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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:59 am


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bigOeyez wrote:@ Belz & Yupyupyup: Yeah, the girls seem to have picked up learned some english, just like how most of us here speak broken Japanese... HA HA! Just the basics, so "double bass" wasn't one of the phrases until I started paddling... CHYEAH!

But yeah it was pretty chill when I went up because there were only 3-4 people behind me, so I fell into a situation where it was "OK" to chat a little bit I guess... Which worked out for the people behind me because they got a more face time when I held up the line too... HA HA!

I'm still wondering who the tall guy in the grey shirt was because neither him or the staff tried to rush me out of the line in the midst of all this... Nice One (Maybe because I reminded them of a Yanki?)

Like I mentioned earlier though, the experience I had with the band totally refines how I feel about them... Priceless doesn't even come close...

Damn thats you in the AVATAR? You really are big, or is the camera angle doing tricks on me? Anyway, thats how you make the most of an experience, kudos to you! Clap

BTW Your favorite member is Haruna, yet judging by your experience, it seems you got the most attention from Rina. Nice One


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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:33 am


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"the Enforcer" I think I know who you are talking about... His name said Zarate. Dude actually was quite a teaser,
First time, while waiting for the Panel at like 8am, he came up to our group and told us he had to move ME from the line. I heart litterally stop at that moment, my mind went a 1000mph, thinking what I had done. he was only joking but man did I Freaked! The Enoforcer knows that I can kill him in an instant, I'm THAT BIG! haha.

He was totally cool and I had fun talking with him from then on. We all kept by the rules (more or so), he tolerated us as long as we didn't do anything that causes trouble. Talked to him again right after the concert. He and the staff wasn't able to enjoy the concert like we did, but they also had a good time. I last talked to him after the last meet and greet @ the hotel. gave him and the staff my thanks for an awesome time @ AM2 and bringing SCANDAL to America.
He actually sent us, SH, his regards and thanks for making things much easier for him.

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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:40 am


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Some pics at the 2nd M&G I had. I thought the picturing were not allowed till the very end, so I could only took some shots from afar. I didn't want any trouble with AM2 staff as well as trouble for AM2 staff with SCANDAL management. Too bad I couldn't get a clear shot. It was a gorgeous day. Rina and Mami came out first with Rina at the farthest, then came Haruna and Tomomi with Haruna walking behind Rina. Rina was wearing Converse, while the others wearing white Doc boots. It seems like Rina only wears Doc boots when she absolutely has to. The 1st pic is before the M&G.





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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:53 am


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shuythuyshuy wrote:No Roxanne and I(Maki) are different people, though we both post here on SH as UKS, especially since one of us were busy. Sorry for not being there.. since we are a part of 'upper management' there were so many big problems we had to deal with that we weren't always at registration.

I will be sure to pass on your messages to Erik and The Enforcer. Just checking, is he in this photo?

http://www.kimlongvo.com/am2con2011/albums/userpics/10002/am2_2011_061.jpg
3rd person from the left.

Thanks!

Yes! That's him! Really cool staff at the con!

Anyone remember the guy who thought I was going to rush the stage during the concert?


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Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:08 am


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In the old thread nerf asked if they used “Rock And Roll High School” as an intro only in America or if they always use it as an intro. Nope and nope. They used it as an intro in Japan on March 21st 2010 (Music Cube) and they use different openers (check out the Everybody Say Yeah tour DVD or the First Live DVD). :)


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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:26 am


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tofu wrote:
shuythuyshuy wrote:No Roxanne and I(Maki) are different people, though we both post here on SH as UKS, especially since one of us were busy. Sorry for not being there.. since we are a part of 'upper management' there were so many big problems we had to deal with that we weren't always at registration.

I will be sure to pass on your messages to Erik and The Enforcer. Just checking, is he in this photo?

http://www.kimlongvo.com/am2con2011/albums/userpics/10002/am2_2011_061.jpg
3rd person from the left.

Thanks!

Yes! That's him! Really cool staff at the con!

Anyone remember the guy who thought I was going to rush the stage during the concert?
That guy was so awesome! He entertained us for a good hour with stories of his experiences at previous Cons. Man. The stories that guy told...those are the Cons I wish I attended...ahah.


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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:45 am


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reading this thread just makes me more sad that i couldn't go, but at least i get to see all the awesome pictures! hopefully when i can drive in a couple years SCANDAL will still be around

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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:28 am


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if I'm still re-editing my post, do I post my finalized version in here?

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Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:29 am


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NuClearSounds wrote:if I'm still re-editing my post, do I post my finalized version in here?

Yes please, this is the continuation of the other thread. It just has a different title n_n


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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:39 am


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Noodles wrote:
NuClearSounds wrote:if I'm still re-editing my post, do I post my finalized version in here?

