Dashboard Confessional / Andrew McMahon

Joel Voorman

Oh, MY MY, Oh, HELL YES! No, Tom Petty hasn’t risen from the dead to play a show at The Agora on Friday, August 5, but let’s be honest, this is pretty much the next best thing.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Dashboard Confessional are teaming up for a co-headlining bill dubbed ‘Hello Gone Days’ tour. This is going to be EPIC, to say the least.

McMahon, perhaps best known as the former frontman for the now-defunct Something Corporate and his former solo project under the moniker Jack’s Mannequin, now operates under Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

Although his other projects were incredibly popular with minimal FM radio play (a near-necessity in the early 00’s), his single “Cecilia and the Satellite” from AMITW’s self-titled debut record became his most commercially successful release.

McMahon found inspiration from singer/songwriter/pianists such as Elton John and Billy Joel. In a 2015 interview with CleveRock, McMahon revealed the first concert he attended was Billy Joel (right here in Cleveland!)

While still in high school, McMahon co-founded an early incarnation of pop-punk band Something Corporate, whose 2002 major-label debut hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. In 2004, he formed Jack’s Mannequin and then on the cusp of releasing the band’s 2005 debut was diagnosed with leukemia at age 22. Eventually fully recovered, McMahon went on to release two more studio albums with Jack’s Mannequin and established The Dear Jack Foundation, one of the first Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) specific cancer foundations which advocates for and supports initiatives that benefit AYAs diagnosed with cancer.

In addition, McMahon composed songs for the NBC series Smash which earned him an Emmy Award nomination Last year he released his debut memoir, Three Pianos. McMahon is currently in the studio working on new music.

Dashboard Confessional’s ninth studio album, ‘All The Truth That I Can Tell,’ is both a remarkable renewal and a fortunate step forward for the band’s songwriter, frontman, and founder, Chris Carrabba. Having ascended great heights over the past 20 years, Carrabba found himself at a distinct crossroads as the last decade came to an end. Running on fumes, unsure if he’d ever release another album, he waited. The songs eventually came, and though the project might’ve easily come to a screeching halt following a near-fatal motorcycle accident in the summer of 2020, ‘All The Truth That I Can Tell’ stands among Carrabba’s finest – a strikingly potent musical look at himself through a rediscovered keyhole, both an achievement of vision and a vital burst of artistic clarity; less like reading someone’s diary and more like reading their eyes. “Honesty was at the heart of the writing process, at the heart of the recording process and at the heart of this collection of songs,” Carrabba says. “I had the rare opportunity to be unflinchingly honest. But I think I would have thought in the early days that that would be commonplace. Now, I realize it’s some kind of cycle within your life and there’s great personal reward in accepting that.” Dashboard Confessional’s most recent album, 2018’s Crooked Shadows, earned acclaim upon its release, with CLASH hailing it as “still as charming, still as cathartic and ultimately every bit the record you want it to be.”

Carrabba first made a splash back in November of 2000 with his debut album ‘Swiss Army Romance,’ one of the best EMO albums of the past two+ decades. The album was included in Rock Sound’s 101 Modern Classics list It also appeared on a best-of emo album list by Loudwire. It included the gems “Screaming Infidelities,” “The Sharp Hint of New Tears,” and “Again I Go Unnoticed.” Dashboard’s MTV Unplugged special became a religious experience for EMO kids all across the country. Other notable hits include “Vindicated” (which appeared on Spider-Man 2’s soundtrack) and “Hands Down.”

Ticket info

Reserved mezzanine seats are priced at $80 each. All other tickets are for general admission and priced at $42.50. All prices are subject to additional fees. Tix can be purchased in person at The Agora box office or online via the link below:


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