BTS to hold first live concert since pandemic in LA in Nov

SEOUL – South Korean boy band BTS plans to hold live concerts in Los Angeles in November for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, forcing it to cancel global tours and resort to online performances, the band’s management said on Tuesday.

The concerts, titled Permission to Dance on Stage, will take place in SoFi Stadium on Nov 27 and 28 and Dec 1 and 2, Bit Hit Music said.

“Holding an in-person concert in the midst of Covid-19 is not easy,” the company said in a statement posted on its online fan platform Weverse.

“We are able to hold the concert in the United States after taking the national and regional health regulations and circumstances into consideration.” 

The events will be the seven-member group’s first live performances since it wrapped up its tour from North America to Europe to Asia in April 2019.

BTS had to call off what was meant to be its biggest international tour involving nearly 40 concerts as Covid-19 spread around the world.

It has played virtual concerts instead, including one last October that garnered more than 990,000 viewers from 191 countries and some 50 billion won (S$57 million) in ticket sales.

BTS said its members were fully vaccinated against the virus. - REUTERS