20 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.