Rock Band Live Tour
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
October 22, 2008
Wow! What a difference two shows can make. The first time I saw Dashboard Confessional live in concert was at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. I was honestly so bored with the slow, whining love songs that make up the majority of “emo” music and DC’s catalogue that I left the show early and went home. Here’s the thing: If I am standing up for an hour and half at a general admission show, then I do NOT want to hear painfully slow, sappy songs about someone’s love life not working out perfectly like a freaking fairytale. I want to dance, move, and sing along! Well, I was quite hesitant when I knew I would be standing on a GA floor at the Rock Band Live Tour watching Dashboard Confessional again. But to my surprise, the band played mostly upbeat, catchy pop songs. I was genuinely shocked! I ended up enjoying their songs and singing along once my ears caught onto the hooks and memorable choruses. I was so happy to not be bored and now I cannot wait to see Dashboard Confessionalagain!
Another plus from my second dose of Dashboard was frontman Chris Carrabba’s AMAZING voice! This dude can belt like the best of the divas: Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston… you get the idea. I had no idea he could sing like that – holding out high notes at full volume for what seemed like an eternity. I was impressed to say the least. And of course, the fact that Carrabba is equally as talented on piano as he is on guitar won me over for good. Not sure why I wasn’t aware that he played piano, but now I am. Yay for piano-rock! Moral of my story? Even if your first show with an artist is a bad experience, definitely consider giving that band and/or singer another chance. You never know what could happen. Maybe you could become a fan for life, go out the next day and buy the album, download the record on iTunes that same night when you get home, etc. Who knows? Go to as many shows as possible and you will eventually have some of the greatest musical experiences of your life…
P.S. Make sure you catch the Rock Band Live Tour when it comes to a city near you. Why? Because Chris Carrabba and Co. bring out The Cab and the Plain White T’s to sing an awesome cover of P!nk’s “So What.” It pretty much made my night. And now all I can think about is seeing P!nk on her next tour cuz that song RULES!!!
More photos of the Dashboard Confessional band members from the show after the jump.
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