Tue 22 May – Mando Diao, Pop Levi, The Capshuns
Jen[ana] and I sat out on the corner of Doheny and Santa Monica Blvd. from 1pm for this show.
We saw the guys from Pop Levi
but didn't want to bug them because these two Japanese girls rushed them [they were the most stereotypical fangirls in the world]. So we just looked over and smiled. The REALLY, REALLY cute one looked over at Jen and I, smiled, waved, and said hi.
Later I saw this really hot-looking guy across and over the street. I asked Jen, "He looks like he's cute, no?" When he got to us... drool. He walked into the Troubadour. It was Mats... the keyboardist from Mando Diao
and it didn't register with either of us until later. lol After a while CJ [bassist] and Samuel [drummer] walked by, CJ looked down at me and smiled and nodded, and the fangirls took a picture with Samuel. I didn't want to bug him. Then I turned to Jen, "Guess who that was? CJ." and she freaked 'cause it didn't register with her. lol Then a little while after Bjorn [singer] walked by so fast on his cell. The only one we didn't see was Gustaf. Later, I saw the guys coming out of the Troubadour and worked up my nerve to go up and ask them to sign my poster [that we got for being there so early, btw]. Bjorn was walking superfast and I couldn't think of anything to do but reach out and touch him. lol I immediately felt stupid. I reached out... and touched his chest and said "Would you sign my poster?" lol He was really nice and he did. Then Samuel went for my sharpie and signed it also, I told him we'd been waiting since 1 and he was super nice, I asked if he would sign Jen's too and he was just... sweet. He walked over to her to sign it. Jen had stopped CJ and asked if he would sign her poster... and they had a cute little exchange because neither had a pen. But I had two sharpies =) So CJ signed our posters, and Samuel signed Jen's too. It was cute 'cause he was struggling to sign Jen's, and then goes, "Could someone hold it?" I love those boys. Jen and I took pictures with Samuel and CJ... and there they went. I guess Bjorn was walking so fast and no one else dared stop him. I feel so audacious.
We waited some more... and finally they let us in. We bought some stuff [I bought a Godfather-style Mando Diao shirt, an Ochrasy North American tour shirt, a Mando Diao tote bag... and got a free Mando Diao button] I was pissed 'cause they said go to the very end of the bar... so we did. Yeah, that's not where we were supposed to go. They opened the doors and we didn't realize it. When I saw a crowd in front of the stage I almost threw up. I was pissed. I thought we were gonna be stuck behind a bunch of people... but I weaseled my way to the very front row... in the very fucking center. Jen was a little behind me 'cause 'I-need-deodorant-really-badly Girl' wouldn't move and let her in.The Capshuns
came on... and they were great. I mean, the singer is bad. Like... really. But the music is AMAZING and he did have a great stage presence. God, was he cute. He posed a lot on stage. That guy should be a model. Jen was like "He's so hot... but I want to feed him a rice cake." lol After them we waited a while for Pop Levi to come on. And I have to say... I liked the music when I heard it on myspace... but for the love of god, I demand that all of you go see Pop Levi if you ever get the chance. They are fucking PSYCHOTIC live. The music is great and they put on the most entertaining show. A lot of people were actually there to see them. Pop Levi [the guy, it's a Marilyn Manson type situation... name of the band, but the guy goes by Pop Levi] does the best dancing... it... akljdfl;ds. I can't even describe it.
They moved the speakers in front of us further onto the stage so we were a lot more comfortable. The crowd shifted a bit and Jen ended up getting a little closer and there were really short people in front of her. lol Then... oh, Mando. It was just... slfjdskjd. Perfect. I have never seen an entire band have as much energy as those five guys. That is the most entertaining show in the world. Little CJ works the crowd like... no one [except the other four guys in Mando Diao. lol]. He is the cutest man ever. He's seriously like... 5 feet tall [or less]. But man, he is an attention whore. He kept jumping on the speakers and getting really close to everyone. Bjorn and Gustaf did their "we're sexy, we know" thing... sharing a mic... looking like they were kissing a-la The Libertines. It was great. But I think the biggest surprise was Mats. He is super hot, very suave looking... and then... his facial expressions during the show. NERDIEST, MOST ADORABLE THING EVER. He just... made me laugh. And he knew he was making me laugh. I couldn't keep my eyes off him. It was hilarious. I don't even know what else I could possible say except that every show should be this amazing. Jen and I were kind of bummed that "Mr. Moon" wasn't on the setlist [we saw it before the show started] but during the show we were like... "Oh, THAT'S WHY." They played only the highest-energy songs. with the exception of "Ochrasy" - which was bloody brilliant. Everyone sang along... and it was just beautiful.
You know, I've read a lot of people saying that Mando Diao are arrogant jerks that don't care about their fans. Sorry, but that's a bunch of bullshit. Not only did we meet them, but Gustaf just thanked everyone after every song, and bowed a lot. It was so sweet. He liked talking to the crowd... it was nice =) They introduced every song before they played it... and before one, I can't remember who but I think it was Gustaf - he goes, "This next song is called... Samuel!" it was so hilarious. The song was "God Knows" - but that just made me laugh. The last song on the setlist before the encore was "Long Before Rock 'N' Roll" - it was just brilliant. They came out and did two songs for the encore... and Gustaf just said some cute things about how the love between the Troubadour and Mando Diao was like that between a man and a woman... and then later on said something and referred to us as "Mrs. Troubadour." It was just perfect. Out of the four shows we've seen this year - THAT was the best one. And I have yet to go to a show that is less than amazing.
The cherry on top of that was that they reached their hands out into the crowd at the end of the show... when I got Gustaf's hand I seriously didn't let go for a couple of seconds. lol I wasn't as aggressive with Mats or Bjorn... but same, I didn't want to let go. lol
Mando Diao... are just brilliant. I can't get over it.
THAT is a concert experience. That is how it should be.