So this is a bit different than my other fan accounts in that there wasn’t actually a concert. I’ll skip the part about buying merch and waiting around to go in and just get right to me being inside the venue.
So I was one of the first in. It’s a large venue though and takes time to get everyone into seats.
Now the first sign something was off is the concert wasn’t starting on time. While most places this is no need for concern in Japan this is really unusual. Japan is extremely punctual. Scary punctual. And this was like 20 minutes late.
The next and most obvious sign something was off was when without warning or intro video, 5 of the members (no Yoongi or Taehyung) came onto stage. The woman next to me started yelling “何？何？” [what? What?]
I was at TRB in NYC when the concert was suddenly halted and it felt immediately like that all over again. They stood in a line with Namjoon at the center. He announced that they concert would be suspended (the word 中止 was used by the translator). As the translation was read the audience cried out in horror. Namjoon made comments about how not being able to provide a good stage with only 5 members but that’d they do their best and they apologize. Now my Japanese isn’t perfect and the translator used really polite speech so I was really confused.
Then the lights dimmed. A video began and Hold Me Tight started. It was bizarre. I was confused. Didn’t they say it was suspended. Why was the concert continuing on? Yoongi’s part was played over the sound system. Jin never seemed to move. His head down and eyes on the ground. Hoseok when he was shown on screen looked sad in a way he never really does. It felt so bizarre. The audience was silent. Some people moved their light sticks slowly to the beat. But most of us were frozen. Bangtan was pretty frozen too.
Then it finished. Without any explanation Let Me Know started. When it came time for Yoongi’s rap his spotlight came up where Jin still stood staring at the ground. Yoongi’s rap played over the speakers. The lights person seemed to realize the error and the spotlight eventually left. No more spotlights came up.
The song finished and the lights came back up. Namjoon explained to us that Yoongi and Taehyung hadn’t felt well during practice. At the time I didn’t really understand what was being said just that something happened to them before the concert. I did understand when he said they had gone to the hospital. Immediately there were cries from around me as girls began crying. The already fallen mood fell even more.
Namjoon apologized a lot. And told us to have the two missing members in our thoughts. And that they would skip ahead to the final song, I Need U (Japanese version) and to please try to enjoy for Yoongi and Taehyung.
The lights went down and they did a very condensed version of the song with only the 5 of them. They danced some time. But it was hard to concentrate. People tried to do fan chants along. But so many girls were crying.
Then they left. And staff came out to tell us we would be fully refunded and to check the official site for information.
A lot of people were frozen in their seats for a while. I left walking past girls crying. I messaged my friends and tried to find out what happened online.
I feel terrible for Yoongi and Taehyung. I hope they are well and recover. And that them and the rest of Bangtan can rest.
And I feel terrible for the other members. For having to come out on stage after two of the members had gone to the hospital to tell 8,000 waiting fans that the concert wouldn’t be happening. To have to perform 3 songs minus two of the members. For Namjoon to have to be the one to break the news.
Edit: accidentally typed 18,000 fans not 8,000 at first. Was still in shock from what happened and with my phone dying I didn’t google it.
wow okay I had notes out on my phone that I wrote real quick if anything caught my eye!! behold!!!
xiumin’s hip thrusts are as illegal in person as they are through a screen
xiumin throughout the concert twirled around (them fancams don’t lie) and danced really energetically
fans screamed extra loud when Kai or lay were seen on the videos
the members fans screamed the most for were chanyeol and sehun ㅋㅋ but everyone got cheers
chanyeol made sehun and baek kiss during Peter Pan
xiumin tripped while coming out of the paper during ‘lucky’ but didn’t fall!! he smiled afterwards
baek kept saying the concert was cute and sexy
chanyeol started hopping around really high when Chen told us to jump
suho spoke English a lot and was very cute
suho said everyone was tired but he had an energy drink and was ready to go~ lol
I’m 99% they did all of it live and it was amazing
I almost broke my neck jumping around during the ‘machine’/‘drop that’/‘let out the beast’ mix
(xiumin came out with chanyeol first to lead fan chants and rap before machine)
(I started crying when xiumin yelled ‘lucky TO HAVE YOU’) (just a little bit)
chanyeol kept try to get us to say ‘say dallaseu’
DO wanted dinner at the end of the concert. he was hungry
baekhyun kept saying “sad sad” at the end of the concert
xiumin said the concert was “so hot! perfect!”
