Photo by Diva Dotson
By Diva Dotson
BTS, the South Korean superstars, concluded the North American sector of their Love Yourself tour at the Citi Field stage in Flushing, Queens on October 6. Energetic fans cheered and chanted the names of their favorite members throughout the concert, who then received an animated and exhilarating performance.
Old school supporters of BTS will recognize them as “Bangtan Sonyeondan,” which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts,” while their Japanese crowd may know them as “Bōdan Shōnendan.” However, when the K-pop boy band decided to change their name as of July last year, fans all across the board have also begun acknowledging BTS as “Beyond the Scene.”
Consisting of seven members, Kim Namjoon (RM), Min Yoongi (Suga), Kim Seokjin (Jin), Jung Hosoek (J-Hope), Park Jimin (Jimin), Kim Taehyung (V) and Jeon Jeongguk (Jungkook), BTS made their way onto the ‘scene’ on June 13, 2013 with their first album titled “2 Cool 4 Skool.” Their popularity has since exploded. Their third album release, “Love Yourself: Tear,” reached number one on the Billboard 200 for 15 weeks, following “Love Yourself: Answer” that charted for five weeks.
The Love Yourself World Tour started on August 25 in Seoul and is still ongoing, with cities in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Japan left. During their North American Tour, they made a variety of appearances on talk shows like “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Good Morning America.”
Although the concert at Citi Field was their first performance in a stadium, tickets sold out in less than 15 minutes. Some dedicated fans even camped outside of the stadium in order to obtain general admission, so they can be close to the center stage as possible.
Fans of BTS are famously known as the ARMY, which stands for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth, but it also metaphorically represents how fans will always protect BTS. Before the show started, there was a small section in the parking lot that sold merchandise and had the LG Studio where fans could take a virtual picture with the idols. Outside of the stadium, a diversity of fans embraced one another and conversed cordially in anticipation of the concert. The energy became greater inside the stadium, with fans cheering and singing along to their favorite songs like “Dope,” “Spring Day” and “MIC Drop” which played on the JumboTrons before the show started. The official BTS light stick, advertised as the ARMY bomb, was sold at the venue for $57 and changed color with the audience via Bluetooth, creating a sea of gorgeous colors.
For their opening act, BTS sang their most popular song, “IDOL,” and then introduced themselves. After, they performed several more tracks, from hard hitting “Fake Love” to the soothing ballad “The Truth Untold.”
As the concert came to a close, the members of BTS said their final remarks, expressing their love and appreciation for the audience. With promises that this was just the beginning and that they would be back in the future, BTS concluded their visit with “Answer: Love Myself.”
Over 40,000 fans came together to not only cheer on their favorite K-pop stars, but to also demonstrate their support for one another. A concert like this is a once in a lifetime experience, and one can only hope that they are more like this in the future.