Before the show, fans--including famous Korean actors, actresses and models--are chanting G-Dragon’s birth name “Kwon Ji Yong! Kwon Ji Yong!” and waving BIGBANG merchandise featuring the band’s symbolic yellow crown. Billboard was backstage for an exclusive intimate interview with the K-pop prince. Watch the video below:
At a little past 3:00 p.m., the curtains rise and G-Dragon emerges in a futuristic glass car, donning a bright red bodysuit and equally flaming red hair. The beat to newly-premiered track, “GO,” echoes through the stadium as the K-pop prince shouts, “Make some noise!” The vibrant, two-hour, Michael Jackson-level affair had begun.
With eye-popping props, numerous outfit changes, multiple LED screens flashing video visuals, and dazzling laser lights, the highly-energetic performer moved through a remixed version of his monster solo debut single “Heartbreaker” and knocking track “One Of a Kind,” (which was No. 17 of 2012 Billboard’s K-Pop Songs of the Year).
With the help of Epik High’s Tablo and 2NE1’s CL on hip-hop tracks “Light It Up” and “The Leaders” respectively.
Slowing things down for a bit, GD was elevated on a rising platform to perform romantic, acoustic guitar track “Butterfly” among giant flying butterfly kites. Next was “That XX,” another acoustic pop-ballad, where G-Dragon brought out guitarist Danny for a tender performance on a jeweled throne.
While he took a break, guest stars 2NE1 performed two songs: their hard-hitting smash “I Am The Best” and latest romantic single “I Love You.” "Isn't G-Dragon great?!" 2NE1 leader CL asked the crowd. "He is the best. We are really honored to be here. G-Dragon is re-energizing so, please, continue to support him throughout the show."
G-Dragon seemed to focus on making the night about personal connection throughout the night; taking time to truly interact with fans. In between the sets, he would run down in a pool of screaming fans sticking his face out in the crowd and letting fans touch him.
G-Dragon winded his show down strong with a hybrid remix version of electro-pop numbers “Crayon” and BIGBANG’s “Fantastic Baby.” He flaunted his fiery rap skills while he and his dancers partied in a storm of confetti. After the encore of BIGBANG’s “Bad Boy” and another performance of “GO.” G-Dragon gave a sincere thanks to the audience.
“This is my first tour as a solo artist in four years,” he told the crowd. "A lot has happen within those years. It’s kind of embarrassing to say this, but I think I’ve matured as a person and artist.
"I don’t know where I’ll be in the next four years, but as long as you guys stay with me, I promise to work hard to release great music. Thank you for always taking out your valuable time to come see me. Today was a blissful day. I hope this concert could last in your hearts and your memories for a long time.”