Tuesday night, BTS gifted us not only the honour of more live performances of their musical catalogue, but they also did a heartfelt cover of Coldplay's "Fix You" and made history while they were at it. Performing on a special edition of MTV Unplugged (stream the whole episode on CTV), BTS became the first Korean act to do so. Is there any limit to what these flawless-skinned angel-voiced boys can do??
Coldplay’s “Fix You” is such a modern classic that it’s hard to imagine anyone but Chris Martin (who wrote it for then-wife Gwyneth Paltrow after her father's death) and crew performing the deeply personal song. Yet somehow, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook not only did it, but their harmonies were incredibly moving. Take a deep breath, because this cover will give you life.
Filmed in South Korea, Jimin introduced the cover by saying, "Last year, we all went through such difficult times and this song gave us comfort, so we wanted to prepare this cover to comfort you all as well. It's one of our favourite songs, so we had fun while preparing for it."
COVID was on their minds for much of their set choices during the entire MTV Unplugged session, as they also performed “Telepathy” for the first time on TV. The lyrics of “Telepathy” really resonate with our collective feelings of being stuck at home in a global pandemic, as Suga explained. "We're in a situation where we can't meet our fans around the world in person due to COVID-19,” he said. “So the song's lyrics describe our current situation of temporarily being apart from each other." He also noted that the BTS ARMYs served as a major inspiration for the song.
Suga also launched the Unplugged sesh by expressing how happy he is to be back with the septuplet after retreating for shoulder surgery. “Suga is back, healthy and recovered!" Jimin exclaimed.
Their five-set sesh also included “Life Goes On,” “Blue & Grey,” and of course their chart-smashing hit “Dynamite” which had the biggest global song debut in 2020 and was dubbed by many outlets as one of the best songs of 2020.
Unlike previous MTV Unplugged performances where the band plays stripped-down versions of their songs for an intimate audience, the pandemic forced BTS to get creative, so each song was filmed with a different theme, on a different set.
“Fix You” was a simple concept: the Bangtan Boys were seated on stools, dressed in ties and suits, and singing under powerful spotlights. For “Telepathy,” they seemed to be in a downtown city-style loft with a big Friends-like couch, arcade games, and costumes. For “Blue & Grey,” they recreated an open sunny field with blue flowers indoors and were dressed in shades of grey.
As their set came to a close, they each sent their heartfelt gratitude and love to ARMYs, who they admitted they missed dearly.
"We were supposed to show you these stages at a live concert, so we're sorry we had to do it remotely, but hope many of you still enjoyed it. We're grateful that we got this chance to perform live. We really hope ARMY enjoy it," Suga said.
Jimin added, "I think many of us are spending time thinking 'What am I doing?' This situation where we can't see each other is very difficult for us and makes us question what we are doing. However, we have one another so I hope we can keep moving, without giving up. We always appreciate you and love ARMY.”
“We look forward to seeing you again,” Jungkook said, “and until then, we will continue to stay by your side with good music.”
And RM closed it out with, “We hope many of you are comforted while watching from your rooms and houses.”
Yup, ya FIXED US.
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