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LIVE REVIEW: Yellowcard at The House of Blues, Boston

yellowcard-smallAny scene kid – former or active – between the ages of 20 and 30 would pee their pants over the thought of getting to see Yellowcard perform live. The band is practically a Warped Tour institution and one of the highlights of the 2000s emo movement. But with the announcement of the band’s final tour and album, tickets to the band’s Farewell tour remained especially coveted last night (November 7) at the House of Blues Boston, where Yellowcard performed to their final Massachusetts crowd at their sold-out show.

Casual chitchat in the photo pit revealed one photographer was attending her seventh YC show; another boasted he knew women from Canada who had seen the group 45 times. When you’ve been around for twenty years and have the same influence that Yellowcard, such dedication comes as a given.

“We’re going to play songs tonight that go all the way back to the beginning,” lead vocalist Ryan Key announced. Truly, any other agenda on their last show in Boston would seem inappropriate.

Starting with “Believe,” Yellowcard cleansed fans from any pre-election day tension, assuring them that “everything is gonna alright.” After that, the iconic foursome moved straight into pure rock ‘n’ rolling.

There’s a reason that Yellowcard has had this much touring success, and it’s not because their fans are unwaveringly loyal (even though they are). The gents are elastic onstage as their converse sneakers bounced from the stage, making them the world’s most underused source of energy. Add in a killer light show that resurrects the days of glam rock stage antics, and you’ve got yourself a bona fide show-stopper. Their banner, decorated with various YC logos, read 1997-2017, not as an epitaph, but a proclamation of veni, vidi, vici.

That doesn’t mean that the show didn’t wane tender at times; early tune “October Nights” hit the sentimental sweet spot, as did “Sing For Me.” After all, the show marked a final farewell between Boston and the band.

“I’ll be yours/ and you’ll be mine / maybe in another life” Key sang on “A Place We Set Afire,” one of the more solemn songs from their final album. The eternal message didn’t come during the encore, but it might as well have; whether in town or not, the bond between YC and their fans will carry on into the afterlife.

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Victoria Wasylak

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