|Sechs Kies return on indefinite hold (DSP Media)|
Defunct six-member boy band Sechs Kies’ plan to hold a live performance Thursday, 16 years after it disbanded, is postponed and no future plans have been elaborated upon, according to staff from MBC variety show “Infinite Challenge” which was behind the plan for the comeback.
An official Twitter account run by the reality show staff posted Wednesday that the surprise comeback concert of Sechs Kies was delayed, citing a news outlet’s disclosure of the plan.
|Sechs Kies return on indefinite hold (Official Twitter account of MBC’s reality show “Infinite Challenge”)|
The surprise concert was reportedly a critical part of MBC‘s second installment of “Saturday, Saturday is for Singers,” also called “Totoga,” which struck the chords of Korean fans feeling nostalgic for the old days when retired musicians were at their height. The first installment, which aired in December 2014, featured idol groups and musicians such as Jinusean, Turbo, S.E.S, So Chan-whee and others.
The “guerrilla concert” — one of Korea’s favorite format of surprise concert — was originally poised to take place at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday. It should involve self-promotion on the date of the concert without the public being notified prior. However, as local media leaked the plan a week prior to the concert, the purpose of the guerrilla concert has been lost.
After the boy band, famous for its flashy choreography, disbanded in 2000, some members such as Eun Ji-won, former cohost of KBS2 variety show “Two Days, One Night” stayed on the entertainment industry, while some others such as Ko Ji-yong retired from his job as a musician and is running a company. It reportedly took months for “Infinite Challenge” to grab all six members.
|Sechs Kies return on indefinite hold (MBC)|
Activities of the first-generational idol groups like Sechs Kies laid the cornerstone of the hallyu industry, which include K-pop and K-drama. Many entertainment agencies prospered in the 1990s. DSP Media, home to top-tier idol groups Sechs Kies and Fin.K.L, later managed world-class groups such as SS501, Kara and the like.
The Korea Herald