Yes please, this is the continuation of the other thread. It just has a different title n_n

OK just checking because, call me weird for this, but I did remember word for word what the girls said in the band introductions, so I'm typing that up for all to read. The Engrish is too cute

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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:53 am


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I see you do have a knack for sounds, NuClearSounds LOL

Looking forward to your word-for-word introduction~~

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Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:06 am


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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:42 am


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Alright so I'm guessing its my turn to say what had happened Amazed

DAY 2
So I went to meet up with the SH members this day and it wasn't hard to spot them,they had the banner ready to go...I went up to them, I felt awkward since it was my first time meeting all of them but I just tagged along with the crowed Sweating Well then I went by myself to pick up my passport and came back,they were taking pictures with the banner by then so I rushed there will they were calling me xD ... Oke so after that Lale,Kelly and I went to Starbucks to get something to eat and drink,Lale was upset because starbucks didn't heat up his food,They told him that they did not have a microwave???? I was like what Starbucks does not have a freaking microwave lol ... alright so we head back to see whats going on in exhibit hall and there wasn't much,the cure booth only had SCANDAL's 2 albums a mag. and a shirt... We walked around for a bit and the 9 SH members were taking pictures in one of those purikura picture booths,then headed to the Food trucks to grab some grub,killed some time and waited in line for Kanon Wakeshima & Kanon x Kanon Concert ... after it was done We headed straight to LAX Airport and Oh boy how Awsome was this! so we went to terminal 3 and waited about 1hr and a half by then we found out there was another flight coming in and we sent someone [insert here] Facepalm I forgot who... sorry Shy about 30min later Wat gets a call and we all start rushing towards terminal 5 were they landed , saw the Am2 guy there who was going to pick them up, waited some more by then we all just like this --> Tears of Joy and when they finally came out Dies All us,full of excitement I manage to snap some shots of them これ:

Haruna & Tomomi


Tomomi


Rina


Mami


When they went outside the Am2 guy told us we can cheer them on outside an so we did,then all of a sudden Rina started taking pictures of us and also their staff took one...Wat & Zimbobbio were dancing in the Canta & Doraemon cosplay's, they made the girls laugh and smile it was so cute Love ,pretty much after this we went to dinner at King's Hawaiian, talked about what happened and planned out the next day...Since it was SCANDAL's day....

Day 3
The Big DAY! has arrived so much was happening,I got there late and was pretty bummed out about that since they wouldnt let anymore people join in line with SH mem. for the PANEL White Flag I was almost at the end of the line but went to meet up with them and sign the banner...We entered waited a bit while the announcer was doing an intro... Everyone from SH got a good view of the girl's since they sat right in front of them I was so jelly , I was sitting on the left side and They entered from the right side...so beautiful in their new outfit Love Survive ... this was were Jade manage to take pictures since she was press Nice One

The Q & A by Mercurius

Spoiler:
SCANDAL Panel
7/3/2011 10:00AM PST

Seating order: Haruna (H), Rina (R), Tomomi (T), Mami (M)

Introduction: Each member noted that it has been 3.5 years since their first time in the US.

Moderator Questions

Q: Since AM2 is an anime convention, what are the band members' favorite anime?
H: Hetalia, Kuroshitsuji
R: Ribbon (likely Hime-chan no Ribbon), Sailor Moon
T: One Piece, Sailor Moon
M: Bleach, Naruto, K-ON! (audience cheers). I watch a lot of anime and love pretty much everything I see.

Q: What is your favorite American band?
H: Jonas Brothers (crowd chuckles)
R: Taylor Swift
T: Red Hot Chili Peppers (crowd oohs impressed)
M: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes

Q: What would you like to do in America?
H: Shopping and eating (laughter)
R: Swimming in the pool (according to twitter, they did this)
T: IHOP Strawberry pancake, since I couldn't eat it before
M: A lot of things I want to do, but just would like to take a walk around LA

Guest Questions (paraphrased)

Q: If you were not in a band, what would you be doing?
H: Never really thought about it, but because I'm a music lover, it would have to be something music-related.
R: Baker
T: Care-taker / day-care worker (some confusion since Tomo said "hobo-san" not knowing it sounded like the English word for homeless, so it sounded like a joke until translator clarified)
M: Designer

Q: Any plans to release live performances / PVs from indie days?
H: No plans to.

Q: Can you describe your writing process for your songs and how it works?
R: I usually start by playing on the piano. Then I gather the other band members to figure out lyrics and complete the song. Then we work on the musical arrangement in the studio. Lastly, we record in the studio.

Q: Since you are playing in LA, are there any plans to do another US tour?
T: Not for now, but we really love LA.

Q: Tomomi, in Namida no Regret PV, you are the only one crying over a girl. Why is that, and is that how you feel about the other band members?
T: My character in the PV was crying over a close friend. I am close friends with the other three members, but definitely not romantically. I am interested in boys. (lots of awkward laughter over this)

Q: What was it like recording the cover to ZONE's Secret Base?
M: We all love the song, and all grew up listening to it. We wanted to record a cover and chose it. It was fun to record, but we were a little worried about negative reaction to it since it was such a well known song.

Q: I'm from the East Coast and wonder what you thought of the East Coast, New York in particular.
M: I love New York, it has a real glimmer / glitter look to it.

Q: Who is the better dancer, Haruna or Tomomi?
T: I have to say Haruna.

Q: Do you ever play each other's instruments?
H: During rehearsals we often play around and play each other's instruments. But since it's hard, we usually can't finish a song.

Q: Your songs are often about relationships. Are they based on any specific relationships or experiences you've had?
T: *nods* Yes
M: I often "fantasize" or think about what such a relationship would be like.

Q: In the Shoujo S PV, what is the Janitor laughing about?
R: The Janitor is a famous comedian. He's laughing because the band is playing around without paying attention to him, even though they got caught. So it's like they're just laughing it off.

Q: Have you ever considered doing a collaboration concert with Morning Musume
M: I'm a big fan of them, and in a magazine interview we mentioned it'd be nice to play at each others' concerts. We also text each other regularly.

Q: Mami, what guitar strings do you use?
M: Ernie Ball 10-gauge in a clear package.

