Review by Rolling Stone India:
I Traveled All the Way to Bangkok to Watch the King of K-Pop Live and Ut Was Totally Worth it
It is impossible not to get caught up in the frenzy surrounding South Korean artist G-Dragon’s recent comeback. The musician, who was born Kwon Ji Yong and rose to fame as part of hip-hop group BIGBANG, governs such a level of influence on music and fashion in his home country that he’s often hailed the ‘King of K-Pop.’ His formidable status at home has also garnered him press and followers in the farthest corners of the globe. Naturally, Kwon’s first release as a lead artist in three years, the self-titled EP Kwon Ji Yong, topped charts in multiple different countries recently. His ongoing world tour, ‘ACT III, M.O.T.T.E, Moment Of Truth: The End’ consists of over 30 dates across the U.S., U.K., Europe, Oceania and Asia, making it the largest concert tour lead by a Korean solo artist.
‘ACT III, M.O.T.T.E’ has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, which is what pushed me to fly to Thailand to catch Kwon on the Asian leg of his tour. The Bangkok stop took place on July 8th at IMPACT Arena, and has been making headlines for the fall Kwon took mid-performance. However, for those in attendance, there proved to be far more to the show than the reported stage accident.
Most fans I spoke to at the venue had flown in from elsewhere for a chance to see the rapper, singer-songwriter and producer live. They were surprisingly an older crowd, aged between 18 and 35, who had supported Kwon from the very beginning of his decade-long career. Having learned my lesson at Justin Bieber’s disastrous India debut in May, I was keeping my expectations in check, but the excitement in the arena was infectious. From the moment the lights went out to signal the start of the introductory video, it became clear that ‘ACT III, M.O.T.T.E’ was about to be a completely different story.