New Found Glory
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
March 5, 2010
To commemorate the 10 Year Anniversary of their self-titled debut album, New Found Glory performed at the House of Blues last Friday night to a jam-packed house full of the band’s most die-hard fans in Chicago. The first half of the show featured songs from the New Found Glory record played from front to back in their original sequenced order. New Found Glory formed in 1997 in Coral Springs, Florida with lead singer Jordan Pundik, lead guitarist and composer Chad Gilbert, rhythm guitarist and lyricist Steve Klein, bassist Ian Grushka, and drummer Cyrus Bolooki.
More photos of New Found Glory and the complete Chicago set list after the jump…
Ian Grushka (bass guitar)
Chad Gilbert (lead guitar, backing vocals, composer)
Jordan Pundik (lead vocals)
Cyrus Bolooki (drums, percussion)
Steve Klein (rhythm guitar, lyricist)
Set List / Chicago
Better Off Dead
Dressed To Kill
Hit Or Miss
Second To Last
Black And Blue
All About Her
Ballad For The Lost Romantics
All Downhill From Here
Hold My Hand
Don’t Let Her Pull You Down
Truck Stop Blues
My Friends Over You
Though never experiencing stardom with commercial hits and radio airplay, New Found Glory has created a cult following and has consistently put out successful albums since their debut in 1997. New Found Glory’s underground success was evident last Friday night in Chicago as the band was able to transform the crowd the moment the curtain parted and the guys took the stage. The House of Blues became one raging party with a mosh/circle pit in the middle of the GA floor and repeat offenders body surfing up to the front.
Boys and girls strained and grabbed at the chance to touch hands with lead singer Jordan Pundik as security guards hauled them out of the pit and over the barricade. Once safely down on the ground and standing upright, these lucky fans were forced to return to the back and start their journey all over again. I could feel the floor shaking as hundreds of people bounced up and down when Pundik demanded everybody to “Jump!” The sold out crowd’s energy surged through me, making me feel like I was New Found Glory’s number one fan even though this was my first time seeing NFG live in concert.
When recalling their intimate acoustic show at Chicago’s Subterranean this past fall, lead guitarist Chad Gilbert admitted, “Our music should not be played acoustically.” Pundik concurred and replied, “That shit’s awkward as hell.” Acoustically, the guys hailing from Florida may be ‘awkward as hell,’ but as the pioneers of the pop punk fusion sound, they score a perfect ten. Having created catchy and invigorating tunes that will remain in fans’ hearts and heads whether played ten or twenty years down the road.
After New Found Glory finished up the set list from their self-titled album (New Found Glory, 2000), the fivesome disappeared while the stage was revamped for ‘Round Two’ as referenced by Pundik. “Are you ready for Round Two?” he asked the group’s adoring audience. Of course we were ready to keep rocking out! And that is just what we did until the end of the 70 minutes long show. ‘Round Two’ ended up being a montage of hits serving as continued promotion for NFG’s 2009 studio release Not Without A Fight, produced by Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus.
Throughout the entire night, I was entertained by the New Found Glory’s explosive sound and vigorous performance. Furthermore, I was captivated by the hard-hitting energy of the fans, the crowd’s transformation and response to the music, the boy in the lime green body suit invited onstage to dance, and Pundik’s too-tight jeans. Let’s not forget the irreplaceable image of Grushka’s beer belly hanging out over his basketball shorts while performing shirtless, as usual. Some things never change…
The New Found Glory 10 Year Anniversary show definitely was a memorable one. At one point near the end of the night Gilbert said, “We’ve been a band for 13 years and we hope to see you at the 20 Year Anniversary.” Not many bands can say that they were together for 20 years. I think New Found Glory can be one of the few that make it that long. Seven years from now, I recommend that you go and see a New Found Glory show when they play in your city. You can bet I will be there!
Written by: Kate Jacobsen
Photos by: Jennifer Boyer