SHINee’s Japan tour to proceed after Jonghyun’s death
As you surely remember, SHINee lead singer and K-Pop star Kim Jong-hyun, better known by his stage name Jonghyun, took his own life after suffering from depression and died on Dec. 18, 2017. Now the four remaining members of the band will continue with their planned Japanese concert series next month.
At least it’s what Onew, Key, Minho and Taemin confirmed today (Jan. 9) in their first public statements following the passing of band member Jonghyun.
“Many people are worried about us, but we decided to do the planned Japanese shows,” Key wrote on the band’s official website. “This decision is something that Jonghyun would want from us, and I believe that it’s the most SHINee-like thing to do, to keep our promise to the fans and put on great performances.”
The band’s leader Onew wrote “I thought that I couldn’t do this concert. However, Jonghyun’s mother told me not to give up. So I thought that if we could comfort those who are missing [Jonghyun] and in pain, then I should work harder even if I am lacking. Eternally a member of SHINee, Jonghyun is in our hearts and the hearts of our fans.”
“To be honest, at first I didn’t have confidence to perform,” wrote Taemin. “But I wanted to keep our promise to our fans, and I don’t want to say goodbye to SHINee’s members in the future.”
The last member, Minho, said “Nothing can ever replace Jonghyun, and so [I/we] worried about how we would prepare our performances fully for you. But [I/we] put all [my/our] sincerity into preparations while knowing that Jonghyun will be with us on all future stages that SHINee will be on in the future.”