Yellowcard Final World Tour – The Observatory OC – 10.15.2016
Yellowcard, Like Torches, DryJacket – The Final World Tour
The Observatory OC – Santa Ana, CA – 10.15.2016
Photos and review by: Angelica Nicolle Abalos
After 20 years as a band, Yellowcard announced their final world tour. Pop-punk fans in Orange County were filled with mixed emotions this Saturday night as the Observatory Orange County packed out the venue for its final, sold out Yellowcard show. Concert goers were both exploding with excitement to see the band, yet an inevitable somber mood lingered across the room at the realization that it would be the last time they did so.
Supporting acts for the farewell tour included DryJacket and Like Torches–hailing all the way from Sweden–who both gave stellar performances to amp up the crowd. Anticipation grew more and more as we approached the end of the night.
Fans erupted as Yellowcard finally took the stage. As soon as Sean Mackin’s violin intro started up “Believe,” the opening song for the band’s set, the room was electric. The energy between the band and their fans was bounced off of each other for the rest of the night. Song after song, each person in the venue poured out every last ounce of energy they had into singing aloud and jumping along. For any casual concert goer, it looked and sounded like any typical concert, but die-hard Yellowcard fans could sense something different in the air. The crowd’s energy skyrocketed as the set went on and shot up to an all-time high by the first song of the encore: “Only One,” a Yellowcard classic.
Just before closing out the set, Ryan Key (vocalist, guitarist) took a moment to give a farewell speech to the audience.
“Thank you. When you pick up your first guitar–or your first violin–when you’re a kid, if you decide that you wanna do this with your life, the odds are stacked against you in so many ways. We have had the chance, my friends, to play rock ‘n’ roll shows on six continents on this earth. We’ve had the chance to travel and experience and see this amazing, beautiful country of ours time and time again, year after year, thanks to all of you.When we put out our first real release in 2001, we had no idea the journey that we were about to go on. We could have never dreamed up this whole thing that happened to us in our lives. The thing is, we did the best we could to write songs and play the best shows we could, but it’s really all thanks to all of you that we got to be up on this stage for so many years doing what we love to do for you. So to each and every one of you who ever has been to one of our shows before, who has gotten one of our records and sung along to it,
When we put out our first real release in 2001, we had no idea the journey that we were about to go on. We could have never dreamed up this whole thing that happened to us in our lives. The thing is, we did the best we could to write songs and play the best shows we could, but it’s really all thanks to all of you that we got to be up on this stage for so many years doing what we love to do for you. So to each and every one of you who ever has been to one of our shows before, who has gotten one of our records and sung along to it, who ever burned a CD or shared an illegal download with a friend–to each and every one of you–we owe our lives. We owe every experience we had over the last 15 to 20 years.
I want you to know something before we go: I promise you that each of us up here on this stage are going to carry each and every one of these moments and these memories with us for the rest of our lives. Not a day will go by that we do not look back with all of the love in our full hearts and all of the gratitude to each and every one of you for keeping this band alive. We’re never gonna forget you. We’re never gonna forget everything you’ve done for us.We’re so grateful to you and we love you so, so much.”
As Yellowcard concluded their set with the hit song “Ocean Avenue,” the venue shook with the voices of the crowd singing along. Not wanting to end the night, the band prolonged the last half of the single with an extended “woah-oh’s” with crowd participation just before the bridge. Fans crowd surfed one last time before the night was over. Once the final chorus hit, the venue exploded full of emotions.
To say Yellowcard’s final Orange County show was amazing would be an understatement. Their performance exceeded all expectations and left a bittersweet memory for their OC fans. The mark they leave in the music world, in the pop-punk genre, and in the hearts of their fans will be remembered for years to come.