Chen forgot his part for ‘sing for you’ and hesitated for a second before singing and smiling at his mistake. suho told him afterwards to not forget anymore and Chen said “I’m fine” and suho said “I’m fine, and you?” and they both laughed
chanyeol called us pretty ^^
chanyeol said they were really jet lagged before the concert but when the doors opened the tiredness left
baek was worried for the bored dads
baek also said that he was sad the fans in the back couldn’t be closer, but not to worry since they could see their faces (they described a girl in glasses on the balcony that jumped weird bc she was wearing a skirt LOL)
baek kept making record scratching sound when sehun was talking, then cutely said “sorry” (chanyeol was doing it too hah)
before their last encore, the entire theatre chanted “we are one” for a really long time
baekhyun said he was really impressed when we sang along to the songs. so was Chen~
suho said we didn’t need language, just music to become one
suho made the whole theatre go quiet before he felt his chest and said “did you hear? we became one”
xiumin said he was worried about not being able to go on tour because of his leg, but then said, in English, “no problem!” he told us to look after our health and he would too
sehun talked about Chris brown a lot, and then got embarrassed, because we kind of didn’t understand why he kept talking about Chris Brown (it was probably the only time after one of the members talked that people didn’t cheer bc we were so confused lol)…and then he said the reason he was talking a lot was to make the concert last longer~~
because my name is hella crappy i didn’t want to tell it to shinee so, at first, i asked not to write my name but jjong was like: “then what would you like me to write?” but suddenly my mind went black so i just asked him to write my actual name. while he was writing it i wanted to tell him i’ve gotten a lot of comfort from blue night but, when i got as far as mentioning blue night, i suddenly burst into tears. jjong got flustered and asked: “why are you crying?” and the manager was telling me to move along so i just left and, while i was crying and waiting in jinki’s line, i briefly made eye contact with jjong and he mouthed “don’t cry”. even while i was getting jinki’s autograph jjong poked me in the arm when he had a break (in his line) and told me not to cry. i was seriously having a mental breakdown so i couldn’t tell shinee anything i’d planned to say and went back to my seat and was waiting then jjong wrote something and a staff member brought over this note from him. even though i wasn’t crying because of my name, i was actually crying because of shinee. it’s embarrassing but it felt like all the times i’d been hurt because of my name were being healed.
the note reads: “don’t cry. it’s a pretty name. it’s the other people who are foolish. you’re incredible.” (source: sullaem via dc gallery)
I finally get to witness the day Kris appeared in the Times Square billboard. I never even thought this day would come, but Kris just keeps on surprising us. The billboard was HUGE. Smack in the middle of Times Square and has THREE SIDES. That’s right, you get to see him in all three sides. I am so proud of him, and so proud of calling myself a meigeni.
1. Jin dabbing
2. Hoseok kkab dancing and just being an excited ball of energy.
3. Jimin’s dazzling shy eye smile and lowkey dancing.
4. Taehyung’s small hearts and gangsta hi-touch methods.
5. Namjoon’s look of pride as a leader seeing so many fans.
6. Yoongi’s gramps demeanor and president-like waves.
7. Shy Jungkook with his looks of gratitude. Him and Namjoon looked a little overwhelmed.
(I DESCRIBE HUGGING AND PERSONALLY INTERACTING WITH THEM AT THE BOTTOM SO YOU CAN JUST SCROLL DOWN TO THAT IF YOU WANT)
I’m sorry this is so long!!! I wanted to be very detailed!
Brooke (@brookelyns12), Heather, and I went to the SHINee fan meet in Chicago tonight! We were among the 20 ladies picked to go up on stage and play charades with SHINee! So, here’s how the evening went for me.
So first, I have to say how we were picked. When we first got into the venue, my friend stopped a guy (Eddie, he was super nice and amazing), and asked where our seats were and he said “Oh, they’re over there. Do you want to go on stage and play a game with SHINee?” and we went “uh… yes. That would be good.” So he told us that after they sang “Hello” we needed to go to the side door and meet him and was it okay that we were going to miss the Q&A part and we were like “yeah that’s fine.”
So, we find out seats and I literally had to breathe into a bag to calm down. We made friends with some girls sitting by us and one girl near us could scream so loudly that it hurt, so I’m really glad that I brought ear plugs. Also, the music was super loud and hurt, too, so another reason I was glad.
