SAN DIEGO WAS EPIC. A MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN LA. I OFFICIALLY PROCLAIM MYSELF A KRISBERT NOW!
Seriously though, LA was really good but I wasn't blown away like I thought I would be. But then San Diego happened and it's like, now I know I am stanning the right person. I had so much fun, Kris has AMAZING stage presence and audience interaction. It was quirky and fun and he sounded so good. The slow songs were beautiful and heartwrenching, and I had so much fun during the more upbeat songs. I feel like the setlist and mixture of songs really helped make it a good show.
Okay, so recap! I brought my friend, who I will call K because if rl life people every discover this journal/my fandom life, I will never live it down lol. Anyway, I am proud to call K my accidental Kris convert \o/ lol. So what happened was that I accidentally left a stack of cds at her house one day, including my Kris one, and then two weeks later when we hung out again she gave me all my cds back and somehow became this huge Kris fan who knew the words to all his songs. And then she practically begged me to take her to my Kris show.
So that's how we ended up in San Diego for the concert. We got in line around 8 and we were the second group of people in line. And you could hear the music on the outside and you could see through the window or look at this tiny screen that showed Kris, so I pretty much got to listen to both shows. I also met spangel_kat and her friend, who were super nice and awesome! We tooks pics and talked a little. They finally let us in around 9:15 I think, and we ran to the bar and ended up sitting on the side facing the stage. First we listened to the opening band the Grass Heat, and they were pretty good, but probably not really my type of music to be honest. However at one point I heard Torres say "Mike Snow" I THINK (My friend was talking to me during their set because I guess she doesn't really care about them) and then I got super confused because there is a band called Miike Snow that I LOVE. But then they proceeded to play a song I have never heard before so yeah, I have no idea what that was about. Maybe he had a crew guy named Mike Snow? idk idk maybe I'm just deaf.
So between their set and Kris's I noticed that Katy was talking to the people at the table behind me. And it took me FOREVER to figure out if it was her because her back was to me and she had wavy hair and I thought that Katy had straight hair...? But it sounded like her. She finally turned around though so I saw that it was actually her. She was talking to that table for like 2 hours lol. I know she was there for the beginning of Kris's set but I don't know how long she stayed there because I was paying attention to Kris.
OKAY SO ANYWAY, Kris came out and everyone applauded/cheered and I knew this was going to be good because at my LA show, like only one person cheered and everyone else gave polite applause haha. I won't go through every song because I'm sure you all know how amazing they are lol but here are some highlights:
-WAOMF was awesome. It's K's favorite and she was dancing in her seat and singing all the words, and I'm so proud of my newest krisbert lol :D
-Maybe was GORGEOUS. It was so heartfelt and beautiful.
-AWM was so much fun. I LOVED having that experience where everyone was into it and singing the "yeah yeah" part. It WAS way better with a crowd of people who actually know the band I'm going to see. At the LA show, barely anyone sang along and SD was just a whole different, way better experience.
-Paranoid Android. I just, I think everybody already knows how much I love PA. Amazing as always.
-OMG IIO. LOLOLOL HE WENT TO PEE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG. And he runs to the bathroom and everyone is cheering and just LMAOOO. And okay, so this is K's concert and I wondering know if she thinks this is a regular occurrence at concerts or something. but lol peeing. It was such a Kris thing to do XD And then he came back and talked about how he rather have done that than peed on himself because it would have been on YouTube. And that if we thought he was dancing and really getting into the song before, no, it was just because he had to pee. God, I love him. He's adorable lol. (I also wondered whether he bothered to wash his hands, because he didn't take very long in the bathroom lol)
-And sometime during this, I don't remember when, he introduced ET and had this cute little banter thing where he asked ET questions and then pretended to listen to ET and replayed ET's answers for us, most of which made no sense. and my friend was soooooo confused haha it was hilarious to watch to her face.
-He also sang people happy birthday! and then like, 10 people said it was their birthday lol
-He also said "I love you" means more coming from a guy lol what. and later he said his belt was falling off and people cheered haha. then he said not to cheer because it was a cheap three dollar belt from thailand
-During LLWD he said people could come up and dance, so when we saw a group of people come to the front of the stage, we did the same. I was pretty much second row and I watched the rest of the show from there and it pretty much made my night. I danced to LLWD and once again, the sing a long was sooo good and everyone knew the words and just all around amazing audience participation/amazing experience. (I know a lot of people hate crowds but the whole crowd thing and everyone being so into it is pretty much one of favorite things about concerts.)
After this he left and everyone was pretty much like ... WHAT. I THOUGHT YOU ALWAYS ENDED IN COME TOGETHER?? NOOOO COME BACK. And he did! \o/ He came out alone and then played To Make You Feel My Love.
OKAY CONFESSION TIME: I have actually never seen Kris play TMYFML, even online. Oddly enough, I kind of became a Kris stan because of his album Brand New Shoes (which I still don't remember why I ended up downloading it to begin with) and not really American Idol. So... I've actually never watched like half of his idol performances. /bad stan
But it was gorgeous, really. And then he played Falling Slowly/With or Without You and I wanted to cry or something, idek. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVE THAT MASHUP. Seeing the Manila version blew me away and ever since then I have wanted to see that in person. And it lived up to all my expectations. It was so beautiful and gorgeous and he was so into it and closing his eyes. His voice was yearning and he sounded so good and I pretty much died right there. I'd actually forgotten about that song for a while but now it's once again one of my favorite covers of his. But just like watching his face and being so close and... I don't know. It was just one of my favorite things ever.
So finally, he ended with Come Together, which is such a great closer song. It was so much fun and I started dancing again after standing still during the two slow songs. And Kris started shaking people's hands from the stage and he shook mine lol. And then he got off the stage and went around and gave people high fives and handshakes lol. (And okay he is tiny! I lost track of him every time he left the stage. But that also might be because I'm short too lol).
And then he finished and I was blown away and *dead.*
Afterwards, they let us get into a line and meet Kris \o/ Can I just say it was so much better meeting him inside where I can actually see his face instead of outside in the dark where I could barely make out his silhouette? lol (and where not everyone is fighting for his attention because it was actually somewhat organized this time) Anyway though, he signed a poster I bought and I took a picture with him. Then we hugged and I told him I had a great time and I thought he would say "I'm glad" or something but then he said "Thank you" and yeah, my attempt to make him say something other thanks has failed. lol. bad attempt on my part though. But he was super cute and yeah, I'm not super shocked about his tininess because I tend to think of normal height people as super tall and short people as normal just because I'm so short lol. But it was the first time I hugged a male musician with my arms around his neck instead of my arms below his arms because it was the first time I could actually reach haha. But yeah, our heads were pretty close height-wise which must mean he's pretty small. Aww but anyway, he was super cute/adorable in person. ♥
(also my friend ALMOST asked Kris to sign a band aid because she didn't have any paper but she had band aids for the blisters on her feet lol. but then she found a piece of paper on some table and I didn't get to see the look on Kris's face when someone asked him to sign a bandaid :( lol)
But yeah, San Diego was pretty much epic for me.