Q: What is your favorite song to play, and the song you want fans to enjoy?
H: Play - Space Ranger. Enjoy - Scandal Baby
R: Play - Shunkan Sentimental. Enjoy - Everybody Say Yeah
T: Um... (*thinks) Play - Shoujo S. Enjoy - Shoujo M.
M: Play - Hi Hi Hi. Enjoy - Um... (Rina interjects) Hi Hi Hi

Q: Rina, why did you choose to play drums?
R: Why, I wonder? (laughter) When forming the band, it was a girl's band, and drums seemed to be a cool and suited instrument for me to play. Also, a good female drummer is pretty rare, so it was a unique position.

Q: Do you like any K-Pop groups?
H: Kara, SNSD
R: *describes appeal of K-Pop groups
T: (while Rina was describing, has a funny moment by dropping her straw completely in her water bottle. Mami and audience tries to hold back laughter while Tomo comedically tries to pull the straw out.)

Q: Are you still influenced by classic bands such as the Stones e.g. I Can't Get No Satisfaction and the song Satisfaction?
R: We enjoy doing covers, and that song is a good song. We also love the Stones and classic rock bands. However, I'm not sure about direct influences, as we still like to write the songs we want to write.

Q: Tomomi, why did you pick bass over guitar, when you could see the other two guitarists?
T: I tried learning the guitar, but since it has six strings, it was difficult so I gave up. Since the bass has just 4 strings, I thought it would be easier.

Q: Before forming the band, did you think that you would ever be in a band?
H: None of us were thinking we would.

Message to attendees before the live:
H: Please enjoy the live and be loud and dance. It's been 3.5 years since our last show in America, so we want to make this live fun. Please don't be shy.
T: *makes several unbelievably cute faces*

Overall, the questions were pretty clear and the band seem to appreciate them. I will say it was difficult to write notes while getting trapped in the band members' gazes from the front row. I'll add the Meet & Greet Q&A later once I get the other SH members' recollections and my notes straightened out.

After this they went out for a bit and Last Minute they announced that we couldnt get an autograph unless purchasing a shirt,it came with a white cardboard paper to get signed,but alot of people were pretty upset about this since we all brought something to get signed...and it was unfair , it wasn't Am2 fault at all but Cure overwrote the agreement they had...so we had no choice but to spend $30 on the shirt and sign... SCANDAL came back in, everyone was cheering again and they let us go by row's ... when it was my turn I couldn't think straight they were just a few cm away from me and Mami was 1st to write "SCANDAL" and here sig. I said 'HI' and smiled back :D then it was tomomi awe my gawd she was lovely in person don't get me wrong they were all beautiful but tomomi threw this cute smile at me LOVE and then Rina,signed it first then looked at me Nose Bleed ... then Haruna signed it and said "Thank you" I bowed back and said thank you as well... I didn't talk much because I didn't know what to say but Im happy to hear that bigOeyez interacted with them alot more than me,I'm sure to be right next to him if ever they come back to visit again haha,I met with everyone outside waiting in line for the Meet and Greet This was just to surprising...we all got hit with bricks and stones when we entered the room,and the first group to go...they were sitting right in front of usSERIOUSLY! no joke and smiling at us... this was surely SCANDAL HEAVEN at this point...we Had 7min to talk to them ask more Q's and give them gifts ...Zimbobbio made a really awesome first impression besides cosplaying as Doraemon He gave the girl's an autographed Sum 41 Cd, quoted: “This a gift from someone who inspired you given to us whom you expire” everyone was so shocked about this and I give Props to him for doing this Clap after this the 2nd group had went in while we headed straight to wait in line for the concert...13 people were already waiting in line and we were surprised how fast they got there,reason is they didnt go to the event's so that how they were there first,anyway waited about 4-5hours talked with some of the guys the last 1hour or so I started hearing them practice,since I was next to the door started bumping my head,it was so EPIC even though they were practicing... I heard Shoujo S,Haruka,Scandal Baby,and Shunkan Sentimental... before we went in The Enforcer was such a nice guy,he took my glow sticks and told me "sorry I'll have to take these away" haha he was just joking about that and gave them back to me,we went in and I went straight towards tomomi's side 1st row I'm forgetting one person but he was next to me were phillip,matt,ross,then jade and that was us SH first row Left side we were in Command of the banner...

SCANDAL Setlist
1. SCANDAL no Theme
2. Hi-Hi-Hi
3. EVERYBODY SAY YEAH
4. Shoujo S
5. Hoshi no Furu Yoru ni
6. DOLL
7. LOVE SURVIVE
8. Hikare
9. Haruka
10. Shunkan Sentimental
11. Kagerou
12. Space Ranger
13. SCANDAL BABY

