Eric has now returned from acting to his group Shinhwa. In a post-drama interview conducted on 16 October, he shared some of Shinhwa’s plans and resolutions.
“After resting for a few more days, I’ll be working on Shinhwa’s album and returning to group activities all the way to early next year. We’ll have to work on the album preparations and the concert. I’ll also be taking a break from acting in the meantime.”
On comparisons to g.o.d, who recently made headlines for their comeback, he commented, “We’re really happy to see g.o.d. in action. But if you were to say we’re rivals with only g.o.d, that seems like you’re already treating Shinhwa as a part of the past generation. It will be good if people can say that g.o.d is active (with us) in the present generation.”
“Of course there are differences in age and experience when you compare us to the present idols, but what we’re after and aiming for is to compete against the current hottest idols on music shows in this present age and time. We don’t want to receive special treatment as seniors. Whether it’s dance or music, we want to show that we can do it well. If trends are important, we will work hard towards keeping with the trend.”
He added, “There are times when we are troubled over whether to show off our own special color, or to follow the trend. That’s why song selection is important.”
Shinhwa had previously announced their comeback plans for the first week of January 2015. From this month onwards, they will be officially starting on their preparations as well as hold their 17th anniversary concert in March next year. Andy, who took time off to reflect over his gambling controversy, will be joining in the activities as well.