On Monday night, Yellowcard came roaring into Irving Plaza with their first night of a two night stint. 10 years ago, their breakthrough album Ocean Avenue was released and they are currently on tour celebrating that. These shows are special, and NYC came out in full force.
Geoff Rickly of Thursday came along to open both of these shows. Rickly has been spending his time since Thursday's hiatus releasing some solo acoustic based music, and he shared some of this with the crowd. He also spent a bit of time going back to 2003, when Ocean Avenue was released, and he covered a couple songs from then. A personal and crowd highlight is when he covered The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot by Brand New. The whole set was fantastic.
I have been a huge fan of Rickly for as long as I can remember. In the last year or so I have gotten to know him on a personal level and he really is one of the nicest dudes I have had the chance to know. I love getting to see him play.
Shortly after he finished his set, Yellowcard took the stage to thunderous applause. The stage was set up with lightbulbs everywhere. It was gorgeous. They played two sets. The first being Ocean Avenue completely, front to back, acoustic. Then they came back after a little break and played a shorter, louder set. Both were fantastic.
There wasn't a lot of talking from the band during the show. Before they really started though, singer Ryan Keys asked for everyone to get all the pictures out of the way. He wanted everyone to put their phones down and just be in the moment with the band. He later on went on to thank Geoff Rickly for coming out, adding that having someone of his stature on tour with them gave them some street cred. They also mentioned how great it was to play NYC, and dedicated one of their songs to an NYC fan who had passed away.
It was a night filled with friends and songs that transported everyone to another place and time. An incredible night in NYC.