South Korean boy band SHINee completed the final stop of a recent Japanese dome tour on Tuesday night (Feb. 27), their first series of shows since member Jonghyun (Kim Jong-hyun) died by suicide in December.
With two concerts at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome on Feb. 17-18 and another pair at the Tokyo Dome earlier this week (Feb. 26-27), the four K-pop stars — Onew, Minho, Key, and Taemin — were joined at the SHINee World 2018 THE BEST ~ FROM NOW ON ~ Dome Tour by a reported 180,000 fans as they marked their return to the stage. According to the Korea Herald, the four-night tour served as a tribute to Jonghyun, and featured music recorded by all five members of the act.
In January, the four men shared letters through which they addressed their desires to move forward and continue their tour as a tribute to SHINee. The same determination was seen at the dome stops, where Minho told the crowd that the band will always be five even as SHINee moves forward. “It’s not only for this stage, but from now on, we will always think that all five of us are taking the stage,” he reportedly said. “Please promise us one thing; to always remember Jonghyun.”
The surviving members of SHINee and the band’s fandom, known as “Shawol” or “SHINee World,” have come together to mourn Jonghyun and seek comfort with one another in the aftermath of his sudden passing. Along with the concerts, Shawol held local memorials for the star in many countries, and the band members have sought out ways to interact more intimately with fans; Key and Taemin each reportedly found their way into fan-organized group chat rooms on popular Korean app KakaoTalk to converse with fans. (Taemin was apparently kicked out by fans for failing to follow the chat room’s rules while trying to prove his identity.)
Kibum entering a KKT groupchat to tell us he’s doing fine, he’s eating well and his health is good.
Taemin doing the same and reassuring us, asking us not to worry since he’s in good health.
SHINee & Shawols’ bond, ladies and gentlemen.
— shinee’s soldier — (@_keybumie) February 23, 2018
A new Japanese album from SHINee, SHINee THe Best From Now On, is due for release on April 18. It will reportedly be a greatest-hits set that features some new tracks, including works that contain Jonghyun’s vocals. A prolific singer-songwriter, SHINee’s label SM Entertainment also released a posthumous album by Jonghyun, Poet | Artist, last month.
#SHINee successfully closed their Japan Dome concert for four consecutive years which gathered 180,000 people!
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— SMTOWN GLOBAL (@SMTOWNGLOBAL) February 28, 2018