BTS rapper’s show-stopping debut solo tour


Suga’s first solo tour begins with a bang – fairly actually. After wet graphics pour down on the display behind the stage, accompanied by the sound of steady showers, a loud crash and an explosion of pyro jolts the UBS Area into motion. The eye-grabbing opening is a nod to the bike accident the BTS rapper skilled throughout his trainee days. It’s depicted vividly in a video that performs earlier than he takes the stage, that includes the star mendacity in a rain-soaked avenue, visions of the previous and future slicing over photographs of his inclined physique.

Dramatic stage-setting full, the time comes for Suga – or Agust D, the identify his solo work has been launched underneath to date – to enter the highlight for actual. However as an alternative of the standard route of bounding up onto his platform, he’s as an alternative carried on by dancers, who lay him on his again on the stage, recreating the pose we’ve simply seen on display. Thriller abounds as lightning flashes throughout the display, and the sound of conventional devices reverberates within the background till the primary notes of ‘Haegeum’ resound across the area and he leaps up, accelerating the vitality immediately.

“I dare say it’ll be a very totally different tour from earlier BTS excursions, and a tour past what everybody can think about,” Suga informed NME just lately and, on the second date of the run (April 27), it quickly turns into clear that was no exaggeration. It differs from the group’s concert events in its pacing and construction – two foremost segments that blaze and simmer and an encore, fairly than a number of shorter sections – but it surely’s the latter half of his remark that actually hits dwelling.

The rapper’s stage is in contrast to something NME has seen earlier than. It’s divided into 9 panels that, one after the other and at totally different factors all through the present, carry as much as the ceiling. Each removing diminishes the area he has to leap about on, however every reveals a brand new hidden prop or permits a brand new ingredient of showmanship to be added. When the primary 4 elevate skywards throughout ‘Give It To Me’, spurts of fireplace shoot up within the gaps. By the tip of the set, no panels stay, returning the star to ground stage for an encore that, primarily based on the previous VCR, strips away the alter egos of Suga and Agust D, leaving simply the individual Min Yunki to shut issues out.

Suga Ryuichi Sakamoto

This could be Suga’s first solo tour, and although he’s used to being flanked by his six bandmates and sharing the highlight – to not point out leisure duties – he seems immediately at dwelling and unflappably assured. He jokes with followers that they “slay” and appears amusedly perplexed when the world unites in barking at him. There’s not a second on stage the place he seems nervous or uncomfortable.

Whereas these gathered would probably be happy with simply seeing Suga rap – and it will be a lot simpler for him to remain in that lane – he makes use of the live performance as an opportunity to indicate off his musicality. First, he remakes ‘Trivia: Seesaw’, his solo observe from BTS’ 2018 album ‘Love Your self: Reply’, on an acoustic guitar signed by the opposite six members.

Later, he sits down at a piano, revealed when one other panel strikes as much as the roof, to carry out ‘D-DAY’’s ‘Life Goes On’ and ‘Snooze’. The latter is preceded by a clip from his Highway To D-DAY documentary with late composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who options on the recorded model of the tune. After the video of the musical legend performs, a message exhibits on the screens: “I want you peace in your lengthy journey. RIP Sakamoto Ryuichi.”

There are additionally possibilities for Suga to show his underrated vocal expertise, adeptly nailing the hook of ‘Life Goes On’ and, in a shock transfer, taking on collaborator MAX’s traces in a fiery, fierce model of ‘Burn It’. Regardless of how flawless these performances are, rap remains to be his forte and his bar-spitting talents are second to none tonight. The fast-fire supply of ‘Agust D’’s second verse – with barely a pause for air – is jaw-droppingly spectacular, whereas a ferocious medley of ‘Cypher pt.3: Killer’, ‘Cypher pt.4’, ‘UGH!’, the deep lower and fan favorite ‘Ddaeng’, and ‘HUH?!’ goes so laborious it seems like the whole venue may combust at any second.

Suga Agust D

A bruising model of ‘Amygdala’, wherein Suga sings in more and more uncooked and pressing tones, brings the primary present to an in depth, flames licking on the ft of the ultimate panel that types the rest of the stage. After a quick intermission, he returns, bathed in orange mild that gives the look he’s rising like his personal phoenix from the ashes.

The place ‘Amygdala’ centres on ache and trauma, his encore opener ‘D-DAY’ brings a constructive outlook: “D-Day is coming, it’s a fucking good day,” he raps at one level, whereas the refrain provides: “Future’s gonna be OK.” It’s an (virtually) optimistic closing observe to a present that brims with inventive intent and pulls off an bold manufacturing with ease. “I promise, I assure you, I’ll come again,” Suga tells the viewers earlier than a robust remaining one-two of ‘Intro: By no means Thoughts’ and ‘The Final’. Let the countdown start.

Suga performed:

‘Agust D’
‘Give It To Me’
‘Trivia: Seesaw’
‘Folks Pt.2’
‘Burn It’
‘Interlude: Shadow’
‘BTS Cypher Pt.3: Killer’
‘BTS Cypher Pt.4’
‘Life Goes On’
‘Polar Night time’
‘Intro: By no means Thoughts’
‘The Final’


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