Last night at London's Wembley stadium in front of a 60-90,000 strong audience, the Korean pop band BTS played their second of two nights. It was part of their World Tour, before going on later this week to play France. As a special surprise for my eldest daughter Eve, after some particularly strong school reports and a bit of a difficult year, I took her to the show. It may have been, from her perspective, the best thing I have ever done as a father. Anyway, here's a snippet from last night's show. Towards the end of the performance, each of the seven members of BTS took to the stage to give their heartfelt appreciation of the audience. But beforehand the management Big Hit had asked the audience using the large screens to sing their song Young Forever to them, as a surprise gift.
The crying game
The song has special meaning for BTS and their fans – they wrote it in 2016 where they thought they reached the top of their career as performers, were insecure about what their popularity meant and acknowledged that it couldn't last forever.
The results were… rather moving. Tears flowed, both on the stage courtesy of Jungkook and Jimin of BTS, cameras zooming in and capturing reactions on the large screens and in the audience. As you may be able to see – and hear – in the Bleeding Cool footage below. Yes, this is what we do now. We've been here for ten years, get with the programme.
It was a rather spectacular show. With pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, ballooning set props and dance routines propelling the three-hour set. BTS may have spoiled Eve for every other music concert to come. And on a school night as well, what was I thinking? We did get home by 1 am. Early nights for us all tonight I think, with the band still singing and ringing in our ears…
BTS will be playing the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, just north of Paris, on Friday and Saturday. I wonder what surprises the French audiences will have up their sleeves?