ights! Camera! Action! So, New Found Glory have been together for 20 years and they don’t seem to want to slow down. Who can really blame them?
The band formed when I was in high school and I’ve grown up with them ever since. Although I have not managed to buy every album, or ever see them live, I’ve followed their career closely over the last 20 years.
Earlier this year, I found out they were on tour and I grew excited, as I could probably afford to go and see them. I didn’t manage to get tickets for the gig at the Tramshed in Cardiff, but I did get to see them at the O2 Academy in Bristol, with Sammy from the Rock/Metal show.
Before we went in to the main venue, we stopped at the merchandise stand. Sammy bought a tour scarf for Leanne, also on the Rock/Metal show, and I bought a tour tee for my supervisor who I bought the tickets from.
As the lights went down and the crowd erupted in cheers, the O2 Academy was filled with laughter and confusion, as the band didn’t enter the stage yet, but ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ by Jason Donovan played overhead. This set the stage for the rest of the show.
From the second they emerged onstage, their energy was euphoric. Whereas most bands will play a load of songs and have minimal interaction with the crowd, New Found Glory started the crowd participation from the beginning of their set.
As this was their 20th Anniversary tour, they played all their hits. After every five songs, they’d speak to the crowd, which I quite enjoyed. They announced they’d be playing 27 songs and having a chat after, between, they dedicated a song to the shooting in Las Vegas, they talked about the music industry and the amazing connection it has with its fans and they dedicated another song to celebrate diversity and not worrying about what other people think about you.
The band sounded pitch perfect and the music was on point. I like to hear the flaws in a live capacity, but there were none. New Found Glory were flawless. The energy in the room was electric and no one was left disappointed.
I would definitely love to see this band again and I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet seen them to do so, as they put on an amazing, lively and upbeat show.