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Friday, July 7, 2023

a little bit o'suga

so while the bean's beloved BTS is on hiatus while each member takes a turn fulfilling their south korean military duties, the ones who haven't yet started are doing their best to keep their fans (the "army," if you didn't know) interested.  they've been putting out music, staying active on social media, and performing live whenever possible.

when suga released dates for a limited world tour, the bean was super thrilled to find that he was coming to l.a. for several shows.  of course, with the way ticketmaster handles their sales nowadays, we were shit outta luck because presale codes were given out using a lottery system.  my presale code luck has not been in effect for awhile now, and this was no exception.

but i knew the hub would come through for us - especially since the bean was working their ass off to keep their grades up at school and stressing out over projects and studying for finals and all that jazz.  he snagged us a couple of tickets and a parking pass for the thursday night show, which was the best option with all four show dates being on school nights.  it also happened to be the old lady's birthday that day, but since she'd had to work and had to be in bed early to be ready for another opening shift the next day we had her come over for cake and presents and promised to do birthday dinner when she was available.

the venue for the concert was the fabulous forum, which isn't exactly close to home but is smaller and easier to navigate than sofi stadium just next door.

because they were so excited for the show, it wasn't too hard to get the bean to stop for the photo op.

we found a concession stand with a pretty short line - and as soon as we got up to the front we realized it was because their offerings were very limited.  that's okay though, because the bean picked out a t-shirt and they had it in the right size.  and so once the merch had been secured, we made our way inside to find our seats.

turned out that the hub had gotten us seats in the handicapped section (don't yell at us, there were a few empty seats so we weren't taking them away from anyone).  we had a great view and i found it really interesting looking around at our fellow concertgoers - there were folks there of all ages, and everyone was happy and excited to be there.

i was a little surprised to see that the general admission section didn't seem too terrible, with lots of space and some people even sitting on the floor.  of course, this was before the concert started and it may have gotten more crowded and crazy but i never really paid attention once the show was under way.

just like the BTS concerts, there was no opening act and suga hit the stage promptly at 8.

he brought out max, an artist he'd collaborated with on a song a few years ago, and the audience lost their shit.

and all too soon, it was over.

thanks for a great night, suga!  hope we get to see you again soon!

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