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Andrew McMahon and Dashboard Confessional bring the "Hello Gone Days" Tour to The Complex

September 6, 2022

The “Hello Gone Days” Tour came through Salt Lake City last week with a stop at The Complex.  This was an incredible nostalgic filled night in celebration of “The Gone Days” of course.  Back in the early 2000’s Andrew McMahon’s band, Something Corporate, and Chris Carrabba’s band, Dashboard Confessional were two of the biggest up and coming bands there were.  This night was a celebration of looking back on their music and looking forward as both acts have showed great longevity and still resonate with fans. 

Carrabba opened his set alone doing an acoustic take on “The Brilliant Dance,” which immediately transported me back to the early 2000’s and watching Dashboard Confessional on Unplugged.  Watching Carrabba live though made the experience so much better and the whole venue was singing along.  The atmosphere at this show was one of the most welcoming and heartfelt concerts I have ever been to.  Carrabba’s voice seems untouched by time also, he still hits the notes dead on and still has the same captivating quality as he did back in the early aughts.  My favorite song of the night was “Screaming Infidelities,” which was probably true of half of the people there.  The whole venue sang along to this song, lighting up the venue with their phones and pouring out emotions with every word sung.  It is a moment that I will always think back on and smile.  Although a lot of Dashboard Confessional song’s deal with heartbreak the night was closed out with “Hands Down’ which was the perfect ending note for their set and closed it out on a high note singing about “The best day I have ever had.”

Next up was Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, who you might also know from the early aughts in Something Corporate, and in the 2010’s as Jack’s Mannequin. This set was a mix up of all three bands as they played songs from all 3 groups and the fans loved it.  I know when I saw Andrew sit down at the piano and start playing it brought a smile to my face and gave me all the feels.  When the notes for “The Mixed Tape” hit the speakers, the crowd went wild and to me that was the perfect moment of the night.  The whole set only get better and better though as we revisited more songs from Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin and Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness.  When they played the smash hit single “Cecilia and the Satellite” the whole venue erupted.  This song gave them the recognition that they so richly deserved, and it was great to see the crowd celebrate this with them and sing along to it. The evening was closed out with a classic Jack’s Mannequin song, “Dark Blue” and “Synesthesia.”

At the end of the set, I don’t think there was a single person there who wasn’t completely moved by the concert we had just been a part of.  McMahon took a bow at the end of the set to the cheers of everyone in attendance and was thanks by all of us for taking us on a trip down a sweet nostalgic memory filled lane.  I loved every minute of this show and my face hurt from grinning and smiling so much. 

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