Meeting Tokio Hotel Cleveland, Ohio House of Blues August 9, 2015.

Check out the photos and the videos I took at the show. Click on the photos to make them larger. I am aware that they are only slightly different but I wanted to post all three. Let me know if any of them show up upside down. I had that problem earlier on mobile devices. It looked fine on my computer but when I pulled it up on my phone the photos were upside down. Not sure why. I think I fixed it but I’m not sure what the problem was in the first place so I’m not sure. It works fine on my phone now.

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Me and Tokio Hotel (before the show) August 9, 2015 House of Blues Cleveland, OH L to R: Georg Listing, Tom Kaulitz, Me, Bill Kaulitz, Gustav Schäfer
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Me and Tokio Hotel (after the show, Tom took the photo with my cell phone) August 9, 2015 House of Blues Cleveland, OH L to R: Georg Listing, Tom Kaulitz, Me, Bill Kaulitz, Gustav Schäfer
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Me and Tokio Hotel (after the show) August 9, 2015 House of Blues Cleveland, OH L to R: Georg Listing, Tom Kaulitz, Me, Bill Kaulitz, Gustav Schäfer

I had such an awesome time at the Tokio Hotel show. The show was great, the fans were great, and Tokio Hotel was just awesome. They are the sweetest guys. I got to meet them before and after the show. The first picture was taken before the show and the other two were taken after the show. I wish I had been allowed to bring in my actual video camera to film the show but I got a few videos with my phone that didn’t turn out too bad. Enjoy. :-)

If you go subscribe to my YouTube Channel I will love you forever. :-)

Here and here are other blog posts about Tokio Hotel.

-Amber

Learning German and free college.

Due to my obsession with Tokio Hotel, I have been learning German. I have been using Duolingo, Pimsleur, and Rosetta Stone, as well as song lyrics (of course) and watching videos on YouTube.

If you want to learn a new language I highly recommend Duolingo, which is free. They have a website and an app you can use. I recommend using the website for learning new skills and the app for practice. You can use just the app (or just the website) but the website has more detailed information to help you learn that the app doesn’t have. Duolingo has gamified the learning process which makes it fun and helps you to stay motivated. Duolingo has really helped with my reading comprehension. Pimsleur, which is all audio based, has helped with my listening and speaking skills. I haven’t used Rosetta Stone enough to have formed an opinion on it (I have only spent about 5 hours on RS so far) but I can say Rosetta Stone doesn’t really have anything going to keep you motivated to do it. I would say start off with Duolingo and add Pimsleur after you have learned a bit of the vocabulary. Pimsleur recommends you use their software without knowing how to read anything in the language you are trying to learn but for the way I learn I’m happy my reading comprehension was pretty good, at least for the basic vocabulary, before I started Pimsleur. I plan on doing a review comparing all three of these when I finish them. Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone let you try out their software on their websites to see if you like it before you buy it and Duolingo is completely free to use.

Now on to free college. Germany now offers free college to everyone, including international students. And there are some degrees taught completely in English. Check out these videos.

The video below is by one of the YouTubers I watch to help me learn German. The video is in English.

And here is the link he talks about for looking up classes in English. DAAD

Here is another YouTuber I like for learning German. In the next two videos she describes how to make some of the sounds that the German language has that English doesn’t. I’m still working on my pronunciation for the R sounds.

-Amber

Tokio Hotel Concert in Köln 2005.

Tokio Hotel is a German band who had major success at a very young age. At the time of this concert (2005) Bill Kaulitz (singer) and Tom Kaulitz (guitarist; the one with dreadlocks and a hat on) had just turned 16. Bill and Tom are identical twins but you have to look hard to notice it. Bassist Georg Listing would have been 18 and drummer Gustav Schäfer would have  just turned 17. By 2005 they had already been together for about 5 years. This tour was for their first album Schrei. In 2006 Tokio Hotel released Schrei so laut du kannst which had some of the songs from Schrei rerecorded since puberty caused Bill’s voice to change. They also added 3 tracks that were not on Schrei. I personally like the original vocals on Schrei best but Schrei so laut du kannst is worth getting for the extra tracks. Not that I dislike Bill’s voice since it changed, I just like the original vocal recording for those songs better. I think Bill’s voice has sounded slightly different with each album and it suits the music each time.

Their first album was mostly punk. I think their sound changed a bit with each album. Zimmer 483 (2007) was more rock and Humanoid (2009) was rock/synth pop. Their latest album Kings of Suburbia (2014) is more synth/dance/pop rock. Kings of Suburbia is their first album to be recorded only in English; Scream was released in 2007 which had some of the songs from both Schrei and Zimmer 483 recorded in English. And Humanoid had the full album recorded in both German and English.

Anyway, here is the concert from 2005. When I have more time I am going to post another blog with more of my favorite videos. I get tired of having to find them on YouTube when I want to watch them so it’s easier for me to post them here. If anyone knows if this is something I can buy on DVD let me know. I haven’t been able to find it anywhere but YouTube. I even checked Amazon’s German site and could not find it. Danke to sweetbill91 for posting this on YouTube.

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2. Beichte 3. Ich bin nich’ ich 4. Schrei

4. Schrei 5. Leb die Sekunde 6. Schwarz

6. Schwarz 7. Gegen meinen Willen

8. Durch den Monsun 9. Thema Nr. 1

10. Wenn nichts mehr geht 11. Rette mich

12. Freunde bleiben 13. Der letzte Tag

14. Unendlichkeit

15. Durch den Monsun

-Amber