"I don't care what your skin color is, how tall you are, who you love...I just want you to have fun."
With nearly a decade under herl belt as a top K-pop star, Amber Liu's first-ever solo tour could have fallen into many of the common tropes of the scene -- blown-out productions, intricate stage choreography -- but instead created a refreshingly candid and heartfelt performance that earned just as large of a response as her peers.
At the sold-out show of her New York City debut at Irving Plaza in Manhattan, Amber's Gone Rogue Tour began with a performance from opening act Justin Park with the 6'3'' crooner successfully hyping up the crowd with his smooth falsetto and moonwalk-esque movement through tracks "Like We Used To" and a cover of Kehlani's "Honey." Amber eventually took the stage with two instrumentalists and two dancers who mostly created a full stage experience despite the minimal setup. Throughout opening numbers, it felt as if Amber was leading a bit of pop-music army platoon as they sang along and raised their fists in agreement throughout empowering lyrics in "High Hopes" and "Lost at Sea."