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Key Club West Hollywood, Los Angeles - Concert Reports - Page One

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Andrew on: November 15, 2007, 10:17:30 PM
Since we have several members seeing the LA show I thought I'd start a single thread for it. Have at it!


Mode7 on: November 15, 2007, 11:41:15 PM

I'm pretty much reserving all of tomorrow for the concert. I have to leave early in the morning to get to the bus station, then take a bus to L.A, walk 5 miles to the Key Club. There, I'll putz around a bit until it's time to line up. Oh yeah, I also snuck some food out from the cafeteria tonight in order to bring with me to eat along the way.. I have my DS, digital audio player, and camera ready. There's no way I'll be bored!

I don't know when I'll be going home either.. I may have to wait until 1AM or 7:30AM the next day to actually return home to campus.

Daaaaaaaaaang.

I'll be the mustached-ish, goateed-like, 5'6" Mexican fellow wearing all black clothing and holding up the PUFFYAMIYUMIWORLD.COM sign.

.. I'm so psyched to actually see other fans, and even people from this forum. I've gone down and repeated things previously said in anticipation. alghslhjs


eddiefb3 on: November 16, 2007, 07:16:29 AM

hey Mode7, where are you taking bus from and too? because I am taking a train to Bakersfield in a few hours, and then in bakersfield it switches over to a bus.

and you mentioned 1am, thats when i'll be taking the bus back from Union Station back to Bakersfield.

Just wondering if we are going to be in the same place.


alkulp on: November 16, 2007, 09:50:34 AM

Mode7 (et.al),


If your planning on walking - you shouldn't have to go more than a few blocks west on Cesar Chavez (which turns into Sunset and is the street on the North border of Union Station) to catch a bus (line 302 or 2) that will take you all the way to the Key Club (on Sunset). It's a long walk - I think 5 miles might be inaccurate (I'd guess closer to 10! - having just driven it a few days ago.)

(Admin note: the pdf file linked below is 1 meg in size so FYI if you have a slow speed connection)

http://www.metro.net/riding_metro/riders_guide/images/002-302.pdf


eddiefb3 on: November 17, 2007, 07:56:13 AM

Guess I'll be the first to report on the concert. I just got back home less then an hour ago. Took the train yesterday, barely made it to the concert at 7pm going insane trying to figure my way around. Waited at the wrong bus stop for half an hour....

But the concert was great! despite the 2 hours of opening bands.....They were pretty good too but they had one at 8pm, and then a second opening act at 9pm, Puffy didn't get started til 10pm but it lasted til about 11:30pm.

I bought practically everything I could, the CD with the autograph, A puffy towel, a tshirt(they werent selling the monster puffy one) and some keychains. For those who might want to know for tomorrows concert. The CD was $25. I think thats pretty cheap considering its an import.

I did not get any pictures...I wanted to but when I got to the Key Club the man named Victor who was the guard at the door searched my bag, pointed out the signs several times. and told me I couldnt bring the camera in.....Told me to put it in my car...I told him its driving away*points at metroline*

Eventually I came to a compromise so he'd let me in. I gave him my batteries...and my memory card for the camera. He didn't want to be responsible for the digital camera.

and halfway through Puffy's concert slot Another big bodyguard guy came up to me and told me "You cant take pictures". I clearly told him I left my stuff with the guy at the door. I'm sure they were watching from above and saw the girl and guy next to me who snuck their camera in and was taking pictures and I got blamed. Then on I kept my arms up in the air.

So in the end, the concert was great, but the establishment was terrible. I will never go back to the Key Club again.(did I mention I had to pay $6 on the way in because I was under 21...)


Andrew on: November 17, 2007, 08:15:12 AM

eddiefb3,

Wow sounds like you had a bit of a journey. Glad you enjoyed the show.

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I'm sure they were watching from above and saw the girl and guy next to me who snuck their camera in and was taking pictures and I got blamed.

