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The South Korean label took to the K-pop boyband’s official Twitter page yesterday earlier today at New York local time (September 1) to announce that member Chan will not join the rest of his bandmates in the group’s performances at the upcoming New York stop of the KCON US Tour.
“Chan wasn’t feeling well during a rehearsal for the KCON 2022 US Tour New York, and he is currently taking a rest,” read the company’s English statement. “Although the artist has a strong will to participate in the performance, we have decided [for] Chan not to attend the New York performance to prioritise the artist’s health and condition.”
“We apologise to the fans for causing concern with the sudden news, and we promise to do our best for Chan’s recovery,” WAKEONE concluded.
The New York iteration of the ongoing KCON US Tour, which is scheduled for tonight at local time, is the final stop of the tour, after a slew of performances across the US in the past month, in cities such as San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta and more.
Aside from TO1, other acts who are part of the KCON tour include girl groups STAYC and LIGHTSUM, as well as boyband CRAVITY. It marks the K-pop festival’s first spin-off tour of the North American country, headlined by groups they described as “next generation” acts.
In other K-pop news, YG Entertainment boyband TREASURE announced plans to return with their sophomore mini-album, titled ‘The Second Step: Chapter Two’ on October 4, followed by a two-night concert in Seoul the following month.
However, TREASURE’s forthcoming activities will be carried out in the absence of members Bang Ye-dam and Mashiho, who were announced by YG Entertainment in July to be continuing their temporary hiatuses “until the end of the year”. The label cited health and personal issues as reasons for their hiatuses, which they said resulted in “internal difficulties” with TREASURE’s line-up.