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Concert Review – New Found Glory @ Safari Sam's
05/20/08 at 02:51 AM by Jonathan Bautts
New Found Glory
w/ International Superheroes Of Hardcore

Safari Sam's
Hollywood, CA
May 19, 2008

First off, New Found Glory is one of my favorite bands of all time. Not only were they one of the first punk bands I started listening to back in the day, but they’re also one of the major reasons why I got into music in the first place. Therefore it’s not lightly that I say this was arguably the best I’ve ever seen from them, my eighth time, even though they always put on a great show. Since this was the CD release show for Tip Of The Iceberg, they played the entire EP before opening it up to crowd requests. This resulted in witnessing many songs I had never seen before, notably “Boy Crazy,” “Vegas” and “The Story So Far.”

The show took place at a little venue in Hollywood called Safari Sam’s, which has a capacity of 500 or so. There aren’t any barriers and security is pretty lax, so there was a ton of stage diving with the crowd going nuts. In all, NFG played for around 100 minutes, which is easily the longest set I’ve seen them do.

Meanwhile, their side band, International Superheroes Of Hardcore, played its debut show beforehand. This consisted of everything from Takin’ It Ova’ – though not in order – and, when combined with NFG’s set, meant the five guys were onstage for more than two hours. Overall, it was quite an impressive display, especially considering that Steve hurt his leg and threw up onstage after "At Least I'm Known For Something." It's a testament to his dedication that he only missed one song.

Afterwards, I was able to briefly talk with Jordan – who played guitar live for the first time ever during ISHC – and learned a few updates on the new album. The band is currently finishing pre-production and is set to head into the studio June 2nd to record with Mark Hoppus producing. Jordan described it as a tentative mixture between Sticks And Stones and Catalyst, but a little more mature sounding. He also mentioned there are no new developments yet on the label front.

On a random side note for those interested, it appears that Chad and Hayley are now dating. When Chad introduced her onstage for "It Ain't Me Babe," he said something along the lines of "Here's the prettiest woman in the world next to my mother." Also Chris from Saosin helped guitar tech, and Andy from Fall Out Boy was hanging out as well.

New Found Glory Set List (Not 100% About Order):

01. Tip Of The Iceberg
02. Dig My Own Grave
03. If You Don’t Love Me
04. No Reason Why
05. Here We Go Again
06. Cut The Tension
07. At Least I’m Known For Something
08. Sincerely Me
09. 3rd And Long
10. Boy Crazy
11. Dressed To Kill
12. 2’s & 3’s
13. Never Sometimes
14. Ballad For The Lost Romantics
15. Vegas
16. It Ain’t Me Babe (Feat. Hayley Williams)
17. The Story So Far
18. Truth Of My Youth
19. Minor Threat (Cover)
20. Sonny
21. On My Mind
22. Understatement
23. Passing Time
24. The Glory Of Love
25. Hit Or Miss
26. All Downhill From Here
27. Intro
28. My Friends Over You

Link: MammothPress.com
Tags: New Found Glory, International Superheroes Of Hardcore, Concert, Review
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