WORDS AND PHOTOS BY: COLIN ELDRIDGE
House of Blues - Boston, MA
May 30, 2018
Nostalgia train a incoming hard with New Found Glory’s “Sick Tour”. Despite being a weekday William Ryan Key took the stage early into the night and launched straight into an introduction about who he was and what he was about to share; his new solo EP Thirteen. Before he started playing he also included a disclaimer about how what he was about to play wouldn’t be representative of the rest of the night’s music. In his words, it’d be a bit more “chill”. He wasn’t wrong.
Key then launched into a series of acoustic ballads, with a glass of red wine on his stand next to him. He played at his own pace not attempting to compete with the back of the crowd not paying attention but instead offering a heartfelt experience to those that were clinging to their seats. After playing through his whole EP he admitted that he knew he wouldn’t make it out alive if he didn’t play a Yellowcard song and then immediately launched into a slow yet perfectly singalongable rendition of "Ocean Avenue".
Next up was The Movielife still fresh off their 2014 reunion after a decade of disbandment, now supporting their 2017 full length Cities In Search Of A Heart on Rise Records. Vinnie Caruana & company (officially at this point Brandon Reilly and Brett Romnes) immediately launched into an up beat mix of new material and throwbacks. Whether playing new or old material the band wholeheartedly offered their all knowing that they were performing for a mix of old fans and potential ones.
Who could ask for a more solid direct support slot than such a veteran act as Bayside. Long Island natives took the stage and opened with the familiar one-two punch of “Already Gone” and “Sick, Sick, Sick” from 2011’s Killing Time. After this they settled into a dance back and forth through six of their seven album discography, including their latest Vacancy, before ending on four straight songs from the all time fan favorite self titled album. I must say seeing this band have to cut their set short at eleven songs was a bit tough, specially after last seeing them in on the 10 year anniversary of the Walking Wounded but what they managed in the time they had was well worth it as always.
Finally, after much chatter through out the night headliners, New Found Glory rushed the stage in front of their glow in the dark stage set up and wasted no time before kicking off their set with their hit “All Down Hill From Here” sending even the most aged punks in the room into a full on head bang. Despite being on tour in support of their new album Makes Me Sick, they managed to tour 9 albums worth of songs in under an hour and a half. They must still be shaking off last year’s 20th anniversary tour. Even on top of this smattering of material they managed to fit in covers of 80’s power ballad “Glory of Love” AND Rocky III theme song “Eye of the Tiger”.
They filled the night with tons of energy and crowd engagement while they managed a consistent stream of jump along anthems to crowd surf the night away too. After what seemed like way too short of an eternity, Jordan Pundit, Ian Grushka, Chad Gilbert, Cyrus Bolooki and temporary support Ryan Key departed but the room knew all too well they weren’t done yet. Moments later the band returned to complete their encore and closed out the night in a pure eruption of bliss for the crowd with 2002’s hit single “My Friends Over You”.
- All Down Hill From Here
- Better Off Dead
- Party On Apocalypse
- Forget My Name
- Glory of Love (Peter Cetera Cover)
- Barbed Wire
- Failure’s Not Flattering
- Happy Being Miserable
- Dressed to Kill
- Something I Call Personality (Wheel of Songs)
- Call Me AntiSocial
- Truth of My Youth
- Anthem for the Unwanted
- Don’t Let Her Pull You Down
- Head On Collision
- Hit or miss
- Eye of the Tiger (Survivor cover)
- My Friends Over You