Dashboard Confessional Concludes Their Six-Show Run
Dashboard Confessional nearly ended their tour with a six-show run, including one surprise acoustic set at The Basement, in Nashville. They sold out The Basement East three of the five nights they played, which seemed to be the theme for most of their tour.
The Basement East was filled with fangirl wannabe groupies and their boyfriends. I, for one, am not a huge fan of fangirls, but I can push past it for a show. I grabbed myself a draft beer and made my way to the front. The venue was hot. I was sweating through my shirt and some weird fanboy behind me was purposefully blowing on my neck, which was weirdly appreciated.
The stage was lined with Himalayan salt lamps and right before Dashboard Confessional began the stagehands walked around the stage burning incense. I felt like I was back in my Catholic church for a special mass. I had never seen Dashboard Confessional before, but I will say their pre-show ritual has made a lasting impression on me.
One by one the band took to the stage. Chris Carrabba finally entered wearing a black shirt that read “EQUAL IS EQUAL NO MATTER THE PEOPLE." Later on, during the show, he preached about how the show was a safe place. A place where everyone, no matter race, gender, religious or political beliefs can come together to bond. In lieu of the State of the Union and current political unrest, Chris played a song called “We Fight." They also played songs from several of their albums such as “Ghost of a Good Thing” and “Screaming Infidelities” from their very first record.
They came back out for an Encore of “Hands Down." The guitarist, AJ Cheek, was jumping around and giving it his all and subsequently fell to the ground and continued to play, like a true master. Chris then decided to take a moment to go solo before wrapping up the show. Overall, they’ve still got it. They took us through a journey of the last 16 years and absolutely smashed it.
Photos by Garry Walden for Bullet Music