BTS' 2-year-waited offline concert lit up LA's nights like 'Dynamite'

연합뉴스 / 2021-11-29 17:39:44
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▲ This photo, provided by Big Hit Music, shows BTS holding their LA concert at SoFi Stadium on Nov. 28 2021 (U.S time). (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 


▲ This photo, provided by Big Hit Music, shows BTS holding their LA concert at SoFi Stadium on Nov. 28 2021 (U.S time). (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 


▲ This photo, provided by our subscriber, shows the audiences watching BTS' concert "Permission to Dance on stage) in Los Angeles. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 




LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- “I can’t believe that ARMYs (name of BTS’ fans) are here, right here. My body keeps shaking with happiness. Here’s ‘Purple You,” and “Love you” too, there are some many ‘Love you’s.”

7 boys from Korea has lit up like “Dynamite” and melted like “Butter” the mecca of America’s entertainment industry, Los Angeles. With all might and with “Blood Sweat and Tear,” the band imprinted their purple “DNA” on the city.

Global sensation, BTS has performed their 2nd night of the concert, “Permission To Dance On Stage in LA” at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on the 28th (U.S time).

The concert opened up with an impressive heavy beat, “ON.” As the members in all-white stepped out to the stage from a metal cage, the concert hall sounded like it might break down with the fans’ enthusiastic welcome.

In the gigantic stadium that can accommodate almost 70,000 people, a large LED screen and a T-shaped stage were installed. About 50,000 ARMYs filled the remaining space. Their presence looked like beautiful stars shining in the “Universe.”

The band did hold an online concert in Korea with the same title in October where the members had to perform in the empty Olympic Park in Jamsil with cameras as their audiences.

But this time, 50,000 ARMYs sang “Oh na na na” or “Eh oh” for the artists, and shook their Army Bombs (cheering sticks for BTS) which radiated like the galaxy in the night sky.

The band presented multiple hit songs such as “Fire,” “Dope” and “DNA.” Army Bombs’ colors kept changing according to the song’s atmosphere to heat up the scenery.

The audiences couldn’t calm their excitements down and danced with their arms in the air. Some were busy fanning their faces with their hands to cool down a bit.

There were some people jumping up and down with their hands over their mouths.

BTS let the audiences catch their breaths by singing ballad songs with excellent vocals. With “Blue and Gray,” they depicted the depression and anxiety amid the COVID-19 pandemic then the next moment, they sang hope with “Life Goes On.”

When “Dynamite” and “Butter,” the two most sensational Billboard chart-toppers came out, the stadium’s craze reached its peak. Fans from all over the world sang along to the familiar English lyrics and enjoyed the scene.

Especially, America’s popular rapper Megan Thee Stallion popped out to give a hand. Her appearance made the surprised fans exclaim in even more excitement.

The two artists were initially planned to make a collaborated stage at the American Music Awards on the 22nd, but the rapper couldn’t make it.

The finale songs were “Spring Day” and “Permission To Dance.” The songs were the perfect choices for the finale for the long waited offline concert.

The lyrics, “How long should I wait, and how many nights should I stay up to see you” from “Spring Day” and “We don’t need permission to dance” from “Permission To Dance” were just the right songs for the final stages.

Member Jin made the stadium echo with laughter by imitating the large doll “Young-hee” from “Squid Game.”

When the members chanted, “Red light, green light,” the eldest member with his hair tied into piggy tails turned around to face the fans. ARMYs cheered and clapped for the hilarious moment.

Later, Jin asked the fans to look around and pointed, "Isn't it like a movie? I think we, together, are making a movie. And to make this movie work, I will try whatever I can.”

Ahead of the final stage, the audiences enjoyed the festival making white ripples with their sticks.

Just before the last song, “Permission To Dance,” the members shouted “Thank You”s and “Love You”s in both Korean and English. They didn’t forget to mention, “Purple You,” their representative phrase.

V said, “Let’s have another concert in our dreams too. Love you, purple you, thank you.” Suga shot his gratitude making a heart over his head and sending it to the fans.

"When I get the chance to see you, I wanted to say thank you and tell you that you’ve went well through these hard times. It is an honor that you’ve waited us for so long and I am so grateful,” said Jimin with his face almost breaking into tears.

The fans who have actually met BTS, seemed like the heat didn’t wear off for a while after the concert. Faces filled with smiles, most of them walked out dancing or with their arms still in the air.

The band will stage for America’s large-scale music festival “Jingle Ball” on December 3rd.

"This has been our concert in 2 years amid the pandemic. But this concert accompanied by your loud cheers and support that filled the SoFi Stadium will take up a large part in our history and memory. We really love you,” said J-Hope.



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