Ryu Si Won to Put On 100th Solo Concert in Japan
Ryu Si Won, one of the original hallyu stars, is about to put on his 100th solo concert in Japan.
Though generally absent from the Korean scene, Ryu has been working nonstop overseas, going on large-scale live tours and putting out a new album every year since 2004.
Having held his first concert in the Nippon Budokan, Ryu became the first Korean actor/singer to pull off two live concerts in the Tokyo Dome, back in December 2008, and has drawn over 500,000 people to his concerts.
This year, Ryu is planning to hold a total of 16 concerts in eight Japanese cities, with the theme of ′coming closer and communicating with fans through a live show.′
Starting with concerts in Saitama on November 4-5, he wrapped up concerts on a high note in Yokohama (November 7-8) and Nigata (November 15-16). He will move on to Osaka, Sendai, Nagoya, and Fukuoka before holding the grand finale at Super Arena with 37,000-capacity in Saitama on December 20-21.
Since debuting in Japan with his full-length album, Promise in 2004, he has released a total of 22 albums including 12 single albums and eight full-length albums, setting a record of every album ranking within top 10 on the Oricon Chart.
Despite his age during an era where youth and looks are valued above talent, his standing in Japan is still solid as he made a deal with Japan’s largest music label, Avex, and brought 3,000 fans to an event marking the release of his eighth studio album, Always on October 6.
A representative of Avex said, “Ryu Si Won has been focusing on preparing for the concert tour, spending more than six hours a day on rehearsing, going back and forth between Korea and Japan three months before the tour started.” The rep continued, “We believe he’ll successfully finish the remaining concerts as well.”
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