Encore:
14. Pride

When they Started Scandal no Theme ... we had a cue to break the Glow sticks, right when Rina Count's "1!2!3!4!!!! we hit the glow sticks on 4 and started Rocking out Punches ... EVERYBODY SAY YAH ---> everyone was so into the music going YAH! Haruna "MAMI!!!" she starts playing a solo and it was too amazing Haruna "EVERYBODY ARE YOU READY" the whole crowed YAHHH!!! , Haruna " hello eveyone! we are SCANDAL...How are you Am2? yah yah yah...Lets sing and dance tonight! " ... After DOLL they had a little intro In ENGLISH? Haruna " Arigatou, Ok let me introduce the members,mazu(first) Drummer! RINA! " Rina " I'm Rina,you having fun? <3 Guys,Guys,Guys?? Yah...EVERYBODY SAY...YAH x2 YAY<3 GREAT THANK YOU , I LOVE YOU!!!<3 " Haruna " next Guitar MAMI! " Mami " Yesterday I was surprised,alot of fans waiting at the airport, I'm so HAPPY<3 very Happy, Thank You! " ---> this was when we Held up the BANNER and TOMOMI Pointed at us Love Haruna " next Bass TOMOMI " Tomomi "Hello!,I'm Tomomi ,ehh Last night,we went to 711,Red Bull...Japanese Red bull :with her hands she shows us how small it was: so cute... American Red Bull :hands spread apart: Big! everyone was laughing ^ ^ very surprised Wink WOW! LOL Thank you <3 " Haruna " Vocal's...Thank you Thank you <3, I'm so happy, we Have a NEW song tonght,New Song is Very Very Fast...But! Very Very Exciting, OK? OK? ok... LOVE SURVIVE! " Very Powerful Song I loved it ... Haruna " Thanks to all everything, Japan is still going STRONG!,so lets go to Haruka " Haruna " Thanks, Arigatou, We are really Glad to be here,Very Very Happy,We would like to COME BACK, これからもよろしくね(It was nice meeting you all),みな大好きだよ(I love you ALL),We would like to play more songs OK?,まだまだライブ好きましょう (Still like more songs)OK?Are you ready to ROCK? ROCK? YAY? YAY? もかい yay? OK lets rock Shunkan Sentimental! ... After Scandal Baby, they went backstage...All of us cheered for an encore for a 1min or so,then they came back out to play PRIDE, Haruna "Thank you encore,元気?(fine?)元気ですか?(are you alright)すばらしですね?(it's wonderful isnt it)Everyone very excited Yay!" Rina was making cute sounds here"Last song" all of were going awe~ Please "Last Song PRIDE" "We Would Like to Come Back, Arigatou Gozaimashita"

The Little Things
You may think it's over,but there is still more Clap
so we evacuated the premises and went out of the concert room,we were planning to take a SH Group Picture then all of a sudden a bunch of people started taking pictures of us,after we went down to the 1st floor and gathered all the glow sticks we had and made this:









The Last one



I dont know if Hope was by our side but SCANDAL came out of no where and walked pass by us we were all cheering I wasn't able to take pictures because I was just gazing at them ... We went out side , the convention was closing and then we meet Sadie right outside ... getting ready to leave in 5min,so we took some pics and talked for a bit ... here's Ross:



We ended Splitting from here,everyone was tired and needed to rest up for the last meet and greet the next day, but Lale,ultimaraiden,bigOeyez his sister and I went to iHop ... and For Tomomi:



She made me want some... I end up not finishing it ... we shared some moment's and then left

The Last Day
So I stayed up making a card for them last minute,and I Failed ... but I got like 2hrs of sleep,I went to CVS to print out some pictures of us and the one's from LAX to give to the Girls,I was running late and eveyone from SH was already in line by the time I got there,bigOeyez was at the end of the line and we ended going as the last group,it sure was nice seeing them one last time,I handed the Card and pictures to the lady that was collecting the gifts,and I couldn't remember what the Q's were but I remember the last one someone asked What was there ideal K-pop/J-pop guy and Haruna ended up saying "We Love you!!!!<3" LOVE then before we left We Shook their Hands OMG All of their hand were so soft Love I was sure to make eye contact with each of them,that made my EPIC journey memorable , We got out and met with SH and went to the swimming pool next to the meet and greet , tried to find the place of Tomomi tweeted ... asked Chase Wang to help us and realized it was in an upper floor some of us said our goodbyes to the am2 staff for being so generous to us and putting up with us,we asked to try to bring SCANDAL back :D,then we just decided where to eat,everyone agreed to iHop ... Oh boy , there was 23 of us and waited about 25min ... Dbag ordered a steak while most of us ordered Pancakii UHUH! here:



there was a 2nd table but I forgot to take a picture of the others Sweating sorry....

Farewells

Each of us were leaving one by one and saying our Goodbyes ...it was sad that it had ended but such a memorable weekend for all of us, We all split and were still SCANDAL HIGH Stars I got a ride with BigDnm01 and we sent Dbag aka Freddy to the airport,and headed to little tokyo,not much there spent half an hour or so and we split... This was the end of our journey at Am2 Hopefully the will come back sometime soon in the near future

Special Thanks
I want to thank and give props to:
Wat - for being organized and as a Leader role model ... cosplaying as Canta
zimbobbio - giving the girls the autograph CD and being such a cool guy ;D ... cosplaying Doraemon
propglenn - getting the banner and pins for us
Jade & Ross - being SCANDAL-HEAVEN's Podcast Press and getting us some nice pictures
Mercurius - thanks for taking notes at the Q and A
ultimaraiden - thanks for bringing the Glow sticks,it made the girls happy Wink
lale - for being one of the first SH buddie to help me out with things
BigDnm01 - giving me rides thanks so much,I am really thankful
bigOeyez - giving us the Banner idea and being a cool guy to hang around :metalboy: ;D

AM2 SPECIAL THANKS to them especially for making this happen the staff were so kind

If I'm missing anyone I am sorry but thanks guys for everything,just being there to help support SCANDAL and giving them a memorable time in the US after 3 and half years we really made a good impression,so next time around we will make it even bigger,it was nice meeting all of you and hope someday we will hang out again domo Arigatou Gozaimasu Hi



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Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:56 am


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Lol, Dbag wasn't the only one who ordered steak, so did I


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Sunday July 3, 2011
Anaheim, CA
SCANDAL at AM2


(note: I’m going to forget a lot of names since I am terrible at remembering names. There are a few that stick in my head. If I talked to you a lot during the con and still can’t recall, I’m sorry I just have poor instantaneous memory recall. Actually feel free to put your name/handle in to help boost my memory). This entry is written on July 5, 2011 at 12:00 AM.