So, they came out and sang “Everybody” 0.0 and then they introduced themselves and only Onew bowed because I think he forgot (I don’t know, but i loved it!) and they introduced themselves in english. And when Jjong did, a fan boy shouted “I LOVE YOU!” and Jjong smiled and said “I love you, too” in english! and Minho kept saying “Chi-town” instead of Chicago and I saw him tear up during them introducing themselves because of how loud we all were for them. Key said they were so blown away by us and the love they had already received and he wanted to know where we get out shirts and CDs (merchandise, basically) because he knows they don’t have a store in the U.S. I don’t know if they found out (the MC said something about Ebay, but I don’t personally tend to use Ebay, I typically use kpoptown and cdjapan).
Then they went off stage to change and the MC talked to us. He joked that we would cheer for anything he said and then said “I had eggs for breakfast!” and we cheered really loudly and he laughed. Then SHINee came back out and they played the fan video for them. And Jjong cried and so many people had amazing videos and OMG THEY INCLUDED MINE!!! In the video I had hearts over my head and told them how proud we all are of them and how much we love them and just want them to be happy and Onew did wavy hands at the screen during my video and I FREAKED OUT and fell down into my seat and sobbed for a few seconds. Then after the fan videos, they sang “Hello” and it was so good!
When the song ended, we ran out and met the other girls who were doing the game, too. Eddie told us to put our bags down in the waiting room and then we lined up in a backstage hall and they separated us into 5 teams of 4 people. There were only 3 of us, so we had another girl added to our team. She told us she came to the fan meet because her sister wanted to for her birthday and that she was turning 14 today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMAZING GIRL!!!) I’m so excited and happy for her that she got to do this on her birthday!
Then, they had us go out on stage and line up and SHINee each drew a ball with a number on it and that number told them which team they got. We were team 1 and Onew got us (he gave the ball with the number on it to the other girl in our group and she was so excited)! Jjong got team 2, Key got team 3, Minho got team 4, and Taemin got team 5. Then they tried to tell us how to play the game and it was loud and confusing and I looked at the girl and said “I don’t know what we’re doing?” and Onew leaned over and said “Me either.” And then I figured out it was charades and I leaned over to him and said “Okay, so you’re supposed to act out the word on the paper and we have to guess.” and he said “Only me?” and looked so adorably perplexed and I said “I don’t know. Maybe.” That was right.
Taemin’s team went first. Their category was school and they got 12 correct. He was so cute and silly acting out the things and he was super impressed when his team guessed some of the words. Onew laughed at the faces Taemin was making. Also, Onew realized that it was really hard to hear the girls’ guesses, so he went over and held a microphone up for them. He did it for Minho’s team, too. Minho’s team was next and their category was occupations and they got 9 correct. The first one was firefighter and it was so cute how he pretended to have a hose and AAHHHHHHH! Key’s category was instruments and they got 10 correct. Minho and Taemin stood behind him and tried to distract the girls and it was hilarious. Onew and I kept leaning forward trying to see the card to see what the words were. When we weren’t sure what xylophone was, he went over and looked at it and then came back and said “oh! It’s xylophone!” and he said it in the cutest voice! Then came Jjong’s turn and his category was movies and they got 10 right. And he totally cheated. He just started saying famous lines from the movies and it was hilarious. Also, Onew has apparently never seen Avatar because Jjong didn’t know how to do that one and they had to pass and Onew went and looked at it and came back with this confused look on his face.
Then it was our turn. AHHHHHHHHHH!!! We got animals and we got 9 correct. I told Onew not to worry too much because I know he’s a amazing actor and we can do this! Key held the microphone for us. Onew had 3 boxes to choose from and so he walked over and had me choose which box to do. He opened it so cutely (just kept tossing it all adorably and aggressively on the ground). When we were getting ready to guess, Key held the microphone up to me and I said “Do you believe we can do this?” and he said “I don’t know.” and I said “Do it. Believe in us!” Then we were about to start and I went to give Onew a high five and he wiped his hand on his pants first and then gave me one and then the went down our line and gave the whole team one! I can’t remember all the animals we went through (I do remember my friend took forever to get giraffe, but please forgive her. She’s a new SHAWOL!), but Onew did so well! I ended up being last and the word was tiger and so Onew roared and pretend to bat things with his hands, so I started guessing big cats, but I guess I spoke too quickly and quietly because I said “lion? tiger? cat? uhh…” and he kept doing it and Key said “It’s a big cat” and so I was guessing leopard and mountain lion and Key said “Keep going. It’s like that.” and so I went back to lion and Onew ended up saying “No, lion.” and then time ran out. They told me it was tiger and Key said “Yeah. Tiger. Tiger. Tiger.” and I said “I said tiger.” and he said “but you didn’t get it.” and I did this little jump at him (Okay, it looks kinda aggressive in the video, but I wasn’t that close to him and he’s really tall and I think I just startled him because I’m really small and have literally no stage fright) and said “I said tiger!” and Onew came over and said “She said tiger!” into his mic and Key said “I’m not the judge.” So I went over to the MC and said “I said tiger!” and Onew ran over and yelled into the mic “SHE SAID TIGER!!” and the MC pretend to call security. So I walked away because I didn’t really care, but if our team lost, then Onew would have to do punishment and I didn’t want that! Then the MC said “that’s one aggressive girl!” and I walked back over to him and put my hands on his arms and said “It’s really okay, because it’s really loud in here and you just didn’t hear me. It’s okay.” and he said “Yeah, it is really loud. Okay.”
