March 17, 2017
Its hard to say goodbye. That is something I have been thinking about when Yellowcard announced there break up in the Spring of 2016. I started listening to them when they released the critically acclaimed Ocean Avenue, I was 12 years old at the time in middle school. I enjoyed that record so much, it lead me to become a fan that would follow me until this day. The show at The Observatory in Santa Ana was the first of 7 shows they are playing and for me, my final time seeing them.
The show started with an acoustic performance of Sean O Donald. Sean was a member of Yellowcard from 2007- 2011. He joined the band for the final leg of the tour playing some of his original songs that he made from one of his albums. During his set, he asked the crowd how excited they are to see Yellowcard and even threw in some jokes, interacting with the crowd as he performed. Near the end of the set, he invited Ryan Key from Yellowvard to perform a song from a side project they have been working on. His performance was short and sweet, in preparation for what Yellowcard had in store.
Before the band started to play a quick message came informing the audience not to be on there phones and enjoy the show using our eye balls. I found this to be very commical. Fitting because when Yellowcard when on stage, the place went nuts! The band started strong with Way Away from Ocean Avenue, Followed by For you in your Denial from When your though thinking , say Yes. The crowd was unbelievable, I have always heard that the OC knows how to show a musician how much they appreciate them. This was no different as the crowed sang there hearts out like there is no tomorrow. There were moshing, Circle pits and Crowd Surfing all night. This was seriously a rowdy crowd, and I loved it.
The band spread there set with various classic from Ocean Avenue, to There final Self-Titled album, Songs range from fast upbeat pop-punk hits Lights and Sounds, Rough Landing Holly, and Rivertown Blues just to name a few. There also slow, sad and hopeful songs like Empty Apartment, Hang you Up and Be the Young. The set ended with the final track off of Ocean Avenue: Back Home. A strong symbolic end to what was truly one of the first of there final shows of there career. At a good two hours, the 24 song set was enough to make any Yellowcard fan happy that all albums were represented. The show ended with 3 of Ocean Avenues most well known songs: Breathing, Only One and Ocean Avenue
Like I mentioned before, I have been a fan of these guys since I was 12 years old. For me, seeing them one final time is heartbreak (all together, I have seen them six times). But as I write this and think hey have had a 20 year career, I feel happy and privileged to see them one last time, So from the bottom of my heart, Thank you Yellowcard for 20 years of music, I will miss you.