Hi Shawols~! ^^ Because my previous fanaccount was only about the project execution, I really wanted to make something more personal for our main blog post about the concert in Dallas (LA post coming at a later time~!) and my experience that day. I know this was a long time coming. >< Enjoy~! ^^
So my day was really incredibly busy ^^; I started out by meeting volunteers at the venue around 9:30am (yes, we were really there that early~!). It was cold and raining… Our raining men strike again! So we waited around and greeted each other and talked about the projects. The flowers arrived a little after 11am and I quickly spoke to a SubK representative to get our card added to it (that’s why it wasn’t pictured) >< Around that time, SubK was also setting up the merch booth on the front porch of the venue by the doors (for merch pick up that began around noon) and by the time merch pick up began, the sky was starting to clear up.
After that, we passed out keychains and stickers to our project donors (waaah~! You guys are the best!!) and gave our volunteers the project banners to pass out. I wasn’t the one who coordinated the banner distribution, but I saw a few of you throughout the day – seriously thank you so much for your help~! You guys did such a great job! ^^ By the afternoon, it got really hot and we were holding umbrellas to create shade. That was pretty much our whole day ^^; I missed out on SubK’s song project while I was at lunch. T__T And I also missed a few fansites I would have loved to meet.. T___T Next time~!
At 5:30pm I met the colored paper project volunteers at the front of the venue and divided up the paper. The exterior doors opened really close to 6pm. Maybe about 10 min after? We got scanned and went inside to wait for the theater doors to open. While chatting with the venue security staff, they said that “they” (I assume production staff, not the boys specifically) had been there since 6am. O__O I’m not sure if the numbers changed (SubK quoted 6,000+ at both venues), but the venue staff we chatted with said that they were expecting 5,500 fans to be there that day and that the only shows that sold out at the Verizon Theater (in their eyes, this event was a sell out) were K-Pop and Christian concerts. XD So that made me really proud! ^^
I don’t honestly recall when the theater doors opened? Probably close to 6:45pm. I remember it feeling like forever. Our volunteers went in and immediately started setting up the heart project and we spent almost that whole hour setting up. We had… I never counted but it seemed like we had about 20 volunteers for the colored paper project? If you’re reading this, you guys were troopers! Especially those setting up the left side of the heart! You were finished before I could give my detailed instructions T__T So awesome~! Once we were finished, our volunteers had everyone hold up their papers so we could check it. And it was so pretty omg… I gave hugs to the volunteers that were standing by me at that time. It was so beautiful! *___*
By the time I sat down to relax, “Runaway” (the pre-concert song) had just started. The whole concert was really… to describe every song I think would be excessive of me. But as a Taemint, I was overjoyed to see “Goodbye” live *__* My son… ahh… please come back again during your next solo~! This noona needs to see “Drip Drop” live! ^^ I also had P1 section 103 seats. I was at the back of the section but I was close enough that I never looked at the monitors the whole show. I guess you could say I was blessed by AXS this time around ^^; But anyhow, the audience really was on FIRE for Minho! Out of all the concerts I’ve streamed before now, I’ve never heard such a Ming biased crowd! It’s like there were screams for every breath he took XD Honestly the whole concert was so overwhelming. I sang and cheered basically the whole show. I didn’t have much time to memorize fanchants leading up to the concert but it didn’t really matter because the crowd didn’t seem like the type to do fanchants? I felt like me and one other girl were the only ones doing them in our area >< This is also the same reason why the “Love Sick” encore song didn’t work. But that’s okay! Every crowd is different~! I ended up just cheering along with everyone by the end of the concert so I could reserve my voice. ^^; Although my voice was a bit froggy anyways for 3 days after the concert.. Worth it!
About the comment sections… Key apologizing for what he said backstage (about the costume he didn’t love)… I heard him say something when it happened but it didn’t sound to me like a complaint? It was pretty unexpected though and hard to hear because I wasn’t that close to a speaker. ^^; I loved Key’s Vancouver burnt Gucci suit story. Poor Gucci… The new one looked so good though~! I might have liked it better? >< And Onew’s hand holding comment… Was it a pun? I really want to know.. XD Everyone keeps asking me about it but I really have no idea – I don’t know Korean. Maybe someone will tell me eventually. But if you watch Jonghyun’s expression in the fancam you’ll see that even he was like “???” and totally gave up on him! XD I like to think he was trying to make a connection that performing the songs with us at a SHINee World Concert was like holding hands with SHINee World. If the actual meaning is something else, I don’t want to know! XD
The show was 110% amazing! My only regret was during the moment when SHINee asked to take a photo with us before the final song/our banner project. I locked eyes with another admin like “Oh no! What do we do??” and the moment happened too fast to tell everyone to raise the banner for the photo op (but would the timing have made it less special? I still don’t know..). Next time we’ll include in the instructions to raise them during a moment like this if it happens again. T__T But I was so proud to be able to hold the banner & colored paper project with everyone during the final song~! What I could see of the heart looked so good and I could see Minho squinting trying to figure out what we made. I hope the boys were able to see it well! ^^
I’m just so grateful when I think about SHINee World V… We had worked for over a year every day on MyMusicTaste trying to create buzz to get a SHINee World Concert (long before the fanmeets). When SubK finally announced it after the fanmeets it was such a magical moment! And their staff did such a good job too! They were so helpful in communicating with us fans and getting our projects approved. The photos taken of the flowers backstage SubK texted to me and my other admin personally. T__T And they were just generally so helpful and very willing to work with us. I couldn’t be more thankful!
I’m also crazy grateful to Shawols~! I know a lot of you are still waiting on me to mail out the keychains for missed pickups. I promise I’m working on it~! There’s a lot of concert follow up stuff that our group is working on – including being interviewed about the concert (seriously!) and collecting photos for that. But we really couldn’t have done any of this without you. I know I say that over and over again, but our projects for these concerts were so expensive and so volunteer needy. It would not have happened if you all didn’t donate and contribute your time! ❤ ❤ ❤ I keep saying that we as a group are a reflection of you and your passion and it’s just so true! Thank you so much for everything~! ^^
To SHINee… there’s no way we could say how happy and thankful we were to see you live. We have all created memories together during SWC V that we will love and cherish for a long long time~! Please think of your USA fans when you’re planning your next tour! We want to see you again soooon~! We’re forever cheering you on from this side of the Pacific! ^^
Thank you for everything~! ❤
SHINee USA Main Admin
Note: These labeled photos were generously sent to us for the article mentioned before. I don’t know if they’ll make it in the final article but we wanted to show off a few here. Thank you so much for your help~! ^^