Can you believe that Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue is turning 20 soon? Nope, absolutely not. And that they’re also doing an anniversary tour? We can’t believe it, but it’s happening! Not only are we celebrating 20 years of one of the most iconic pop-punk albums in history, but we’re also celebrating Yellowcard’s first tour in six (6) years. Pre-sale tickets go on sale on February 15th and will go on sale to the general public on February 17th. You can check out their tour dates here! They’ll be joined by Mayday Parade, Anberlin, Story of The Year, This Wild Life, and Emo Night Brooklyn at select dates.
Assuming they’re going to play the album in full, here are 5 songs we can’t wait to hear live. A quick disclaimer: ‘Ocean Avenue’ is a given and nothing more really needs to be said about one of the best pop-punk songs ever written!
The first song off the album truly sets the tone for the rest of the record. It’s an absolute banger and you can bet we’ll be finger-pointing and headbanging. Like it does for the beginning of the album, it’s going to be the perfect way to kick off the night!
With all the fast songs on the album, we’ll be grateful to take a breather for this slow song. Although, we still may “scream our lungs out” to this one. Because honestly, it’s so relatable for those that have experienced heartbreak.
For whatever reason, being 23 (or almost 23, in this case) is a common theme in pop-punk songs. When Blink-182 said “no one likes you when you’re 23,” they were truly on to something. This is obviously proven with the lyrics to this song, “23 and you’re still mad at me.” In conclusion: it’s rough being 23.
When Sean Mackin immediately starts playing the violin, we know it’s gonna be good. And it is, but it quickly becomes a solemn song. For those that listened when it first came out, it’s very clear what the song is about since it came out in 2003. In case you didn’t know, it’s dedicated to the brave firefighters that lost their lives saving people in the 9/11 attacks. It’s definitely going to be one of the most emotional parts of their set.
‘One Year, Six Months’
We love an acoustic moment and this is it. Is it kind of sad? Yes. But is it definitely a sing-along? Also yes. It’ll also be bittersweet with it being the second to last song before they’ve played the entire album. But we’re still excited to hear it! Side note and fun fact: another band with the same initials as them (Young Culture) also has a song with lyrics, “one year, two months!”