Since GOT7’s hiatus, the members of the group have forged ahead with stellar individual endeavors. Mark Tuan’s solo debut came to life at The Fillmore in San Francisco this week with a sold out tour stop at the iconic auditorium.
The KPOP superstar expressed his determination to be open and vulnerable on his first solo work, and that clearly resonated with the hordes of fans who lined the block to see the show. Tuan took the stage in a wash of warm colors and backed by a talented band, jumping right into “Save Me” and “Last Breath”. The audience was absolutely enthralled from the moment Tuan appeared onstage and they showed that love by trying to drown him out with their own singing.
Tuan took a pause midway through the set to address the fans and express his heartfelt gratitude at the response to the album so far. Once again, the room was filled with deafening screams at his words before he went on to play the rest of the record in full. Later, two talented backup dancers joined the fray, pumping up the crowd even more and bringing that element of KPOP choreography to the show.
The Other Side is absolutely a fantastic album, but it translates even better in the live show. Tuan is sincere in his delivery of these tracks and his vocals continue to be next level- especially on fan-favorite moments like “Change Up” and “Selfish”. He performed “Only Human” and “My Life” acoustic, sitting on a stool and taking even more time to speak directly to and with his audience. (Bonus points for the fans with cheeky signs that had Tuan giggling and giddy.)
Even though we’d gotten the playthrough of the album, the room still wanted more and we got it in the form of Tuan’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings soundtrack contribution “Never Gonna Come Down” and his 2021 single “One in a Million”.
The night came to a perfect close as Tuan asked for (and received) the audience to scream on “My Name” and dance it out to the remix of “IMYSM”. The tour is almost over for Tuan and it’s clear that he’s having the time of his life exploring his own sound. We’re already looking forward to catching up with him and even more music in the new year.
Check out all the photos from the show!
Story and photos by Olivia Khiel