Where do I even begin? The concert happened a little over 72 hours ago but it feels like an eternity. I cannot even wrap my head around that I went to a SHINee concert. A SHINee concert!!! I was just watching their SHINee World IV concert the other week while I jogged.
It was my first concert ever so there were a lot of firsts. If there are more concerts to come, I definitely know what to do the second time around.
First things first. Shoes. I was stupid and did not heed to any advice from my fellow Shawols in the Dallas Facebook group to wear comfortable shoes. I wore a blue skirt (the color is similar to the fandom color), black shirt, and floral kimono. I didn’t want to wear flats so I decided to wear 1-inch heels because I thought I could make it throughout the day. I was lying to myself. So after I got my pre-ordered merchandise at the venue, I convinced my sister that we needed to go back to the hotel room so I can change my shoes and outfit by promising to pay for that Uber ride.
Being social. I have a mild case of social anxiety. It’s hard for me to meet new people and make friends because I wait for the other person to come to me first. I’ve been like that for as long as I can remember. It’s quite odd though. I can communicate through messages and letters really well but human interaction kind of stresses me out. I’m sure you can tell from me using the phrase “human interaction”.
At the hotel that my sister and I stayed at, there were other Shawols staying there too. Of course, I didn’t venture anywhere except down to the ground floor for breakfast. Even then my fellow Shawols were enjoying their breakfast and I was sitting with my sister sending out a psychic signal.
I do regret not chatting with these lovely ladies though. I saw them later at the venue and made no notion chat with them there either. It’s not often kpop fans of the same group gather together. When you meet and talk with them, if feels a lot more…wholesome. It feels as though you’re not the only one.
Oh! I did sit next to a Blinger on the plane ride home (what a coincidence!) and chatted with her for a few moments about the concert. I didn’t ask for her name because I forgot to. Insert awkward laugh.
Merchandise. It’s a great idea to pre-order merchandise if the option is available. I got what I wanted and didn’t have to worry too much about coming home empty-handed. I wish I would have bought more though. I saw some Shawols carrying around the plushie dolls and really wanted one.
Tickets. I cannot even begin to describe how frustrated I was using AXS to purchase the tickets. The first time around I was able to get P1 tickets however I kept getting a message that my card information was incorrect (it wasn’t) and had to let them go after the third failed attempt. I’m also not a fan of the virtual waiting room. Even if I was on the website before some people I wouldn’t, as some would say, get first dibs. I eventually called the office and bought tickets over the phone. Their customer service isn’t the best but I reminded myself that they get hundreds of calls and get yelled at by customers. With that realization, I set out to be one less angry customer that day.
Uber and Lyft. We’ve never been to Dallas (we’ve been through Dallas, NC though) or the surrounding cities before and didn’t know how to navigate the roads. Upon the suggestion of my great friend, Alex, my sister and I decided it was easier to use Uber and/or Lyft instead of driving a rental. When we arrived in Dallas, we decided to use Lyft instead of Uber. That was a horrible experience. I don’t think I’ve ever been so carsick in my entire life! That stupid scent black ice did not help at all either. So for the rest of the trip, we used Uber. The rates were reasonable. Much cheaper than it would have been if we had taken taxis. Some of the drivers we had were pretty nice and talked to us but most of the time it was a silent twenty-minute drive.
Here is where I get to the good stuff. Concert day! We came back from our hotel and arrived about 30 minutes before the show was going to start (I know! How insane is that!). The line to enter the venue was still ridiculously long but we were able to get inside quickly, go through security, get our tickets scanned, and find our seats.
I’m so glad I asked my sister to get me bottled water because I was hot and parched from all the screaming that I did.
I don’t know if it’s just my luck but every time I attend an event where I have to stand, someone taller than me is always standing in from of me blocking my view. I felt terrible because I kept getting closer to the lady on my left because I wanted to see the whole stage.
Anyway, the energy in the venue was INCREDIBLE. I forgot all about my worries and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I sang along with all the songs. I chanted in sync with other fans during the fanchants. It was so awesome of be part of that ocean (by ocean I mean this. All of those lightsticks shining in the dark together) and waving my lightstick in the air. I’ve always wanted to be part of a fandom ocean at concerts for as long as I can remember.
