After 2nd world tour, Monsta X says the trip was coming-of-age moment for their band

August 27, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) — Returning from their second world arena tour since debuting in 2015, boy band Monsta X said Saturday the recent performance trip was a coming-of-age moment for the young band.

“In the course of the world tour, I came to a realization about why I became a singer and stay in the scene. It gave me a satisfying conclusion that I made a right choice,” member Jooheon said during a news conference in Olympic Park’s handball arena in southeastern Seoul ahead of the band’s concerts here.

The two-day local concerts that will last until Sunday are an encore following their world arena tour “The Connect,” which started off in Seoul in May and took the seven-member group to a total of 20 cities in Europe, Asia and North and South America.

Following the Seoul concerts, the band will travel to Tokyo and Osaka to wrap up the world tour there.

“The world tour was an opportunity for us to grow (one step further) as singers,” member Minhyuk noted. “For the first time (since debuting), I found my performance onstage alluring. Before, I had never thought of myself in such a light while I monitored my performances.”

Minhyuk compared Monsta X to a tree in the course of its growth: “Compared to a tree, we had initially been a seed which has now grown into a seedling.”

“We don’t know how far we can go, but we are striving to grow steadily,” member Shownu noted. “Now the members look more relaxed and mature onstage, and even our faces look more handsome,” he said, adding that the band members have also learned to deal with unexpected problems in a smoother manner over three years in the K-pop scene.

This photo of Monsta X was provided by Starship Entertainment. (Yonhap)

This photo of Monsta X was provided by Starship Entertainment. (Yonhap)