On February 9, MTV announced that BTS will bring its own iteration of the iconic Unplugged format to life straight from Seoul, South Korea – offering their fans a front-row seat to never-before-seen versions of the group’s most career-defining hits and songs from their latest album ‘BE’, in intimate settings. As always, BTS did not disappoint. It was already teased earlier that BTS will croon the latest tracks from their album along with a special cover.
Those who grew up watching MTV or were impacted in their growing years through the MTV Unplugged performances of Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Shakira, Alannis Morissette, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana to name a few, would remember how iconic these specials were. On Wednesday, BTS’ performance was a breath of fresh air in times when you are in need to find solace and comfort.
Kicking off the awaited episode with their funky rhythm track ‘Telepathy’, Korean title ‘잠시’ meaning ‘for a moment’, the septet croons in the most relaxed environment – a basement-style room filled with arcade games, couch, and more giving the old-school retro vibes. It is to be noted this was first performance of the B-side track, so the excitement is unreal.
According to The Hindu, ss the members finished off the performance in the most fun way, Jimin reminded everyone that member Suga had returned to the stage after recovering from his recent shoulder surgery. Explaining the song, the rapper said, “We are in a situation where we can’t meet the fans around the world in person due to COVID-19. So the song’s lyrics describe the current situation of temporarily being apart from each other” – further adding that ARMY was the inspiration behind the song. So, it made perfect sense to start with a track that is about their massive fandom as they couldn’t meet them in person amid the COVID-19. Giving a hopeful assurance to them through this comfort track that they are at their happiest best whenever they meet the fans.