By: Nick Lipton – Five of us sat in a tiny green room. “So wanna do a Q&A?” My question didn’t seem to generate much interest from Dashboard Confessional. After a moment of awkwardness the drummer, looking up from the floor, finally answered, “Well, no, but I guess we could.” I looked at my recorder, the overfilled cooler and finally the band. I realized this was weird enough and breaking the ice may be easier without the recorder. In the end keeping it loose was the right approach. The boys of Dashboard Confessional ended up being a great foursome. Sarcastic, funny and terrifically self-deprecating this band hasn’t let success go to their head. With my recorder away we had a chance to loosen up, get to know one another and trade bits of information only strangers can find interesting. For instance Dashboard will be on tour for the next few months opening for Bon Jovi. The guys think saying people hate them is funny and the bassist can’t name a single hip hop song produced after 1992.
Our conversation was interrupted when a frantic production guy came to get the band. Apparently they were two minutes late. Leaving the warmth of the green room was no easy task, but as we walked outside it was obvious Ogden was down for Dashboard Confessional. The usually quiet and sleepy streets were packed. Literally thousands of people had squeezed into downtown Ogden in an attempt to see Dashboard play their set.
I think even the band was surprised by the turn out, but the surprise was pleasant and the show kicked off. For thirty minuets Dashboard played song after song as snow blew everywhere giving Dashboard a million dollar stage show free of charge. The kids in attendance screamed historically to hear this and that song, to be touched, to express their love, or to enjoy themselves. Seemingly omnipotent, the crowd began to rage as the show began to wrap up. From a far, 25th street must have looked like the ocean. A crowd larger than a football field bounced up and down as dozens of kids surfed their way to the stage.
Eventually the show ended and the weather worsened. The crowd didn’t seem to care that the wind was howling or the snow was flying, for these kids nothing was as important as savoring every last moment of Dashboard’s presence in their hometown. Without a doubt, Dashboard Confessional rocked Ogden and the Dew Tour.