after singing a cappella snippets of Maroon 5’s “Sugar” and “Sunday Morning,” as well as Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.” At Hoyoung’s urging, Yongseung also serenaded his fans with One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”

In just a few hours, VERIVERY managed to forge such a strong connection with the crowd that they almost seemed to be casually chatting with concertgoers. This connection turned emotional at the end of the night, when Minchan visibly cried during her last song and Kangmin lamented, “I don’t want to go!”

By nature, K-pop concerts can sometimes feel very strictly scripted due to the intricately choreographed nature of their performances. But there was something personal and moving about VERIVERY’s New York show and their interactions with their fans that clearly wasn’t forced, and perhaps wouldn’t have been possible in a larger venue.

With 12 stops remaining on their ambitious tour of the United States and Latin America, VERIVERY is sure to conquer the hearts of 12 other cities on their way to stardom.

Photos courtesy of Jellyfish Entertainment. A special thanks to MyMusicTaste for inviting us to the show!

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