New Found Glory + Yellowcard Go Back to 2003 at New York City's Playstation Theatre
Last night (Oct. 24) at New York City's Playstation Theatre, New Found Glory and Yellowcard, with support from Tiger's Jaw, hit the stage to deliver three outstanding sets, kicking it back to pop-punk's hay-day in 2003 while performing every one of their classic songs that you'd hope to hear.
First off, if you're a fan of the genre but haven't yet committed yourself to Tiger's Jaw, it wouldn't be hard to do so after listening to their latest 2014 album, Charmer, or seeing them perform its songs live for that matter. They opened the night with a majority of songs from their most recent celebrated LP. They did manage to squeak in a few of their older songs during their 10-song set, like "I Saw Water" and "The Sun." They also busted out a pretty awesome cover of The Cure's "In Between Days."
As the crowd started to fill in a bit, Yellowcard erupted on stage to lay down a solid 15-song set consisting of mostly their fan-favorite album, Ocean Avenue, with songs like the record's title track and "Way Away" ushering the entire crowd to sing along with the band. The backing band left the stage and frontman Ryan Key, along with violinist Sean Mackin, remained to play a stripped-down version of their emotional song, "Empty Apartment." Key made sure to thank the other bands on the tour and to let the crowd know that this was the only show on tour to be sold out in advance.
New Found Glory were certainly the main event, although for this particular tour, NFG and Yellowcard have been alternating headlining slots. Guitarist Chad Gilbert, who is responsible for the majority of the band's infectious guitar riffs, grabbed the mic to thank the crowd for their support and to acknowledge that the evening has been seemingly dedicated to the early 2000's, stating "tonight is so 2003 but that's totally cool."
They performed a sprawling career-spanning 19-song set, including songs from their self-titled album and their 2002 album, Sticks and Stones. At one point, they invited a fan wearing a Winnie the Pooh costume on stage to sing with them and to do "the worm." They then invited another fan on stage (who they say they've seen at many New Found Glory shows) and had him choose any song that he would like them to play, other than what was on the setlist. He picked "This Disaster" off of their 2004 album, Catalyst. To close out the night, the band hit the first riff of their biggest single, "My Friends Over You," and a sea of cell phones taking videos overcame the crowd.
The confetti that showered the venue while the song played on was a great way to end the rocking yet laid back and reminiscent evening. All in all, the three bands together turned out to be a great lineup and nobody seemed to leave disappointed.