Thoughts on SHINee World V in Dallas

Only a week ago- but it almost seems forever ago. In the frenzy of randomized ticket-buying, my friend and I were lucky enough to score (slightly off center) front row tickets to SHINee World V in Dallas, happening on March 24, 2017.

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Some thoughts (things may be added as I think of more)-

  1. SHINee really looks as good up close as they do on the screen. That’s surreal.
  2. Sitting on the sides isn’t bad actually- when members are doing their solos or want to show a little extra love to people who aren’t in the good seats, they’ll do it on the sides. I got to see a lot of up-close Jonghyun.
  3. Minho is an incredibly happy character, and he was continually making eye contact with fans and acknowledging it (he made eye contact with me twice). I may have forgiven Minho a little for being the useless member- at least he loves concerts and literally basks in the cheers.
  4. Key hasn’t aged a day.
  5. Key’s English is getting better and better, and the most entertaining talking moments were his. Everyone else said what was proper- Taemin was the most dour-mouthed. They all stood awkwardly around a few times after they exhausted Key’s funny talking bits and the bits they rehearsed when they were trainees in SM. Unfortunately, it’s all too apparently that they’re still not really comfortable with energetic and enthusiastic audiences like you’ll see in America.
  6. Jonghyun (and SHINee) was all right live, but I wasn’t really paying attention to the singing at all, even in such a small venue as the Verizon Theatre. It’s really the vibe of the concert and the visual (of which there is a lot to be sated by!). Also, American fans tend to be quite raucous even during ballads, so it’s not really possible to concentrate so much on the sound. I am not knocking on American fans- I’m one of them- but it definitely would be a nice experience to be able to go a Japanese concert and listen to the ballads in earnest.
  7. SHINee are undoubtedly veterans, but I felt that especially Onew and Taemin are getting tired of the grind. No doubt they’re all disillusioned to different degrees, but that night wasn’t their night. Onew’s only real spontaneous spark of emotion was when they sang the encore song and the entire audience held up signs containing lyrics that Onew had penned. A dead fish had more personality than Taemin.
  8. Apparently Jonghyun read my sign about economics PhDs loving him.
  9. It’s disappointing that the show was shortened for the tour in America. It was blamed on the venues, but it just feels cheated to me. I’d happily pay for the difference ($30 per person?) to hear the entire SHINee World V setlist- SHINee never comes to the US so having higher ticket prices won’t price out many people.
  10. The show was not completely full. There were a good 100 seats in the upper balcony on the sides that were not filled- with good reason- I have seen photos taken from the sides, and the stage can be up to 1/3 obstructed. SHINee chose the right venue for the area, but I feel that if SHINee had done a stop on the East Coast, they would have been able to fill a larger venue with a larger number of people. The amount of people who would casually buy a SHINee ticket to attend are more concentrated in the East Coast and West Coast. There were very few locals around this concert- most had driven their cars, taken buses, flights (like me) to be there.
  11. I had the biggest, stupidest grin for 90% of the show, and I had this low-key horrified refrain running through my mind: “Oh my god, I hope it’s not a creepy one.”
  12. Other nagging thoughts I had-  “Wow. This is capitalism. Paying $230 to stare at five men’s faces. And they’re okay with that.” I had to remind myself that it was okay to stare, because that is the career that they chose.
  13. It was simply beautiful to be in a concert venue with all the lightsticks alight.
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3 thoughts on “Thoughts on SHINee World V in Dallas

  1. Hey Michelle,

    First I am really happy that you have a new blog entry. It’s been a while. Interesting that the Dallas seemed to be so different to the LA one. I have been to LA and I have never seen a happier shinee then that day. Taemin danced like crazy and all in all you could see the true silly Shinee. Teasing each other, mocking there own songs ‘this is shinee five and we are right by your side’ references, well rested in my opinion (they continously talked about the food they ate and that they rested. Also there was some Jongkey, 2min and all the otzer shipping action you get to see. The audience was as hyped as Shinee and you could feel the energy in the room. Your description sounds like the complete opposite. Like they were tired and bored. Also the venue in LA was better for the people that had side seats too. Sounds like they could have chosen a better venue in Dallas. They sang mostly live in LA. Did they do so for Dallas too?

  2. That’s what I felt like with EXO, the whole paying more attention to the vibe of the concert, and I suspect it will be the same in April. It was a stark difference from what I enjoyed in Taiwan with SHINee’s anniversary festival and in Shanghai with SWC3, which is why I’d say I still prefer SWC3 as my favorite concert. Also, despite being in row 3, not one of them saw my cosplay and I am butthurt lol. I got to wave to their vans as they left, though! :P

  3. Hi! First time posting on your blog!
    I just wanted to say that as a group who has been there done that, they all are undoubtedly tired of the grind, but they should never let it be very obvious to the audience, that is what would make them truly veterans. I would be disappointed if Taemin/Onew was my bias to hear that he was a complete 180 in another concert.
    Key seemed to have risen to the occasion very nicely to be the one responsible for the communication with fans. Minho seems to have great reviews from everyone I have talked to. Same with Jonghyun.
    And I wanted to ask you, what exactly was written on your Jjong sign?

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