Back in 2014, BTS hosted their first solo live performance within the United States at Los Angeles’ 400-capacity Troubadour nightclub. The present was introduced on the final minute, simply days earlier than the Okay-pop group landed on these shores. Fast-forward to 2018, and the septet simply turned the primary South Korean musicians to host an American stadium present. Held at New York City’s Citi Field on Saturday night time (Oct. 6), 1000’s of followers, often called ARMY, crammed the 42,000-capacity venue to cheer on the history-making Boys: RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, V, Jimin, and Jungkook.
Armed with Bluetooth-synched, multi-hued gentle sticks (aka ARMY Bombs), BTS’ followers set the stadium awash in glowing lights after some had spent days tenting out forward of the present, a scene some Citi Field safety guards mentioned they'd by no means witnessed earlier than a live performance. Fans, from all walks of life, no matter age, race, gender, sexuality, and many others., had been there to not solely see their favourite songs carried out dwell, but additionally to partake within the historic event that positioned BTS within the footsteps of The Beatles, whose 1965 present on the close by former Shea Stadium is taken into account one of many Fab Four’s most iconic live shows ever. For BTS, the Citi Field present got here on the end result of the North American leg of their sold-out international Love Yourself tour, which heads to Europe subsequent. It was an evening full of affection and motivational positivity flowing between BTS and their ARMY.
The present was each a perusal of BTS' most up-to-date, record-breaking Love Yourself album trilogy — Her, Tear, and Answer — and a stroll down reminiscence lane with a number of the group’s older fan-favorites, just like the rambunctious duo of 2013’s “Attack on Bangtan” and 2015’s “Boyz with Fun." Those tracks had been interspersed into the present together with hit singles, after the night time kicked off with BTS' newest, “Idol.” The anthemic track set the thematic tone for the live performance, placing forth the message of self-love that BTS has explored by means of the Love Yourself sequence and past. "You can't cease me lovin' myself,” the members declared in the course of the refrain of the track, which went to No. 11 on the Hot 100 upon its launch in August.
The narrative that began with the primary track continued with the emotive pair of high-energy foil tracks “Save Me” and “I’m Fine." As the present went on, BTS continued to discover what it means to like, each one’s personal self and others, by means of group, unit, and solo tracks alike: the long run bass observe “Magic Shop” featured all seven reflecting on the bond between band and ARMY (“You discovered me, you acknowledged me/ You gave me the most effective of me/ So you'll provide the better of you”), whereas Jin’s “Epiphany” in regards to the truths of affection and RM’s wordplay-laden “Tri 承: Love" ruminated on life and love, earlier than the hip-hop trio’s “Tear” and the vocalists’ “The Truth Untold” emotively put heartbreak within the highlight as a device by means of which individuals develop.
Expertly woven into the performances in a approach that bypassed linguistic and cultural divides, the group’s message resonated by means of the venue, coming to conclusion with the uplifting finale “Answer: Love Myself." As the present got here to an finish, RM expressed how its theme pertains to his and BTS’ relationship with ARMY and vice versa. "What is loving myself? What is loving your self?" he questioned. "I don't know. Who can outline their very own technique and the way in which of loving myself? It's our mission, it's our mission to outline the way in which to like ourselves. It's by no means meant however it seems like I'm utilizing you guys to like myself so I'm going to say one factor," he paused briefly. "Please use me, please use BTS to like yourselves."
But the Citi Field present wasn’t solely in regards to the philosophical nature of BTS’ music, but additionally a celebration and showcase of what they’ve achieved of their five-year profession, propelled by the fervour of their followers from all over the world. Rousing renditions of songs like "Airplane Pt. 2" and "Silver Spoon (Baepsae)" reveled in how far the group has come regardless of their hardships, whereas “Anpanman” celebrated how they’re a “new superhero” of kinds, lifting up listeners with their songs. For their solo units, every of the seven put forth a way of self, with the theatricality of V’s neo-R&B observe “Singularity” and Jimin’s skillful dancing throughout “Serendipity” standing out as a number of the most fascinating moments of the night time, whereas many watched with trepidation as J-Hope moved with fluidity atop a high-rise platform whereas performing “Tri 起: Just Dance.”
Each track highlighted the group and its member’s dynamic ability set as they carried out cleanly-defined choreography and delivered perfectly-honed vocals, with minimalistic units and props serving as a backdrop in a approach that emphasised how little further pomp and flare the seven wanted to command the eye, cheers and fan-chants of tens of 1000’s. It was all in regards to the males, their music, and their fandom, and for a lot of all through the stadium it was an expertise that’s to not be forgotten anytime quickly.
And although the setlist was the identical because the well-received one that they had carried out only a week earlier than within the close by Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the texture of the whole night time was totally different, vibrating with renewed vitality within the stadium setting. Not solely was the venue’s scale immense, however performing in a distinguished New York City location meant one thing to the group itself, with RM acknowledging how New York has impacted him as “the place the place the music that modified my life was first born” and Jimin ending the night time in tears, overcome by emotion.
As the live performance got here to an finish — with Jin donning ARMY Bombs as epaulets and J-Hope carrying a Mr. Mets hat for the encore set– and so they mentioned their last farewells, BTS concurrently hinted at a return. ”This is just the start,” mentioned Suga in Korean translator. “You guys know what I imply, proper? What that implies that, possibly subsequent 12 months. I’ll depart that as much as your guys’ creativeness. For us, we dreamed a dream and also you guys imagined it, and now we’re right here. Let’s see one another subsequent 12 months.” As somebody whose phrases have preceded different achievements by the group up to now, it got here throughout as if Suga was gifting the followers with a prophecy of what 2019 might maintain. No phrase on when or the place, however Citi Field is definitely simply the start line for extra to return.
At Citi Field on Oct. 6, BTS carried out:
"Tri: Just Dance"
"I Need U"
"Boyz With Fun"/ "Attack On Bangtan"/ "Fire"/ "Baepsae"/ "Dope"
"Airplane pt. 2"
"The Truth Untold"
"Answer: Love Myself"