“I guess it’s luck but it’s the same/ Hard luck you’ve been trying to tame/ Maybe it’s love but it’s like you said / Love is like a role that we play. But I believe in you so much/ I could die for the words that you say.”

These are lyrics taken from “Ghost of a Good Thing” off Dashboard Confessional’s 2003 highly acclaimed record, A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar. Many years have passed since the release of that song, but its lyrics remain at the core of this particular website.

When Dashboard Confessional took the stage at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion last Sunday, August 6th, 2017, they reminded us exactly what they do best. Each night, and in the most genuine way imaginable, they sing about heartbreak, loneliness, and love. And somehow, show after show, year after year, even their most primordial songs remain relevant, barely aging— much like frontman Chris Carrabba (AKA the Gwen Stefani of emo).


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This was Dashboard Confessional’s third consecutive summer playing at Boston’s Seaport (they co-headlined with Third Eye Blind in 2015 and Taking Back Sunday in 2016). The Social Animals and the Maine opened Sunday’s performance ahead of energetic co-headliners All-American Rejects, who played classics like “Swing, Swing” and “Move Along”, in addition to both tracks off their brand new two-track EP Sweat.

As always, Dashboard Confessional came out swinging opening with “Vindicated”, a cult favorite that was once featured on the Spiderman 2 soundtrack. Throughout the night the band played 15 primarily old songs that had everyone from the emo girl in the front row to the cool mom sipping an overpriced beverage in the back singing along.

Carrabba made it a point to make several powerful speeches about equality and having the strength to fight back during the performance. Midway through their set the band also referenced their love for The Promise Ring, covered part of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and followed that cover immediately with The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” To conclude an already strong set, they played their classics: “The Places You Have Come to Fear The Most”, “The Best Deceptions”, and “Screaming Infidelities” before returning for an encore of “Hands Down” — the enormously romantic love song about the best day of Chris Carrabba’s life.


LIKEYOUSAID photographer Richard Knowles was there to capture one of this summer’s most memorable performances. Check out our photo gallery from Dashboard Confessional at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion below.


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