Much of a BTS concert itself is the interaction between the South Korean pop band and their fans, the very enthusiastic BTS ARMY.
Even before BTS had taken the stage of the Fort Worth Convention Center on Saturday night, the ARMY was stealing the show.
Think karaoke but with 14,000 or so others singing their hearts out with a lot of emotion. While music videos flashed on the huge screens on either side of the stage, the fans sang along, in English and Korean, as songs like “Fire” and “Fake Love” played, producing a loud but enjoyable chorus as they waved their “Bombs,” the official BTS lighted glow sticks.
They screamed when a particularly good part of choreography was shown, and the actual performance had yet to begin.
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When the lights dimmed, the screams reached an ear-numbing peak, one of many to come.
BTS took the stage to pyrotechnics and the opening notes of “IDOL,” the lead single from the 2018 album, “Love Yourself: Answer.” Then, they moved on to “Save Me,” and transitioned seamlessly into “I’m Fine.”
The tempo slowed with “Magic Shop,” but quickly picked up the pace as J-Hope took the stage solo and hyped the audience with the fast beat of “Trivia: Just Dance.” It was easy to see how BTS feeds off the energy of the fans in the audience and vice versa.
Later, Suga showed his versatile side, singing rather than rapping most of the upbeat-sounding “Trivia: Seesaw,” a song about a failing relationship, and then RM had the spotlight to himself with the R&B style “Trivia: Love,” and he owned it.
The rest of the performance, on the main stage and on a small island stage on the convention center floor reached via a thin catwalk that attracted a screaming surge of fans each time a BTS member hit it, highlighted different dynamics within the seven-member group.
“Euphoria,” “Serendipity,” “Singularity” and “Epiphany” (featuring Jungkook, Jimin, V and Jin respectively) gave the four members in the BTS “vocal line” a chance to shine solo.
Closer to the end of the concert, the four also performed “The Truth Untold,” together, a ballad that starts softly and builds, highlighting the members’ vocal strengths. The three members of BTS’ “rap line” (J-Hope, RM and Suga) followed up with the powerful and emotionally charged “Outro: Tear.”
The group finished strong with “Mic Drop,” but, when the audience made no move to leave and, in fact, continued with “fan-chants,” (rhythmic chanting of the members’ names, usually to the beats of their songs) and screams, the members came back, delivering an encore performance of “So What,” “Anpanman” and “Answer: Love Myself.”
In their farewells, RM made a point of thanking all of the fans who had waited out in the rain for tickets and seats. Even before the weekend, some fans had set up tents near the convention center, where they camped in hopes of getting into one of the shows, which were sold out both nights (with resale ticket prices as high as $2,000 or more apiece).
BTS performs again in Fort Worth at 6 p.m. Sunday. Here is the set list from Saturday night’s concert:
“IDOL,” “Save Me,” “I’m Fine,” “Magic Shop,” “Trivia: Just Dance,” “Euphoria,” “I Need U,” “Run,” “Serendipity,” “Trivia: Love,” “DNA,” “Boyz With Fun,” “Attack on Bangtan,” “Fire,” “Baepsae,” “Dope,” “Airplane pt. 2,” “Singularity,” “Fake Love,” “Trivia Seesaw,” “Epiphany,” “The Truth Untold,” “Outro: Tear” and “Mic Drop”
Encore songs: “So What,” “Anpanman,” “Answer: Love Myself”