Yellowcard changed many people’s lives. They mean everything to so many. People worship these guys the way I worship bands like Brand New and Good Charlotte. Being able to see those emotions in person instead of being the one showing those emotions was nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful.
Yellowcard is currently on their final live tour. They are done. After 20 years, it’s time for them to hang it up. 20 years. God, that makes me feel super old.
I have to be honest, I’m not the biggest Yellowcard fan out there. When Ryan Key, the singer, called out the fans that had no clue the band had released multiple albums in the past couple of years, he was talking to me. I listened to their 2003 release, Ocean Avenue, over and over and over again throughout my teenage years but when it came to moving on from that album, I just never could and the band quickly became one of those nostalgic one-hit wonder bands for me.
Yellowcard proved last night that they are much more than a one-hit wonder band as they played through a 24 song set and left the crowd begging and pleading for more. I stood there, shocked, as I watched hundreds of people scream, push, and jump their way through the crowd. I felt like I was on the outside looking in and questioned how anyone could live without experiences like these in their lives.
Usually I’m the one freaking out over seeing a band. I’m usually the one in tears when bands play the slower, more touching songs. I’m the one that stands there until the very, bitter end chanting “one more song.” To be the person watching the crowd do these things was truly an emotional experience. I felt like a guest at the show, I felt privledged to be able to be a part of something that was such a deep experience for so many people.
I couldn’t sing along to all of the songs like majority of the crowd could. I mean, let’s be honest, I was really only there to hear the few songs off of Ocean Avenue that they played and, well, it was a show and I just couldn’t resist. Regardless of what I was there to hear, every single song took me back to high school with that signature violin sound that makes Yellowcard a truly unique band.
Although the night was clearly all about Yellowcard, I can’t help but give a shout out to the two opening acts.
The show started with Dryjacket from New Jersey. These guys, although much calmer than the other two bands, had me captivated. The haunting vocals matched with the sound of clean guitars and crisp drum beats was truly something beautiful. Their set was far too short and left me with just a taste of what these guys are capable of, but I liked what I heard and saw and can’t wait to see more from them.
Like Torches was the only other band to open this show. Hailing from Sweden, these guys are definitely trying to keep that early 2000’s emo/screamo scene alive and they are succeeding. Their angsty sound was a complete throwback to the days where eyeliner reigned supreme and you couldn’t see through the hair that was hanging in your face. Their set, like Dryjacket’s, was far too short but I got the just of the band and I hope to see them again sooner rather than later.
Last night was heartbreaking for so many people. It was the last time that they would be able to see Yellowcard live and you could see the devastation as people left the venue with tears streaming down their faces. I stood back. This wasn’t my show to cry at, it wasn’t my music to scream the lyrics to. I sat back, took it all in, and was truly humbled by the fact that, for once, I was an outsider looking in.
I saw the power that music has on people rather than being the one feeling the power.
It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
Venue: Mill City Nights
Sausage Fest Meter- 3 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 22
Crowd Surfers- 23
Broken Bones- None
Waldo’s Spotted- 3
Harley Quinn’s Spotted- 7
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score-7 out of 10
Show on Deck- Good. Freaking. Charlotte… Tonight is Good Charlotte– If you know me, this is a BIG deal