12:19 am - 01/29/2013

LEESSANG In NYC: Fan Account and Fancams!

(shaky post-concert pic of the venue, yay adrenaline!)

So last thursday, I had the opportunity to see LEESSANG at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. And man, standing in the GA line for three and a half hours in the bitter cold and wind was worth every second of the ~two hour concert that Gary, Gil, Jung In, and their band put on.

I got to the city around 2pm, but didn't get into the GA line until about 4:30pm because the temperature was about 22-23 degrees(or about -5 degrees celsius) and super windy. The line had about 12-15 people ahead of me, so I was happy with knowing I would get a super close spot (side note though, waiting in that line for 3 1/2 hours compared to waiting in line for 12 hours to see Junsu back in August was TORTURE because of the cold).

They let us in around 7:30 I ended up RIGHT by the stage on the left side, standing behind one line of people against the barrier, which was fine because I was taller than most people there and felt a little bad for the people behind me. I was super happy with my spot and, honestly, it was the best place to be because Gary and Gil ended up favoring the left side of the stage more than the right (Gary especially, but more on that later). Also, while I don't know if the show completely sold out, I would definitely say that there was almost a full house. It was great.

The concert itself started about 8:15. One of the best things about the whole concert in general was that they had a live band playing for the entire concert. Each band member was SUPER talented and from start to finish, they complimented Gary and Gil and every single song so well. The whole concert was literally like a jam session with the way the keyboardist and extremely cute guitarist kept going at it.

Unfortunately, I have a bit of concert amnesia and can't find a set list, so I've forgotten some of the songs they did, but I'll talk about what I remember. They started off with the band and their one main back-up singer (who I swear was Yoon Jongshin and if it was OH MY GOD HIS VOICE) doing a short intro. Then Gary and Gil came out to "겸손은 힘들어 (Hard to be Humble)", which got everyone super hyped up. The next song was "Casanova" I believe? Which was appropriate because Gary took off his leather jacket to reveal his really muscular arms and tattoos that I had NO CLUE EXISTED. Thank you Running Man for making him like that, lol. Because of this, I was very glad that Gary kept coming to the left side throughout the whole concert and just...oozing charisma for a lack of better terms, lol.

They did a few more songs then pulled out some stools to slow it down. They did their first ment where they basically said they were so thankful that they could come to New York to perform and that now, we were all friends, so it's okay if they curse or if we curse because we're friends (LMAO). Gil also tried to get Gary to speak English but all he really said was "I love you" and it sort of became a running joke of the concert that the only English he knew was "I love you". They then went on to perform "사람들은 모두 변하나봐", "행복을 찾아서" and "울고 싶어라".

The best part about "행복을 찾아서" was that (you can see in my fancam below) Gary went and did part of his rap acapella and it was just...really amazing and chilling to hear. Also, Gil's voice is amazing. The power and emotion behind it is so strong...I really can't explain it properly. They are both FANTASTIC performers.

They did almost all of their songs from their recent album, Unplugged, but then moved on to their older stuff like "Ballerino", "나란 놈은 답은 너다", "회상", "내가 웃는게 아니야", and "개리와 기리". Jung In came out during "Ballerino" and she is SO PRETTY and so tiny, but HER VOICE. It blew me away. Basically anyone who was on that stage that night so was talented and worked together so well, I'm still amazed. Also, Gary and Gil are really nice guys and kept leaning out to shake hands with the crowd when the other was singing/rapping, it was amazing. They are really funny and cool guys, truly.

Toward the end of the concert, they did more of their popular songs like "TV를 껐네..." and "헤어지지 못하는 여자, 떠나가지 못하는 남자". Funny thing about "TV" was that before they started, Gil was trying to teach the crowd a fan chant, but everyone wanted to sing along with them, so he basically said that while he appreciates us wanting to sing, THEY were going to sing it. It was really funny, lmao. Also, during "헤어지지 못하는 여자, 떠나가지 못하는 남자", Gary started an epic water fight that lasted until the end of the concert. It was great because some of the faces that they made when the other came behind them and just pour a bottle or two over their heads while they were singing/rapping...lol

"리쌍부르쓰" was the first encore song and I think it was this song? But Gary and Gil threw two towels each to the crowd and I GOT ONE OF THE TOWELS GARY THREW!!!! I caught one end and then this guy caught the other end, but he let me have it, WHICH I STILL APPRECIATE EVERY MUCH, KIND SIR!!! It was nice enough to just see LEESSANG that close, but getting the towel was the icing on the cake. Also, Gary had a moment where he took off his sunglasses, but was too close to the confetti cannon and just got confetti ALL IN HIS FACE. And I got it on my camera too, lol. Whether he knew that would happen or whether it was an accident...it was hilarious.

