Two Nights of Pop-Punk – New Found Glory

1481558436659.jpeg20 years of pop punk. It’s definitely an accomplishment that anyone can be proud of. For New Found Glory, this is one of the greatest feat they could have done. They have made nine albums (the newest on coming out April 28th) and thousands of shows played, it’s no wonder why the band still continues to go strong. The band celebrate this milestone by touring the United States playing six of their albums: Nothing Can Stay Gold, Self-Titled, Stick and Stones, Catalyst, Coming Home and Not Without a Fight. I attended two of the shows in the Observatory in Santa Ana, one of the best shows I have ever been to.

 

 

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To recap the two nights, we had one opener per night. The first night was opened by Trash Boat, a band from the UK. They opened the showed playing some, from there debut EP getting the crowed very amped for the show. The second night had an old-school band Slick Shoes. A band that started un 1996 opening for New Found Glory as if they were just starting There were moshing, crowd surfing, and some sing along, but it was a good way to get the band ready for a long and fun night.

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The first night, New Found Glory played Stacks and Stones and Catalyst. Begging the show the Crowd Favorite “Understatement” and then the song “All Downhill from Here” the show began with a band. The band did something different that most other bands don’t really do, they played both albums in their entirety, but in different order. So, they would play one song from sticks and stone, then switch to Catalyst, then back the first album, then two from the second album. It was a smart way to have the crowd invested in the show because that means the fans aren’t just there for one album. The first night was the longest show of the two, playing a good 26 song set list, the first night had “My Friends Over You” as the finisher song.

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Chad Gilbert with a young NFG fan

The Second night was just as crazy as the first night. NFG played two albums as well “Self-Titled, and Not Without a Fight” This time, the band started with “Better Off Dead” and then switched over to “Truck Stop Blues”. again, the band did the same as the first night; playing both albums entirety. The crowd made the night so special, singing their hearts out on every song, fans prove why New Found Glory is such an important band, even 20 years later. The final night ended with “Hit or Miss” the perfect way to end two exhausting nights in Pop Punk.

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As I mentioned in the beginning, 20 years of doing something is an amazing accomplishment. New Found Glory did that, still playing shows to this day and will continue on as long as they can. I have seen this band 12 times since 2011, and each time I have seen them, it’s always an amazing experience. So with that, thank you New Found Glory for 20 years of amazing music, here’s to 20 years more.

 

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Good Bye Yellowcard

My Final dedication for one of my favorite bands.

When I was 12 years old, my sister had an album called Ocean Avenue. I remember hearing this song on MTV at the time (TRL was still a thing), and I remember falling in love with the song. This persuaded me to convince my parents to buy the album. Hearing songs Like “Way Away”, “Empty Apartment”, and “Only One” really defined my teenage years along with bands like Blink-182, New Found Glory, and Sum 41. This band was called Yellowcard, and it forever changed my perception on music.

I was attending Serrano Middle School when the album first came out. I had the whole album in constant replay while listening to other albums like Blink-182 take off your pants and Kacket and New Found Glorys “Sticks and Stones”. I found a strong gravitation towards Ocean Avenue because of how relatable the lyric were. “View From Heaven” struck a cord because around that time I lost my aunt while “Life as a Salesman” reminded me of my father and how he wants me to become the same man as he. The whole album was so important to me, it made me appreciate what I had and the band for making just powerful and inspiring music.

I continued to Still listen to them during the Lights and Sound Cycle. but after a while, I started to loose sight of them. There were other bands that started t make a huge impact like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance that I was paying more attention to. Unfortunately Yellowcard fell under the radar for me. I didn’t realized they released Paper Walls, or even had any new music coming.  I confess, I became one of those people who said “wait, Yellowcard is still a band?” The they went on Hiatus after 2008, thinking okay they are done.

It wasn’t until 2012 when It was the first time I finally saw them at Warped Tour (Still my favorite Warped Tour). It was a I imagined: great guitar sounds, amazing drumming, and a crowd that sang along to every word. This show followed up with a tour they had with The Wonder Years and We are The In Crowd in 2012. This brought me back to my teenage years, but now as an adult, I can appreciate the band more than ever. Listening  to maturing lyrics, they mean more to me than ever before.Such a strong performance could not be followed up, but it did. In 2013, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their first mainstream album, the band announced Ocean Avenue Acoustic tour. The band played all of Ocean Avenue with acoustic guitars along with a remade album. They played a 2 hour show with 2 sets. It was fantastic, and one that I have nostalgic for.

 

I, like many of us was devastated when Yellowcard announced there break-up. To me, it felt like a childhood coming to an end, and the first steps of maturing and growing up. Music has always been an escape to the reallitys of adulthood, and listening to bands like these always brings me back to a time when paying bills wasn’t a life or death situation. It was like my childhood was coming to an end, but then I realize that its not. I may not know they reason why The were calling it quits, but what I did know was this: Its time to move on and celebrate what the band has accomplished throughout its 20 years.

I was albe to see them on two of there farewell shows, both of them in Santa Ana. Those shows was a reminder of why I loved the band in the first place and for me, everything went to full circle. The teenager inside me came out, as I sang my heart out to every song on there catalogue they played. I never left a show so happy in my life, and this feeling of sadness I had became a feeling of joy. I was very fortunate to see them at least 6 times. Wether it was an acoustic show, or a co- headlining tour with New Found Glory, I was privileged to see them as much as I did.

So as a fan of 15 years, I just want to say Thank You Yellowcard. Your guys may be gone, but your music will last forever.

You are my Only, my Only One. ❤