So we walked back to our spots and Onew came over to me and said “The next one was jelly fish. What? How?” and then he and my friend tried to figure out how to do jelly fish for a second and he laughed. Then they announced that Taemin won and he did this adorable proud spin! Jjong was really proud of his team and he gave them all a big hug! Not to be shown up, Onew pulled us all in his team in to a big hug and he hugged us so tightly and warmly. They decided that Minho and Onew lost and they let us leave the stage. We walked off and went back to Eddie and got our stuff and went to our seats. I found out that between me leaving stage and me getting to my seat, the MC announced that I actually had said tiger and that Onew shouldn’t get punished, but they still did it anyway. You should know that my friends and I basically made friends with any staff member that walked past us. We kept asking Eddie if he needed anything because we were so grateful and he thought it was really sweet and told us to find him after the show, but we couldn’t because venue staff ushered us out (which is understandable, but it was sad that we didn’t get to hang with our new friend.) I also want to say about this that I genuinely wanted to hang out with EDDIE because he seemed really cool and friendly and wasn’t trying to use him as a way to get any private one-on-one time with any of SHINee. Someone suggested that to me later and I got mad. SHINee are busy and need their personal time and I SERIOUSLY do not want to interrupt that at all. I got to see them and that is genuinely enough for me.
After the game, we went back to our seats and they did the punishment game for Onew and Minho. They had to act out how they’d act if their girlfriend was mad at them. They looked embarrassed, but did it so cutely! Onew pretended his girlfriend slapped him and then they talked it out and made up and it was so cute! Sassy Key called out saying that Onew’s acting was bad. Then Minho had to do it and he made Onew pretend to be his girlfriend and proceeded to try to jump all over Onew and kiss his face and when Onew pushed him away, he did major aegyo and you could see Onew fighting a smiling but holding it together well. It was so cute! After that they sang another song (was it Replay? I can’t remember) and then they went backstage to change again. They played a behind the scenes video of the making of View and it was precious!!!! I’ve seen it before, but still! “Carrot no no!” Then SHINee came back on and sang View! and then they sang Sherlock (? honestly I’m having a super hard time remember what they sang after I got back to my seat). They ended and said goodbye and Key promised to come back again because of how impressed they were and how great we were and he was the last off stage (Minho was second to last and did his thing where he walks to every edge of the stage and waves at EVERYBODY) and kept talking to us in English about how they ARE going to come back!
When we left the venue, we found a group of 3 women outside just sitting and crying. So we went over and gave them tissues and consoled them and they told us that they were just so happy. They had been fans since SHINee debuted and they were older fans (about 30 years old, I think, probably a little less) and they had never imagined that they would get this opportunity. If SHINee had done this ANYWHERE else in the states, they wouldn’t have gotten to go, so this was huge for them! I actually videoed them telling us some of this. I am going to post it later, because THAT is the kind of thing SHINee needs to see. They need to see that they have fans in the states that have been around since the beginning and are so proud of them! I know not everyone has been a fan that long, myself included, but I need them to know that they are SO loved!
