All roads lead to LA.
BTS to take short break to recharge and focus on upcoming Korea concert, new album to start "new chapter"
At least, for the thousands of ARMYs (fans of BTS) watching PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE - LA, the global superstars' first in-person concerts since 2019's Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour (The Final).
PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE concert in LA: A homecoming for BTS and ARMY
Fresh of their historic Artist of the Year win at the 2021 American Music Awards, the two-time GRAMMY-nominated group is all set to perform 4 sold-out nights at the SoFi Stadium - 27 and 28 November, and 1 and 2 December. The last show will be livestreamed globally via VenewLive for ARMYs all over the world.
We’re excited to welcome @bts_bighit as they perform at @sofistadium Nov. 27-28 & Dec. 1-2. 다시 오신 것을 환영합니다! Special thanks to @pacpark for lighting up the night sky tonight. #BTS #SoFiStadium #BTSSoFiStadium #StartYourComeback #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA @discoverLA pic.twitter.com/pdwavtF7za— SoFi Stadium (@SoFiStadium) November 27, 2021
From flights filled with BTS fans to BT21 sightings at the airport, soundcheck sneak peeks to fan-made merch, a spontaneous collab to the 24-track setlist, here's how the biggest reunion of the year: BTS and ARMY - unfolded on Twitter.
[#오늘의방탄] 아미들의 목소리가 가득한 공연장…? 이거 꿈 아니죠? 😪💜 #방탄소년단 은 내일도 이 자리에서 아미 여러분들을 기다리고 있겠습니다! 또 만나요 아미! #BTS #BTSARMY #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA #Stage_For_ARMY #BTSSoFiStadium #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA1회차공연 pic.twitter.com/edqaeoOEnw— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) November 28, 2021
[#오늘의방탄] 서프라이즈! Megan Thee Stallion과의 스페셜 무대 잘 보셨나요? 🤗💜 3회차 공연에서 다시 만나요 아미! 벌써 보고싶다..⭐️ 알러뷰 알러뷰 알러뷰! #BTS #BTSARMY #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA #Stage_For_ARMY #withAmazingMegan #BTSSoFiStadium #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA2회차공연 pic.twitter.com/I6ccHAnXLr— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) November 29, 2021
BTS hope for more concerts around the world starting with "planning for concerts in Korea"
Ahead of BTS' concert series, ARMYs across the globe wrote letters and notes for the 'Butter' act with #WelcomeHomeBTS - a gesture to welcome them back to the live stage.
A little late but here’s my contribution. #WelcomeHomeBTS 💜 pic.twitter.com/apta7xKJk7— fatima🍂 (@fatimafarha_) November 26, 2021
#WelcomeHomeBTS pic.twitter.com/qzB67ZZamn— faith⁷ (@mapofhersoul7) November 26, 2021
let's sing together again ♡ #WelcomeHomeBTS pic.twitter.com/d5UBRtxx6J— mi⁷🦋/ black swan lover ❀ (@bangtantato) November 26, 2021
"IT'S THE HOT GIRL COACH AND BTS!" BTS AND MEGAN THEE STALLION SURPRISE FANS WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE OF 'BUTTER' REMIX
Dozens of flights were filled with ARMYs flying over to LA for the concerts. A flight from Chicago played 'Save Me' before takeoff for LA.
Thank you @SouthwestAir for playing ‘Save Me’ before takeoff 💜 BTS ARMY are so ready to visit LA! ✈️#HaveASafeFlightARMY @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/d8F0VaYR1X— Pinkie💜Jackie ⁷ (@pinkie4jinnie) November 26, 2021
Meanwhile, a plane taking off from Toronto played 'Dynamite' on the way to California.
The crew of WS1100 is already DYNAMITE! #HaveASafeFlightARMY pic.twitter.com/9yDlgJOTPF— Kirsty B⁷ (@missmonkeyhill) November 26, 2021
The same flight played 'Permission To Dance' as they landed in the US.
Our pilot played #PermissionToDance on our descent 🥺 #PermissionToDanceOnStageLA @BTS_twt #HaveASafeFlightARMY pic.twitter.com/X7OUPXK8io— Mir⁷∞ IS SEEING BTS 🇨🇦 (@bangtan_jimjams) November 26, 2021
How do you spot a fellow BTS fan? Simple. Just look for any of the BT21 characters created by BTS - Koya, RJ, Shooky, Mang, Chimmy, Tata, Kooky, and Van.
