Yoon Kye-sang’s Departure and Hiatus
Around 2004, one of the members of g.o.d, Yoon Kye-sang, decided to leave the group and signed under JYP Entertainment after his contract with the previous label, SidusHQ, had expired. g.o.d continued their career as a quintet and released 2 more albums after Yoon Kye-sang’s departure. After a while, g.o.d took hiatus for 2 years and various media outlets shared their opinions that the group was actually disbanded somewhere between 2006 and 2014. Seeing how the news went so far and published without any official statement, g.o.d will not use the terms of disbandment and will consider about their reunion in the future with 5 original members as well.
There was speculation, around the beginning of 2013, that g.o.d will make a reunion after a long discussion which is organized with each member’s management. On May 3rd, 2014, g.o.d announced their 15th-anniversary concert through a TV advertisement which aired on jTBC accompanied by the official statement from their agency.
g.o.d’s 15th anniversary was marked by a concert and the release of the album Chapter 8, on July 8th, 2014. Their concert for the 15th anniversary began on July 12th, 2014 at Jamsil Sports Complex and was attended by 14.000 fans. It was their first concert after being a quintet in 12 years. Remembering their 15th anniversary, g.o.d also made an appearance in the television show Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook.
Their encore concert in October 2014 was sold out with 40.000 capacity at Seoul Olympic Stadium. g.o.d also held their reunion concert overseas, like at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and Prudential Center in Newark and New Jersey.
After their reunion concert, g.o.d appeared at the television show and performed at the I Am Korea Gala Concert celebrating 70 years of South Korea’s independence day broadcasted live on KBS1. A year later, g.o.d released another single, “A Funny but Sad Day” (웃픈 하루) before each member returned to their solo activities.
In 2017, g.o.d held another reunion concert nationwide and brought the tour g.o.d to MEN. The tour began in Seoul with other major cities scheduled as well. The concert was for their 18th anniversary and began on January 13th, 2017, at Incheon with a special fan event hosted by DinDin.
Members’ Solo Activities
Although they weren’t promoting together again as a whole group, each member has his own solo activities scheduled in the entertainment industry.
Danny Ahn is a host on KBS Cool FM’s Kiss the Radio. Park Joon-hyung returned to America for a while to pursue an acting career. Son Ho-young and Kim Tae-woo have continued their occupations as singers. Yoon Kye-sang has already become an actor and has appeared in some of the popular Korean television dramas.
As reported from Soompi, on March 29th, 2019, a piece of hot news appeared regarding one of the members of g.o.d, Danny Ahn. There was highlight news that came from Danny Ahn’s agency, SidusHQ, about a champagne bar in Gangnam that was registered as a general restaurant but it was operating as an adult entertainment establishment and it should be paying less in taxes.
g.o.d’s Danny Ahn was reported as a part of the foundation of the bar. Knowing that one of the artists is involved in such a case, SidusHQ released their official statement by saying:
“Hello. This is sidusHQ.
We are conveying our official statement regarding Danny Ahn, who was mentioned in reports on this day, March 29th.”
“We apologize for causing concern through this unsavory matter to those who love g.o.d and Danny Ahn.”
“We looked into the issue and found that it is true that Danny Ahn was registered as an outside director for the champagne bar B. At the request of a friend, he agreed to help with the interior design of the champagne bar, and he took part in the design of parts, such as the merchandise. This is because he has had a great interest in this field, just as he previously designed the fan club logo when g.o.d was promoting.”
“He was registered as an outside director on November 30th, 2017, and he received a fixed amount of money as monthly pay while carrying out the work. However, after he came to think that it was work in a field that he didn’t understand well, he resigned from the position of outside director on February 21st, 2018.”
“During the roughly three months that he was registered as an outside director, he did not take part in the overall business, such as management or investing. We emphasize that in particular, he had no part in the business registering decision process that has recently become an issue.”
SidusHQ apologized about the misunderstanding related to g.o.d’s Danny Ahn’s position at that time since he was only a non-executive director at the champagne bar. The agency also clarified about the news about their artist by saying that g.o.d’s Danny Ahn didn’t promote the bar and didn’t take part directly in the management. He was only helping out by designing the bar’s interior and didn’t receive more money from the monthly pay or other payment through this business.
On January 20th, 2019, the ex-member of g.o.d, Yoon Kye-sang who continued his career as an actor shared his thoughts regarding g.o.d’s upcoming 20th anniversary this year.
Yoon Kye-sang had an interview with an online media, MBN, and he revealed about his feelings and thoughts about the group that he debuted with. g.o.d released a special album for their 20th anniversary titled THEN&SNOW on January 10th, 2019, then held a concert for their fans on January 30th, 2019, to celebrate it together.
“I apologize to the fans that even though I’ve been doing the choreography for 20 years, I kept making mistakes and I thought it was because I’m getting old about this. For the fans in their 20s, they must’ve not been very familiar with us [g.o.d] because they didn’t see us back then but I am so thankful for the fans who enjoyed our music and it means a lot to be able to communicate and share our feelings.”
“I would also like to add that everything important in my life and about g.o.d, the good thing is we’re making memories, not money. We want to keep sharing our time together from the past until present time.” – Yoon Kye-sang
Well, that was all the information about g.o.d, their full members’ profiles, and even their latest news this year! Even though they aren’t promoting as a group anymore, let us hope that they will keep shining with their respective solo careers in the entertainment industry and celebrate another anniversary together in the future!