Permission to dance on stage LA Recap

While recently receiving the Artist of the Year award at the American Music Awards, BTS leader RM (also known as Kim Namjoon for those familiar with the rapper and author) had the following to say: “No one would have bet we would be here tonight to receive this award – except for our ARMY. “

He’s not mistaken. On paper or even on video, the 2013 BTS is a collection of clear underdogs. Eight years later, despite xenophobia, critics, minimizers and a global pandemic, the group has reached the top of the world, thanks to some truly amazing music and an authentic commitment to kindness.

Few would have put money on the fact that past BTS was where they are now. Some things just have to be seen to be believed.

The winding journey has now brought them here for a four-night series of sold-out shows at Los Angeles’ mammoth SoFi Stadium. The evening of December 1st started the last half of the short stay, which ends tonight, December 2nd. This set of shows may be coming to an end, but it’s clear that BTS have only just begun their triumphant return to live performances.

This author’s journey to SoFi Stadium began in an airport parking lot 3,000 miles away at. 4:45. These four dates offer BTS’s only live performances in 2021, and people are flocking from all over the country – and even parts of the globe – for the chance to capture the act in person for the first time in almost two years. From the parking lot to the airport gate to the lobby of the Los Angeles hotel, a purple pilgrimage was underway.

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BTS, Photo lent by BIGHIT MUSIC

It was reminiscent of a festival and the kind of crowds that come to a city for events like Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo, where a quick glance is enough to confirm someone’s purpose with the city. The remarkable thing here is that one act managed to draw that kind of audience to itself.

RM made sure to mention the importance of number three in South Korea and referred to it as a lucky number while introducing the third show of this race. The set ran through stadium-ready bangers that had previously been shelved by the pandemic (like the thundering “ON” or the 90s-soaked “Dis-ease”) through the group’s foray into entirely English tracks (smashing “Dynamite” and ” Butter “) and a generous inclusion of some of their classics and greatest hits.

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