SHINee was met with an unfortunate incident on December 7 that caused the cancellation of their guerrilla album release event in Japan.
At 5 PM on December 7, SHINee was scheduled to hold an album release event at the Shibuya Parco Mall for their first Japanese album, “The First.” In Japan, December 7 is celebrated as ‘Christmas Tree Day,’ a day celebrated in honor of the first Christmas tree in Japan in 1886.
SHINee was originally supposed to make a surprise appearance dressed in Santa suits. They must have underestimated their popularity, though, as over 1,000 fans showed up, causing police to come out to handle the crowd. They eventually shut down the event 30 minutes before it was to begin to ensure everyone’s safety.
Fans had to be content with watching the music video for “Lucifer,” which was shown on a large LED display outside.
On December 8, Sankei Sports and Sports Nikkan reported, “SHINee’s album event for ‘The First’ was cancelled. Despite never having put up prior notices, over 1,000 fans gathered, causing police to come out.”
Jonghyun said, “I’d like to repay this incident to our fans at the fan event on the 24th at the Tokyo International Forum Hall.”
On December 24, SHINee will be performing at the Tokyo International Forum Hall A for their “The First” release showcase. They will also be participating in the “Music For All, All For One” live event at the Yoyogi Gymnasium on December 25.