BUSAN, South Korea – When comedian Ted Alejandro joked last August that it was sad that he was the biggest foreign celebrity to entertain crowds in Busan since Mariah Carey in 2004, it was really a reality check that most expat Busanites took to heart. Finally, however, the streak is coming to an end.
The five-member American Band Maroon 5 is coming to Busan as part of the Hyundai Card “Super Series”. They will first play in Seoul on May 25th, and will hit Busan on May 26th for their first visit outside the capital. The Seoul concert will be held at the Gymnastics Stadium in Olympic Park on May 25.
The concert in Busan will be held in KBS Hall, which is located in Namcheon-dong. Tickets for the concert range from 77,000 won to 121,000 won.
Maroon 5 is making their second stop into Korea, their first being back in Seoul in 2008, and this will be their first visit to the coastal city. The group has sold some 15 million records worldwide since their debut in 2002. The Los Angeles rock band is a three-time Grammy-award winning band with such hits as "She Will Be Loved," "Won’t Go Home Without You”, and more recently, "Misery".
Unfortunately for Busan residents, most main musical talents who visit the peninsula bypass Busan, only either playing in the capital, or even yet, skipping over to the smaller city of Fukuoka, Japan. The first big international concert in seven years is long overdue in this city.
“Maroon 5 is one of the hottest bands in the world and this concert will be a chance to listen to their music live,” an official of Hyundai Card said. “We also organized a concert in Busan where world-famous artists seldom visit.”
Maroon 5's last concert in Seoul was sold out, and you can expect these to be as well, so prepare early and get your tickets in advance.
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