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The BTS “Permission to Dance” concert revived the purple energy in ARMYs

Emily Wang (’22)
BTS bow to the audience at the end of the “Permission to Dance” concert. Confetti and colorful light sticks make the entire stadium look like a universe filled with joy, optimism, and excitement.

Walking into a concert stadium and immediately immersing yourself within waves upon waves of glowing light sticks in synchronization with the beats of your favorite song. You step onto that roller coaster ride of emotions: from the exhilaration of the upbeats to the soulfulness of every suspended key in the song. Being able to see not only your favorite boyband but also other people from the same fandom, whose energy and excitement matched yours, will surely make your eyes teary after leaving the crowd.

On November 26th, November 27th, December 1st, and December 2nd, BTS made a grand comeback with the “Permission to Dance” tour at the SoFi Stadium after two years of restricted travel due to COVID-19. Since their plans of a world tour unfortunately halted back in 2020, fans could not contain their excitement as they returned to live stage once more.

“I was really excited before because I actually got their last concert’s ticket, but got canceled during my freshman year,” Wendy Chang (‘23) said. “So, I got really excited since I got the chance to watch them in person, which is hard to believe.”

Thousands of people attended each concert, singing and dancing to songs ranging from rap to R&B that provoked fans’ emotions around the world. During the concert, BTS performed songs from both recent comebacks, such as their hit, “Butter,” as well as some earlier works from their album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever, which stirred up the agitated crowd even more with nostalgia.

“At first, I was very happy to see them in person, and they look so good, but then I got really emotional towards the end when they started singing ‘Spring Day,’” Wendy Chang (‘23) said.

BTS concerts are not only famous for their telepathic energy within the crowd through lively dance beats and powerful stage presence, but also the crazy queues for fan merchandise. There were cases when attendees lined up for their seats at 9 a.m. when the concert started at 5 p.m. Under COVID-19, however, the concert management team also enacted measures in response to the ongoing pandemic.

“They said to bring your vaccination card, and I did bring mine, but they did not look at it,” Emily Wang (‘22) said. “But I know that they also have stations where people get tested if they are not fully vaccinated.”

Despite the language barrier, BTS has brought K-pop culture to an international audience. With its popularity, BTS has successfully delivered a valuable message of self-love. From their album series “Love Yourself” to their recent song “Permission to Dance”—its choreography integrating sign language that helps deaf people understand the song’s positive and meaningful message—they encourage others to love themselves. Creating more than just music, BTS has also collaborated with UNICEF since 2017 to host the LOVE YOURSELF Campaign to raise awareness of anti-violence and self-love with #ENDviolence.

“I first liked them because they are good-looking people, their songs are good, and they are great at dancing,” Emily Wang (‘22.) said. “And then later when they came out with music like ‘Spring Day,’ and when they created lyrics and make art that is deep, I feel like that is why I became a fan for so long.”

Although many people who are not fans of BTS may not understand fans’ zeal for a group of K-pop idols, the mutual love shared between BTS and fandom acts as encouragement and motivation for both sides to persevere in doing things they love. The official fandom name for BTS fans, ARMY—an acronym for “Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth”—signifies that the fandom will always be BTS’s strongest source of support.

With all the trust and support that the name ARMY carries, the color purple embedded a profound meaning. During the 3rd Muster – a fan club event—V, the main vocalist, visual, and producer of BTS, initiated the meaning. Purple is the last color in the rainbow, meaning the inevitable trust and love. V said, “I purple you,” which means I will love and trust you until the last day comes.

BTS has especially impacted the lives of many people. The hard work and time they have exerted over the past eight years have inspired many to chase their own dreams, especially high school students. They are constantly moved by the hard work they put into each of their songs, especially by the touching lyrics.

“You gave me the best of me // So you’ll give you the best of you,” Magic Shop by BTS

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Jenny Tran
Jenny Tran, Public Editor
Whether it is popping on a new vinyl or traveling across the world, Jenny Tran (‘24) likes to immerse herself in the moment and explore the culture around her. You can find her hanging out with friends in the South Hutch common room or listening to various music genres at any place and time. Her favorite artists include Suboi, Keshi, Tyler the Creator, and Blackpink. Whether across the Pacific Ocean in California or in her hometown of Hanoi, Vietnam, Jenny is probably watching the radiant moon listening to Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean. At Webb, Jenny shines a light on women’s issues in different countries, Asian rights, and ESVI. As she moves into her third year on the Webb Canyon Chronicle, she hopes to continue advocating for her beliefs while exploring new mediums like poetry or photo galleries. As a Public Editor, Jenny also wants to bring more inventive and comedic ideas to the table. If you are ever in need of a good laugh, a music recommendation, or someone to go thrifting with, you should call Jenny Tran.  Favorite song: DO4LOVE by 52Hz & Willistic 
Emily Li
Emily Li, Chief of Media
Emily Li ('24) is not your usual iPad kid. You might see her using her tablet, but trust me: she isn't playing Roblox. She is a passionate artist who loves to create artwork on her iPad. Emily's favorite thing to draw is the people around her, focusing on experimenting with colors. She also enjoys dancing to popular K-pop stars IU and Mamamoo. Just like her top-notch dancing skills, she has a crazy tolerance for spicedo not be surprised when you see her empty bottle of sriracha. However, Emily's dynamic personality is not confined to her personal endeavors. As head peer advisor, she steps into a leadership role that suits her naturally empathetic and social nature. She finds joy in building bridges, fostering connections, and offering a sympathetic ear to those around her. One of Emily’s main goals this year is to give as much love as she can to the world. At the Webb canyon chronicle is to improve the diversity of articles and further refine the website after designing it. In a world where each stroke of her digital pen, every dance step, and all her interactions paint a picture of her vibrant self, Emily Li stands not only as a multitalented artist, leader, athlete and beacon of positivity, illuminating everything she touches with her unique and colorful perspective. 

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