Act III: M.O.T.T.E World Tour

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Act III: M.O.T.T.E World Tour
Tour by G-Dragon
G-Dragon 2017 World Tour MOTTE Poster.png
Associated albumKwon Ji Yong
Start dateJune 10, 2017
End dateOctober 8, 2017
No. of shows
  • 19 in Asia
  • 8 in North America
  • 4 in Oceania
  • 5 in Europe
  • 36 in total
G-Dragon concert chronology

The Act III: M.O.T.T.E 'Moment of Truth The End' World Tour (referred to as Act III: M.O.T.T.E) was the second concert tour by South Korean rapper and singer-songwriter G-Dragon. It was in support of his self-titled EP Kwon Ji Yong (2017). The tour began on June 10, 2017 in Seoul and concluded on October 8, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.[1]

Act III represents the beginning of the third decade of his life while 'M.O.T.T.E' (Hangul모태; Hanja母胎; RRmotae) meaning "mother's womb" in Korean, or "from birth", also serves as an acronym for 'Moment Of Truth The End'.[2] The tour is the largest tour by a Korean artist in the United States and Europe, and is the largest concert tour ever conducted by a Korean solo artist, it was attended by 654,000 people worldwide.[3][4][5]

Background[edit]

In January 2017, YG Entertainment announced that G-Dragon was working on a new solo album to be released in 2017, along with a new concert tour to support the album.[6] On March 31, it was reported by various media outlets that G-Dragon will perform at Seoul World Cup Stadium on June 10.[7] YG Entertainment confirmed the concert a week later, making G-Dragon the second solo artist in history to perform at Seoul World Cup Stadium, after labelmate PSY.[8] On April 25, it was announced that the tour would visit 18 cities across Asia, North America and Oceania.[1] On June 17, additional dates were announced in Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan.[9] On June 26, YG Entertainment added five European cities to the tour, marking the first time for G-Dragon to stage a solo performance in Europe.[10]

The concert at Seoul World Cup Stadium was live-streamed in Japanese cinemas.[11] The final concert in Japan at Tokyo Dome on September 20 was aired live in 100 theaters across Japan.[12][13]

Renowned designer and director Willo Perron, served as the creative director for the tour, having previously worked with international artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West, and Drake.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

Ticket sales started in South Korea on April 13, and all 40,000 tickets were sold out in 8 minutes, and generated $3.9 million USD in revenue from tickets sales.[15][16] In Macau, a second show was added after the first sold-out moments after release, selling a combined number of 22,000 tickets.[17][18] In Hong Kong, G-Dragon broke the record for the highest attendance at AsiaWorld–Arena for a single show, gathering 18,200 concertgoers each night for two consecutive performances.[19] G-Dragon's tour in Japan gathered a combined audience of 260,000 for five concerts, with attendance per concert averaging 52,000 people.[20]

The tour listed on Pollstar's year end list, on the Top 200 North American Tours, G-Dragon ranked at number 154 and earned $7.9 million from eight shows, making him the second Korean artist to enter the chart, after his band Big Bang.[21]

Critical reception[edit]

G-Dragon performing "One of a Kind" on his show on Sydney, Australia.

The tour received positive reviews from music critics. Writing about the concert in Macau, Kimberly Lim from The New Paper felt that "idea behind the concert was simple, yet profound." Lim also complimented how G-Dragon "has proven himself to be a multifaceted performer – one who is able to rap lighthearted, energetic songs, and sing emotional, power ballads while dancing."[22]

Riddhi Chakraborty, a reporter from Rolling Stone India described the first part of the concert as a "energetic opening" that starts with "pop-soaked hits from early on in his career, setting up a chronological progression of his repertoire for the rest of the evening", while the second part presents the "creation of a superstar depicted as a painful, surgical process, serving as a commentary on the superficiality of the entertainment industry", with G-Dragon jumping "genres effortlessly" and "wrapping it all up neatly with sharp choreography." About the final part, she wrote that it was "easily the most intimate of the three segments", and concluded that in the concert, the rapper decided "lay it all bare and give his fans the best show possible", making use of "precise choreography, stage direction, seamless costume changes and a plethora of pyrotechnics", but despite its "high production value", the writer felt that his "unwavering enthusiasm, electric stage presence and brutal honesty that indeed make it 'the tour you cannot miss.'"[23]

