November 3, 2012
So if you haven't heard about the Korean boy-band, BIG BANG, trust me, you will soon. Riding the K-Pop invasion into the United States, led by Psy and Gangnam Style, BIG BANG is on their first U.S. tour. For two nights in a row, they sold out the Honda Center. It's only a matter of time before everyone knows the names of these five rappers/singers — G-Dragon, T.O.P., Taeyang, Seungri, and Daesung.
On Saturday, walking into the Honda Center was more like heading to a Lakers/Celtics playoff game than a concert. The tension was almost palpable, as if I could just reach up and cut it with a knife and spread it over my hot dog. Hundreds of young girls were wearing their BIG BANG swag and screaming every time the lights flickered. When I was heading to my seat, the lights cut off, and the image of BIG BANG appeared on a giant television screen above the stage, which stretched far out into the floor. The stage was shaped like a cross. Then a countdown began, the lights began to pulse, and out of the blackness emerged thousands of yellow lamps — which looked more like electrified lotus flowers — in the hands of the audience.