SHINee. (I wanted to write my account on SHINee separately.)
I watched their videos on YouTube and watched live streams of music programs for years and I cannot comprehend that I saw them live with my own eyes. The first thing I noticed instantly was how skinny everyone was. Of all the pictures and videos I have watched, I never had a firm grasp on how thin and tired they were. Of course, it makes me worry how thin and tired they are and sadly I can’t do anything about it except pray for their health.
Pictures and videos do not do these guys any justice. As Key had said during their break, seeing them live is better than YouTube. They’re so handsome and so dang pretty! (My sister says they’re feminine and not pretty. I could care less. They’re pretty to me.)
Listening to them live is an experience that I still can’t find the proper words in the English language to describe. Their vocals were on point! It’s like they ate CDs before performing!
Seeing how energetic Minho was made me so happy. I mean this guy was putting in 210% into EVERYTHING. I LOVED IT!! His fanservice was too much and I’m so jealous I wasn’t closer to the stage! Minho is so handsome. Oh so handsome. I see why everyone he acts with just loves him. How can you not adore someone with a face like that? Saying he’s tall is an understatement. Seeing how tall he really is made me realize how short I was.
I knew Key was hilarious but dang that kid is hilarious! He told us his story of how his Gucci got destroyed when they were in Canada so he had to wear Jonghyun’s clothes instead. Poor thing. Just couldn’t let it go. He was also caught on a hot mic too! He complained about how his jacket wasn’t as soft as compared to Minho’s jacket and how he hated it even though he designed it. Since that Gucci story, I’ve seen countless memes about it.
Taemin was so shy and when the members made him speak English, he was so cute! Which is a little odd because he performed “Goodbye” earlier and he was just oozing sexiness. I’ve seen live videos of Taemin’s solo performances but was stunned by his talents when I watched him live. I wasn’t able to record any longer than twenty seconds because I didn’t want to miss a single moment of his performance. Oh my goodness. His movements are so fluid. It was such a beautiful spectacle.
Jonghyun is such a flirt. I didn’t realize that level of flirtiness until I saw how he moved on stage and looked out into the crowd. It still amazes me how good he sounds live. There are some artists who sound pretty good on the CD tracks but when they perform live…it’s just not that good. That’s not the case with him. He’s breathtaking. I’ve made this comment to several of my friends but that boy’s jawline is so sharp you can cut your finger.
Obviously, I save my ultimate bias for last. I’ve always had a soft spot of Onew ever since their debut days so who can blame me? When he smiled, it was literal sunshine. Like I felt my heart skip a bit each time. Oh goodness. I was suffering from a terrible case of Onewache. I also experienced Onew Sangtae as well! He was suggesting us to do something during the costume change and all of us including Jonghyun were so confused. It was so adorable! Since his throat surgery, I have noticed the quality of his voice improved. So hearing him sing live was one of the most wonderful things I have ever experienced. I honestly can’t describe how beautiful his voice is.
Even though he’s the leader of SHINee, he looked like the maknae. It was cute!
Watching all five of them perform is similar to a watching circus. I was constantly moving my eyes in hopes of not missing anything on stage. I almost didn’t catch Onew tripping during “Ready or Not” because Minho was being extra on the other side of the stage! Thank goodness for fancams!
SHINee was just so amazing, wonderful, fantastic, spectacular, remarkable, handsome, gorgeous, funny, and all these things that make them so darn loveable. I stated in my earlier HTH post how I was worried that SHINee would be everything and more. They were. They work so hard and to showcase their hard work for us is incredibly admirable. I didn’t think it was possible to like them even more.
I spent countless hours watching their performances and thinking these guys cannot be real. I guess seeing them live with my own eyes, they became more human. I really love that.
Please cut me some slack for the entirety of this post and improper use of parentheses. All of this is the rambling of a fangirl who is suffering from post-concert blues.
Live long and prosper,
Ellen Jones Vang