I’m still reeling from last night. Last night for much of the day I was oscillating between crying and blushing. It was a concert I’d really only want to share with an extremely close friend. Similar as singing is to some people, the feelings SHINee bring me to is something very private but immense.
Certain things have become expected from my purchasing history: such as buying something without question. In this case it would be SHINee tickets. The second I heard they were on sale I waited up until presale and bought it immediately. It was without question: click best available, take a moment to take in the cost that I’m about to dish out and then click purchase. As I said, it was without question, despite being the priciest tickets I’ve ever purchased.
I thought the seats I got were upper left balcony, little did I realize my tickets were for the orchaestra section. I was literally two rows in front of the stage, two rows in front of the stage. Suddenly the price of the tickets made much more sense.
It started late. The lineups and crowding was suffocating. I knew SHINee had the ability to sell out coliseums so I should have expected the crowds. Another good friend to healing navels, crowds. In the end they made announcements on the PA that assured us we would be able to enter soon. It did happen past 7:30 mind you.
Once I found my seat, I noticed papers over each chair. There were two: one for the self introductions and one for the encore. The crowd rarely used either as some brought their own sign.
It began with a video, as to be expected in SHINee World concerts. It was unremarkable, the crowd screamed during the members’s cameo. Repeatedly throughout the night I noticed how easily “Flaming Charisma” Minho controlled the audience, and the first VCR was my first taste of that. Although now that I think about it, there were a bunch of K-drama fans in the audience, they have just liked his performance in Hwarang.
The concert started with Hitchhiking and was soon followed by Why so Serious. As soon as Juliette started afterwards I began to wonder if there were even going to be introductions so I could hold my sign up. Alas there were following Juliette. There was a translator for those less adept at English (i.e. Key, frigging hate that he’s so skilled at two languages!) It was nice to get to know them. It was clear they were very tired having come from Toronto just today. I noticed Minho was trying to communicate in English and Key was soon becoming a very good go between. Onew was so nice and Taemin, shy as expected. Jonghyun broke my heart a little: he is clearly very well spoken and had a lot to say but couldn’t really speak English at all (although he did read our sign quite flawlessly)
They broke into Prism soon after introductions. Followed by Replay and another VCR of Beautiful, I was in complete bliss. I wanted to see them perform beautiful but it’s inclusion in a video was satisfactory. The next song was Hello, which included wonderful words on the screen for those inclined to sing a long (I sang along to every song except two Japanese songs.) It was followed by Odd Eye, which is just one of those songs I wouldn’t mention to anyone else, a song that get’s you hot and bothered, I can confirm. So of course it was followed by Feel Good. They then played another video of them dancing as one person (one of them would make a move and then another would move, but it would be one person, if that makes sense) This video covered Lucifer, Sherlock, View, and Replay. The video was followed by a performance of Sherlock (clue+note if that makes a difference) And then it was Taemin’s turn to shine with a solo of Sayonara Hitori. Followed by a reunified Ring Ding Dong which required the audience to sing along. Followed by my dream come true Lucifer (it was the song that got me into the group) There was another talking bit. The next song I’m not 100%, according to the setlist I have here (which so far has been the most accurate one compared to my experience) it says it was Selene 6.23, which it very well could be. It was a song I didn’t recognize, and thus didn’t sing a long to. (This one and Fire, which occurred earlier) Supposedly it says it was followed by Aside, which I find hard to believe (this is how I know certain set lists were wrong, because I fricken LOVE certain songs and I would KNOW if they were played.) They broke into Don’t Let Me Go which led to Please, Don’t go, an Onew and Jonghyun duo. There was a regroup, and might I mention I need to regroup. I’m following a setlist, which compared to others was pretty accurate. Although I remember some things differently. I know they did Like a Fire, and I think Shift was in there too. However I’m unsure of the order.
There was more talking. They spoke of our excitement which knocked the jet lag out of them. Key retold the quip about them being rain men and that they have again brought the rain with them to Vancouver. They paired off to get ready for the final performance. First it was Jonghyun, Taemin and Onew entertaining the audience and then it was Key and Minho. Key found out from the crowd the types of songs the audience would like to hear such as Stand by Me and Get the Treasure. Once they were regrouped and changed costumes Taemin introduced the final song: Encore.
Again I cannot promise the accuracy of the order of these songs. All I can verify is that it was a wonderful night with supposedly only one hiccup to the song Ring Ding Dong. Otherwise fantastic experience that has me still blushing and crying uncontrollably today.
Honourable mentions: Rescue, I friggen love that song too. But they did not perform it. They did, however perform Ready or Not, the more dangerous dances out there, and Dream girl during encore. All and all I must say if they ever came around these parts again, I wouldn’t be surprised if I shelled out even more money to see them once more.