Thanks for taking one for the team lol! Grin


eddiefb3 on: November 17, 2007, 08:57:36 AM

Taking one for the team? You think it was someone from the forum? or do you mean Puffy fans in general Huh

I hope somebody got some pictures(even if they werent suppose too) and posts them!


alkulp on: November 17, 2007, 10:49:23 AM

Ok here goes - I hope i can write this in a half hour, because I have to run..

My son and I got there about 7:05 (darn traffic!) There was a short line outside and it took about 10 minutes to get inside. The club was small (and dark - of course?). We went immediately to the 'goods' for sale downstairs. Obviously, this was under the table sales going on (Cash only, no tax, no receipt, round prices, and poor selection). No Monster T-shirts - they appear to be using them for 'The Crew'. AmiYumiDas T-shirts in small and Med only. They had many of Puffy's albums, however... And the autographed stuff. Regular T-shirts all 4 sizes (S,M,L,XL) $20/ea. We took the stuff back to the car, and then came back and started looking for the 3 other forum members that said they would be there.

At this point there was probably 50 people in the club. We sat down on right-side (Ami) and waited and watched. Just before the first act (Linus of Hollywood), the bouncers took down the ropes and we got to sit down in a raised platform, just off the Ami side of the stage. We were within 10 feet of the stage. We were joined by 4 cute, bubbly Japanese girls - they were nice and fun... Linus gave away his latest album for FREE. The girls were nice enough to pick us up a copy as we couldn't leave our seats without loosing them.

The 2nd act was "Katie Perry" - don't know if that is spelled right. I liked her, she was really pretty good. Had a really great band. The drummer was INSANE, but totally cool. She sang several songs opening with "Loose your love, tonight.." (not her song), and some of her own stuff - "Self-Inflicted" and her new song which she told a story about just today she heard it for the first time on the radio on the way to the Dr.'s office. KROQ - Jed the fish (FYI). The song was titled "Your so Gay" (non-PC I think!). The Japanese girls really liked her and vice-a-versa. She made a definite point to throw them her 'special', one-of-a-kind, never going to be for sale single, which her manager gave her several copies near the end of the show. That was nice... Both opening bands mingled in the crowd after playing...

You know, I'm going to have to wait until this afternoon to complete this... I've got things I need to do, so I'll cover Puffy then. I just want to say I'm really disappointed that we didn't get to meet any of the 3 forum members (eddief3b - although he was the most unlikely because no discription, Mode7 - who'm I really thought we would be able to find, and Jinmouri) I'm missing my paper with the notes on it right now, but My son thinks he saw one of you (Mode7 or Jinmouri) during Puffy's set, but we couldn't find later... Mode7 I think - Were you wering a black hat (also)? By the way, I was wearing a bright orange polo shirt (how could you miss me?)

I've got a story of what happend AFTER the concert - but later today (keep you in suspense.... Got to run now..


eddiefb3 on: November 17, 2007, 01:25:31 PM

Hey Alkulp, I was on the right side as well. I was near the stage though. Not exactly front row of people but the row after of people. I was one of the taller people there with black curly hair. I was looking everywhere I could for Mode7's sign. I didn't see it.

I must have just went passed you, or you were in front of me. I took the metroline #2 on ceaser chavez and it was right before 7 when we were almost there and the bus driver pulled over to go to the bathroom....So I got there just a few minutes after 7pm.

I was looking around for where they were selling the CDs and stuff. But I didnt see any, until I asked this man and he told me they were downstairs.

Oh, and I did give a description in the other thread....

I saw that free CD when I was down there but didn't bother because had no idea what it was, until after he came on. But by the time the concert was over I was in a rush to get back to the bus station or else i'd miss my ride home.

Maybe next time we should trade pictures...


cvc on: November 17, 2007, 04:02:00 PM

I was at the Key Club gig last night and the big question everyone wants to know is, did they rock? In a word, hell yes! I've been lucky to have seen Puffy 4 times at the past L.A. performances so I was a bit skeptical about how the new band would sound. But after the first few songs I realized everything was cool. These guys are all true musicians and know their instruments well. The lead guitarist was definitely tearing it up. And Ami and Yumi sounded great as usual. Strong vocals and very happy and energetic. It's always very cute when they break out their notes to speak to us in English. Cuteness goes a long way.

