while New Found Glory cel­e­brate 20 years of pop-punk in Lon­don

O2 FO­RUM KENTISH TOWN, LON­DON. 06.10.17 THE KINGS OF POP-PUNK REWIND TO RE­MIND THE NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION HOW IT’S DONE

Kerrang! (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: DAVID MCLAUGH­LIN PHO­TOS: CHRIS CASEY

DOUGIE POYN­TER – the bassist from Mcfly – is fran­ti­cally whirling around the stage like a pin­ball, bounc­ing be­tween the mem­bers of New Found Glory, fu­elled by teenage nos­tal­gia and pure adren­a­line. Some­how, he keeps it to­gether enough to play most of the cor­rect notes on Hit Or Miss.“i was ab­so­lutely shit­ting it,” he con­fesses to Ker­rang! an hour later, vis­i­bly still buzzing.“i thought ev­ery­one would boo!” But they don’t. Be­cause the whole room is far too busy shar­ing his ob­vi­ous, un­bri­dled joy.ap­par­ently, it was wit­ness­ing tonight’s head­lin­ers play live in 2003 that in­spired the for­ma­tion of the band that would make Dougie a wealthy young man and fill venues far big­ger than this. His cameo is a sweet touch in a night filled with them. His story is one that many in here tonight can re­late to, in their own dif­fer­ent ways, as ev­ery­one comes to­gether to pay noisy re­spect to the pop-punk blue­print laid out on the Florid­i­ans’ 2000 self-ti­tled al­bum and 2002’s Sticks And Stones.across the next two nights, four more al­bums will get the same treat­ment, as NFG cel­e­brate 20 years spent proudly fly­ing the pop-punk flag. That’s a legacy open­ers ROAM wear on ev­ery inch of their sleeves, surg­ing into each se­cond like their lives de­pend on it.and no-one is lov­ing it quite as much as vo­cal­ist Alex Costello, spin-kick­ing his way through the whole thing with a de­light so in­fec­tious it pro­vides the per­fect primer for what’s to come. It’s a party that be­longs to the scene’s pro­gen­i­tors, though.that much is clear when the whole room unites as one voice to the in­tro of Rick Ast­ley’s Never Gonna Giveyou Up.tone set, they ex­plode into Un­der­state­ment be­fore rat­tling through those epoch-defin­ing al­bums. Smartly mix­ing up the song or­der as they go – fig­u­ra­tively and lit­er­ally keep­ing ev­ery­one on their toes – the re­lent­less tuneage is al­most over­whelm­ing. From Dressed To Kill to It’s Been A Sum­mer, Bet­ter Off Dead and Head On Col­li­sion, these are time­less clas­sics that sound re­mark­ably spry con­sid­er­ing they’re as old as some of the crowd.the pace only re­ally re­lents once, and with good cause. Ded­i­cat­ing Sonny to the vic­tims of the re­cent Lasve­gas shoot­ing with a pas­sion­ate and heart­felt speech, gui­tarist Chad Gil­bert en­sures that the emo­tional im­pact is as pow­er­ful as the mu­sic.

“Thank you so much for giv­ing a shit about our band for 20 years,” the gui­tarist roars into the crowd be­fore the fi­nal knees-up of My Friends Overyou, pulling fans onto the stage to join the cel­e­bra­tions. Re­ally, though, the grat­i­tude is all ours.

Crowd-surfers will be in­spec his

ROAM’S singer Alex in a trance Jor­dan gets nail done

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