2:00 AM
So before I went to bed, I decided to read stuff on the SCANDAL Heaven AM2 thread before I went to sleep. Instead of meeting in the lobby as previous days, they said to meet in front of the room where the panel would be and tweet SCANDAL_Heaven to secure a place in line. On Day 0 I couldn’t meet with any of the members since I left with my passport at 6:00 PM while everyone else arrived at 7:00 PM. I also missed the airport adventure the next day because I was working on something at AX. So before I headed to the convention center I printed out a sign that said

“SCANDAL Heaven members, say hi to me”


I arrived at 6:14 AM to see Sam (320x220) was the first to arrive. Eventually an hour later, Matt, Jade, and Ross arrived. Around my non SCANDAL friends, I seem pretty crazy and obsessed. Around SCANDAL Heaven member I look tame and feel like I am part of something so much bigger. So sitting outside, we were talking about which piece of merch we wanted to get signed. I really wanted my “BEST SCANDAL DVD” signed since it was one of the last ones from CDJapan in which I had expedited to my house. That cost me a nice 80-90 dollars just to get it in time for the con.

SCANDAL Panel 10:00 AM

So after camping for 4 hours outside of the room, we were told since we were in the front of the line and were passport holders, we were allowed to have any choice of seat that we wanted. Now here’s where a LOT of the disappointment came in. First of all I’m not trying to be a downer but giving you a general feeling of everyone. I’m trying to find every positive within every negative. When we first went in, since I was second in line, we tried to sit in the center of the first row so we could roll out the banner in front for the girls to see. Then security told us that we had to sit in the fourth row behind the press. After some confused looks they let us sit in the front, but made us fill in completely from right to left. I was pretty much on the far wall where I could only see the girls hair since the translator of the panel was to the left of the room. My positive for this is that I saw the girls in the back room every time someone opened the door. Every time one of the girls would turn their head I would yell something. Well more like I would yell out “Tomo!!!”. She turned to me, smiled, and waved both her hands DIES

All of us were hoping that we could take photos at the panel. I brought of my telephoto lens since I am an event photographer. I was hoping to get some great headshots and share on the forum but no. We were only told that press could take photo and video. I’m pretty sure Jade got some awesome footage. The whole photography thing was so annoying because they told us, or people like me with the expensive gear “Cap your lens, put in your bag, and slide it under your chair”. The rules, which I perceive more as threats, made it feel very unfriendly. The whole if you take a photo, your gear will be confiscated and you will be kicked out of the con didn’t sit with me right. They also had AM2 staff taking pictures of the panel and also of the crowd if someone is suspected of sneaking photos. That was told to me buy an AM2 staffer who was standing in front of me during the panel.

For me the panel was very emotional because we could see a side of SCANDAL most don’t. I’ll admit it that I got teary eyed during a good amount of it. The highlight for me was when they said how ZONE was such a big influence on them and how nervous they were to do a cover of Secret Base. FYI, I am a huge ZONE fan. It’s actually through the ZONE forum is how I discovered SCANDAL. Comical points for me was when Tomomi got so fixated on the SCANDAL Heaven banner on the floor and when she said that if she wasn’t doing music, she probably be a baby sitter. We all heard her say hobo-something. In my head “Why would you want to be a hobo?”

SCANDAL Autograph Session 11:00 AM

“This is going to be the great” I thought in my head. The girls obviously saw all the stuff we brought and we hope they could sign it. Then it was announced that we could only get an autograph if we bought a t-shirt for $30. My heart sank and I wanted to cry and curse out whoever decided to make this last minute change. I mean I had some money on me but that was intended to buy lunch. In my mind, if I don’t buy the shirt, I’ll never get their autograph. I swallowed my pride and bought the shirt. I really wanted my BEST SCANDAL DVD signed but we were given a 5x5 piece of paper with the record companies label on it. This paper is not thicker than card stock. I mean I know Japanese artist usually sign autograph boards, and the one’s I have are a lot sturdier than this. So not only did I pay for a $45 passport, but also $30 for a piece of index card. I gave each of the girls the biggest Arigato and bow as they signed my card. I stared each of them in the eyes and made sure we made eye contact. Haruna was the end of the line and I accepted the autograph with both hands, and gave the deepest bow I could. I’m in a moment of shock.

SCANDAL Passport Holders Meet and Greet 2:00 PM

So we were told that we could do another meet and greet with the girls later in the day. After what most of us perceived as a semi fail/semi win panel, we had no idea what to expect. They took a group of 20 of us into a room. To our surprise the girls were in the room sitting across from us. Between the girls and us were two circular tables. I’m sitting in disbelief because even though I was in the second row, I was 10 feet away from Tomomi. I was so stunned I couldn’t speak and just stared into her eyes. And if you’re wondering, yes she stared back to, smiled, and waved at me. So Nate (Neil) asked the greatest question and did the best action in which no one could top. It went down like this. He asked the girls are they are still fans of Sum 41 since they said they were in an interview years ago. They said they used to watch Sum 41 videos to learn how to pump up the crowds. So basically what he did was got Sum 41 to autograph a CD for them. “This a gift from someone who inspired you given to us whom you expire”. Tomo’s jaw dropped and we all got a little teary. Mami was so nervous because she kept pulling on the skin on her arm. This is probably her vice she does to deal with nervousness.
SCANDAL Concert Line Up 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM

