Slow, steady hands, waving their last goodbye (What Appears; 2016)…this has got to be the line from a Yellowcard song  that sums up the feels of their final tour around the world.

The American pop punk band is composed of Ryan Key (lead vocals, guitar), Sean Mackin (violin, vocals), Ryan Mendez (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Josh Portman (bass guitar). They have been around since 1997, and has touched a lot of hearts (including those of Filipinos) with their positive and encouraging music. If you had played SSX 3, Madden NFL 2004, Burnout 3: Takedown or FlatOut 2, then you had encountered one of their songs. They also have a song which is part of the Spiderman 2 official soundtracks. I first heard of their music during my high school days. Back then, I had my favorites: Ocean Avenue (2003), Only One (2003), and Light Up the Sky (2007). Since then, my list of favorites has lengthened.

The Heart Breaking News

On June 25, 2016, they posted a letter on their website announcing their disbandment. Yes, after 20 years, they are bidding goodbye. In the letter, they are encouraging everyone to join them in their final world tour. I was sad over the news of them breaking up, but was happy when they included the Philippines as one of their stops. “I needed to be there.”, I said to myself.

Opening Act: Gracenote


Eunice Jorge

The date was February 10, 2017. I was able to fly from Davao City to Manila to see them live with my boyfriend. The concert was held in SM North Edsa’s Skydome. The show was opened by a homegrown band, Gracenote.

They played 6 songs:

  1. Taciturn
  2. Pause
  3. That’s What You Get (Paramore cover)
  4. I Will Wait
  5. Dream About You (Stevie B cover)
  6. Minsan Lang Naman

The Main Event


Yellowcard playing their song “Believe”.

Before anything else, the band encouraged the crowd to enjoy the concert instead of recording everything. Of course, knowing that this would be their last, the fans could not resist taking at least one for the memory (Sorry!). Yellowcard started strong with their song, Believe. The song is actually an open letter to all the first respondents of the 9/11 bombings. It’s for the people who risked their lives in order to save those of others.


Without stopping, it was then followed by their songs Lights and Sounds, Way Away, and Always Summer. Ryan Key told the audience again to put their phones down and have fun. Then the show was resumed with Five Becomes Four, and the rest is all pure entertainment. Aside from possessing superb violin skills, Sean Mackin is also great with doing back flips. I never thought I’d be able to see the real thing, but he came through. Key also took out his acoustic guitar and sang Empty Apartment, accompanied by Mackin on violins. After doing the song Holly Wood Died, the band went backstage and the lights went out. The crowd then started chanting for an encore. Of course, they all headed back to the stage, and played the classics Only One and Ocean Avenue.


Ryan Key


Sean Mackin


Josh Portman and Ryan Mendez

Special thanks to this guy from the band Like Torches. He’s lending his drumming skills for the tour. Yellowcard’s drummer left around 2014. I was amazed when Key said that he needs to memorize almost 30 Yellowcard songs without someone practicing with him. I didn’t really catch his name when it was announced, but thank you, boyfriend Jonathan for looking his name up for me. 🙂 During the concert, we noticed that he got injured on the forehead while ripping the drums. Well, he made it looked like it was nothing. And oh, I listened to his band, and I love their music! Too bad they didn’t perform during the show.


Jimmy Brunkvist of Like Torches

Their setlist sent me nostalgic. I can’t believe that I have seen them for the first and last time. Who knows, maybe they’ll be reuniting in the future.

Here’s their Manila Setlist:

  1. Believe
  2. Lights and Sounds
  3. Way Away
  4. Always Summer
  5. Five Becomes Four
  6. Rest In Peace
  7. What Appears
  8. Rough Landing, Holly
  9. Awakening
  10. Light Up The Sky
  11. Sing For Me
  12. Lift A Sail
  13. A Place We Set Afire
  14. With You Around
  15. Cut Me, Mick
  16. Breathing
  17. Empty Apartment
  18. Hang You Up
  19. Be The Young
  20. Holly Wood Died


21. Only One
22.Ocean Avenue

Thank you Yellowcard for delivering meaningful music and outstanding performance. You guys killed it. You may have said goodbye, but your legacy will live on.




I will leave you with the closing quote from their letter, which is also a line from their song called Empty Street. This somehow left me with a ray of hope that I will be seeing them somewhere, somehow.


Have you attended a concert that left you reminiscing the past? Please let me know by commenting below.





  1. This is embarrassing but I have no idea who are the Yellowcards. But then again, I don’t know much about music so that is hardly suprising. But i’m so glad for you that they have a last world tour before they disbanded


  2. Although I am not such a huge fan, we love Yellow Card. We would’ve seen this show if only we were not scheduled to watch The Goo Goo Dolls the next day! I love their melodic and meaningful songs and I would love to see them live to hear them play “How I Go.” This song never fails to bring tears to my eyes as it always reminds me of my Papa.

    I sure hope they will get back together again somehow and play here in the future.


  3. This is a great concert review from a real fangirl. I only know Ocean Avenue, but I am sure you knew all those songs. What a generous setlist. I did not even hear about this concert happening so recently.


  4. It’s always so sad to hear of a favorite band deciding to end their days together. I know it’s probably a symptom of growth and often the members end up offering something new and wonderful just in a different capacity. I totally get the disappointment but I’m glad you go to see them perform one last time!


  5. Luck you to have experienced their final tour! I’ve never heard of them but is open to music of all types. I love when I learn about artists unbeknownst to me.


  6. I never heard of this band before. I’m not from the U.S. so maybe that’s why. But as I read your post I couldn’t stop but wonder how they sounded so I stopped and I searched for something on Youtube and they sound really nice so maybe I’m going to listen to them in the future. I’m so glad that you could go there, to their last concert! I’m pretty sure it’s going to be an unforgetable experience.


  7. Oh, they’re songs are good, especially you mentioned believe, I felt sad about the disbanding, but maybe in the near future they will have new or individual albums, artist are always artist by heart, they will surely find a way to music, it’s their life, Relate much. It’s good that you have the opportunity to be there


  8. I heard about the Gracenote, I think they were from Philippines? The vocalist seems to be a very talented! She can play almost all musical instrument plus her voice is very powerful!


  9. It’s sad to see a favorite band break apart. It looks like they put on a great show! When one door closes another opens and you never know what the future holds.


  10. All good things must come to an end. Even Apo Hiking Society noon which I adored, they disbanded. The same is true with foreign bands. Pero music lives on, as old ones go, new ones come. So all is still good. Besides, even if they disbanded, their music are there to listen to as you please.


  11. Your story reminds me a little bit of my favorite band announcing that they will break up, after 40 years on stage. I just had to go and see them in their last world wide tour. But you know what? After it ended they realized that they can’t live without the buzz of the stage, without making music. And they started a new tour! And then another one. So there is always hope! 🙂


  12. Aww… Na-disband na pala sila! Whenever I hear their songs, it takes me back to my high school days! Yes, I was still in high school when I first heard of their song Only One – which is also my favorite among all their songs. So sad to hear about their disbandment and good for you that you’re able to witness their final world tour here in Manila! ❤

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