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Still trying to breath... [Aug. 2nd, 2004|06:42 pm]
[Current Mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[Current Music |Spirit dreams inside]

*chu* To lovely Thai fans (& cat's bbs & Rei chan for telling me) for their live pic - This was very much like the view I had..

I feel somewhat like a little kid does post Christmas day.. it seems an eternity waiting and waiting, then BLIP! It's gone..

It was incredibly uncomfortable during Friday's pre-reg/reg line up-athon. My heart went out to anyone in a cosplay outfit. I'm surprised I didn't see people fainting left & right. The first thing I did when I received the almight Concert sticker was call Leigh - ^-^ He was very pleased. After walking around in my usual Otakon-daze-lost&clueless mode that I employed during the entire weekend, I managed to meet up with claireredding (who quite made my experience so enjoyable, I owe her a debt) & the as lovely in person/as she is online pimpinhyde. (Blufish's friends were also there..but *doh!* I am forgetting their lj names) -

Friday Highlight - Meeting up with chocowasabi & fadestory ^-^!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Claire & I sat next to Chiye & Midori at the Angela concert. It was great that they had such a big crowd, about 2,000 people.. Harummphhh.. The crowd COULD have been a bit more enthusiastic.. Angela, however, couldn't have been more appealing or adorable. The sound system didn't do them justice, but I really enjoyed them. The vocalist Atsuko is incredibly cute- & Katsu amazed us with his English SHE'S BABE!!

Saturday - Hurry up & Wait-A-Thon Claire & I set out to stake our spot in front of the arena at about 9:30 am. The Japanese fan contingent was well represented ^.~... I regret that I never forced myself to try and chat with any of the fans from Japan (which now I realize was due to PMS, as my rather naturally low level of self confidence completely disappears at that time- )

After a few hours, we were joined by domorrigan & hydebelle
It was SO GREAT to finally meet them... (as I fought off any jealous feelings of standing next to Claire/Domo/HBelle... who are Just so darn cute! ^.~) Super trooper blufish showed up WITH A BROKEN FOOT. I think she would be an ideal vacation partner - Whining and complaining from the loverly bfish for spending most of Friday in the hospital emerg room? No, I say!!
When joined by the drive_til_you_drop lirimaer & drops_of_colour I was incredibly relieved.. (Oh I think I worry like a mother hen sometimes)

I remember the "I'll step on you to see the Who" line made famous years back when some fans got trampled at a concert. I was quite afraid of that happening to me. When they allowed us to actually approach the arena doors - >.< it was SCARY.. Well scary for me anyway.
After much screaming at by staff to back up - which was impossible - Claire & I got separated from Hydebell & Domo, but thank goodness they managed to stay right up at the very front.. Finally, they let us in - more yelling, screaming, starting, stopping. Thank goodness Blufish was able to get escorted in before the crowd *tips my hat to Otakon*..

Then the wild dash to the seats started.. and after being in the sun for over 6 hours made it hard for me to run as fast as my friends - so yet again I get separated. I make my way for the section right in view of Hyde's microphone..

After deciding to take my life if they start playing Full Metal Alchemist for a third time.. (The concert was late as people kept filing in - but a full arena is a good thing).

How lovely of L'arc~en~Ciel to start off with 2 of my favorite tracks, Seppun & Loverboy. I tried to take a quick inventory of what they were wearing - Hyde/ leatherpants & and a jacket that had a trenchcoat look..
He took the jacket off after a few songs - and I was trying to figure out what the heck he was wearing *laugh* Some type of black mesh & red shirt with a vest contraption.. It wasn't made out of fur *laugh* so that's a good thing. Tetsu had on a shirt that looked white/pink & dark pants with a 'skirt'. Yukihiro had the typical headband, and a jersey & dark pants. Ken had black pants & a white tank -

pts remarked in his SMILE review that Hyde 'is such a girl on stage'... and MY OH MY he is!!! Thank you Hyde san.. You just can't help flirting like a girlyman *yay!* (as Hyde places hands on Hips & looks like he's ready to audition for Will & Grace)- Hyde was quite animated as he shakes his head like a eager puppy dog & runs to the corners of the stage to flirt with 12,000 fans. I think Hyde's goal in life is just to make fans like myself always end up feeling a bit conflicted - Not quite sure how one person can be so appealing in rather contradictory ways Then Hyde has to go and do a hair tugging, eye misting, microphone panting rendition of Eien. It WAS my least favorite SMILE track, but now I'll always have the performance image in my head- WOW! Was it good for you too Hydesan? *laugh* Can I have a cigarette? ^.~... (Oh wait, I see you are busy feeling up Tetsu, never mind) Just when I think I can recover, Kasou~.......
I'm glad I was standing up, or I probably would have fallen off my chair

Ken can hardly become any more appealing - and his Dolphin/Duck routine was a laugh riot.
Tetsu could have been a bit more animated.. Maybe he didn't eat enough bananas.
Pokes Yukihiro... SPEAK Yuki! SPEAK!

