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BTS Grand Central Terminal Performance Fun Facts: Relive The Group’s Most Impressive Production To Date
Credit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube Screenshot

BTS made history when they filmed a six-minute video performance of “ON” at Grand Central Terminal for Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. Though it has been two years since this happened, nobody has made a performance like that after them so far. So, let’s relive the most impressive production Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook have made to date by learning these three fun facts about it.

Grand Central Terminal is an iconic commuter rail terminal, which means it’s a busy station. So, how does BTS manage to pull off a performance without being caught?

BTS Shoot After Hours

According to Koreaboo, only 20 to 30 productions are accepted at the terminal every year, so the phenomenal K-pop band is one of the lucky few.

They had carefully planned the shooting of the production back then. The Metro-North Railroad team saw a Saturday was the best to do so, knowing there were only a few people commuting during the weekends.

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The performance was said to be filmed on Feb. 8, 2020, and the crew started to set up about 10 in the evening. However, there were reports that the staff and team had started shooting in December 2019 until it ended in February 2020.

Hiding the BTS Members

As there were still travelers at the Grand Central Terminal at around 10 p.m., the crew had to hide the BTS members. The train lines usually closed at 2 a.m.

So though the staff started to set up at 10 p.m., the dancers and the band were only rehearsing inside the hidden rooms at the terminal. Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook would arrive at around midnight.

They would be hidden in areas the public couldn’t see until the station officially closed. They only had two hours to perfect the shoot before the cleaners arrived for the next morning reopening.

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BTS Used Special Train

Aside from performing “ON,” BTS also had a The Tonight Show segment with Jimmy Fallon, who held a Q&A with the K-pop idols while the subway train was moving.

The shoot took eight hours to complete and was filmed in the afternoon. So how did they not get caught?

They used a special subway car meant to be rented for special events, like filming and training.

The Success of BTS Video Inside the Train Station

Despite the hardships to set up a huge and sensitive production like this, it couldn’t be denied that it was a big success.

“We are over the moon about how successful this has been,” Meredith Conti, Metro-North Railroad special events manager, said, via The New York Times.

The terminal is the home of the M.T.A. Metro-North Railroad and a subway station that serves the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S Lines.

Conti revealed she had seen hundreds of productions in her 14 years on the jobs, but BTS was “pretty cool.” “I’ve seen quite a few. This was pretty cool,” she said.

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