Well, it seems like it’s official! BTS’ PTD era is at its end! But what a grand finale it had! Bangtan closed out the era with four sold-out shows at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium, a city-wide takeover, and that announcement. And if BTS is commemorating the end of an era, so are we! Thanks to this concert series, there have been plenty of highlights during BTS’ most hopeful era, PERMISSION TO DANCE.
The ‘Permission To Dance’ Music Video
The release of ‘Permission To Dance’ was special for so many reasons; it came out on ARMY’s birthday (July 9th) and was a beacon of representation for many ARMYs. But it also is just a straight-up bop, filled with love, hope, and energy. ‘Permission To Dance’ replaced ‘Butter’ on the Billboard Hot 100, only to then be replaced by ‘Butter,’ making BTS the only artist to ever replace themselves at number one not once, but twice.
PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE: ONLINE
BTS have been the kings of online concerts ever since MOTS ON:E back in 2020, and then came the monstrous PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE series, which started with an online-only version back in October 2021. BTS showed us new sides of themselves, and it was incredible to see how much they’d grown as performers, even during the time they weren’t able to be on a stage.
PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE: LOS ANGELES
BTS and ARMY were finally reunited after a very long two years in November and December last year. PTD: LA was highly emotional and came with a lot of tears from BTS and ARMY alike. The four shows in LA also hinted at what was to come with their plans for city-wide takeovers and consistent global live streams! Plus, who can forget those guest performances from Megan Thee Stallion and Coldplay’s Chris Martin?
PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE: SEOUL
BTS had to wait a long time to be reunited with ARMY, but they had to wait even longer to be able to see them in their home country of South Korea. The PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE: SEOUL shows were made even more special with live cinema screenings across the globe, making every ARMY feel like they were a part of the PTD era.
PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE: LAS VEGAS
The entirety of the PTD series has been a gift to witness, especially the finale(s) in Las Vegas. BTS finally achieved their dream of a city-wide event, with 200,000 ARMY attending the concerts at Allegiant Stadium and 22,000 more going to the LIVE PLAY screenings at MGM Grand Arena.
Plus, there was truly so, so much more. From the Bellagio fountains with ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Butter’ shows, to BTS themed hotel rooms up and down the Strip. Around 13,000 visitors at a booth organized by the Korean Tourism Organization, where ARMY could learn about Korean culture, including even trying on traditional Korean hanbok. Stanning BTS has an inherently celebratory and positive feeling, so we loved seeing ARMY and that energy shining in Borahaegas!
Let’s Go New Era!
However, one thing about BTS? They never let us rest for a second. When they came straight out the gate on day 4 of the Las Vegas concerts talking about how it was the “last show,” “last performance,” “last chance,” we knew something was up. And for once our clowning paid off. After the show, once BTS had reluctantly left the PTD stage for the last time, they hit us with one of the best album announcements ever.
A black-and-white video played highlighting all of BTS’s career so far. And at the end? Just a date. 10th June 2022. The videos of the stadium going crazy when they saw the date are insane, and it’s so fun to think that BTS will have heard ARMY’s reaction in real-time. After the show, Weverse hit us with the official announcement: we are getting a brand-new BTS album for the first time in nearly two years – the longest gap of their career. We know absolutely nothing about it, and yet, it’s already Album Of The Year.
The moment is bittersweet, as ‘Dynamite,’ ‘Butter’ and ’Permission To Dance’ will forever have a soft spot in our hearts, but we are so beyond excited to see what the new era has in store for us all! The theories we have brewing already…
What does BTS and PTD mean to you? What’s been your favorite moment from this era? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter @TheHoneyPop!
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