Exclusive Review: PENTAGON 2019 World Tour “PRISM” In Chicago
Reghan WhiteKpopmap Contributor
PENTAGON stopped into Chicago for their fourth stop on their Prism World Tour. Their first time in the Windy City, they were greeted with enthusiastic cheers and love. Universes, (PENTAGON’s fandom name since 2017) have been waiting since debut to see their boys on a full-length tour.
PENTAGON has been to the US before for KCON back in 2018, the nine-member K-Pop group announced their tour early this year in May with 6 US dates. Their Universes in the US were beyond excited to see them again. Chicago was the only general admission venue and it had fans lining up around the House of Blues from as early as 5 am to make sure they got a good spot to see their favorite group.
The lines were full of fans of all genders, all ages, and many nationalities, along with parents tagging along with their children. It was clear that PENTAGON’s music has an impact on all no matter where you come from or how old you are.
Packed tightly together in GA, and belting out various songs from PENTAGON’s latest albums had the fans feeling energetic before it even started. The waiting for the show had fans anxious until they saw shadows of the members on the wall as they gathered for a chant. The group started off exactly at 8 with a VCR gaining screams from the crowd. They started with their hit song ‘Sha La La‘ from their eighth mini album “Genie:us”.
The screams were booming for the first songs and during their greetings as well. Anybody could feel the energy in the room and it really reflected in PENTAGON’s performance as they lived off the liveliness of the room. Asking fans to sing the songs while pointing their microphones and grinning happily through each performance. Their songs vary through different genres and give various sounds to have anybody jumping and dancing too.
PENTAGON came prepared with surprises, such as remixes of their hit songs ‘Like This‘ and ‘Shine’. Unit stage performances of ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars and ‘Havana’ by Camila Cabello were both enjoyable and eye-catching. Their stamina never slowed down throughout the show, constantly jumping and belting out powerful notes with complicated and stunning choreography for two hours. It was truly admirable and their energy was addictive.
The K-Pop group spoke in all English with no translator, it is rare to have a group without a translator present and it shows how hard they worked on being able to express their genuine feelings to their fans. Fanservice is a key part of K-Pop shows, where the groups give back to the fans and show how much they love and appreciate them. PENTAGON was full of fanservice sending finger hearts and blowing kisses to fans who shouted their names, along with taking Universe’s phones for selfies and videos.
Two hours went by quickly, and the encore of their songs wind down and the members said their goodbyes in all English. Describing how energetic the crowds were and how thankful they were for being greeted with such love. Members Kino and Hui mentioned passionately that they’d return soon to Chicago which had the room erupt in screams. They were sincere each time they said “Love you!” to their Universes.
PENTAGON grabbed their hands and bowed to the crowd before leaving the stage. Leaving a memorable night for their fans and non fans. PENTAGON are passionate about what they do and the type of music they want to share. They work hard to show how grateful they are along with making you feel accepted. From giving people their own special moments of fanservice and making the crowd jump enthusiastically and dancing together. PENTAGON has a way to make anybody their fan. It’s PENTAGON’s first world tour, their first stops in the US and I can guarantee that they will keep their promise and be back.