Even with the Bluesfest juggernaut rolling through our part of the world, the line up of Taking Back Sunday and New Found Glory were enough to sell out this night as well as prompt a second all ages show – perfectly planned on the driest day of the year, Good Friday.
For a band like TBS to have been around for more than a decade it seemed they were the reason a lot of the younger crowd were there as quite a few departed as NFG took to the stage, leaving plenty of standing room at the back for us oldies
TBS’s set rather obviously lacked visual energy thanks to frontman, Adam Lazzara losing out to a tree (supposedly) leaving him in a cast and confined to a chair island. Compensation was in the form of awkward crowd banter and open mic night styled audience singling out, so it was with a bundle of anxious anticipation to see the roadies giving the stage a wide berth for NFG to go nuts on, and go nuts they did. Straight out of the gate it was a 1 2 3 combo of “Understatement”, “All down hill” and “Radiosurgery”, three big hits off three different albums. Gone were their matching basketball uniforms of Soundwave 2011 and Ian’s shirt (but that’s a given, does he even own one?) but their energy was as high as ever. Being the first stop of the tour always helps as well.
The next hour and a bit they powered through the crowd pleasers from each album with a welcome leaning towards there earlier “Sticks and Stones” but nothing from “Coming Home”, which was rather hit and miss in itself. Exclusions of obvious tracks like “Head on collision” hinted at what they were saving in store for the following night’s gig, well that and the “We’ll be playing different stuff tomorrow night” comment The encore was kicked off with a cover of Green Day’s “Basketcase”, not too far removed from the original but it was well received and could also mean they were saving the “Kiss me” cover for the kids show. They closed out with “My friends over you” or as I would call it “I’d still choose my NFG over Blues(fest)” …wow.. that was terrible… check out some photos instead then.