(LEAD) BTS will begin four live concerts in Las Vegas on Saturday

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(ATTN: UPDATES with agency statement on Jin’s condition in paragraphs 6-8)

SEOUL, April 08 (Yonhap) — Las Vegas will become BTS city as the K-pop supergroup kicks off four sold-out concerts this weekend.

The septet will hold four “Permission to Dance on Stage – Las Vegas” shows Friday-Saturday and April 15-16 (US time) at Allegiant Stadium, about a month after performing their first concerts in front of a live audience. in Seoul since 2019. .

The upcoming concerts will focus on reunions between BTS members and their fans like the Seoul concerts did, according to the group’s agency Big Hit Music.

For this, a massive LED screen will be installed on the stage as in the last concerts of the group in Los Angeles and Seoul, so that the public can better see the artists who dance and sing, even from a distance.

BTS is set to perform their hit singles, such as “Butter,” “Dynamite,” “Permission to Dance,” and “On.”

But Jin, who underwent surgery on his injured left index finger last month, will not be able to attend the concerts in their entirety as he is still recovering.

“Medical staff were of the opinion that Jin should refrain from vigorous movement, as any impact on his finger due to the increased amount of activity more than necessary, while he is still recovering from the injury, could lead to another surgery,” the agency said. said in a statement in English.

“As a result, Jin’s choreography and stage performance will be limited to some extent. We ask for your understanding and support from all of our fans.”

The four concerts are expected to attract more than 300,000 fans in total, given the stadium’s capacity to accommodate around 65,000 spectators at a time and the shows will be broadcast in real time on the same dates at the 16,000-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena.

A festive atmosphere settled in downtown Las Vegas ahead of the band’s sold-out shows.

The famous Bellagio Fountains launched a BTS-themed fountain show on Thursday for the band and their fans. The special will air hourly on weekends for the two weeks BTS is in town, according to Hybe, the K-pop powerhouse behind BTS.

Fans can stay in BTS-themed rooms at some of the popular Las Vegas Strip hotels or eat a special menu of Korean dishes at a hotel restaurant.

There will also be a photo exhibit of the group performing and practicing for their last live concerts in Seoul and a pop-up department store near the concert hall to sell official BTS merchandise.

The City of Las Vegas recently posted a photo of the exterior of the building decorated with purple lights on its official Twitter account.

Allegiant Stadium also wrote, “BTS #ARMY, we can’t wait to see you guys!” on Twitter.

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