It's been only two years since B.A.P last visited New York, but it was clearly too long for the fans who filled Playstation Theater near Times Square to see the K-pop boy band again.
The April 25th show was one of nine North American dates on the band's Live on Earth world tour—B.A.P's largest stateside trek to date and their first since returning from a lawsuit battle with their record label that put the group's future limbo and their careers on hold. The two-year gap equals a lifetime in the quickly moving K-pop industry, but time appears to have been good to the six-member act, as the concert showed impressive growth and evolution—much to the delight of their devoted fans, known affectionately as Babyz.
Backed by a percussionist and DJ, B.A.P opened the show with their debut single "Warrior." The song was originally released in 2012 (with the band sporting matching blonde locks and a heavily put-on swagger), and while it retained nearly all the same choreography from its original release, the performance felt stronger and more powerful than those in the past. The boys moved with military-like precision among their backup dancers and effortlessly pulled off an intense dance break.