They finished the concert with their second encore song, "우리 지금 만나". It had the whole crowd singing along and I couldn't think of a better song to finish off the concert with. They thanked everyone again, gave a few low bows, and headed off.

It truly was one of the best concerts of my life and Gary and Gil and Jung In and that whole band are SO SO talented. I would easily see them again in a heartbeat and can't wait to see what they do next.

TL;DR: LEESSANG are fantastic elastic and Gary is Hot.

And bonus! Manner Gary :c I just thought it was really cool and nice of them to keep reaching out to shake hands.

Source: Myself and my youtube account

Feel free to add your own experiences or fancams to this post if you went to the NYC or LA concert! Let's just make it a LEESSANG love post ♥
markthatcoin 29th-Jan-2013 05:36 am (UTC)

sounds like a great experience, OP! you are a boon to the fandom ^^
yuukihitohira 30th-Jan-2013 03:05 am (UTC)
^^v I really had a great time, so I was glad that all my fancams came out so nicely so I could share with everyone
big_bananas 29th-Jan-2013 06:49 am (UTC)
looks fantastic! i regret not being able to go to the LA show. i really want to see them in person after reading your post :(
yuukihitohira 30th-Jan-2013 03:06 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how the LA show went (I don't know anyone who went :( ) but going off the NYC show, I would like to think that they would come back again on their next tour ♥
0nlymemories 29th-Jan-2013 07:27 am (UTC)
This show looks so amazing, I'm so happy you had a good time (despite freezing in line)! I definitely have to add Leessang to my list of artists to see if I get the chance!
yuukihitohira 30th-Jan-2013 03:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, the freezing part was the worst, but it's one thing I can cross off my list that I've made it through, lol?

But yes, they were totally worth every second *_*
prlsb4swiine 29th-Jan-2013 07:47 am (UTC)
oh my goodness they are so fabulous. ;___; OP I am so happy for you and jealous at the same time. I started crying when I watch the Pursuing Happiness fancam. ;__;
Thank you for this post~!
prlsb4swiine 29th-Jan-2013 08:11 am (UTC)
also can we see your fancam of confetti blowing up in Gary's face?
yuukihitohira 30th-Jan-2013 03:11 am (UTC)
The moment is actually in my LeeSSang Blues fancam around 1:38!!

Gary is such a goof lol ;; ♥
yuukihitohira 30th-Jan-2013 03:12 am (UTC)
No problem! I'm just glad I could share my experience with everyone~ and omg y e s, that song. Seriously, Gil's voice is amazing.
b1gay4 29th-Jan-2013 08:39 am (UTC)
poops self op u r such a lucky son of a gun omf
hellodee16 29th-Jan-2013 09:12 am (UTC)
thank you so much for sharing.^^
I'm glad u had an awesome time. congrats on the towel! lol lucky!
I love that it was all live band. I only watched a couple of the fancams so far but it does sound amazing. gotta love it when live instruments are involved.
yuukihitohira 30th-Jan-2013 03:13 am (UTC)
It's really amazing the difference that a live band makes. I mean, I'm sure it would have been a great concert regardless, but the moment I saw the band set up on stage, I just KNEW it was going to be amazing.

And it was ;~;
miwa201 29th-Jan-2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
oh my god, i am so freaking jealous.
trowa 29th-Jan-2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
awwww....it sounded like a great show. I wanted to go but got really sick all last week so standing outside in freezing temp was not an option for me. :(
yuukihitohira 30th-Jan-2013 03:15 am (UTC)
:( That's a bummer that you got sick, but I hope you're feeling a lot better now!!!
itsprincess 29th-Jan-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
i found out i was going to go to the L.A show a day before because my friends got free tickets. the seats were as far as you can get from the stage tho lol. but still it was a pretty chill experience.
yuukihitohira 30th-Jan-2013 03:15 am (UTC)
Ahhh that's awesome that you got free tickets!!

But yes, the chill factor was one of the main things I loved about the concert. Did anything cool or random at the LA concert?? I haven't heard anything about it :o!
neen_chan 30th-Jan-2013 06:24 am (UTC)
Oh my god, I could barely keep quite while watching this, I can not wait to finish all of these videos, adsajdhasjdha so lucky you went there!
ghostdrive 31st-Jan-2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for this fanaccount post, OP! I was located near neither of the concert locations (lol Texas), so I'm very glad someone posted their experience/fancams. :D

I have such a crush on Kang Gary, he must have looked amazing in person!

Edited at 2013-01-31 02:53 am (UTC)
wtshibal 31st-Jan-2013 05:28 am (UTC)
i'm so jealous i want to go to a leessang concert ):
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