By Kwon Mee-yoo
Ticket prices for Korean R&B trio SG Wanna Be’s concert in Japan, “New Year Concert 2008,” are soaring up to as high as 500,000 won.
Their concert tickets are available at the Yahoo! Japan auction website for 57,500 yen (approximately 511,600 won), up from 12,000 yen (106,800 won).
The rise in price is due to a member of the group leaving. Fans think that this is the last chance to see all three members together.
SG Wanna Be consists of three male members, Chae Dong-ha, Kim Yong-jun and Kim Jin-ho. The SG stands for “Simon and Garfunkel,” the American folk rock duo.
On Monday, Chae, 27, the leader of the group, announced that he will leave Mnet Media, the agency for SG Wanna Be, after releasing their fifth album in May.
Chae starred in the musical “Footloose” last year and reportedly wants to act as well as sing.
However, Mnet Media wants him to focus only on singing and this clashes with his goal of becoming an all-around entertainer. The other two members will remain in the group.
Mnet Media said that they would replace him with another singer and keep the group’s name and musical style as before.
The trio debuted in 2004 with their album “Wanna Be+” and released “While You Live” in 2005, “The 3rd Masterpiece” in 2006 and “The Sentimental Chord” in 2007, all of which have been successes.
The group previously held concerts in Japan in May 2006, November 2006 and June 2007. Their fourth concert in Japan is scheduled for Tokyo International Forum, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Jan. 27. They are also expected to release an album in Japan in March.