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BTS to hold first live concert since pandemic in Los Angeles in November

Titled "Permission to Dance on Stage", the concerts will take place in SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Nov 27–28 and Dec 1–2. 

BTS to hold first live concert since pandemic in Los Angeles in November

FILE PHOTO: Members of K-pop boy band BTS pose for photographs during a photo opportunity promoting their new single 'Butter' in Seoul, South Korea, May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korean boy band BTS plans to hold live concerts in Los Angeles in November for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, which forced it to cancel global tours and resort to online performances, the band's management said on Tuesday (Sep 28).

The concerts, titled "Permission to Dance on Stage", will take place in SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Nov 2728 and Dec 12, Bit Hit Music said.

"Holding an in-person concert in the midst of COVID-19 is not easy," the company said in a statement posted on its online fan platform Weverse.

"We are able to hold the concert in the United States after taking the national and regional health regulations and circumstances into consideration."

The events will be the seven-member group's first live performances since they wrapped up their tour from North America to Europe to Asia in April 2019.

The band had to call off what was meant to be its biggest international tour involving nearly 40 concerts as COVID-19 spread around the world.

It has played virtual concerts instead, including one last October that garnered more than 990,000 viewers from 191 countries and around 50 billion won (US$42.4 million) in ticket sales.

BTS said its members were fully vaccinated against the virus. Last week, they attended an event in person at the United Nations General Assembly, as the global body's special envoys for future generation and culture, to promote its agenda including combating poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change.

Source: Reuters/sr

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