ESTY MUY NERVIOSA, QUE SEA LO QUE SEA, VAMONOS— Yami🇲🇽 V ost (@Yamix_29) November 26, 2021
Adios Mexico🇲🇽#HaveASafeFlightARMY #btsconcertLA pic.twitter.com/Nmr1y5bYOg
BT21 are and always will be a way to recognize fellow ARMY in the wild, a way for us to find each other, and I'm so thankful for that.#HaveASafeFlightARMY @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/T1VNMW3z1C— ⟭⟬ ᴮᴱDr. omeroz⁷🧈 ⟬⟭ 💜( slow until the 25th) (@omermeroz) November 26, 2021
LET'S GO! @BTS_twt #HaveASafeFlightARMY pic.twitter.com/FwUczEhDB5— Liz⁷ is seeing BTS ✈ ^♡^ (@heyLizR) November 26, 2021
My girls and I are ready to meet our boys! RJ is ready to see his dad! Going to all four concerts, dream come true. See you there ARMY. @bts_bighit #HaveASafeFlightARMY pic.twitter.com/1Dr2S6lvB1— Johanna Pimiento (@5PepperMom) November 26, 2021
SETLIST SNEAK PEEKS
As early as the day before the first concert, fans who were outside SoFi got to hear a few songs from what's presumed to be soundcheck - from 'Dynamite' with a live band to fan favourite B-side 'Dis-ease,' plus 'Black Swan' and 'We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal'.
Dynamite at sofi stadium soundcheck— 🇳🇱 #MAMAVOTE + #bts (@BTSlockdownonly) November 27, 2021
: just look at the colors gosh#PTD_ON_STAGE_LA #btsconcertLA pic.twitter.com/MfIb7ivnll
DI-SEASE IS ALSO NOW PLAYING AT THE SOFI STADIUM ON SOUNDCHECK. #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/Ifxj57RdKA— ⟬⟭ᴮᴱ Ninong Kookie ⁷ ⟭⟬ | ia (@tanniekosmossss) November 27, 2021
“Black Swan” soundcheck💜💜 #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/005kfdvw4g— Natalie Vazquez (@naaatsskiii_) November 27, 2021
♡. "𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶"— 봄날 ⁷; j k (@_WBulletproof) November 26, 2021
At the Soundcheck for PTD ON STAGE - LA, you could hear "We are Bulletproof: The Eternal" (@BTS_twt) 🥺pic.twitter.com/0IjnlVw4Gu
The area surrounding SoFi Stadium was filled with merch stores, photo booths, photocard lucky draw machines, and all sorts of fun activities for fans to enjoy while meeting up with their fellow ARMYs.
BTS PTD Merch sale AND a freaking soundcheck at the stadium!!!! OM niiwj82&!,!2&G!!! #btsconcertLA #btsptdmerchsale #bts #PermissionToDanceOnStageLA pic.twitter.com/jWZKoHk6Ik— Angela Agustin (@hellopinky) November 26, 2021
golden hour at the merch booth as DNA soundcheck is happening ✨#PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/OBX3ETdAOE— soda⁷ is seeing bts tmrw! (@taekyoghouI) November 27, 2021
PHOTOCARD LUCKY DRAW MACHINE 😭💜 #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/TpuiDveACN— kris♥️jungkook TOMORROW (@utopiajeon) November 27, 2021
Some ARMYs brought gifts and treats for new and old friends at the concert venue - from fan-made merch to BTS albums.
