On October 2, Big Bang kicked off their North American tour with a thrilling show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Under the auspices of mega tour organizer, Live Nation, the five-member boy band is tackling one of most ambitious K-pop to reach the United States.
Big Bang performed before a sold-out Vegas crowd, who gathered to see the powerhouse Korean pop group deliver their first American shows since the Alive Galaxy Tour in 2012.
G-Dragon, Taeyang, Seungri, T.O.P and Daesung dominated the stage at Mandalay Bay, exuding their polished aura that was cultivated through nine years of live performance.
Audiences were treated to explosive stages that incorporated high-powered choreography, pyrotechnics, and other special effects, making their stadium performances the largest scale of any K-pop tour to visit America.
While many acts deliver a set of 20 songs, their set-list incorporates up to 25 of their greatest hits and fan favorites from their latest album, "MADE."
According to a report published by YG Life, the group sold out their shows in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Anaheim.
"Even after Big Bang's concert at the Mandalay Bay Event Center started fans that didn't have the tickets refused to go home and stayed around," said the writer for YG Life. "This demonstrates Big Bang's enormous popularity."
Big Bang was greeted by a large crowd, when they arrived at LAX, for their October 3 show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Their Los Angeles stop was a star-studded event, which was attended by some of the biggest names in American pop.
"Celebrities such as Black Eyed Peas and those in the show business came to see Big Bang's concert at the Staples Center," said the report published by YG Life.
Their west coast concerts were attended by more than 30,000 fans.
Big Bang will travel from the western states to deliver a two-night performance for the New York metropolitan area, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
The Prudential Center performances will take place on October 10 and 11, before fans and members of esteemed American mainstream media outlets like the New York Times.
"Partly that's because onstage, Big Bang is more theatrical than moody, and partly because several of the group's recent singles - songs like 'We Like 2 Party' and 'Loser' - are notably more mellow than its hyperkinetic early work," said New York Times music writer, Jon Caramanica, in response to the juxtaposition between their videos and on-stage presence.
Big Bang travels from Newark to perform before Canadian audiences in Toronto, on October 13.