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Rain gears up for final concert
Tearful female fans aim for one last glimpse of the abs of South Korea's only "world star" before his mandatory military service
South Korea's biggest pop star (and Stephen Colbert's arch-nemesis), Rain, is making his final performance this weekend before enlisting in the South Korean military.
The “Ninja Assassin" star's free good-bye concert will be held on Sunday, October 9, as part of the Gangnam Fashion Festival 2011.
As well as tears from Rain's adoring female fans, It is sure to be a sad affair on both sides: "Concerts to me are like life on a smaller scale," Rain told CNN Talk Asia back in 2009.
Rain begins his mandatory, 22-month, Republic of Korea Army service on Tuesday, October 11.
Arguably Asia's most well-known entertainer, the 29-year-old singer/actor debuted in 2002. With seven albums to date, he is one of Asia's best-selling recording artists.
After acting in hit Korean dramas and movies, the K-Pop entertainer appeared in 2008's "Speed Racer," and starred in the 2009 Hollywood film "Ninja Assassin."
For the latter, he picked up the "Biggest Badass Award" at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.
Named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2006, Rain also made it onto People's "Most Beautiful People" list in 2007.
This year, he topped Time Magazine's online poll for "100 Most Influential People" for the third year in a row.
The singer will undergo basic training in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do, but said on his website that it is yet undetermined where he will serve.
UPDATE: Although originally scheduled to be held on Dosan Boulevard, Rain's final show will now take place on Young-dong Boulevard (영동대로) in front of Coex in Samseong-dong.
The sendoff for the "world star" is sure to be epic: The entire boulevard will be blocked off that evening for the concert, which is scheduled from 7-9 p.m.
The show is free. Bring your own Kleenex.
Gangnam Fashion Festival: October 1-9; for more information click here.
Young-dong Boulevard (영동대로): Gangnam-gu Samseong-1-dong 129-9 (강남구 삼성1동 159)
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