i will be sitting right here if you want to take an album for free! #PTDonStage pic.twitter.com/4nkOHG8xzh— hana⁷ ᴱᴺ⁻ ◡̈ ptd d-1 (@kookiezandmilk) November 26, 2021
My bts freebies are done and ready for day 1 ptd la💜— -ˏˋdaisy is seeing btsˊˎ- (@prkhobi) November 24, 2021
Gonna have almost 500 freebies for ARMYs at #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA 🥰— maii is seeing BTS ⟭⟬ ⁷ (@letmeloveyouOT7) November 24, 2021
-Holo & matte souvenir tickets
-Handmade holo & matte PCs
-pony bead bracelets
-purple KF94 masks
-BTS + ARMY logo decals
Find me at the SoFi sign by the lake each concert day for trades 💜💜💜 @BTS_twt #BTS_TEXAS pic.twitter.com/fqV5ajSb4Y
late post but!!! i’m gonna give some limited small freebies for day 1 and 2 for BTS concert!! come say hi and take one jk/hobi/rm enamel pins tomorrow 💜 #btsconcertLA #BTSinLA #PermissionToDanceOnStage #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA #BTS pic.twitter.com/SyEBq4hYBa— D-1 seeing bts! (@mccntwt_) November 27, 2021
These ARMYs are giving away FREE albums!! No limit 😱 pic.twitter.com/leIDa5zpbt— Mariko🌙 (@koriinnn) November 26, 2021
Again: I love us 😭 #BTSARMY #BTS #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/eupcok6UsU— Js ⁷ is seeing BTS in LA 🥺💜 (@BTS_Banana613) November 27, 2021
CRYING SOUNDS 😭 thank you so much @shennyeondan for giving out our PTD bangtan simpsons stickers (and for spamming us with amazing pics and clips from D1 of #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA) you’re seriously the freaking best!! 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/RPRoKX8NTt— chickensutock 🤡🐓 (@chickensutock) November 28, 2021
BTS and their staff also made sure everyone was well-hydrated outside by giving out free bottled water for the ones lining up under the sun for merch. There were also booths that gave out free coffee and hash browns to fans.
Tons of water bottles are being sent down to the merch lines because it’s really getting hot and according to some staff members it was requested by BTS 🥺#PTD_ON_STAGE_LA— Cecilia⁷ in LA 🤩 (@AYshaderoom) November 26, 2021
not BTS sending water to all us fans buying merch bc of how hot it is today 🥺 pic.twitter.com/2L6FZT9U2T— ivanna⁷ (@inlovejhs) November 26, 2021
thank u @BTS_twt for the water :') it's hot pic.twitter.com/uQIfRIguL6— dia (@tatasbodyguard) November 26, 2021
The only place that doesn’t have a line-up and you get a free coffee & hashbrowns. Get your ba-da-ba-ba-baaaa on ARMY! #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/3bRjsQ5scR— ⟭⟬ ᴮᴱC H R I S T I N A ⁷ ∞⟬⟭ IS IN LA ☀️ (@UGHitsxtina) November 27, 2021
To accommodate fans who weren't able to secure tickets for the SoFi Stadium shows, BTS set up PERMISSION TO DANCE LIVE PLAY in LA. A livestream event of the concert with fellow ARMYs right beside the venue at the YouTube Theater, LIVE PLAY also had their own festivities to celebrate BTS' return to the concert stage.
Seeing BTS with my bestie for the 1st time! Words cannot describe how happy I am! 😊💜#PTD_ON_STAGE_LA #LIVEPLAY #BTSARMY #BTS @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/zNc9pMnmvt— ∞⟭⟬Amber Lynn⁷⟬⟭ 🐳🐰💜 BTS AOTY in LA D2 & D3 (@AmberLynn_117) November 28, 2021
Youtube Theatre Liveplay Soundcheck experience! 💜🕺🏼I PULLED MY BIAS at the random photo box! AHHHH! Waiting for SC now💜 @BTS_twt #BTSARMY #bts #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/7iqFwXEiP1— Bangtan_Life ⁷ SAW BTS AT THE AMAS🤯 (@AndiARMY134340) November 28, 2021
Youtube teather #liveplay #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/hQNV4qT6JU— 크리르티나 is Seeing BTS Nov28th- Dec 1-2-3 💜🇺🇸 (@Crisflorida09) November 28, 2021
EAT JIN FIELD TRIP
Fans in LA also took the time to visit Ahgassi Gopchang, a restaurant Jin has dubbed as the "number 1 Korean restaurant" and a place BTS frequent whenever they're in the area.
