Yellowcard at the Varsity, 10/18/2011
October 18, 2011
The Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
"You guys stay right there -- we're going to play some rock and roll songs for you," Ryan Key of Yellowcard states to a crowd that is old enough to drive, yet not old enough to drink.
The encore commenced with Ryan Key explaining the significance of "Sing For Me," which is a song written for his aunt who supported his decision to quit school and pursue music full time -- the only person who backed him in this choice at the time -- leading to how she currently is battling brain cancer. Poignant and moving, Ryan played the piece solo under a simple spotlight.
It's not often that a band stays together as long as Yellowcard has. Just because a band can create exceptional music does not signify the successes they can accomplish; it takes a lot more than talent to get to the next level, it also takes maturity and hard work. All of which Yellowcard has. Ryan asked the audience when they leave to "Tell everyone that Yellowcard is back." They sure are.
Critic's bias: I haven't been wowed by a live show in a long time, although I was hoping they would play one of my favorites "How I Go."
The crowd: Young teens mixed with twenty-something diehard Yellowcard fans.
Overheard in the crowd: "I fucking hate groupies."
Random notebook dump: The two girls in front of me had to confer with each other on how to make devil's horns.
The Sound of You and Me
For You, and Your Denial
Rough Landing, Holly
Five Becomes Four
With You Around
Light Up the Sky
Holly Wood Died
LP drum solo
Cut Me, Mick
Be the Young
Hang You Up
Lights and Sounds
Sing For Me
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