One can almost always rely on an Olympic ceremony to be a bit of a spectacle, but the closing ceremonies of this year’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea took it to a whole new level with a 13-year-old kid stealing the show with a guitar solo. Barely even a teenager, Yang Tae-hwan got his start on the Korean talent show Star King, which is massively popular. He’s not a rock icon, but he’s close, which is why he wound up on such a large stage.
But don’t think that Tae-hwan is some sort of reality television flash in the pan. Far from it. The kid has been rocking out for years, drawing views on YouTube and wowing normally blase rock and roll types.
Shortly after the Olympic crowd was wowed by a performance by South Korean K-pop darlings EXO, drones flew overhead to form the Olympic rings and Tae-hwan started to shred. Almost instantly, he became an internet darling. Sure, his playing was excellent, but he also got a lot of style points for his excellent hair and outfit.
Clad in a turtleneck and leather jacket, as Tae-hwan started bobbing his curly hair around, he looked ready to throw down. While the performance, set to a stunning fireworks display, was lit, Tae-hwan was actually shredding over “Winter,” a concerto from Antonio Vivaldi’s iconic 1725 baroque symphony ‘The Four Seasons.”