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2016 SHINee 1st USA Fanmeet in Chicago: Admin FanAccount
May 8th, 2016
So Chicago was a really good trip for me. Just overall, good company, good food, new friends, & SHINee. ^^; I got to eat legit deep dish pizza for the first time and it was soooo crazy good! Must be because of all that Wisconsin cheese nearby. 😀 Anyhow, about the fanmeet…
I remember arriving to the venue early in the day. Before noon for sure. I was staying at a hotel within walking distance so we popped over early to scope out the situation. Someone was there already blasting SHINee music and the song I walked up on was “Drip Drop” ^^ So my first experience that day at the venue was shouting “Drip Drop” fanchants as I walked up to the venue which was the cutest thing possible? I couldn’t have planned a better start to the day if I tried XD
I met up with some volunteers and we spent the entire day passing out balloons, banners and MyMusicTaste cards. I also had a t-shirt pick up time for everyone who pre-ordered one. For the Dallas fanmeet I did a reprint of those ^^ I met up with Shawols International for the first time that day as well as @SHINeeUSFanmeet. The first banner project (Chicago’s) was @SHINeeUSFanmeet’s and our volunteers helped her with passing them out. Truth be told, we were so short on volunteers during that first fanmeet. I ran around like crazy the whole afternoon without getting a chance to catch my breath until the show started. ^^; In the process I saw and high-fived YouTubers Cortney and Jasmine. They probably thought it was weird/random and didn’t know I was volunteering. I had to run back for more banners when I saw them and because we were getting close to the time the doors opened I didn’t have much time to chat >< But that’s okay~! Because our volunteer group was so small, those of us who were volunteering really got a chance to bond and I’ve been friends with most of those Shawols ever since ^^ I met so many Shawols! Let’s see if I can remember… an admin from SHINee World Canada, fans from SHINee World Peru (wow!)… I know I got a fan from Keys Note (that I ended up giving away to a Locket because… well.. I’m a Taemint and I knew she’d love it more ^^). I wish I had tried to speak to that fansite admin more because we’ve spoken on more occasions since then. I met one of our main USA group order Shawols ^^ So sweet~! Who else.. really I met so many wonderful people~! If I didn’t get a chance to name you, it’s because my memory is a bit faulty. I’d remember your face if I saw you! ^^
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We saw SHINee arrive… well. I saw their backsides for half a second. Does that count? The line that had been forming since the beginning of the day completely dispersed when SHINee arrived! XD We all wanted to see them!
So about the event – it was amazing! And everything was so new and exciting. I know for Dallas the setlist was the same so there weren’t any surprises. But I recorded audio of the whole show and relistening to “Hello” always makes cry T__T It was just such an emotional moment because SHINee hadn’t performed that song in so long! I was hoping but not expecting them to perform it.
The performance setlist was: “Everybody”, “Hello”, “Replay”, “Lucifer”, “Sherlock”, & “View”. Honestly, my seat that day was not the best. I was at the middle/back of P2 on the floor and the elevation of the venue just wasn’t that great. I had a few empty seats in front of me so I didn’t have to worry about tall people, but SHINee was still very hard for me to see over everyone’s heads and sign boards (please don’t hold large signs above your head T__T). The opening song, “Everybody”, was really a blur for me. It was my favorite song and I didn’t even realize they were wearing their military style outfits until after the fanmeet because of the excitement and the fact that the black uniforms blended in with the black stage >< And then of course they changed directly after the opening so I really didn’t get a good look at it.
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The question segment was good with the most amusing moment for me being Taemin talking about all of their alarms going off during trainee days XD But also in hindsight Onew’s “So Amazing” comment was a true highlight for US fans because… well… SHINee themselves speak so little English that we hang onto every English word they say. We quoted “So Amazing” for practically a month after the fanmeet XD Only to turn around and have it be a reference to one of the songs Onew wrote on their 1 of 1 album! You can see SHINee’s amused smiles after he says that in fancams! Super cute. And then the charades – Jonghyun’s movie theme was the beeesssttt~! His Lion King, Matrix, and Jurassic Park (Entire Fandom: Girrrrl, how’d you not get that one?? XD) were standouts ^^ They were just too cute!
I have a bit of a heart of stone when it comes to shedding tears at events so I didn’t cry. ^^; But I will never forget for the rest of my life that moment when “View” started. The lights were completely out. It was black and then slowly a backlight came on and just before SHINee appeared, Taemin tossed his hat perfectly timed into the crowd and started singing. That whole moment just gave me CHILLS! It’s not something that can be replicated on camera, but that moment… it was just so perfect! That mood and atmosphere I’ll never forget.
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The other thing that everyone comments on during their first SHINee concert (or k-pop concert for that matter – this was my first of both) was being in a crowd of Shawols. The fanlights… there’s seriously nothing like it! It’s probably one of the most beautiful and unique things about attending a k-pop event – being a part of the fanlight ocean. It’s so emotionally overwhelming the first time you see it. I felt like “Ah, I’ve found my people!” The Shawol I sat next to arrived late and didn’t have a lightstick so I lent her an extra of mine. I meant to use it for a giveaway anyways so I ended up letting her keep it ^^ I kind of felt like the lightstick had already lived a life of its own with a new owner so I shouldn’t keep it. (Is that weird?)
(Source: Keystagram – “chicago!!!!!! love you!!! miss you guys already”)
And the banner of course… was awesome. We spent all day handing them out. People used our balloons the whole show… the venue was just very aqua and very full of love that day ^^ Some lovely Shawols came and added more balloon bags to our pile throughout the day (maybe 4 or 5 extra bags?). In total I think we passed out close to 2800 balloons? And there were maybe a few hundred banners left in the box at the end out of the 4400 that were ordered. I’m so thankful to all the fans who supported our projects! We worked so hard passing everything out for you but you guys were really the ones who made it happen. ^^ We couldn’t have done it without you! ❤ ❤ ❤
Jonghyun took the banner (which used a quote from Selene 6.23, a song he wrote) back with him T__T So I was just… very touched that day. It was a seriously wonderful experience. SubK & the MC Martin Kim did a great job too ^^ Just a lot of love in that venue! I’m so proud that I could have been a part of their first US fanmeet! It was seriously magical!
Thank you SHINee, Shawols, & SubK~! ^^
Banner: “You held your hand and finally we reached you.”