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