Monday, January 19, 2015

The Nerdy Girlie's Music Monday #9: Tokio Hotel

Sometimes you find a band and you just don't click.  You think they are all right, but it just might not be what you need right then.
When my friend Rachel invited me to see Tokio Hotel do a secret show at The Viper Room on Thursday, I was nervous!  What if I didn't like them.  Before committing I You Tubed them quickly and listened to ONE of their songs.  I dug it and replied back YES!  BONUS I've been DYING to go to The Viper Room since moving to LA.

The night arrived and to be honest I ALMOST talked myself out of it.  I do that a lot, especially since I usually go to shows alone, and I always regret it.  Getting anywhere in LA by our designated 8:30pm meeting time, is HELL.  The drive ended up taking me over an hour to go ELEVEN miles.

BUT upon arrival I found a lot just a block down to park in which was lighted, felt safe and was only FIVE dollars!  I was already happy I came.

There was a fairly large line when I arrived, but it moved quickly.  As soon as I walked into the venue I felt like I had stepped into the opening scene of one of my favorite movies School of Rock!  My excitement continued to grow.
Up a dark staircase opened into the main viewing area of the venue and it was just about at it's 250 people capacity.  I loved how even though there were THAT many people there, it still felt intimate.  Tokio Hotel took the stage around 9:30pm to fans who had been queuing up since early afternoon!
Now you know that I LOVE my bands, and I have done the same a time or two, but this felt like an entirely new experience for me.  I knew NOTHING about Tokio Hotel or their music. I liked the song I heard on You Tube, but would the show even be like that?  It was so much more.
Right away I kicked into photographer mode, so I wasn't fully in the moment.  Once I knew I had what I needed, I was able to finally sit back and share in the scene.  I LOVED seeing how the fans reacted to the band.  Usually I am in my own world at a show, this time I felt I was like an outsider looking in and I couldn't help but feed off the pure love that filled up the room.
Tokio Hotel held their fans in the palm of their hands from start to finish.  The vibe in the room was super chill and the songs, though I had never heard them before, caught my ear and made me want to hear more. Their very short set of only five songs peaked my fan-girl interest and I cannot wait to devour all that they have to offer.
SO definitely check them out if you haven't already!  They have been around for a long time have you heard of them before?!  What do you think?!  Let me know in the comments below.  And I want to end with another HUGE thank you to Rachel for MAKING me get out of my comfort zone and experience some awesome music!

17 comments:

  1. OMG! I have loved Tokio Hotel for years... since I was on MySpace... thats how long!! Back when they only released songs in German! But I stopped listening to them years ago! I will have to check out their new stuff! How exciting that you got to see them!

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  2. Molly, thank you for the comment! It was such a treat to see them and I feel like if I would have known about them back in the Myspace days they would have been one of my favorites! It was such a great time! xx

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  3. Hi there :)


    Thank you for this nice blog entry :) I'm happy that you had so much fun there.


    I'm a Tokio Hotel fan since 2005. It's interesting to read what people who didn't know TH think about them.


    Maybe you'll like their old songs too?`:)


    Kisses from germany


    ~Ari

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  4. Ari, wow thank you so much for the comment! So happy to hear your thoughts! It was a lovely time! xx

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  5. aka BillsEyelinerJanuary 20, 2015

    Glad you took your friend Rachel up on her invite. I've been a fan for years and this was the first chance I had to see them live and from the front row no less - I enjoyed every minute of it! I can hardly wait for the North American leg of their tour! It was great to see that the guys were every bit as sweet as I had heard they were!!! Thanks for posting!

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  6. So nice to read your comments about Tokio Hotel - especially as a (former? ;) ) non-fan. They are a band that you either love or hate, but from the bottom of your heart. It's great to see them getting a chance since so many people reject them just because they have certain image. The guys keep on doing their thing - also experimenting musically - and that's something to respect. I've loved them since 2009 and it has been an interesting ride, especially as they tend to pull you in completely. As you mentioned, there's a big emotional connection with the fans and the band and I guess that is the main reason why so many people have stayed from the start, almost 10 years.
    And hey, you are welcome to our dysfunctional little TH fandom family. :)

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  7. Hannele, I love this! Thank you for sharing your story. It reminds me of my A Silent Film journey! I love when I can connect with a band and their fans! Thank you! xx

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  8. I wish I could have been closer, but since I was kinda working too, it was nice to be back and just be in the moment and observe from the outside too, something I've never done! So happy you had a great time! xx

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  9. thank you for the review! :)

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  10. I'm a huge fan of them since I'm a little girl ♥ And it was so good reading this from someone who isn't a fan because usually all we get from people who aren't in the fadom is hate.. I'm really happy you liked their small concert I will see them live too this year on march for the first time in my life :)

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  11. I went to the viper room but they didn't let me in it was the worst moment of my life I have waited to see them for 8 years have been a fan since 2007 and felt my heart shrink at the fact I didn't get to see them but I'm happy to know that you had fun and enjoyed my lovely boys 👌👌👍👍

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  12. Thank you for the awesome review, and the lovely pictures. I'm glad you decided to come, and that you had a good time. Welcome to the Tokio Hotel family.

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  13. Lizzi TarducciJanuary 25, 2015

    I'm an American fan of the band Tokio Hotel since 2006/7 as I discovered them while in Europe and I never looked back! I love these guys and my Facebook and Instagram are complete dedications to them, their music is amazing especially this last album Kings of Suburbia!

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  14. Awww thank you so much! I've gotten nothing but nice comments from this post! You fans are amazing!! xx

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  15. Alma, I'm so sorry to hear that! Thank you so much for the kind comment, you made my day! xx

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  16. Cora, I am all about the love! :) Thank you for your sweet comment it means a lot...you fans are amazing! xx

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  17. So glad you enjoyed it Karolina! What a gorg name you have! xx

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