The song selection was great. These girls have such a large catalog of great songs that obviously many songs that people may want to hear will be left out of the set. The new songs sound much heavier live. Great guitar licks and again some of these songs are very catchy. The Puffy Monster song was crunching. Great to hear Mole-Like live. Dig that guitar in the beginning. After they tore through Teen Titans someone yelled "This is not a cartoon, this is rock!" I couldn't agree more. Very well put.

Since I only live 20 minutes from Disneyland I'll be at their show tomorrow night as well. This time I might have to stand in front of the stage. Who wouldn't want Ami and Yumi standing over them shouting out rock lyrics inches from their face? It's almost time to rock again!


Andrew on: November 17, 2007, 06:19:40 PM

alkulp and cvc,

Hey great reviews. Welcome to the forum cvc!

Can't wait to hear the rest of your review alkulp.


Cerahbes on: November 18, 2007, 12:23:33 AM

bah its taking every ounce of self control I have right now not to get a plane ticket to Anaheim =)

note: I just saw that I could get a ticket leaving in a few hours for less than $400 hahaha ... must .... resist


Mode7 on: November 18, 2007, 01:36:35 AM

I will have a full write-up posted by Monday night/EARLY Tuesday morning.

.. extremely detailed write-up of the entire experience... even how I got to the concert! It'll be interesting. :3

It was an incredible show -- I've never been to a concert before, so it was something new and refreshing.

So much to tell.


ichigo on: November 18, 2007, 07:18:12 AM

Sounds like you all had a good time, thanks for telling us about it! I can't wait to hear more, and be jealous! Grin

Mode7, that's awesome that such a great band was your first concert! That's how I read that, anyway! I'm excited for you!


alkulp on: November 18, 2007, 01:45:33 PM

Ok, now that I've got a bit more time and am rested (I crashed yesterday afternoon... - slept for 17 hours) I can write my thoughts from the Key Club. I have a set list (I think: I have two #12's and zero #9's, but..), but not sure if I should post it. Perhaps I'll keep it until after the concert tour ends... They didn't ask us not to post it, but I know they ask previous audiences.

First off - Ami said that Honeycreeper will be coming out next year in the U.S. Maybe she only said "hoping"... Don't remember exact words. But it sounded pretty sure to me. She also also said that "L.A. was their "home away from home" and made an L.A. sign (ala YMCA style) Yumi = L (right arm straight up, left arm out sideways) Ami = A (hands pointed together above her head angling down at 45 degress, elbow to shoulder froming the cross in the "A"). The dancers for Mogura-Like did the same symbol at the end of that song.

At one point Ami mentioned that they last played in L.A. two years ago... To which I yelled out "We missed you!" - and she replied "we missed you too." - Almost a conversation with Ami!

They told us how as they were driving down in the bus from S.F. today "Come Together" was playing on the radio and Ami and Yumi started signing it... The bus driver cranked up the volume and the act was on... Only 1 problem - the girls didn't really know the words -other than the chorus... They seemed to have fun anyway and did a short impromptu for us right there on stage! Fun.

Another fun thing - they apparently stopped at Taco Bell on the way down. Ami and Yumi had quesadilla. They must have learned a few words of spanish from the employees, because they said a few things for us... "Taco Bell is numero Uno", and few other short sentences. They spoke it really well. Probably better than some of their English! It was quite interesting to hear Puffy speaking Spanish.

Another interesting note - Ami asked the audience if we had seen the GAP poster. She said they were really proud of that. And that they wished they had a copy of it! All the anecdote's done, let's get to the music itself...

