Yellowcard: A Farewell to Remember
As a regular tour stop for them throughout the years, Yellowcard couldn’t have picked a better venue to bid farewell and sell out one last Atlanta show. Lead singer, Ryan Key, announced that he’s been told Yellowcard will be the last rock band to grace the Heaven stage at The Masquerade, and we’re reminded that this isn’t just a farewell tour of the band, but also the beloved music venue at its current location. This was bound to be a special night.
The show begins with an epic voice that commands the room to let everyone know that watching through a phone is only going to limit the full experience. Yellowcard is ready to deliver. For every person who took the advice and soaked in the evening first-hand, you did the right thing because the guys in the band did not disappoint.
The entire room, Yellowcard included, seemed to treasure every song and every memory made Saturday night. I talked to a long-time fan who bought a VIP pass and it was like he had just won the lottery. As he proudly showed me his signed license plate, that was very appropriately inspired by Ocean Avenue, he talked about how humble the band was and how it was just like talking to a bunch of regular dudes. It’s the little things that turn something into a special moment and Yellowcard seemed to have put a lot of thought into how they would say goodbye and leave their die-hard fans with something to remember.
As we progressed through songs from almost their entire discography, we celebrated and acknowledged every milestone the band experienced throughout their career, as well as our own experiences that we’ve attached to those songs. It's hard to pinpoint one moment when the crowd went especially crazy because the entire night was a full on sing-a-long. Of course "Ocean Avenue" and "Only One" were obvious pleasers. They shared stories of heartache, and ups and downs. It was clear why Yellowcard fans have been loyal for so many years – they are genuine, they are positive, they love their fans and they love to rock. Feeding the crowd with high-energy favorites along with a few sentimental ballads, Yellowcard left their hearts on the stage and the fans who jumped, danced, moshed, surfed and lost their voices from singing left their hearts on Heaven’s dirty, alcohol soaked floor.
Photos by Sidney Spear for Bullet Music