So, this is what it’s like to see SHINee up close in the flesh. Taemin is a literal fairy, but, at the same time hilarious, sexy, sweet, clever, and gorgeous! Minho could be carved from marble and I would see no difference. He has so much love for us in his heart! He’s so happy and sees how amazing his life is! Some idols don’t see, but he sees! Jonghyun… wow! You’ve seen pictures of him, but they do NO justice for him! He is probably the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen, and I didn’t even get to get that close to him. He’s so happy and clever and funny! One of the movies he had to do was Jurassic Park (Onew laughed really hard at that!) and so he just pointed at his face and then did t-rex arms! I laughed so hard! Dino!!!! He was also very loving with his team and gave them hugs and hand shakes! He’s also nowhere near as short as people make him out to be! I would look quite small compared to him! and HIS HAIR WAS THIS SO BEAUTIFUL LIGHT PINK AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! Key can’t be real. His skin is flawless. His voice is sassy yet deep. He’s dark chocolate! His eyes are so intense (yes he had contacts in, but the point is, he was making intense eye contact with me). He’s tall and thin and if he couldn’t sing he’d be a model in a second! When you stand next to him, you can just FEEL him. His aura is huge and intense, but delicious. And Onew… How do I talk about this boy? How do I portray how sweet he was? How every time we looked at him he would look right back into our eyes. How he tried so hard to understand the things we were saying and respond well to them. How his tan skin glows and his eyes light up when he smiles at you! His smile is sunshine and his laugh is a choir of angels! His hands are so much smaller than I expected, but not in a bad way (definitely bigger than mine!). He gave us all the attention that we needed to know that we were important to him and what we had to say was important. He was so comfortable and observant. And you should know, during our group hug, I had my arm wrapped around his back and my head against his chest and his back and chest are so wide and firm and strong feeling! Like, you can feel how stable he is physically. Like leaning against a warm, comforting… wall, I guess. And he smelled AMAZING (especially considering him being under the lights and sweating and stuff). He didn’t smell like any particular smell. He smelled clean and… safe. He smelled like home. I never want to forget how he made me feel! He made me feel so important and needed and loved.
ok so during autograph session at highlight they made us wait in the cold outside and immediately upon entrance bts was sitting there lol and i was like wow much ethereal aura around angels, but ok so we enter and the first i see is taehyung and he has cute glasses and i say ‘hi!!’ and he says ‘hi!!!!’ back really cutely and scrunches up his eyes and has that block smile wow very cute. next was jin and he was very cute and i said hello to which he returned. then it was rapmon and omg i was like fuuuuuq because they were surrounded by security guards and there was a strict no gift rule and i heard a lot of people couldn’t get their plushies and other gifts to the boys. so at this point i had brought some radio station stickers [from the station i work at - addendum: i have been playing bts+rap line solo stuff for like 2 years and i wanted to show them some support] so i wrote the name of my show, my cohost and my dj name [dj seoul sista and dj yolo ono!!], and the time of our show this quarter on one of the stickers. at this point i’m in front of mon and i’m like oh my GOD he’s so HANDSOME. and i was very like ‘fuuuuq’ bc of all the security guards everywhere. there was one behind me, like two behind the table, two on the ends, and 3 in the distance. and i take the stickers from out of my jacket pocket and put my hand on the autograph table (we weren’t even allowed to touch the table) and said “hey rapmon” and he was like ‘yeah?’ and i said ‘ i work for a radio station and have been playing you guys music. i brought you some of these’ and i put my hand down and slid them across one of the posters he was signing and he CATCHES THEM omfg he fucking caught them all smooth before they slid too far and put them IN HIS POKCKEAHGOAIWEHG his pocket… and is like ‘thats really cool thanks :)’ and im like 8))))).
then it’s jungkook and he looks so sleepy and i say hello and he smiles all cute, poor bb was exhausted i think. then it’s jimin and i say ‘hi how are you!’ and he say ‘hi! good :3′ and then it’s yoongi and surprisingly enough he says ‘hey!’ to me first, and i was taken aback and i was like ‘hi! how are you?’ and he responded in korean and i was like ‘wat’ but i didn’t say that i was more like ‘cool :)’ LOL then i twas jhope and h ewas so happy and i said HII and he was like HELLOOOOO back and his mouth was a literal smile
Jin: Did everyone come to the concert? Fans: Yes~ Jin: Did you see Converse High? Fans: Yes~ Jin: Who looked the most handsome? Fans: (You, oppa etc) Jin: (Looks at Namjoon with a satisfied look) They said it’s me~ Namjoon-ah, it’s me. Rap Monster: (speechless) You asked… that’s why.
Jin: Ah ah hello everyone, the fansign has ended. Please lift up your heads. Fans: (bursts out laughing) Jin: Everyone, please scream after 1, 2, 3. 1, 2, 3! Fans: Wahhhhhhhh Jin: (feeling proud) Well done, I will praise you guys. Fans: How cute! Jin: I know I’m cute. Fans: You’re handsome! Jin: I know, I know I’m handsome. 1, 2, 3 please shout Kim Seokjin is handsome. 1, 2, 3! Fans: Kim Seokjin is handsome!! Jin: Wow.. this is louder than the screaming. No screaming, it has got to be shouting.