After much negotiation and trying to navigate live performances during the COVID-19 era, BTS finally made their NPR Tiny Desk Concert debut.

With all seven Korean team members present in Seoul, the group held true to the series’s spirit by playing in front of a live band for its Tiny Desk gig, and true to form, arranged to perform in a workspace with a music-friendly backdrop: the record store VINYL & PLASTIC by Hyundai Card in BTS’s hometown.

The massively successful boy band kicked off the virtual show with their Summer smash “Dynamite” before launching into a rendition of “Save ME,” from 2016, that set the stage for a full-on power ballad in 2017’s reflective “Spring Day.” Setting up the latter song, rapper and singer RM noted that, “It’s been the roughest summer ever, but we know that spring will come.”

BTS had originally intended to spend 2020 delighting the BTS Army in arenas around the world, only to spend these last few months performing in isolation. With time, they will be back on the road playing their biggest tracks to massive throngs of fans.

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