So yes a lot of camped outside for 5 hours waiting for the concert to start. As we were lining up outside, we heard the sound check. We knew exactly what they were going to play and made the assumption that the opener was going to “SCANDAL No Theme”. With glowsticks in hand we coordinated how we were going to light up the show. We tweeted on the SCANDAL_Heaven twitter that after Haruna counts to 4, everyone would crack their glowsticks. We were pumped and ready to go


SCANDAL Concert 8:00 PM

We were allowed inside the room at 7 PM. We were told that the line was so long that it wrapped around the first floor and went down to the second. The stage was T shaped much like a cat walk. All of us sat based on who our favorite members were. Since myself, Nate, and Matt were TeamTomomi we walked, not ran because we would have been kicked out, to stage left. I was in the front row with Jade and Matt. I am 15 feet from the edge of the stage, perfect sight of Tomomi. In front of us we had the SCANDAL Heaven banner and would flash it during the little talks or whenever we though that all the girls would look at it. Lights cut dark and we heard The Ramones “Rock And Roll High School” play. And I know when they play the Ramones, the girls are going to come out on stage. Stage light cues and here come the girls.

1. SCANDAL no Theme
2. Hi-Hi-Hi
3. Everybody Say Yeah
4. Shoujo S
5. Hoshi No Furu Yoru Ni
6. Doll
6a. Band Introductions
7. Love Survive
8. Hikare
9. Haruka
10. Shukan Sentimental
11. Kagerou
12. Space Ranger
13. SCANDAL Baby
14. Pride (Encore)

Here are the highlights from my perspective. This is my first Japanese show ever. I come from the Southern California punk scene. I’m used to mosh pits, slam dancing, and throwing up devils horns. As expected they started off with SCANDAL no Theme. 1. 2. 3. 4. CRACK. The room lights up with glowsticks. Well the side of the stage where Tomomi performs. I see Tomo walk up to her microphone stand and grab her pick. I know she never uses the pick unless it’s going to be something awesome. As Hi-Hi-Hi gets half way through, she throws her pick to the ground and slaps out that solo. For any bass player out there like me, this is pure $3X and to see it live and up close will forever be engraved in my memory. In the panel she said her favorite American band was Red Hot Chili Peppers and you can totally she the influence Flea had on her. “Everybody Say Yeah” …. Well we sure did. Watch Mami jam out and doing it in a way here you knows she grooving it into her head without and care in the world. SCANDAL BABY, I don’t know why but it seemed that everyone jumped up Super Mario style and yelled “Let’s Go”. That’s when you know it’s a pure fusion of band and audience. They feed off of us and we feed off of them. I always thought that Haruna always threw up one arms as a stage act, but she is totally grooving along with the music. I remember reading in interviews that Rina says she has to get everything perfect when she drums. The times I focused on her playing, she is so focused and determined to get every notecorrect. She has so much dedication which makes her such and awesome drummer. My favorite moment was that everyone singing along to every song, yelling out Hey!, and chanting for the encore. They left the stage for about 2 minutes as we chanted for the encore. I knew one was going to be given because I saw the stage hands prep Tomo’s silver bass and Mami’s Fender Jag.

This concert is unbelievable to me. You watched the YouTube videos, play the DVDs, have those CDs on repeat and they can’t come close to what happened that night. Being 8:00 PM I haven’t eaten in 14 hours and I sung out to every song. Threw my voice out by the second song and I didn’t care. We all raised those glowsticks with pride. For every hard down beat or guitar strum, you saw synchronization with the sticks. I was personally air drumming since I semi play drums. Yea you would of seen me do fills, hit hat, snare, crash, and toms with my invisible drum set. My dreams came true when they played Hi-Hi-Hi, Doll, Shunkan Sentimental, Kagerou, and Space Ranger. I rocked out so hard, my shoulder blades and back are all knotted up. My hearing still hasn’t returned and my voice is still torn up. I would do it all over again.

When the girls were doing their introduction to the audience, you know they practiced that quite a bit to do an entire segment in English.

Band Introductions:

Haruna: Let me introduce the members. Drummer … RIna!!!
Rina: Hello. I’m Rina. You having fun? Guys (signals audience to cheer) Girls (signals audience to cheer). Guys (signals audience to cheer). Guys (signals audience to cheer). Everybody say (signals audience to yell “Yeah”) x 3. Great. Thank you. I love you.
Haruna: Bestest Guitar … Mami!!!
Mami: Hi I’m Mami. Yesterday I was surprised from all the fans waiting at the airport. Was so happy. Very happy. Thank you.
Haruna: Bass … Tomomi!!!
Tomomi: Hello. I’m Tomomi. Last night I went to 7-11. Red Bull. Japan Red Bull (gestures with hands) …. Little. America Red Bull (gestures with hands) …. Big. Very surprised. Why? (With head tilt and smile). Thank you.
Haruna: Vocals …. Haruna!!! I’m so happy. We have new song tonight. New song is very very fast, BUT very very exciting. Ok? Ok? Okay … Love Survive

Maybe it’s just me, but in every clip I’ve seen of Mami speak, I never seen her use her cute voice. When she talked about the surprise at the airport when she arrived, we all went down and pulled up the SCANDAL Heaven Banner. After the show, Nate and I were trying to grab the setlist off the stage. I pointed out “Dude look, it’s freakin Tomo’s pick!!!” Now you can guess who owns what now. Go TeamTomomi, you’re life is complete. After the concert we cheered and showed that banner all over the place. We went down to the first floor and decided to spell out the girls names without glowsticks. The last name we spelled out was SCANDAL. Maybe it was fortune, fate, or someone in the universe really loves us, but SCANDAL walked right behind us. I pulled out my camera and recorded them as their team rushed them away. The girls waved to my camera. A piece of me believe it was all for me. Greedy I know. Haha.








