Words by Karen Farrugia
Doing their Final World Tour, it wasn’t easy for some to watch Yellowcard’s last performance ever at The Gov. The pop punk band has been going since 1997, starting out in Jacksonville Florida, and then later moving to Los Angeles. In that time they produced twelve albums, and received an MTV award in 2004. In June 2016, the band announced they would be breaking up after their last tour.
After a short message, Yellowcard hit the stage with their opening song ‘Believe’. The crowd responded enthusiastically, pumped for the set. They played songs from their earlier albums up until the latest release, including hits like ‘Ocean Avenue’, ‘Breathing’, ‘Lights and Sounds’, and ‘Light up the Sky’.
Lead vocals Ryan Key was committed and led the group without a hitch, except when he forgot some of the lyrics. No one seemed to care though as the crowd were in their own little world, singing the words to themselves and chanting. Guitarists Josh Portman and Ryan Mendez got up and close, and drummer Jimmy Brunkvist looked like they were enjoying hitting out the notes.
By the end of the night there was a sad vibe with a thank you message from Key to their fans for supporting them throughout the years and goodbye that was touching. They will be sorely missed.