Over the course of three nights (25th, 26th, and 27th January 2013), one of the biggest world tours featuring one of South Korea’s most popular K-Pop idol boy groups finally came to an end. The grand finale took place at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Hall and it saw the attendance of tens of thousands of VIPs (BIGBANG fans), K-Pop fans, and celebrities alike (e.g. se7en, Epik High, Gummy, Lee Hi, 2NE1, Miss Korea 2009, EXO, SNSD’s Taeyeon, SNSD’s Yuri, SNSD’s Seohyun, etc).
BIGBANG’s Alive GALAXY Tour 2012 first kicked off on 2nd March 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. The first three nights of their tour (2nd, 3rd, and 4th March 2012) was cheered on by a total of 39,000 fans.
It was also a record-breaking milestone of the boys’ (G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P, Daesung, and Seungri) careers as they globe-trotted in the months to come.
The tour went on to stop at several locations around the world namely Japan (Nagoya, Yokohama, Osaka, Saitama, Fukuoka), China (Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong), Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines, United Kingdom, United States (New York, Los Angeles), and even Malaysia:
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This was, of course, amidst all their solo activities back home in South Korea.
At the end of last year, YG Entertainment (home to BIGBANG) released the official numbers of tickets sold throughout BIGBANG’s Alive GALAXY Tour 2012 – a whopping, mind-blowing total of 759,000 tickets. Imagine that!
At the same time, YG Entertainment announced that there would be a final concert where BIGBANG will wrap up their almost year-long tour. And where better to hold it than the very location where it all began?
The Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Hall.
And while the last three BIGBANG Alive GALAXY Tour 2012 concerts were an emotional ones for the boys and the concert attendees, YG Entertainment have ensured fans that it wouldn’t be the end of the idols just yet, amidst rumours that some of the members would be enlisting for the mandatory Korean military service.
As soon as the last encore and the final curtain call is over, BIGBANG’s members will be shifting their focus to promoting their solos under their own individual names.
G-Dragon aka Kwon Jiyong will embark on his solo world tour, starting with a three-dome tour in Japan. T.O.P aka Choi Seunghyun will fully concentrate on his acting/filming. Both Taeyang aka Dong Youngbae and Daesung are slated to release their solo albums in the first half of 2013. Daesung is also in the midst of planning his solo concert. And finally, Seungri aka Lee Seunghyun has got his eyes set on his hosting gigs as well as participating in a few Japanese dramas. (Source)
So, no, it isn’t over for the boys just yet. Are you or are you not excited to see more of your favourite K-Pop idols this year? Exciting times ahead!
Meanwhile, check out our gallery for the official, unofficial, and a compilation of some behind-the-scenes photos from BIGBANG’s Alive GALAXY Tour The Final in Seoul:
Sources: G-Dragon’s Instagram, G-Dragon’s Twitter, Taeyang’s Instagram, John Lee’s Instagram, Dante Inferno’s Twitter, Harry Kim’s Instagram, D-Unit’s me2day, YG Entertainment’s me2day, YG Entertainment’s Facebook page, BIGBANG’s Facebook page.