New Found Glory brought their “From The Screen To Your Stereo To Your Town” Tour to House of Blues Las Vegas Friday, July 5th, 2019.
The doors opened at six pm, which excited me because I love an early set. Of course, I expected a bit of chaos due to the holiday weekend. Although, to my surprise, entry was pretty easy. I made my way to the merch table and grabbed a shirt to commemorate the show. I was given a seven-song tour sampler from New Found Glory (for free)! The first song listed is "Puzzles". The release date is set for 2020.
Three bands are set to open the show and I am excited to see what Dollskin, The Early November, and Real Friends have to offer. I had not heard of Dollskin and Real Friends. I have never seen The Early November live.
Walking in I hear the roar of a female vocalist. Dollskin, an all-female band, is on stage and playing. It was delightful to see!
It's 6:45 pm and they were playing with as much energy as any headliner I've ever seen. They're so full of energy. Lead singer, Sydney Dolezal, does a cartwheel on stage. This pop/punk band amped the crowd up with songs like "Daughter" and "Puncha Nazi".
The Early November.
The Early November hit the stage next. My little Emo heart swelled with joy... I don't know if that is a thing, but that's what it felt like.
The band's set was much more mellow while they played some fan favorites "Narrow Mouth" and 2006's "Decoration". The song was a big hit for my fellow friends in the audience who lived on Myspace, AIM, and music. In those 45 minutes, I felt 15 again.
I had noticed straight away that there was a big presence of Real Friends fans. Real Friends was adorned on the shirts of people all over House of Blues. I hadn't heard of them before. So, I was excited to see what they would bring to the stage. They opened with their song "Mess".
I was thoroughly enjoying them, but I was getting sucked into the atmosphere. People all over were dancing and singing along word for word. Immediately, I was aware of the connection this band had with their fans. They bounced around with the upbeat and more melancholy songs. Their last song of the night was an upbeat tune called “From The Outside” which I added to my Spotify playlist as soon as I got home.
New Found Glory: The Lead Up.
After a brief break, a countdown began "Five minutes til showtime!", which is just plain torture.
New Found Glory's set was covered in a Marquee style backdrop. A popcorn machine sat to the right of the stage. A red carpet led up to the drums. It's apparent that they like to go hard with a theme and I'm not mad. This tour is in support of their new EP From The Screen to Your Stereo 3which is a compilation of covers of songs you have seen in movies. It all comes together beautifully. It also appears this will not be anything like the “Sick Tour”.
New Found Glory: The Set.
The countdown ends and New Found Glory blasts onto the stage singing “Eye of the Tiger”. Jordan is wearing full boxing attire. The band is committing to this “movie” theme and I am here for it!
William Ryan Key (former lead singer of Yellowcard) has joined the band for this tour. There are little hints of their original music. For example, they play "Understatement" and "Your Jokes Aren't Funny". However, this tour's sole focus is the covers. The set goes dark and Jordan disappears for a moment and emerges in an Elsa costume a la Frozen (wig included). They burst into their new cover of "Let It Go" and Jordan is really pushing the vocals here.
That's the beauty of New Found Glory, because they can play their own songs as well as covers and make it their own completely. Jordan's vocals on “Let It Go” are as passionate and powerful as a New Found Glory original. They cover Go West's “King of Wishful Thinking” and still it's reminiscent of the original but, still uniquely New Found Glory.
Also, this show was kid friendly! If you enjoy New Found Glory blended with some kitsch and epic silliness you will definitely enjoy the “From The Screen To Your Stereo To Your Town” Tour.
You can find tickets, music, and much more at NewFoundGlory.com
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