They opened with "Boom, Boom beat" and "Tokyo I'm on my way". They did 3 songs before pausing to speak to the audience. The songs were all solid. The musicianship was obviously there.. (oh, just thought of a couple more anecdote's - guess they'll have to wait till after the music...). They would do a few songs then break for some light talk then do a few more songs. Every song was great, almost too good. Live music usually sounds a bit different from the recorded/released version, but this was very close to what was on the albums. The last time Puffy was here in L.A. they weren't that exacting (one of the things I didn't like about the last concert - my first seeing Puffy). They didn't play the "Rock and Roll Radio" song that was mentioned by previous reviews. All the material was Puffy's. Then did 17 songs in all 15 plus an encore of "Asia no Junshin" and "Circuit no Musume". The last was a bit different from the released version.

The second half of the show was REALLY rockin! They turned up the volume and let it all out. The first part of the show was good too, just it got cranked up a notch I think after Mogura-Like. As I mentioned earlier, there were 2 male dancers that came on stage to do the dance during the song. Puffy the monster was really cool too, (no they didn't do the big intro bit/story) - they changed some parts of the music (adding some keyboard action) in place of were the guys talk in the middle of the song. It was cool.
Closet Full of Love was good, but I had high hopes for this song. It was too much like the recorded version and I was kind of disappointed because I think they could really do this song much better...

Amy and Yumi themselves were a bit subdued. They didn't move outside their 'carpets' much at all. Don't get me wrong, they gave a good performance, but with the exception of 'Jet' (I think) they didn't cross over or come to the front/tip of the stage much. I don't know, I just remember them being a bit more mobile the first time (and from other concert footage).

Ok - now for the extra anecdote - and then my 'after the show' story... Just before Puffy came out, a Japanese fellow with a big camera came and sat down in front of us. I enlisted the girls setting next to us to talk with this guy. He was a with "Sony" and was talking pictures for the tour. I said - 'well, if you going to block our view, then we at least out to get a picture'... We joked with him a bit, but he couldn't because he said it was his job. He was nice, and we joked and talked a bit more... He took a really great shot of Ami. We could see it on his digital screen! Buy the way, I tried to take a few pictures with my cell phone, but got a strange message "failed" each time!? So no pictures Sad The bouncer came over after the 3 or 4th try and said "You can't take pictures" - I said "O.K. - and that it wasn't working anyway". They were actually pretty cool about it... They could have been much more of jerks. My son did get a few 6 second videos with his cell phone, but they are so crappy I don't even like looking at them. Really bad.

Ok - finally - THIS HAS been long... After the show we (my son and I) really wanted to meet someone from PAY World.com. We went outside and stood right in front of the exit so we could see everyone leaving. We were looking for Mode7 as he thought he'd seen him during the show. One guy came out, and I asked him if he was from PAY World, but he was a bouncer! That was funny. After almost everyone left we were still standing there looking at the few remaining people inside when this lady comes up to us and says "Are you looking for someone" - I say "Yes". And she says "Maybe I can help you with that". And I say "O.K." and begin to give her the discriptions of Mode7 and Jinmouri... And she goes "They are in the band?" And I go "no, there friends from a Puffy fan site that were trying to meet". Then she blows me away...

"You want to meet the band?"

I'm like - what? and I stumbled out some words ending with "... well that would be cool". She says "wait right here and I'll be right back"!!!

Right now, my mind starts racing and I'm going - "Are we really going to meet the band?"

About 30 seconds to a minute later she comes walking out of the club with Kaz!

Before the concert I had told my son that I'd be buying some things for Jeff, and mentioned, that I thought it would be totally cool if we could get an "AmyYumiDas" T-shirt autographed for him. Now we were about to meet the band and I didn't buy one!!! (I called Jeff earlier, but he said don't get it because the size was too small!)....