I was just amazed at how good they sounded. Often, I've thought SMILE was written with Lives in mind & it was just my guess.. I rarely know what I'm talking about. Oh my, however I think I may have actually been right on the money..I think SMILE was tailor made for live performance.

It was just so nice to actually see them FOR REAL - and to be able to try and express in audible way how much I appreciate them. I must say my silly little Hyde/Laruku obsession - well no chance of that ending soon.

One of the things that made me happiest... Domo & Hydebelle were in the FRONT ROW & I saw Ken blow them kisses. Us Laruku fans couldn't have asked for better representation - Cute, energetic, and singing along with all the songs & cheering to the top of their lungs~!!!! Yay Domo & Hydebelle!

Other people have already done better/more detailed reports then I can - so for more detailed descriptions you can check them out:

I wouldn't hesistate to do it again -
Note to self ... don't give out your cell # to everyone then figure out you don't know how to use it worth beans >.< .. Sorry to anyone whose call I missed because I was too stupid to answer the phone right.. ^^;;
I was very happy to come to the hotel room after the concert and find the tell tale P.o.T. plushie on the bed - which meant Richan had been there. How great to meet with her at last.
It was also great to meet up with Codi & Cori.. I think I may have left my camera in their room. but *beats head* I'm not sure what I did with it.

Thank you L'arc En Ciel

While it can be a hassle to suffer bouts of chronic endo & IBS.. I'm so happy that this waited till after the concert to hit me.. Yay me, this morning I survived the most painful bout of Endo I have ever had in my life -

From: mrhydeisme
2004-08-03 12:50 am (UTC)
and no one else deserved it as much as you did!

i'm very glad you had fun. hopefully we'll meet up at the next one. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: reeshya
2004-08-03 12:53 am (UTC)
WAI! Sounds like you had a fabulous time. ^________^ I'm so GLAD you got to see them!!!! *HUGS*
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[User Picture]From: bijuarukei
2004-08-03 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm sorry I didn't meet up with you! I called you on Friday and you must've pushed the "answer" button on accident because I heard you say, "Someone just called my cell." and I was like, "Helayne? Helayne? Hello?" XD
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[User Picture]From: deaxolff
2004-08-03 01:43 am (UTC)
Yay you for getting to see them live! You really sounded like you had a blast, ne? ^____^ *wishes to experience Laruku live one day too*
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[User Picture]From: violetcloud
2004-08-03 01:55 am (UTC)
It was just so nice to actually see them FOR REAL - and to be able to try and express in audible way how much I appreciate them. I must say my silly little Hyde/Laruku obsession - well no chance of that ending soon.

yes! ditto, and to everything u said ^__________^ i love reading all these posts, it makes me feel like im reliving it
im glad u had such a good time!
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[User Picture]From: liv_ark
2004-08-03 02:00 am (UTC)
>- Hyde was quite animated as he shakes his head like a eager puppy dog ... hahahha!!XD I love the way he shakes his head. So cute.
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From: luceage
2004-08-03 04:25 am (UTC)
Yay! Sounds like a rockin' time. :D Am glad you had fun!
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[User Picture]From: shochu66
2004-08-03 06:06 am (UTC)
Yes, yes so very very true what you experienced. That was exactly the same with us. Laruku live is the most unforgetable thing! We are so glad that you have been able to go to Baltimore and that you had such a good time.
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[User Picture]From: pyjama_llama
2004-08-03 06:07 am (UTC)
Ahh, wow *_*

If I don't get to see them within the next 5 years, I may have to kidnap one of them.
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From: claireredding
2004-08-03 07:46 am (UTC)
God, that was so much fun. I'm glad you got home safe.

We'll have to squeal over AIM and reminisce fondly about Hyde in leather pants.
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From: hydebelle
2004-08-04 09:31 pm (UTC)
"Us Laruku fans couldn't have asked for better representation - Cute, energetic, and singing along with all the songs & cheering to the top of their lungs~!!!! Yay Domo & Hydebelle!"

Really?!?! *blush* thank you bunches for saying such a compliment such as that helayne! The concert was definately fun and I will never forget the whole thing!!! ^_^ I really enjoyed your report, since it is very animated! Plus it makes me dream, er... I mean remember, what happened as well... WOW! Is it all a reality? I can't believe it! Haha... it's like what you said... a feeling of Christmas, where you have waited and waited and when it comes by, it's gone. But the fandom continues to thrive, ne! ^_^
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