Monday July 4, 2011
Anaheim, CA
SCANDAL at AM2


So we came back for the special meet and greet for passport holders. As we expected same old dumb rules of no photos and no videos. To my surprise after talking with the girls for 7 minutes, we were told to line up and get a handshake with each of them. HANDSHAKES!!!!!! We cleaned our hands with hand sanitizers and went forward. I don’t know about everyone else, but I shook with both of my hands firmly, but not too tight, bowed as low as I could, and said Arigato in a way in which it sounded like I’m not worthy to be in their presence. I looked in their eyes and they looked back and smiled. Held Tomomi’s hands for about 3-5 seconds. How do hands that small and soft provide such rocking sounds? As we exited the building, we were all feeling how our hearts were beating and relocated to the lobby. We were all in shock. It was such a great family and bonding moment. We took our group pictures and made a pack, if SCANDAL comes back to the US, we’re so doing this again.

My final thoughts:
I’ve been part of many online communities of interest groups, but none as close as SCANDAL Heaven. I mean honestly if we didn’t do the whole “let’s camp out and stick together the whole day”, it wouldn’t have been as memorable as it should have been. Sure I could of not said hi and done it by myself but that would have been overwhelming for me. It’s only been a day and I miss everyone already. I want to get to know everyone better. It’s so nice to finally put a face with the name. You guys are amazing, and for those who are local to me, we should meet up everyone once in a while and just kick it.

To the AM2 staff, after reading the AM2 forums, we know it’s not your fault for what happened. You were just victims like the rest of us. Quite honestly I really liked the staff because they treated us with so much respect it’s unheard of at cons. They made the road to seeing SCANDAL a dream come true. I’m still on my high and I really don’t want it to die. But now every time I play on of those CDs, I will forever remember July 3rd.

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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:02 am


zimbobbio

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to clarify, this is more or less what i said during the M&G:

Question:

"In previous interviews from a few years ago you mentioned SUM41 as one of your major inspirations and I was wondering if that's still the case or if you still follow them?"

Answer: (Note: though this was a general question, TOMO stepped up to answer it Onion Love at the previous event which was the panel, i told her that she's my favorite member while they were signing autographs and of course with the Doraemon cosplay i could assume its cause she remembered me muahaha)

"Early in our career we would watch their DVDs and concert videos to learn how to act on stage and to get the crowd going, but as we went on our influences have grown to involve many more bands than just SUM41."

Note: this question, besides being out of interest, i figured was a good way to segue into the next part... which I'm sure you all remember haha

Me:

"Ok, I was just wondering because I actually know SUM41 from my hometown in Canada where I'm originally from and I got them to autograph a CD for you."

*hands over the open CD displaying the autographs*

"I'm glad to be able to give something to the people who inspired me something from the people who have inspired them."

hmmm.. OR:

"I'm glad to be able to give you something from the ones who inspired you because you are the ones who have inspired me."

But you get the general idea right? heheh.

This was followed by many "Sugoi!"s and "Arigatou!"s, and one of the most memorable Tomo faces I had seen all weekend that I'll never forget (and trust me there were plenty).

As if that wasn't amazing enough for the M&G, even walking out, while sad, was one of the best parts. In order to head in the direction of the door, naturally I had to look away from Tomo, but of course that being so difficult I would turn around to wave goodbye every now and then. So here's the best part: everytime I would turn around to wave bye and thank them (which was 3 or more times during a walk about the distance of 5-10 m or so lol) Tomo was looking right back at me smiling and waving. Either we would happen to look at each other at the same time, or she never stopped looking and waving at me as I left... of course i'd like to think it was the latter Onion Whistle


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On the 4th of July, 2011, I held Tomomi's hands in mine... FIREWORKS!
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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:06 am


kennyso

Shiroten Performer
Shiroten Performer
Awesome and detailed fan accounts, Vince_Untan & NuClearSounds, you both wrote.
Just by reading what you have wrote were able to feel how you were feeling already.

+1 and nice pictures you have taken.
Nice!

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:11 am


bigOeyez

Mainstream Artist
Mainstream Artist
@Tofu: Yeah, I really don't talk much in person unless truly necessary and in those particular situations it was obligatory... HA HA! I wasn't willing to chance another 3+/forever many years to run into them again, so I just loosened up the chokehold a bit... The end results were way more than I expected... Dude my sister brought up a good point about the sticks too, I should have personalized 1 set for Rina and kept the grounded down one for signing just in case... DOH! but that's something we both can keep in mind for next time...


@Noodles: Well, the pancakes were really good and I totally forgot to say... HA HA! Nah, like I said in the "post" post in the other thread, it never really hit me until just the other day... It was my sister that got me thinking actually because she said something like, "Hmm, I know I'm not a SCANDAL fan, but having spent the last 3 days chasing them around and seeing what they're like, I might just end up listening to them."... So then it hit me... Like a freight train without brakes... "ROCK ON!" FIST PUMP!!!


@Counterclock: Yeah that's me in the avatar... Not big, just tall... I think I surprised everyone at the con because this was the actual first SoCal meet I could make it to... I tried to make it to the meet the previous week prior to the concert, just so I could break the ice, but damn my work is busy... HA HA! Ross: "Damn man! You're really tall!" (BWAH HA HA!)

