New Found Glory enjoys a persistent cult following
While many other pop-punk bands from the late ’90s and early ’00s have long since faded away, Florida-based quartet New Found Glory has found a persistent cult following, building on the radio success of their first four albums (with hit singles including “Hit or Miss,” “My Friends Over You,” “Head On Collison” and “All Downhill From Here”). The band’s most recent album, Makes Me Sick, will be released at the end of this month, preceded by lead single “Happy Being Miserable.”
NFG’s current tour celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary, and the band will be playing two of its classic albums in their entirety each night (the Vegas show will feature 2002’s Sticks and Stones and 2004’s Catalyst), along with a new song or two. “I’m in my living room, playing 75 different songs and practicing guitar leads we haven’t played in years,” guitarist Chad Gilbert told Billboard about preparing for the tour. For some bands, with fans who only want to hear the hits, delving deep into their back catalog would be a big risk. But with NFG’s dedicated following (multiple shows on the tour are sold out), it’s just another way to reward the audience’s devotion.
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 6 p.m. April 23, starting at $25 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster