Excited and nervous before their landmark first concert on Saturday at London’s Wembley Stadium, K-pop boy band members BTS said they’re going to make history at the heart of world pop music.
“We are finally here at Wembley Stadium after everybody’s anticipation and waiting. First of all, (we are) very honored. I want to thank our fans for this honor,” BTS member J-Hope said hours before their concert at a press conference at the prominent football stadium.
“Our mindset, though, remains unchanged. As an artist who always loves performances, I will do my best and write BTS’ new history at this historic venue,” he continued
The Saturday-Sunday concerts at Wembley Stadium, Britain’s largest concert venue where artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Celine Dion have performed, mark another career-boosting moment for BTS.
At this 90,000-seat stadium, the band had initially planned to perform a single night concert but turned it into a two-day event as the tickets for the first concert were sold out in less than two hours. A combined 120,000 fans will be accepted for the two days.
The members of the band also marveled and thanked international fans for their efforts to learn Korea’s culture and language, the home country of the band.
The British leg of the ongoing world tour “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” came after BTS surprised the world with their latest album, “Map of the Soul: Persona.” The new album immediately surpassed the main Billboard album chart, Billboard 200, after its release at the end of April. It was the third Billboard 200 No. 1 of the band within a one-year span, a feat the Beatles last achieved.
When they were asked to name British artists that they wanted to collaborate with. Member V named Coldplay while RM said, Paul McCartney.