My Introduction To BTS

My daughter has been singing the songs of BTS for a couple of years now.  She is one of the army members, the BTS Army, the amazing fanbase known around the world.  In a few short years, the KPOP sensations have found themselves from appearing at KCON in Los Angeles, to selling out shows at the Staples Center, to now filling the biggest outdoor concert venues in the country as they begin a new world tour.

Let me preface this by saying that I was supposed to be at The Rolling Stones next weekend at the Rose Bowl.  But they’ve postponed due to health issues.  So instead of seeing Mick and Keith, I found myself at the Rose Bowl for BTS seeing Jungkook, Jimin, RM, and all the members who make up BTS.  No question, I am of a different era.  This would be a show for my KIDS.  Or would it.

The first thing you notice at this BTS concert is the fact that 65,000 amazing fans are in their seats before the show even starts, singing to every single song, BEFORE the group even took to the stage.  The Rose Bowl is loud.  This was thunderous.  THUNDEROUS.

BTS took the stage and the BTS Army went crazy.  My kids went crazy.  CRAZY.  Light tubes synced to the music as everyone waved their lights in the air.  These guys dominated the stage.  No opening act.  Just them.  Fireworks.  Fun.  I decided to live tweet the show as much as I could on my twitter feed @wilgoren.  WiFi wasn’t great since a million of my newest and closest BTS friends must have had the same idea.

I’d post short video clips.  

Then photos.  

And more short video clips.

I watched the joy on everyone’s faces.  Even with stadium speakers at the Rose Bowl, it was hard to hear the group at times over the crowd who was singing every word to every song.  It was a shared concert experience for sure.

If there are a few words I would use to describe BTS to people who don’t know them, I would say “showmen”.  They put on an amazing show moving around the stage, bouncing up and down from different parts of the stage, at one point even flying over the crowd at the Rose Bowl.  That was very cool.

But “showmen” seems too simplistic.  

These guys who are just entering the height of their careers seem to be MORE.  This was a positive concert vibe that gave everyone a good feeling inside.  Even if you didn’t understand all the words to the songs (and there were many I didn’t understand), this was about how the music and the group made you FEEL.  And the crowd, myself included, was feeling really good.  

In between the songs, music videos played, they put up the tour name “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself”.  And it felt like that really WAS the message.  The group from South Korea has been traveling the world, and building their fanbase army, on a mission of positivity.  


My tweets, pictures, and videos would be shared more than a MILLION times and viewed many more.  People from South Korea, Taiwan, many other countries and across the United States as well.  At the end of the night, I thanked everyone for watching my live tweets.  I got many, many, many thanks in return including this one, “Thank you for the time taking those beautiful moments of the concert tonight and sharing them to the world.”  

And that’s what this really was.  It was a WORLDwide event from the Rose Bowl.  It was a group just hitting the peak of their success.  It was an affirmation for the many BTS Army members that this group is pretty amazing for a lot of reasons, and an introduction for newbies like me, that yes, this group is pretty amazing for a lot of reasons.

BTS addressed the Rose Bowl crowd for quite a long time at the end of the concert.  They called this one of the most important nights of their lives.  No doubt it was.  I had the feeling that I just witnessed something big.  Really big.


About Pete Wilgoren

Author of Dadmissions. Pete Wilgoren is an Emmy winning journalist, blogger, and author writing about parenthood, life, and other stuff
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16 Responses to My Introduction To BTS

  1. ladyrenesmee says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.

  2. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this! Yes! It’s something hard to pin down to one word such as “showmanship”. They are so much more than that! To make this short, because honestly I could write la book, I love them and they love us!

  3. kaia says:

    this was a very touching piece. wish my dad and i could have the same experience! thank you so much for spreading more positivity and BTS true message not just to armys and the youth but to everyone else who enjoys and experienced their music. sending hugs to your fam from the philipines 😊

  4. kzookak says:

    Thanks for this reflection! I was one of those Twitter followers who “watched” the concert through your eyes. (I will be at both Chicago concerts next weekend) Loved seeing the guys shine!
    I am not a typical ARMY (although I’ve found this is not a group for just teen girls), I am a divorced, 52 yo mother and professional who found these boys through my teenaged daughter. And while I love the vast variety of their music and the amazing dancing, it is this community of positive, loving ARMY that impressed me almost as much. (There was a plan for some to stay behind after the concert last night and help clean the Rose Bowl!) This is not your typical “boy band”—and not your typical fan base. There is some special, different here. So let me be one if the first to welcome you to the ARMY. It’s an awesome journey!

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  6. TY says:

    Wow you wrote my thoughts. Thanks a lot for sharing. I heard about BTS may be 4 years ago but never took interest. Now since 3 weeks I am following them. They makes you happy by just watching them doing ramdon things online. I wish them all the good wishes in the world.

  7. Aminah M says:

    Thank you for the amazing words, photos and moments you shared! It’s always great to see people appreciating and spreading positivity.

  8. Chloe Luna says:

    I absolutely love this !! It put such a huge smile on my face. I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing them and thank you for loving them! I’ll be seeing them on June 1st for the first time and I’m beyond excited!

  9. Mugdha says:

    Thank you so much, your post made my day. Honestly, I am 18 and a loyal ARMY from India. But sadly, the music that BTS has created is sometimes shunned upon; I must stress on sometimes, by the older generations as gibberish due to linguistic barriers and just loud pop with lot of glamour. But hearing something like this from a person like you, was really calming and satisfying. I am just so glad that these 7 boys are breaking the barriers and creating meaningful music for not only teenagers, but for all people of the world big and small; and people are finally understanding their motive, their music, their love, them. Thank you.❤

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