A few of you may have heard this through the grape-vine. Anan doesn’t really mention it unless you ask him about it, in fact it took about a year of knowing him until we found out about his shocking past.
As a young child he was forced to do terrible things, which made him insanely popular with teenage girls. Exactly! Anan used to be a child Popstar!
Check out the moves he busts in one of his biggest hits:
Anyway, this stuff is a long time ago and the only way we ever notice it in every day life is when we walk through a shopping mall and Anan has to stop for the 5th photo with a fan.
But then shit got real when Anan agreed to perform for his old label’s Reunion Concert, along with the biggest stars of his time. He would get to sing 3 songs and do some Freerunning. I quickly decide to grab my camera and capture the event.
Anan has been rehearsing for two weeks when I decide to stop by for a look at the set and have to realize that this wasn’t all fun and games. We walk into a 10.000 seat stadium, where dozens of dancers practice their routine under a lighting construction that looks like a giant-steel spider and this was just a first glimpse of what was to come.
After working our way through hundreds of fans Shaun and me end up backstage and chill out for an hour before the concert begins. We definitely feel like aliens, being most definitely the only white guys around. This is me attempting to blend in:
Anan is a fucking badass, It almost feels like he just wakes up one morning, hits a switch and is in Popstar-Mode for a day. Shaun and me are super excited to see him on stage, 10.000 asian girls are sitting in the crowd and waiting for a show and he chills and jokes around, drinks some Starbucks Caramel thing with loads of cream on top and then proceeds to put his outfit on.
All around dancers are practicing their steps one last time, putting makeup and outfits on. Tension is rising and I take a few more snaps before I go into the Stadium to find a nice spot to shoot from.
One of the nicest things in Thailand is how you get away with stuff, as long as you act super-confident.
So I decide to climb over a small fence and position myself right next to the stage, I’m a foreigner and have a big camera so the security guard gives me a funny look and decides not to bother about it and turns away. That worked!
Throughout the concert I’ll do the same thing and hope to shoot from a few good angles.
Here we go already, the show starts!
The music is an asian version of the 90s. That’s right, nothing you or I would ever listen to, but I can’t help myself to get carried away by the energy that comes from the crowd. Explosions, dancers, massive screens, LED-screens, catchy melodies and you got me.
Worst music ever but fuck yeah this is awesome!
Anan busts out his routine and is officially the world’s first Popstar to do a Pimp-Flip on stage. Fuck, I guess this move deserves it’s name now.
I change my position several times and take a few more snaps of the what’s happening onstage and backstage, here are a few impressions:
Some of the dancers messing around
The whole show is over and I still can’t believe what happened.
We’ll probably wake up tomorrow, Anan’s gonna walk around in his underwear and it will feel like nothing ever happened. But deep inside I’ll know, that guy in the underwear really is a fucking Popstar.
More Farang News coming soon :)