YG Life press articles on Seungri’s concerts in Seoul:
“I worked alone hard this year. I had responsibilities as a member of BIGBANG. Many people felt positive towards this, and I appreciate it”.
Group BIGBANG’s SEUNGRI successfully finished his first solo concert ‘SEUNGRI 2019 1st SOLO TOUR in SEOU’ on August 5 at 6 PM in Jangchung Gymnasium, Seoul. He gathered 8,800 audiences for the last 2 days from August 4, noticing the start of his solo tour.
The standing seats on the first floor and seats on the 2nd floor were both filled with audiences. The fans yelled SEUNGRI’s name out loud even before the concert began, and SEUNGRI connected with the fans while freely running through the stage. He performed a total of 23 songs including his recently released solo songs and songs of BIGBANG reinterpreted by SEUNGRI as a solo version. Between songs, SEUNGRI also displayed various performances that revealed his unique charms.
SEUNGRI performed songs including ‘STRONG BABY’, ‘LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE’, ‘GG BE’, and ‘GOTTA TALK TO YOU’ when he first appeared on stage. He stated, “I was frightened since it was my first solo concert, so thank you for filling up the seats”. He continued, “I will finish this concert successfully as I am the only member of BIGBANG remaining in society”. He reminisced while he mentioned the 4 members currently enlisted in the army.
SEUNGRI stated, “I feel like my brothers were amazing as I’m doing this concert by myself. It’s not easy singing alone”. He continued, “But actually, I feel like I can sing more. I’m planning to add more solo tracks in my concerts in Daegu and Busan”.
He sang ‘IF YOU” after explaining, “I miss my brothers”. The screen showed BIGBANG’s past videos, and SEUNGRI continued to perform the song while watching the screen. The fans also reminisced, and some of the audiences shed tears.
The last was like ‘SEUNGRI’. He changed the lyrics to “I’ll go soon as well” and displayed a video of himself wearing a military uniform. Although the video was clever, the fans felt sorry. He performed ‘HARU HARU’ and ‘LAST GOODBYE’ afterwards for the fans. The audience held the plan card that read, ‘SEUNGRI is our Everysing’, showing support for SEUNGRI.
SEUNGRI attracted the fans with not only his vocals, but also his dance moves. From House Shuffle to Sports Dance, SEUNGRI performed various genres of dances. He also added acts and choreography which reminded viewers of a musical, providing a joyful experience for the audience. He also had a ‘DJ Time’. He remixed songs released by YG Entertainment including songs by WINNER, iKON, and BLACKPINK, exciting the crowd as if the concert scene was a club.
SEUNGRI did not perform a single song with duplicating moods, He raised the mood with his glamorous choreography, and attracted the audience utilizing his standing mic. He also displayed a different side of himself while collaborating with a female choreographer and displayed various colors of himself. The 2 hours were not enough to completely illustrate SEUNGRI’s charms.
As he concentrated more on singing and dancing rather than talking, he also revealed his potential as a solo artist. He bragged about the lights and sound system prepared by a credit card company which sponsored SEUNGRI’s concert. The phrase, “Which credit card do you use?”, which may feel a bit promotional became a humor when the phrase was passed on through SEUNGRI’s mouth.
SEUNGRI also talked to the audience while trying to pay attention as much as he can. Although he was alone, he also mentioned other members of BIGBANG frequently. His words that said, “I want to work hard as possible to reduce BIGBANG’s vacancy” did not come out of nowhere. He did not forget to express his gratitude towards the fans that showed steady love and support since the group made debut in 2006.
SEUNGRI hoped the event to be a “Joyous concert which the audience becomes reminiscent”. Just as he wished, the concert had lots to watch and experience.
SEUNGRI will continue his concert on Daegu EXCO and Busan BEXCO on August 15 and 19, respectively.
BIGBANG Seungri’s ‘First Solo Concert’, He Makes It Up For BIGBANG (ft. VIP Beats the Sweltering Heat)
Group BIGBANG’s youngest member did it. He made it up for the members enlisted in the army, and filled up the entire stage by himself.
On August 5 in Jangchung Gymnasium Seoul, SEUNGRI’s first solo concert ‘SEUNGRI 2018 1st SOLO TOUR ‘THE GREAT SEUNGRI’ in SEOUL x BC CARD’ took place.
The concert started 15 minutes later than scheduled. The fans waited for SEUNGRI despite the sweltering heat, although they were frustrated.
When SEUNGRI appeared on stage following the opening video, 4,400 fans who visited the scene roared. The concert began, and SEUNGRI performed songs such as ‘STRONG BABY’, ‘LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE’, ‘GG BE’, and ‘GOTTA TALK TO YOU’.
Then the bell suddenly rang, and SEUNGRI picked up the phone using his microphone. When SEUNGRI answered, “Is that you Jiyong?”, the fans roared. He led the fans excitement as if he was talking to G-DRAGON, and the scene was heated due to the fans’ excitement.
SEUNGRI stated, “It’s my first solo concert after 13 years of BIGBANG. I’ve had over 500 concerts and performed in huge stadiums with over tens of thousands of audiences, but I was worried since Jangchung Stadium felt too big for me. But a lot of you came to make my worries go away. Thank you”, sharing his thoughts on opening his first concert.
He continued, “I’m happy that I’m getting so much love from you. Please enjoy the rest of the concert, which I prepared to make you all happy”.
He also mentioned a dream he had by stating, “I had this dream last night. I was the starting pitcher in a very important game. In the 9th inning with 2 outs, the coach gave me a very heavy ball. I threw it as hard as I could, and the ball went into the strike zone. I led the team to victory, and I feel like it illustrates my current situation”.
He added, “It’s as if I should do well as BIGBANG’s only member remaining in society to make our team win. I’ll do my best in dancing and singing, to make you all happy”. He yelled, “Let’s have fun tonight”.
SEUNGRI performed songs including his recently released song ‘1, 2, 3!’ and finished BIGBANG’s songs as his own. He performed songs such as ‘HARU HARU’, ‘LAST GOODBYE’, ‘IF YOU’, ‘HEAVEN’, ‘LIES’, ‘BANG BANG BANG’, and ‘FANTASTIC BABY’ by himself, and all the fans sang-along.
SEUNGRI often mentioned members of BIGBANG during the concert and revealed his loneliness. He stated, “My brothers sent me flowers for my first concert, although they would’ve been busy”. He also revealed that TAEYANG’s wife MIN HYORIN gave him the letter by stating, “My sister-in-law wrote the letter for TAEYANG while watching his video letter”.
He added, “I feel like it was better when there were five of us. I miss my brothers. I miss my members”, revealing his thoughts on the members. He also notified his enlistment by stating, “I’ll go soon. Very soon”.
He stated, “I’ve been loved for 13 years” and revealed his gratitude on tue fans (VIP) for loving and supporting him. As he finished the concert he stated, “Please wish for BIGBANG and my comeback and happiness as always”.
The fans from China, Busan, and more came to meet SEUNGRI from far away despite the sweltering heat of August. SEUNGRI did his best to repay the fans support, soaking himself in sweat.
With his concert in Seoul, SEUNGRI will perform in Daegu EXCO and Busan BEXCO on the 15th and 19th respectively to meet Korean fans, and will start his tour in Japan.
Credits: YG Life, @CottonBlossom_V, @inmyworld_vi