The website Vulture ranked the concert at the Barclays Center at number three in their "The 10 Best Concerts of 2017" list, complementing how he "performed with presence, aware that he's not just any man, putting on a show in three acts that saw multiple wardrobe changes, sharp choreography, expensive lights and sets onstage, and his usual cheeky oscillations between femme and machismo." Additionally, they praised the way the rapper "broke the fourth wall" and showed the audience that "he's still a work in progress, but he's no longer scared to let his fans watch that transformation."[24]

Set list[edit]

This set list is representative of the show on June 17, 2017 in Macau. It is not representative of all concerts for the duration of the tour.

Notes
  • "This Love" was performed for the encore only for the first leg in Asia and in Seattle, USA.

Special guests

  • During the first show in Seoul, G-Dragon performed "R.O.D" and "The Leaders" with CL, and "Palette" and "Missing You" with IU.[25][26]
  • During the shows in Manila and Kuala Lumpur, G-Dragon performed "Missing You" and "Hello" with Dara.[27][28]
  • During the second show in Tokyo, G-Dragon and Seungri performed "Crooked", and a medley of Big Bang songs including "Bae Bae", "Bang Bang Bang", "Good Boy", and "Fantastic Baby".[29]
  • During the final shows in Taipei, G-Dragon performed "Palette" and "Missing You" with IU.[30]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Asia
June 10, 2017 Seoul South Korea Seoul World Cup Stadium 40,000 / 40,000[31] $3,900,000
June 17, 2017 Cotai Macau Cotai Arena 22,000[18] N/A
June 18, 2017
June 24, 2017 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium 15,000[32] N/A
June 25, 2017
July 7, 2017 Bangkok Thailand IMPACT Arena 20,000[33] N/A
July 8, 2017
North America[34][35]
July 11, 2017 Seattle United States KeyArena 6,246 / 8,610 $809,157
July 14, 2017 San Jose SAP Center 9,031 / 11,441 $1,161,815
July 16, 2017 Inglewood The Forum 9,928 / 10,957 $1,354,697
July 19, 2017 Houston Toyota Center 5,708 / 7,796 $789,233
July 21, 2017 Chicago United Center 7,035 / 10,688 $944,143
July 25, 2017 Miami American Airlines Arena 4,481 / 12,129 $562,097
July 27, 2017 Brooklyn Barclays Center 7,920 / 9,861 $1,380,349
July 30, 2017 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 9,525 / 9,525 $1,078,640
Oceania[36]
August 5, 2017 Sydney Australia Qudos Bank Arena N/A N/A
August 8, 2017 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre 2,103 / 2,351 $401,154
August 12, 2017 Melbourne Hisense Arena N/A N/A
August 16, 2017 Auckland New Zealand Spark Arena
Asia
August 19, 2017 Fukuoka Japan Fukuoka Dome 260,000[a] N/A
August 22, 2017 Osaka Kyocera Dome
August 23, 2017
August 25, 2017 Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Arena 36,000[38]
August 26, 2017
September 1, 2017 Quezon City Philippines Smart Araneta Coliseum N/A
September 3, 2017 Jakarta Indonesia ICE Hall
September 17, 2017 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Stadium Merdeka 12,000[39]
September 19, 2017 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome [a]
September 20, 2017
Europe[40]
September 23, 2017 Birmingham England Genting Arena N/A N/A
September 24, 2017 London The SSE Arena, Wembley
September 26, 2017 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
September 28, 2017 Paris France AccorHotels Arena
September 30, 2017 Berlin Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena 9,161 / 12,322 $1,279,070
Asia[41]
October 7, 2017 Taipei Taiwan Nangang Exhibition Center 22,000[42] $2,670,220
October 8, 2017
Total 654,000[3] N/A

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the video credits shown at the end of the show.[43]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The score data is combined from the shows held in Japan from 19, 22, 23 August & 19, 20 September 2017 respectively.[37]

References[edit]

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  34. ^ Box score:
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  36. ^ Box score:
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  40. ^ Box score:
  41. ^ Box score:
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  43. ^ "Credits".

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