When Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire announced that their were touring together, fans of each band were a bit skeptical at first. Having these very two different bands playing the same stage every night for the same group of people was what the bands wanted.
Fans were skeptical for the bands performing on the same stage because Yellowcard, being a band that includes a violin as one of their main instruments and Memphis May Fire with a heavy guitar and drum sound, seem like they may clash.
Opening up for these two bands was a post-hardcore band called Emarosa. This band started the night off right. They have a very energetic lead singer, Bradley Scott Walden, jumping off the stage and onto the barricade to sing with his fans in the crowds. He actually stepped into the middle of the crowd and at certain points during their set, fans definitely connected with the band.
Memphis May Fire was next to take the stage. With the easy to recognize ginger haired singer, Matty Mullins taking the stage, the crowd started to make noise in excitement.
A set that was full of flashing lights, smoke canons and wise from front man Mullins reminded the fans that band members that perform on a stage every night still deal with many of the same problems that everyday people deal with.
Being on a third floor suite in Los Angeles, when the crowds starts to jump, the entire floor shakes. While that can be a bit nerve wracking for some people, it added a certain vibe to the venue.
Slowing their energetic set down a bit to play their song “Miles away,” they dedicated the song to the people serving our country and having to say goodbye to their families. Lighters and iPhone flashlights filled up the room, which made for a very tranquil mood for the first time that night.
“I hope we aren’t scaring the fans in the crowd who came just to see Yellowcard, Sorry!” Mullins said, as they finish out their set with just as much energy and passion as they started with.
Starting out the set with the silhouette of violinist Sean Mackin, headliner Yellowcard took the stage. The crowd was so quiet awaiting the arrival of the rest of the band the shutter sounds of cameras in the photo pit was the only thing heard over the melodic sound of the violin.
Running on the stage and straight to the middle microphone, Ryan Key caused and irruption of screams in the crowd. Singing, playing guitar and keyboard, Key always puts on a show.
Performing songs off their most recent album “Lift a Sail,” which Key says is a combination of The Who putting their feelings and life experiences into songs.
Mackin has been on a journey himself, fighting cancer but still touring. Key’s wife was in a bad snowboarding accident that she has been fighting to get her normal life back with Key by her side.
While looking into the crowd it wasn’t hard to notice the sea of cell phones up in the air recording and taking photos throughout the first half of the set. Explaining to the crowd that he wants to see their faces singing along and not the back of their phones, Key somehow managed to get the majority of the attendees to put their phones in their pocket and get lost in the music.
Joining Yellowcard on the stage for one last time that night was Mullins of Memphis May Fire to sing their song, “The Deepest Well,” a song that they recorded together.
Not leaving out their classic songs like “Ocean Avenue” and “Only One,” the crowd sang along at the top of their lungs.
“I want you to leave this place tonight without a voice from singing along and getting lost in the music with everyone around you,” Key said.
Ending the night with their song “California,” which was written for Key’s wife since her favorite place to be is Huntington Beach. The passion that was put into the lyrics and the performance of the song was oblivious as it left the crowd in awe.
After the set, all the performers of the night got on stage to take a photo with the crowd. Some of them also jumped off to give the crowd high fives before running backstage.
Some fans were left stunned from the high fives they just got from their heroes after a night of seeing them put on a amazing show. Everyone in the crowd left that night with a smile on their face.