October 07, 2011 09:32
K-pop star and "Ninja Assassin" lead actor Rain will perform his final gig on Sunday at 7 p.m. before the 29-year-old embarks on his army service on Tuesday.
The free concert will be held on an open stage on Yeongdong Boulevard in front of the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) headquarters in Samseong-dong, Seoul. It will serve as the wrap-up event of the Gangnam Fashion Festival, hosted by the local district office and sponsored by entertainment agency CJ E&M.
The concert was originally scheduled to be held on Dosan Boulevard in Cheongdam-dong, another affluent area in the Gangnam area, before police intervened. They requested a change of venue so as not to disrupt the flow of traffic.
However they permitted blocking off seven of the 14 lanes on Yeongdong Boulevard for two hours on Sunday evening to allow the much-loved singer to bid farewell to fans in his own inimitable way by reeling off his hits from the last decade.
"We agreed to it because we thought the area would be less congested than Dosan Boulevard, even though we will still have to control the traffic there," said the police, drawing to attention to how the same area was successfully used to allow crowds to cheer the national team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Festival organizers said Rain had made the offer to the district as part of his role as one of its promotional ambassadors.
Through the organizers, Rain said, "I'm just glad to have a chance to meet fans for the last time before my conscription starts."
Large numbers of the singer's followers from across Asia are expected to join local fans in giving him a rousing sending off at the concert.
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