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Yellowcard at House of Blues Anaheim
Written by Brittany Woolsey   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 23:42
I became thirteen again on Sunday night.

I nearly lost my voice and I danced as Yellowcard played its entire 2003 release "Ocean Avenue" acoustically at the House of Blues in Anaheim for its final night of tour. The band delighted fans with two sets, and played for nearly two hours.

Anaheim was always special to the band, said singer/guitarist Ryan Key. The band's first sold-out show was at Chain Reaction years ago, and this concert was the first to sell-out in advance for this tour.

Yellowcard delighted fans to the entire "Ocean Avenue" album live. Despite an acoustic set, the band brought an energy that had everyone dancing and singing along.

Violinist Sean Mackin captivated the crowd with his beautiful sounds and eccentric stage moves, like backflips.

He also showed off further talent by singing during "Twenty Three," which allowed him to also show a comical side. "Ryan taught me how to sing," he said. "So, if you didn't like it, it's really his fault."

Throughout the night, Key and crew encouraged fans to scream and sing loudly so they could win a figurative trophy, signifying that they were the best crowd of the tour.

"This is the last chance to be the best night of tour," Key said. He also noted that the fans had to help keep the band's energy up, as they were playing two sets that night.

"It's a fight to the finish but with your help we can do it," he said.

Before playing "Only One," Key announced that this was the audience's chance to really prove they had what it takes to win. And they succeeded, as they belted out the words from the emotional ballad.

Key then held up an invisible trophy and smiled proudly.

After taking a brief hiatus following the "Ocean Avenue" album performance, Yellowcard returned to the stage to play other fan favorites like "Lights and Sounds," "Paper Walls" and "Always Summer" electrically.

Before concluding the final night of tour, Key thanked his fans for their continued support.

"You are the fans that have stuck through every record," he said. "Not just 'Ocean Avenue.' Hearing you sing these newer songs is so inspiring for us as a band."

Set List: Way Away
Breathing
Ocean Avenue
Empty Apartment
Life of a Salesman
Only One
Miles Apart
Twenty Three
View From Heaven
Inside Out
Believe
One Year, Six Months
Back Home

***INTERMISSION***

Paper Walls
The Takedown
Always Summerv Rough Landing, Holly
Awakening
Be the Young
Here I Am Alive
Surface of the Sun
With You Around
Lights and Sounds/Ocean Avenue Finale

 


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