Kaz says hello... (Damn - should have used my Japanese at this point!!!!) We say hello and shake his hand. He says something... I actually don't even remember what he said. I'm like "Kaz - (pretty direct!) do you think I could get one of the "AmyYumiDas" t-shirts for a friend who has a website with the same name. I'll pay for it..." - and he goes, hesitatingly ... 'nah' and kind of looks me and my son over. Then he asks us for something. I didn't have any Puffy goods on hand (having made a trip earlier to put everything in the car), only the "Linus of Hollywood" CD. He asks for something for the girls to sign... I dig in my pocket and produce my ticketmaster tickets and hand them to him. He's goes 'just a minute' turns and walks back into the club. Just a few seconds later he walks back out and hands me the tickets which Puffy had signed. They were just around the corner! Even though it was totally cool to meet Kaz, I feel like I got rejected. I mean, I've already got several items autographed by Puffy so it wasn't that big of a deal. But the first lady took my hopes up so high, only to have them crash. It was neat to meet Kaz though!

I'm going to take that ticket to the concert tonight and see if I can get Kaz to autograph it also. I don't have anything with his sig - and I've actually met him! Wish me luck!

ANYONE

Key Club West Hollywood, Los Angeles - Concert Reports - Page Two

Jeff on: November 18, 2007, 02:06:03 PM

I'm about to kick myself in the head for telling you not to get that amiyumidas shirt now - jesus christ!

But thanks for your efforts - that was really above and beyond the call. At least you got yourself a nice souvenir!

That was a great story.

btw, does this seem like the guy who was in front of you? http://www.flickr.com/photos/crookback/

I'd have reposted some of those but I'm waiting for permission. If he's really with Sony, he might not give it.


alkulp on: November 18, 2007, 02:15:22 PM

ANYONE GOING TO THE CONCERT IN ANAHEIM - Please look for me. 6'3" blond, early 40's, rimless glasses, full beard. It will just be me tonight - no kid. I'm thinking of actually wearing my "Nijonjin kanojo bosu-chu" T-shirt (written in kanji with red Japanese rising sun in the middle). I bought it several years ago, and never really had the nerve to wear it! I'm also thinking about making a small sign "PAY WORLD" around my neck. I'd really like to know who's going to be there tonight! PM me!

Picture (TooSerious.jpg) attached:


Jinmouri on: November 18, 2007, 03:01:26 PM

Quote from: alkulp on November 18, 2007, 02:15:22 PM
ANYONE GOING TO THE CONCERT IN ANAHEIM - Please look for me. 6'3" blond, early 40's, rimless glasses, full beard. It will just be me tonight - no kid. I'm thinking of actually wearing my "Nijonjin kanojo bosu-chu" T-shirt (written in kanji with red Japanese rising sun in the middle). I bought it several years ago, and never really had the nerve to wear it! I'm also thinking about making a small sign "PAY WORLD" around my neck. I'd really like to know who's going to be there tonight! PM me!

Picture (TooSerious.jpg) attached:

I am going to the Anaheim concert today...I'm pretty sure I saw you outside the club. I was wearing a black and white striped shirt and a cardigan. I didn't come up and say anything because I was unsure. I remember seeing Kaz as well, but was in line and too far away from the front.

Are you sure the amiyumidas shirts only came in small and medium? Did you ask the sellers or just assume because they were displayed like that?


alkulp on: November 18, 2007, 03:58:57 PM

I asked... You better say "Hello" tonight. OK?


Cerahbes on: November 18, 2007, 04:00:46 PM

I picked up a large size yumiamidias shirt in vancouver =)


Jinmouri on: November 18, 2007, 04:08:41 PM

Quote from: alkulp on November 18, 2007, 03:58:57 PM
I asked... You better say "Hello" tonight. OK?

I will be sure to...


alkulp on: November 18, 2007, 11:46:40 PM

Well you didn't..... Angry

I had 2 goals tonight:
1. get Kaz's autograph - to go along with Amy/Yumi's
2. Meet Jinmouri (or someone from this forum)

FAILED ON BOTH, however, I did manage to:
1. Meet 2 girls named Ami and Yumi
2. Get Jeff his autographed AmiYumiDas T-shirt.

So all-in-all not a bad night...


Jeff on: November 18, 2007, 11:50:43 PM

Story! Story!

You can't leave us hanging like that...

