“Did you see the new Spider-Man: No Way Home?” asks Yunho, one of the eight members of ATEEZ. “His famous line is, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ We have more and more fans coming in, and we want to carry that responsibility well.”
It’s a thoughtful — and fair — observation. Since the last time they were in America, ATEEZ have exploded. Three years ago, the eight-member group (Hongjoong, Seonghwa, Yunho, Mingi, San, Yeosang, Wooyoung, and Jongho) played a venue in Los Angeles that held 1,500 people; on January 30th of this year, they appeared before a sold-out crowd at The Forum (capacity: 18,000).
This change is an easy way to visibly quantify the group’s growth, but feels like too basic of a measure of the show ATEEZ puts on. The January 30th concert at The Forum ran over three hours and saw the group work through 27 songs that included every member. They underwent costume changes, performed all-out with their notoriously elaborate choreography, and managed to share some moments of lighthearted banter between songs. Then, they did it all again for another sold-out crowd the following night.
After wrapping the set of shows, the last on this leg of the FELLOWSHIP: BEGINNING OF THE END tour, the group sat down with Consequence. The first question feels obvious — how did they possibly find the energy to keep up that level of performance for that long?
“We get all the energy from the fans,” says San. (The group’s fanbase is known as ATINY, a combination of the group name and the word “destiny.”) “We want to give the same energy, or more, back to them.”