Big Bang will be holding its Alive Tour 2012, a world tour which will travel through 25 cities in 16 countries including those in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The tour will launch with the Seoul concerts to be held from March 2-4.
And so, after being crowned as a representative agent of the global K-Pop boom by the MTV Europe Music Awards with the Worldwide Act Award, Big Bang will finally be stepping out to a bigger world to meet with its global fans.
Live Nation is known as the world’s best concert production company, and has steered the world tours of Madonna and U2 to success. It recently took part in K-Pop performances by helping with promotion in one or two areas of America and Europe, but Big Bang’s tour will be its first Asian venture for which it will be investing in, and thus, will put together an exclusive production team.
Alan Ridgeway, president of Live Nation International, told enews through YG Entertainment on February 7, “We’re happy to be the ones to showcase YG Entertainment and Big Bang to K-Pop fans around the world. These concerts will be a great starting point for the Korea branch we found in December 2011, and we expect it will help expand the K-Pop boom.”
Concert director Laurieann Gibson, a creative director active in directing, choreography and acting, has joined the world tour team as the head director. She most recently took the helm of Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour, and choreographed her hits Poker Face, Judas and Telephone. She also previously worked with such stars as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Beyonce and Katy Perry and took part in MTV′s Making the Band.
Stage and lighting designer Leroy Bennett, who collaborated with Madonna, Paul McCartney and the Eagles, will also be pitching in along with sound engineer Ken Van Druten, who was in charge of the sound for Eminem, Jay-Z and Linkin Park concerts, and the visual contents production team Possible Production, which produced videos for Kanye West, Jay-Z and Eminem.
A rep from YG Entertainment said, “As it’s the first concert through which Big Bang will be meeting with its fans from around the world, we’re preparing to show them the best concert with the best production team. The world tour, which will start with the release of the group’s new album, will be a set of concerts in which you’ll be able to see how much Big Bang has matured in skill.”
Big Bang will be making a comeback 10 months since its last album with its fifth mini album Alive on February 29.