But yeah you're right about the Haruna vs. Rina thing... I'm a drummer so it was pretty easy for me to connect with Rina, but I really did want to talk to Haruna... Unfortunately I was never near Haru at whichever greeting but I was always in front of Rina and Tomomi, so I just went and made the most of it... Tomomi on the other hand, suprised the heck out of me because I thought we wouldn't connect because of the awkward moment from before... She proved me wrong!!! WOO YEAH!!!


@USG and BigD: YEAH HIM! Zarate for sure right? I remember that being on his name tag... The most shocking part of his stories were the streakings during AX... PWAH HA HA! Who'd have thought that there was so much exhibitionism back then... Eh, and then he brought up "Man Faye"... *shudders*


@Cide: No worries lil dude, you can expect us to be there when the next concert rolls around... Even if you aren't able to drive by then, save up your shillings and prepare to use cabs, buses and trains if possible... HA HA! It's worth the trouble in the end...


@Vince: HA! Yeah, I wanted to walk over and jump the line a bit when you called me over, but I also wanted to give everyone a head of me a chance to meet the band, if they hadn't done so already, since I had a ball at the first one... Plus Zarate was telling us his stories at that moment, so I don't think it would have went well if I walked over to cut the line while he was in the middle of it... HA HA!

And that pic of Ross and Sadie... Hmm... There's... a... backstory... to that... (HA HA!)


@ Nuclear Sounds: Speaking of putting name to face, here's everyone I can remember or ran into... Neil;Zimbob, Glenn(+Toshiko);Propglenn, Erich;Wat, Jade;GuiltyEyes, Ross; "Did you change your SN?!", Sam;320x200(HA!), Vince;Vince Untan, Steven;?, Matt;?, Kelly;RYDAH BLADE!!!, Ansom;UltimaRaiden, Alan;?, Robert;?, Dara;?, Jared;Tofu, ?(+brother?);SakiBomb, and I know I talked to some others but never got their names... The guy I was supposed to wrestle if Rina threw her sticks off stage, the guy sleeping across from me when I was eating my sandwich, and the couple at IHOP when I left... Forgive me if I mispelled any names or forgotten anyone, but it was a lot to intake aside from SCANDAL... SCANDAL HEAVEN!!!


And one more memorable moment I forgot to mention, right after the concert was over, a bunch of random people started taking photos with the SH crew and the banner... A guy hands me his camera to take a photo of him with the banner, my sister turns to me and says "Uhm, I don't think he knows you're part of SCANDAL HEAVEN."... HA HA! And another thing at that time was what Neil said: "Oh man! It feels like WE just came off stage!"... BWAH HA HA!


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"Quitters fall down and stay down... Winners fall down and keep rolling"

"Drummers have stamina!!!" - Pedro Jimenez

"Oh! Ah you! Metal Boy!" - Rina
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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:39 am


zimbobbio

International Performer
International Performer
Tomo's blog titled "LA":

Spoiler:
アメリカ行ってきました


3年半ぶりのアメリカはやっぱり暖かかったです人も気候も


ライブしたりミーグリしたり、ファンのみんなと触れ合える機会が多くて嬉しかったよ


3年前に来てくれた人がまた会いに来てくれたり、日本語やのに全曲歌詞を覚えてくれてる人がいたり、


海を越えた土地で自分たちのことを応援してくれてる人がいることに改めて感動しました


来てくれたみんな、ありがとう!!!
また行くよ!!!!!


それにしても、レディーガガにでもなったかのような歓声でした

Using google translate:

"America went


America's three half years is a warm climate people Yappari


You live and Miguri, I was glad that everyone's chance to interact with fans more opportunities


Kuretari come to meet people who also came three years ago, they really can not remember who but the lyrics and Japanese songs,


I was impressed once again that the people that they really rooting for their land beyond the sea


Everyone who came, thank you! ! !
I'll go again! ! ! ! !


Nevertheless, I was cheering like it was on the Lady"

very rough translation, but you can get the main idea. and from what i can tell at the end she made a reference to lady gaga... perhaps something along the lines of: it was like cheering for lady gaga?

hehe feel free to clarify, and i eagerly await further blogging about their epic return to America Peace Onion

p.s. my favorite part is the "I'll go again! ! ! ! !" Clap


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On the 4th of July, 2011, I held Tomomi's hands in mine... FIREWORKS!
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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:28 pm


Nishy

Indie Artist
Indie Artist
Damn.. reading all these posts makes me soooo jealous D:
Really though, I'm imagining what you write in my head.. and it just gets my heart racing.

Thank you for sharing

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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:47 pm


drusolis

Caless Student
Caless Student
I hope everyone who got to go enjoyed Scandal's performance. Sounds like it was a lot of fun!


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"Dreams are always fleeting things that seem to disappear in the wind." ~Scandal, "Haruka"
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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:01 pm


shuythuyshuy

Shiroten Performer
Shiroten Performer
I'm very glad to read all these first hand accounts of the meet/greet. I had to run the charity auction, so unfortunately I did not have the chance to attend it. Thanks all Happy

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Re: AM² 2011 Memories
Posted on Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:20 pm


wat

Mainstream Artist
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Proper translation of TOMO's blog entry here, by tenjou (thanks!):
http://www.scandal-heaven.com/t3703-la-2011-07-07-tomomi

Also, if you haven't done so already, please remember to show AM2 some love on their forums as well as any suggestions you might have for the future. They need the encouragement, and of course this all would not have been possible without them. I don't know which thread, just pick one lol:
http://forums.am2con.org/index.php?/forum/25-commentssuggestions/


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