Another Spring Day

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ANAHEIM,CA–  Although having just debuted a few years ago, BTS, or Bangtan Boys, a k-pop hip hop group, showed that their music doesn’t only appeal to a specific audience, but was more for everyone internationally. In March, they kicked off the U.S. leg of the worldwide 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour in New York. Just a few days after, they were able to fill up yet another stadium venue at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on April 1st and 2nd.

Tiffany Yu, a BPHS senior went the second night, and commented, “It was so unrealistic to see people I’ve always seen on my computer screen in human life sizes. It is an experience I will never forget.”

On April 1st, my sister and I arrived at the venue at 7 A.M., and already there were 3 lines with approximately 300 people in each. Keep in mind that we arrived 12 hours before the show started. We talked to some of the other fans waiting in line, and found out that those at the front of the general admission line had started to line up at 11 P.M. the previous night.

Our party ended up waiting 5 hours for merchandise, and by the time we reached the front of the line, nearly half of the items had sold out. Furthermore, we waited 4 more hours in the line for the interactive photo booth that allowed fans to take home a personalized photo booth picture with their favorite member.

Lily Lequang, a Baldwin Park High School Alumni, commented on the line situation, “All these people are really showing their support for the boys, and their dedication is admirable.”

The members of BTS included Rap Monster, Suga, J-Hope, Jungkook, V, Jimin, and Jin. All looked ecstatic to kick off the show for their fans. They started off the with their newest single “Not Today, ” and nearly 30 songs later, closed the show with a farewell accompanied by “Spring Day,” another single from their album, Wings.

The show’s intro portion came to a close with the group’s energetic 2015 hit “Dope” before moving onto a segment featuring the group’s solos and joint tracks (“Lost,” “BTS Cypher Pt. 4”) off of Wings. Some of the solo performances included Jin being raised on platforms while singing about being unable to fly during “Awake,” Suga backed by an orchestra and playing the piano while rapping about his instrument being his “First Love,” and J-Hope concluding the solo segment with his upbeat bop “MAMA.”

Jin also commented, “Fans in America are always the most passionate, which makes us more passionate on stage. I’m excited to visit all the cities and venues because every show is going be different and equally important to us.

Soon after the seven men left the stage after assuring the audience they had performed their “last” song (“Outro: Wings”) of the night, fans around the stadium put colored plastic bags over their light sticks depending on their seating, creating a rainbow effect throughout the entire stadium. As the group came back on stage for the encore presentation, they were met by an indescribable rainbow display. After saying their farewells, they performed two more songs for the audience, “2!3!” and “Spring Day.”

Overall, I would give the show a 5/5. Despite having to wait outside in the hot sun, and having the merchandise sell out after waiting for 5 hours, it was a memorable experience that allowed me to meet hundreds of people. The show itself was interactive and entertaining, and I respect the boys for making an effort to communicate to their fans, even if it was in broken English.

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