I posted your pic of the shirt up to the blog, btw. Just couldn't contain myself.


Jinmouri on: November 18, 2007, 11:54:32 PM

Quote from: alkulp on November 18, 2007, 11:46:40 PM
Well you didn't..... Angry

I had 2 goals tonight:
1. get Kaz's autograph - to go along with Amy/Yumi's
2. Meet Jinmouri (or someone from this forum)

Well, I saw you with the sign while waiting in line and tried to get your attention, but you didn't glance my way...


Mode7 on: November 19, 2007, 12:45:28 AM

Quote from: alkulp on November 18, 2007, 11:46:40 PM
Well you didn't..... Angry

I had 2 goals tonight:
1. get Kaz's autograph - to go along with Amy/Yumi's
2. Meet Jinmouri (or someone from this forum)

FAILED ON BOTH, however, I did manage to:
1. Meet 2 girls named Ami and Yumi
2. Get Jeff his autographed AmiYumiDas T-shirt.

So all-in-all not a bad night...

OKAY

SPILL IT. Cheesy


Cerahbes on: November 19, 2007, 08:51:44 AM

yes OMG story please 0_0

5 concerts and I couldn't even manage that one hehe


alkulp on: November 19, 2007, 10:56:00 AM

You know, the more I think about it, the less I want to say. I was trying to figure out how to get Kaz's autograph when Shigowo, the guitar player came out. I walked up to him and asked him if he could get Kaz's autograph. I don't think he understood completely, but I decided to get his autograph, because he was rockin tonight. As he was signing my ticket stub who should walk out next and sit down right there!!!

I actually thought of asking Ami if she could get Kaz's autograph for me, but stopped myself before I did. The first thing I asked them was when were they coming to the 'East Coast'. I didn't get an answer. Then the translator came up, and I handed Ami the AMIYUMIDAS t-shirt and told them who it was for (translated - thank you very much - be aware Jeff!). They signed it and gave it back to me. I think the rest I'll just keep for myself. It was awfully nice of them to take a few minutes of their time to talk to the 3 (yes only 3) fans that were there. I, of course, was happy to actually meet them. I only wish I had remembered (AGAIN) to introduce myself in Japanese correctly... How stupid can I be to make the same mistake 2 times in a row.... Guess I was caught up in the moment and didn't think clearly (or at all!). Oh, well...

It really wasn't a big deal (for them!). They let me take 1 picture - which I'll keep to myself. They were nice. It's a nice memory and I feel like it should stay private. Nothing big anyway. Just I got to meet them.


Andrew on: November 19, 2007, 12:03:15 PM

Congratz Alkulp, winner of the weekfs gDripping with Envyh Award lol.


Cerahbes on: November 19, 2007, 09:31:42 PM

wow I definately second that one... all I can do is make them blush


Puffy Love on: November 22, 2007, 09:43:37 PM

Here's some photos of the Key Club gig. Excuse me if these have already been posted:

http://flickr.com/photos/crookback/page2/

Key Club West Hollywood, Los Angeles - Concert Reports - Page Three

Puffy Love on: November 22, 2007, 10:04:59 PM

Here is a review of the Key Club gig with plenty of pictures of the band members. The author/photog must have had a thing for Yumi as there are a lot of pix of her.

http://laist.com/2007/11/18/puffy_amiyumi_t_1.php


Andrew on: November 23, 2007, 01:20:41 PM

Here is what Ami said about the LA show in her blog:

And of course, LA also had a lot of people and we were really happy.
Alot of you guys came dressed up just for the show and sang with us and it made me realize that all countries are common in the way that people are motivated towards something fun.

Since we did the SF and LA show consecutively for 2 nights, I was worried about my voice but I was just gonna give it my all and by the end I was so into the shows that it didn't matter anymore.

on the day off in LA, we drove to the discount store and went to another discount store and then went to GAP and checked out our own poster and took pictures in front of it. It was the first time I went to GAP with Yumi, so I was kinda excited.
Of course the people at the store didn't notice us.

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