Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 to hit town this fall
2015-08-07 오전 1:00 By Kwon Ji-youn 조회 518
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As summer hits its peak and the music festival season concludes, artists including Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 and Bon Jovi are bringing live shows to Korea to help fill the void.

First up is award-winning, multi-platinum superstar Pharrell Williams, whose first live concert in Seoul will take place at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena on Aug. 14.

A singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, philanthropist and fashion designer, Williams has a string of accolades, including ten Grammys, two BBC Music awards and two BET awards. His single "Happy," which has sold over 12 million copies, gave him his first Academy Award nomination and two Grammy nominations, and was Billboard's number one single for 2014.

Williams, also the lead vocalist of hip-hop and funk-rock band N.E.R.D, has produced for artists including Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, among many others. Tickets for the "Audi Live 2015 Pharrell Williams Live Concert" are available on online retailer Interpark.

Maroon 5 will perform at Daegu Stadium on Sept. 6 and at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena on Sept. 7 and 9.

In September, American pop-rock band Maroon 5 will perform over three nights at Daegu Stadium and the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul. Tickets for its first two gigs, set for Sept. 6 and 7, sold out in just five minutes, so the organizers decided to add another night on Sept. 8 for fans who had previously missed out.

Maroon 5's first concert in Seoul was in 2008 and following the success of that gig, the band revisited in 2012 to fill all 25,000 seats at the Seoul Sports Complex and the Busan Sports Complex.

A Grammy Award winner with a string of smash hits, including "Maps," "Moves like Jagger," "Payphone" and "Sunday Morning," the group's visit to Seoul comes as part of their world tour, celebrating the release of their fifth album [V]. Swedish band Dirty Loops is also set to make a guest appearance.

Tickets will first be available to members of the official fan club today and Friday, and from Friday at 4 p.m., the remaining tickets will be sold on Interpark.

Two weeks after that comes legendary rock band Bon Jovi, 20 years after their first visit to Seoul in 1995.

Bon Jovi, having debuted in 1983, have done it all ― from popular rock sounds to frontman Jon Bon Jovi's ballad numbers. Bon Jovi has sold 130 million albums and the three albums the band released after the new millennium all topped the Billboard album charts to prove the group is still as popular as in the 1980s and 90s.

"We are excited to reunite with our Korean fans again for the first time in 20 years," Jon Bon Jovi said through organizer Live Nation Korea. "See you on Sept. 22."

On Sept. 30, Muse will perform at the Olympic Park in Seoul, one of the greatest places to play as a band, according to bass guitarist Chris Wolstenholme. This world tour supports the release of their seventh studio album "Drones," which marks a return to the simple rock sounds of earlier albums with fewer effects.

Alternative rock band Imagine Dragons will perform at the Olympic Park's Olympic Hall on Aug. 13 and contemporary American jazz quartet Fourplay is also set to visit Korea from Sept. 9 to 12.

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