On July 1st, 2009, Every Avenue brought their first official headlining show to New York City. Three years later, they announced their “Last Call” tour – their swan song before heading into a hiatus to break off and start other projects. On December 13th, 2012, fans of the band filled the Gramercy Theatre anxiously waiting to catch what would be the band’s final performance in the city. Some even crowded the venue’s basement looking to say “goodbye” to the band they have supported unconditionally for the last six years. Among the fans was Mike Gunzelman, also known as the host of idobi radio’s “The Gunz Show”. Before the show started, he took the time to tweet, “Upset I’m seeing Every Avenue for their last show. Not ballin’!”
As the final opening act, Set It Off closed their set, the reality began to set in. Throughout the crowd, exasperated remarks such as “I’m not ready for this,” and “I’m gonna cry!” were exclaimed. In what felt like no time, Every Avenue took the stage, opening with “Days Of The Old” (off of their “Shh. Just Go With It!) album. With every song played, the memories of their prior concerts came flooding back. They covered every album, with songs like “Tie Me Down”, “Someday, Somehow”, and “There Tonight” their most recent album, “Bad Habits” .
Song after song, the roar of the crowd grew louder and louder as they sang their favorite lyrics for the last time, probably the loudest we’ve ever heard at one of their shows. The band clearly fed off of their energy as their normally charismatic personalities augmented throughout the night. The band even took a moment to thank the fans and look back on some of their earliest memories as a group. “Our first show in New York City, we played in a bar to no audience!” singer David Strauchman joked then was interjected by Guitarist Josh Withenshaw,”Even the sound guy left!” Dave continued, “We’ve been able to do some incredible things over the years thanks to you guys, and I don’t think [the fans] get enough credit for that, so thank you very much.”
Before beginning their song “Chasing The Night”, the band was joined by original guitarist and filmmaker Jason Letkiewicz. “This guy probably makes more money than all of us combined!” Dave joked before hugging him. The songs were all uptempo, and the band never missed a note or skipped a beat. The fan’s heartbreak became real once they prepared to close their set appropriately with their Picture Perfect track, “Saying Goodbye”.
It was almost immediate that the fans began their “One more song!” chant, and a few moments later, Dave took the stage with his acoustic guitar, playing the band’s most well-known and heart wrenching ballads, “The Only Place I Call Home” and “Between You and I”, making it through a hoarse voice. It was then some of the most devoted fans broke out into tears, the end had finally become completely real. However, the band refused to end on a sad note. Closing with their most popular singles, “Where Were You?” and “Tell Me I’m A Wreck”, the crowd felt the true spirit of a live show – lifting each other off of the floor and singing at the top of their lungs.
Every Avenue’s “Last Call Tour” continues now until December 22nd, where it will conclude in the band’s hometown of Port Huron, Michigan. While we are deeply saddened (and nostalgic) for the end of this era, several of the band members have started new projects such as Jimmie Deeghan’s solo career and Josh Randall’s country duo RebelNRose as well as his clothing line “A Cut Above the Rest“. Please support them and their future projects – we know we will!
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