iKON starts sold out arena tour only 33 days after Japanese debut
For the last two days, the boys from iKON have been playing a show at the iconic Budokan in Tokyo, only a month after releasing their first album in Japan. No foreign group in history has ever played at the iconic arena so fast after a Japanese debut.
33 days to be exact, was how long it took for iKON to sell out and perform at Budokan, a landmark in Tokyo where most major international musical acts past and present have made an appearance. Dubbed "iKON Japan Tour 2016," the arena tour started down south in Fukuoka on February 11, and on the 15th and 16th, the shows moved to Tokyo, where the group entertained over 13,000 fans each night, playing songs from their recent album Welcome Back. "Thanks to you guys, we were able to hold a concert only a month after our Japanese debut," iKON told the captivated crowd on the night after Valentine's Day. The group even performed 13 of their 20-song set list in Japanese! There were tears and laughter, both from the group and the fans, and everyone had a night to remember.
The entire five-show tour is expected to draw a total of 146,000 fans, ending in the city of Kobe on the 21st. From there, iKON will head back to Korea, as they kick off their "iKON Showtime Tour 2016" in Daegu on the 27th. If this keeps up, the next time they're in Japan they may find themselves playing in the largest stadiums around.
The iconic Budokan