Fresh off their instant-classic Grammys performance, BTS took over Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium this weekend, the K-pop superstars’ first U.S. concerts of 2022. The shows were a continuation of BTS’ Permission to Dance On Stage residency in Los Angeles that filled up SoFi Stadium in November and December 2021, reported by Rolling Stone.
The group’s Sin City celebration will continue next weekend for two more sold-out gigs at Allegiant Stadium on April 15 and 16, currently the only two shows remaining on BTS’ North American touring schedule.
“Tonight is a very special night,” according to Billboard, said BTS member RM, addressing the crowd during the April 9 night encore. “Of course, we have a BTS concert with 50,000 ARMYs … I had my first American trip when I was 15. It was 2009 and the last stop was Las Vegas. But what caught my mind was the neon, the lights and the people’s faces, they all looked happy. So I was like, when I grow up, and if I earn some money, I’ll definitely come back and enjoy Las Vegas.”
He continued, “It feels really strange, because at 15 I was thinking about giving up the music and going back to studying again. I never thought that I would come back and [have] these amazing stays with all of my lovely friends. Thank you for my coming back to Las Vegas — making this, tonight, very special. And I want to tell the little RM from 15 years old, your life and your next Las Vegas will be amazing.”