Throwback (Musical) Thursday: Welcome Back, Jooheon

Posted by Stephanie on March 26, 2020


It seems so funny that earlier this year, just like a month ago one of my biggest concerns was the influx of Kpop concerts in the states. It seemed as though everyone was coming. Even here in Denver, on tap was Vanner, CIX, M.O.N.T, Monsta X and Ravi. That was just Denver! I had to make some serious judgement calls. I didn’t get Seventeen tickets because I knew ATEEZ was going to happen. I had to miss BewhY because it was the same week that Vanner was here in Denver. This was by no means all of them and all this was just scheduled for the first half of the year. How could we keep up with them? Did they even realize that for US Kpop fans, this meant flights and hotel stays and planning? With the huge rush of concerts could we even sustain that amount of tickets to be sold? Would these bands leave disappointed because there were just so many of them now that we wouldn’t be able to fill the areas we once did?

Yeah, those worries seem a little silly now.

We were so excited when Monsta X announced that they were coming here to Denver. Our first A-list group coming here? No way! I’ve been to see them a few times now, and they put on an amazing show. While I knew they would most likely be touring again, in all honesty, I’m still smarting after the Wonho situation and was sure I wasn’t going to put them on the list of groups I’d fly for. But here in Denver? Look at you reeling me back in!

Liz and I, official Monbebes that we are, entered the fray. Not only did I enter the fray, but since it happened mid-workday, I put a VERY IMPORTANT MEETING on my schedule in order to make sure that no one tried to book any time. We managed to score some pretty solid seats and left satisfied.

The only concerning thing at the time (other than the fact that they were selling pretty slowly), was the idea that Jooheon or Joohoney as he’s renamed himself, was away on a mental health break. Poor Jooheon! While I love the idea that management agencies are starting to recognize the fact that this is a very real thing these people need, I was sad to think I’d sit through a concert minus Jooheon, my personal bias, when we’ll already be smarting over the loss of Wonho.

Who else is going to take off their shirt? WHO?

It was a war of my conscience, I want him to take all the time that he needed, as the reports we were getting made him really sound as he was in the not best place but I also want him to be there. Not just for me, but because I know these guys are tight, this is a huge undertaking their trying, touring the whole of the US, and I knew it would have bothered him not to be there for his bandmates. It must be a really, really tough spot for him to be in and I don’t envy him for it.

In the midst of all this, as we sit in our own houses filled with our own stresses and anxieties, seeing show after show cancel or postpone, wondering when its all going to stop, it was announced that Jooheon is ready to come back for this round of promotions. What the? Joohoney! You are my honey! While I worry if it’s too soon, if he’s being pushed too fast, I do take comfort in the fact that even if he is back, it’s going to be some time before they can do any sort of promotions or real pushing. Now this, this is something I can pin my hopes to. If I can just get through this, then in 3 months, Monsta X will be here in Denver, Monsta X plus Jooheon. Will it happen? It’s too soon to tell. But hopes don’t always need to be based in reality, do they? If they do we’re in for a sad, sad internal monologue later.

In honor of this awesome occasion, today’s Throwback Thursday is from Jooheon’s last mixtape.

Jooheon, Red Carpet



  • Reply Robin N April 1, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Relatable! Now of course I check my emails daily to see if the June concert for MonstaX will be cancelled or postponed to some indefinite date, like my June BTS ticket, and of course same/same for my June NCT127 ticket. But in the grand scheme of things, I want them to be healthy and happy and I can press “Play” on my iPod or watch them on Youtube and look ahead.

    • Reply Stephanie April 7, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      Did you see that they just canceled the Seoul stop? My guess is the US cancellations will be coming. Waaaahhhhhh

      • Reply Robin N April 7, 2020 at 10:34 pm

        Every day I expect it I know that there are more important things to worry about in the grand scheme of things, but it does make me sad to think that tours will fall apart.

        • Reply Stephanie April 15, 2020 at 11:14 pm

          While still no word from the tour, I just heard the venue in Denver they were planning on performing in is closed to concerts until July. On the one hand, I’m sad to let it go, on the other hand, while I really hope things will be better by then, I’m not certain I’m going to be mentally ready to be surrounded by so many people. I hear Ravi just postponed until August, which feels right to me.

          • Robin N April 15, 2020 at 11:20 pm

            Still no word here in Chicago, but I can’t imagine that they will want to hold a tour with dates missing because that’s just not cost effective. Rescheduling everything is going to take time, but I know we’ll all have to take it in stride.

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