G-Dragon Talks About Sweeping Music Charts And His Impending Military Enlistment At Solo Concert
G-Dragon successfully opened his world tour “ACT III, M.O.T.T.E” with a concert in Seoul on June 10. Approximately 40,000 fans showed up for the concert.
G-Dragon started off saying, “Hello everyone, this is Kwon Ji Yong. My album came out a few days ago, and I heard it’s No. 1 on various sites. The truth is that many things have happened while I was preparing for this album, so I was mentally and physically exhausted. It was nice to hear such good news. It’s thanks to all of you that I’m able to have a concert again, so I want to thank you once again.”
He also said, “You are watching my first concert as human being Kwon Ji Yong. It could be my first and last. Because I’ve been known to the public as G-Dragon for a long time, I became curious about my real self, Kwon Ji Yong. The point of this concert is to show a side to myself that is much less flashy than my usual self. G-Dragon is a part of me, but I think he’s a singer with a very flamboyant and exaggerated image. The time I spent preparing for this album was a valuable opportunity for me to find out things about myself that I hadn’t known or had forgotten about.”
G-Dragon also mentioned his military enlistment, saying, “I’m enlisting in the army next year, and I’ll be 32 or 33 [years old] once I return. Is that alright?” and fans replied with a reassuring cheer. But G-Dragon joked, “I don’t think I’ll be alright. At that age, I don’t think I’ll be able to paint my nails anymore,” making everyone laugh.
The concert was made even better with guest appearances by CL, who performed “The Leaders,” and IU, who sang her own song “Palette” and G-Dragon’s “Missing You.”
Meanwhile, this is G-Dragon’s third solo concert after “Shine a Light” in 2009 and “One of a Kind” in 2013. “ACT III, M.O.T.T.E” will be held in three cities in Asia, eight cities in North America, four cities in Oceania, and will include a dome tour in three cities in Japan. More cities will be announced in the future.