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Lyn’s Adventures: Dashboard Confessional & The All-American Rejects

I have a concert bucket list of musicians and artists I want to see before I leave this world. Some of the bands and artists included in this list are Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, One Ok Rock, 2PM, and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Up until now, I was able to see all of these amazing musicians except for one, The All-American Rejects and they were #1 on this list.

I missed my opportunity to see them in 2012 due to the fact that the concert fell on Halloween and I didn’t want to be out late in San Francisco with all the crazy people. I planned to go to their concert the next time they come back to Northern California, but I didn’t expect that it would take five years. During that time, I was worried that they might have broken up and would never tour again but luckily that didn’t happen. When they announced their summer tour in May with Dashboard Confessional, I was a definite “yes.” I instantly bought those tickets like a week after and my sister and my friend, Emma, decided to tag along as well. I was more excited to see The All-American Rejects despite the fact that Dashboard Confessional was the main act.

This was the last must-see concert on my list and it was the most important one to me. Every other concert I’ve seen were layers upon layers of cake, but this large cake was missing its foundation—the main layer of cake being The All-American Rejects. I’ve seen everyone but them. So when I finally got the chance on July 14th, 2017, I was beyond happy and excited. When they all came on stage, especially Tyson Ritter, nostalgia passed through me—I sang along to all their songs, even the recent ones that aren’t really popular.

Anyways, here are some videos of The All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional. It was definitely a night to remember as I officially completed my concert bucket list and so now, everything after that is icing on the cake.

Tyson Ritter basically described my emotions when I had to wait like five years for them to tour again.

“Paper Heart”

“I Wanna”

“It Ends Tonight”

“Move Along”

Now here are some videos from Dashboard Confessional.


“Hands Down”

I had a lot of fun and I can’t wait until The All-American Rejects release some new music. They are still my favorite rock band even after all these years.


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