K-pop supergroup BTS wrapped up the Japan edition of its Love Yourself world tour in Fukuoka Sunday (Feb. 17).
The tour that kicked off in November 2018 stopped in four cities for a total of nine concerts, drawing 380,000 loyal ARMY to the septet’s first Japan dome trek.
The packed crowd buzzing with excitement before the concert exploded with delight when the seven members appeared onstage. They launched the 27-song, three-hour show with their latest banger “IDOL” flanked by dozens of dancers, and after briefly asking the ARMY to help them liven up the show, the group went on to perform “Save Me” and “I’m Fine” in succession.
“I want to hear your voices, ARMY!” Jungkook called out to the Fukuoka ARMY, warming them up with a call-and-response session. He also used the local dialect to speak to fans in-between songs, and the group treated them to a medley of hit tracks in their Japanese versions.
In between their performances of such hits as “Airplane pt.2” and “Fake Love” as a group, the members each took the stage individually for solo segments. J-Hope took advantage of the entire stage and delivered a gripping performance. Jungkook performed with a group of backup dancers, and Jimin also wowed with his phenomenal dancing skills. As RM filled the venue with warmth and “Love,” V’s sensual choreography using a blazer had the ARMY swooning. Suga exuded charm while nailing his verses, and Jin played piano, which he had been practicing for the tour. Those who attended the final show were also witness to the members singing Happy Birthday to J-Hope, who turned 25 on Monday (Feb. 18).
After returning to the stage for the encore and performing “So What” and “Anpanman,” Suga thanked the Fukuoka ARMY for making the group’s dream come true. “I remember when we first played in Fukuoka. It was at ZEPP, the venue next door,” he recalled. “I thought, ‘I want to go to that dome. I have to go to that dome. Going there is my dream.’ My dream has come true. Thank you so much.”
The sold-out Fukuoka tour final was also screened live in over 200 movie theaters across the country.
Text: Billboard JAPAN / Photo: Courtesy Photo