Following the release of his debut solo album, Jack In The Box, on July 15, BTS’ J-Hope will make history by performing at Lollapalooza on July 31. According to a press release by HYBE, the rapper will be the first South Korean artist to headline a main stage at a major U.S. music festival.
News of J-Hope’s solo Lollapalooza set begged a question for ARMY: Will he embark on a solo tour? It’s a fair question as many artists follow up a high-profile album release with a series of concerts. J-Hope recently opened up about the prospect of a solo tour, but his answer (sadly) wasn’t what I’d hoped to hear.
During a VLive stream on July 8, J-Hope chatted about all things Jack In The Box and his latest single “MORE.” He also answered some fan questions. When asked if he’ll go on a solo world tour in support of his album, J-Hope said he’s not yet at that stage of his career.
“Everyone, I don’t have that much ability. Even Lollapalooza is such a big challenge,” he said.
As fans know, the singer has performed solo several times while touring with BTS, but he usually performed just one song. Lollapalooza will mark J-Hope’s first major solo concert, so it makes sense why he referred to the upcoming show as a “challenge.”
However, J-Hope isn’t ruling out a solo tour entirely. “I think I could dream about that when I grow and become more mature,” he said.
In addition to preparing for his Lollapalooza set, J-Hope is in full album-release mode. On July 1, he dropped the lead single “MORE,” which showed the rapper experimenting with an old-school hip-hop sound. His next single, “Arson,” will drop on July 15, the same day as Jack In The Box.
He teased the track on July 11 by dropping a set of concept photos showing him standing beside a car that was destroyed in a fire.
Come to think of it, the only thing burning hotter than the car behind him in that photo is J-Hope himself. The singer’s career is on fire, with or without a solo tour.