Brooklyn helped New Found Glory celebrate 20 years of pop-punk togetherness, packing the historic Warsaw Polish Home to capacity on back-to-back nights over the weekend -- even as fierce winds and heavy rains battered the "Big Apple."
A flash flood warning, along with school and work obligations, didn't keep the Greenpoint faithful from turning out in full force. A crowd of approximately 1,000, mostly in their late 20s and early 30s, dusted off their pop-punk Dickies shorts for a night of delightful pogoing to the sweet, catchy sounds of the Florida quartet.
The Brooklyn fans knew what they were in for, as the band advertised in advance that they would be playing a pair of their classic records from the early 2000s, Self-Titled and From the Screen to Your Stereo, in their entirety. What the fans probably didn't realize was that, as far as the set list went, the playing of those albums was just the tip of the iceberg.
Jordan Pundik and company delivered all the hits from those iconic records, but the band sprinkled in sing-a-long gems from their entire discography. There was a little something for everyone, songs for fans who have been with the band from their humble beginnings in 1997 and some tunes for newer supporters.
The show felt more like a celebration than a goodbye, as the band thanked New York for their support and teased that they are only at the midway mark of their career. Make no mistake: "20 Years of Pop Punk" is not a farewell tour for New Found Glory. The band has no plans to retire. Guitarist Chad Gilbert said he's hoping to keep the good times rolling by keeping New Found Glory going for another 20 years. Pundik smiled with glee, seeming to have no objections with the suggestion.
With the band sounding as solid as ever and still selling out venues nationwide, hopefully, the boys will continue to churn out the hits for as long as they're able to. The New Found Glory "20 Years of Pop Punk" tour continues with gigs all across the U.S. and Canada, wrapping up Dec. 3 in Nashville. London-based pop punk standouts, Roam, supports on all dates until Nov. 11. The Ataris take over as openers from Nov. 14 until the end of the tour.