Despite debuting on one of the largest record labels in Korea at the top 2014, GOT7 seemed to have only recently found their footing. 2016 marked the band breaking chart records in America with their Flight Departure album, earning their first No. 1 in Korea, and embarking on their first U.S. tour with their Fly in USA 1st Concert trek. Like the boy band's slow rise, their New York concert seemed to take on a similar feel.
Playing to an almost-filled Playstation Theater in Times Square for their second NY show of the seven-date run, GOT7 opened the show wearing all-black shirts and pants, draping themselves in gothic-inspired red jackets. The show started off strong with members like Mark performing their signature acrobatic stunts on tracks like "Girls Girls Girls." But soon enough their all-black ensembles seemed to better represent the band's energy for the show as peppy tunes like "A" didn't have the liveliness felt in the actual composition.
The band appeared to begin warming up halfway through the show when they broke out into units for special performances that saw JB and Youngjae delivering the ballad "1:31 AM" and Mark and Junior showing off their slick footwork on "Higher," followed by a mashup of "I Love It" and "Wolo" with Jackson, BamBam and Yugyeom. After performing "Fly," the boys introduced their special performances with their first bout of what felt like truly candid (not to mention adorable) stage banter that saw them moving in and out of English, much to the delight of the crowd.
From there that it felt like a turning point, as the band began delivering many more smiles and appeared to be enjoying themselves much more, interacting with one another and looking overall more comfortable as they moved into tracks like "Home Run," "See the Light" and "Just Right." The band followed with a fun section where they forced one another to perform different (usually slightly sexual) dance moves further showing how comfortable they were getting with the audience.
When the show was coming to a close, Jackson joked to the crowd, "Let's start the concert all over again." It was a reference to the next song they would perform—"Rewind," a cut off Flight Log—but it also felt like a nod toward realizing there was way more the group could have offered from the start. Perhaps the fact that this tour was titled Fly in USA 1st Concert indicates that on the group's follow-up efforts, there will be more to see and enjoy as the group luckily has the luxury to have time to grow.