February 21, 2010 | Alex Tironati
Overall this concert was one of the best concerts we have been too. But first we need to start from the beginning. We were expecting a photopass for this concert, and it started off being a very bad night when we got to the ticket office and were told that they had nothing in our name. The concert was sold out and so we were forced to buy a ticket off of a scalper (oh the horror). This setback really pissed us off mostly because it meant that we wouldn’t be able to get quality pictures of this concert that we so badly wanted. That aside we went inside and tried to have a good time.
We missed Fireworks, the first band, because of the previously mentioned issues. Next up was HelloGoodbye. They were good, but they couldn’t really get anyone excited. We felt that they didn’t have a particularly great stage presence, and were a little thrown off when they kept saying things like “only a few more songs to go”, or “don’t worry, Saves the Day will be up soon”. They kept putting themselves down and didn’t seem to really fit in with the whole concert. That aside their performance seemed solid, even though their musical style didn’t exactly match up with ours.
After everyone sat unexcitedly through HelloGoodbye’s performance, Saves the Day came on and ironically saved the concert. They wasted little time talking and got right into their songs, which got the crowd really riled up. People got really into their performance, dancing, moshing, and crowd-surfing to their favorite songs. During one of their last songs Jordan Pundik even came out early to aid in the vocals. We joined in with the crowd’s excitement, and felt that Saves the Day did a great job of getting the crowd ready for New Found Glory.
Finally, the time came for New Found Glory to take the stage. When they came out, the whole place literally exploded with energy. They had a large banner saying “New Found Glory” in the background and their amps had cool artwork on them that corresponded with the artwork of their self-titled cd, which was the whole reason for the tour in the first place. They played every song off the cd, starting with “Better Off Dead” and ending with “Ballad for the Lost Romantics”. There was not one moment of quiet that night, and just when we thought that there couldn’t be any more energy in the place we were almost immediately proven wrong. It was definitely one of, if not the, most energetic concerts we’ve ever been too. Along with that energy came an amazingly good time with dancing, jumping around, and singing along to our favorite songs. And the best part was yet to come. As they finished the last song off of their self-titled cd, they left the stage with the crowd screaming for more. And boy did they deliver. After about only a minute or two they came back out and the banner in the background changed from the plain old “New Found Glory” to an intense picture of a silhouetted man wielding a chainsaw overlayed on “New Found Glory” written in huge letters and surrounded with blood-red. This added a great angle to their second performance as they came out and played more fan-favorite songs including “My Friends Over You”, “All Downhill From Here”, “Head On Collision”, “Forget My Name”, and even “Don’t Let Her Pull You Down” off of their new album Not Without A Fight. These were met with even more excitement than before, and we had to muster all of our remaining energy to keep from getting obliterated in the crowd. Even after New Found Glory finished the crowd seemed to be jumping around not wanting the concert to end. It was certainly an incredible night.
There were only two reasons why this concert didn’t get a full 10/10: the frustration we had to go through at the beginning to get a ticket and HelloGoodbye’s underwhelming performance. Other than that we would have to say that this was one of the best, if not the most fun, concerts we have ever been to and we look forward to seeing them again as soon as possible.