ARMYS HYPED BUTTER AT AHGASSI GOPCHANG I LOVE THE FEELINGS BEFORE CONCERT #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/mtPe1loWI2— angel⁷ IS SEEING BTS TODAY?! (@rockkoostar) November 27, 2021
The line at Ahgassi Gopchang wrapping around from the entrance to the parking lot— Maria ⁷ is at SoFi Stadium 🏟💫 (@dolojanma) November 27, 2021
(aka Seokjin’s recommended food spot 📍) pic.twitter.com/M2a2D8ckqS
not the whole restaurant at ahgassi gopchang breaking out singing to butter at nearly 12 am pic.twitter.com/zBUyCL83Q7— mini⁷ GA 📌 (@STILLWI7HYOU) November 27, 2021
“He-hey! You know Ahgassi Gopchang!?”— trinh ⁷ - PTD D1+D2 ⟭⟬ (@trinhers) November 27, 2021
- Kim Seokjin, @BTS_twt
3.5 hours later…. WE MADE IT IN!!! having dinner with my girls and finally met @jiminiereset for the first time. 😭💜
btw, this place is DELISHHHHHHH! 😋 pic.twitter.com/lANmZlv5tr
Fans who have soundcheck access were able to see BTS on stage for the very first time since the pandemic began. According to fans on Twitter, RM teared up at the sight of ARMYs saying "Sh*t happens. But we're here now." The group performed 'Telepathy,' 'Dis-ease,' and 'Life Goes On'. While recording at soundcheck wasn't allowed, BTS let in fans with a sneak peek online via their official Instagram account: "We missed U, so so much."
Joining the pre-show fun, J-hope and Jimin took to Weverse and Twitter to share what the stage looked like and their excitement to meet ARMYs for the first time in 2 years.
만나러 갑니다 !!!!+#JIMIN pic.twitter.com/QeE56e6rxk— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 28, 2021
RM and Jin also dropped selfies on Twitter.
white.. burned... pic.twitter.com/Ewljip3Kmm— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 28, 2021
good night pic.twitter.com/nzehXJKKM5— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 28, 2021
After the first show, V, later on, joined by Jimin and Jungkook went on Vlive to have chicken wings and a chat with ARMY.
On the second day, SUGA stopped by on Vlive to share his thoughts from their live concert comeback.
Purple Ocean Comeback
For the last 2 years, BTS and ARMY have been meeting online with their virtual concerts and online appearances. This year, the Purple Ocean made its much-awaited comeback. Purple filled the SoFi Stadium even before the concert began.
2020-2021— Kookoo⁷ •WORKING ON COMMISSION• (@kookiechimm) November 27, 2021
Finally everyone!!!💜🥺😭😭 https://t.co/SENrdWunVq pic.twitter.com/neTUuCX3ig
WE'RE FINALLY IN HERE#PTD_ON_STAGE_LA @bts_bighit pic.twitter.com/IdqTV76oR1— ᴮᴱNat⁷ (@natjcor) November 28, 2021
PURPLE OCEAN FINALLY AFTER 2 YEARS !!!!#PTD_ON_STAGE_LA— ⟭⟬♡ (@BTSupdate_7) November 28, 2021
During the show, the ARMY wave made another appearance as thousands of ARMY bombs lit up the Sofi Stadium.
Captured this beautiful moment of army wave 😭💜 pic.twitter.com/sJ7PehXTG7— sati⁷ 🌸 seeing BTS 😭 (@sati_whalien52) November 28, 2021
Anderson .Paak, together with his family who are long-time fans of the band, met BTS backstage ahead of the show. The 'Leave The Door Open' collab finally happened with a short clip of Anderson and BTS singing together. They also exchanged albums, with Anderson giving them copies of Silk Sonic's debut An Evening with Silk Sonic and BTS giving them 'Butter' CDs.
Look who we met !@AndersonPaak @silksonic pic.twitter.com/iOTb5hrKoD— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 28, 2021
ANDERSON PAAK INSTAGRAM STORY WITH BTS!! pic.twitter.com/dCatdD63VS— j-hope.jpg ♡ (@thejhopeprint) November 28, 2021
Compilation of Anderson Paak and his family meet BTS at the backstage pic.twitter.com/FAIh1ANS0U— keci⁷⁺¹ | (kinda ia) (@likechizu) November 28, 2021
BTS kicked things off with a declaration by leader RM that "Finally, BTS is officially back!"
BTS IS BACK SAYS OUR LEADER!!! pic.twitter.com/ml6aucMkID— TETRIS (@itstetrisbish) November 28, 2021
The show featured a 24-strong setlist similar to the previously held online version last month - from the powerful opening with 'ON,' 'Fire,' and 'Dope' to the 'Dynamite'-'Butter' dance break.
NO PERMISSION NEEDED! #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/KQEVgseDex— TETRIS (@itstetrisbish) November 28, 2021
THE SYNCHRONISATION FOR FIRE DANCE BREAK 🤯 ONLY BTS #BTSSoFiStadium pic.twitter.com/2GM5RX6Qen— pha wish i was seeing BTS (@bemyjinnie) November 28, 2021
THE DANCE BREAK IN THE TRANSITION FROM DYNAMITE TO BUTTER !!!! pic.twitter.com/du6beUkyp5— mina⁷ (@EUPH0RIAL0VE) November 28, 2021
Instead of the stationary "bus" from PTD ON STAGE, BTS had 2 buses this time around, making their way around SoFi Stadium, bringing them closer to fans in different sections of the venue. Jimin even posed for a cute photo.
LOOK AT HIM!!!! pic.twitter.com/GeirAnpck5— bts oldies (@oldiesbts) November 28, 2021
BTS in real life 😊#PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/gO1MuyRAmc— BTS⁷💜 (@bts_vvmkonfyh) November 28, 2021
BTS switched it up for the encore, including 'We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal' and 'Answer: Love Myself,' before closing the night with a confetti party for their Billboard Hot 100 number 1 hit, 'Permission To Dance'.
COMING HERE REAL QUICK TO SHARE WAB THE ETERNAL #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA pic.twitter.com/Da3Eoc9QXf— hal • BTS TODAY (@petalsfortaegi) November 28, 2021
i’m crying crying crying this is so damn beautiful pic.twitter.com/kcQOJEITXM— tey ⁷ is in uni (@pjmbubbies) November 28, 2021
THEY ARE EVERYTHING TO ME 😭pic.twitter.com/WYvLBh6D0E— ً (@jmnsource) November 28, 2021
Thank you for the great performances you gave ARMY to watch, even though I wasn't able to see your performances myself but I'm looking forward to the day when I will have the opportunity to see you again.— 윤히✨ (@gf_spt) November 28, 2021
We are we are forever bulletproof 🥺#BTS #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/KmnKSq5MTO
On Day 2, Megan Thee Stallion joined BTS for a surprise performance of their 'Butter' remix. The setlist also included new additions like 'I'm Fine,' plus 'Young Forever' and 'Spring Day'.
PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE in LA - DAY 1 SETLIST
- 'Blue & Grey'
- 'Black Swan'
- 'Blood Sweat & Tears' '
- 'Fake Love'
- 'Life Goes On'
- 'Boy With Luv'
- 'Airplane pt.2'
- 'So What'
- 'I Need U'
- 'Save Me'
- 'WAB: The Eternal'
- 'Answer: Love Myself'
- 'Permission to Dance'
PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE in LA - DAY 2 SETLIST
- 'Blue & Grey'
- 'Black Swan'
- 'Blood Sweat & Tears' '
- 'Fake Love'
- 'Life Goes On'
- 'Boy With Luv'
- 'Butter' remix with Megan Thee Stallion
- 'Airplane pt.2'
- 'So What'
- 'Save Me'
- 'Im Fine'
- 'Young Forever'
- 'Spring Day'
- 'Permission to Dance'
Check out the video recap here:
Here's what went down at the biggest reunion of 2021: BTS and ARMY at PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE concert in LA https://t.co/ZmFuuRZjyE— Bandwagon (@BandwagonAsia) November 30, 2021
Video by @BIGHIT_MUSIC#BTS #BTSARMY #PTD_ON_STAGE_LA #Stage_For_ARMY #withAmazingMegan #BTSSoFiStadium pic.twitter.com/fF3nb2nUBr
BTS will continue their PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE concert series on 28 November, 1 December, and 2 December. The last day (3 December at 12:30 PM KST, 10:30 AM JKT, 11:30 AM PHT/SGT) will be livestreamed globally via VenewLive. Find out more here.
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