YELLOWCARD & NEW FOUND GLORY
with special guest
Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets On Sale 05/29 12:00 PM
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The punk-inspired quintet Yellowcard formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1997 but didn’t solidify their lineup until a move to Southern California in early 2000. Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Ryan Key (who had briefly played with Cali-based Craig’s Brother), vocalist/violinist Sean Mackin, guitarist Ben Harper, drummer Longineu Parsons, and bassist Warren Cooke, the band officially debuted on wax in 2001 with One for the Kids (Lobster) and returned a year later with the Underdog EP for Fueled by Ramen. The group had a really big year in 2003, replacing Cooke with Pete Mosely (of Inspection 12), signing with Capitol, issuing Ocean Avenue on the label, and heading out for a series of Warped Tour dates with the recently added Mosely replaced by Alex Lewis. Fall and winter found Yellowcard hitting clubs with acts like Matchbook Romance and Less Than Jake.
In late 2004, Ocean Avenue was certified double platinum by the RIAA, and singles such as “Way Away,” “Only One,” and the title track continued to impact MTV and Top 40 radio for the rest of the year. The same year, Lewis was given his walking papers when Mosely approached the band about rejoining. Yellowcard’s sophomore effort, Where We Stand, was reissued in June 2005, and Lights and Sounds was released in early 2006. Though ultimately not as well received by fans as prior albums, upon its first week of release, Lights and Sounds entered the Billboard 200 at number five and earned the number one spot on the Alternative Album chart, quickly gaining momentum on the 2.5-million-selling Ocean Avenue. Meanwhile, founding member Harper (who also runs Takeover Records) left the group amid some band controversy and was replaced by Staring Back guitarist Ryan Mendez.
The band returned to the studio later that year and got to work on its fifth full-length, Paper Walls, which was released in July 2007. In 2008 the band members announced they would be going on an indefinite hiatus, leaving Capitol Records. After recharging their batteries for a couple of years, Yellowcard signed with Hopeless Records and in 2011 released When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes. In 2012, Yellowcard returned with their eighth studio album, Southern Air. Featuring guest appearances from All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope, and We Are the In Crowd’s Taylor Jardine, the album included the singles “Surface of the Sun,” “Awakening,” and “Here I Am Alive.” Ahead of the tenth anniversary of Ocean Avenue, the band announced that an acoustic reinterpretation of the album would be issued in August 2013 and that a celebratory world tour would follow. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
Hailing from Coral Springs, Florida, punk-pop band New Found Glory were formed in mid-1997 by vocalist Jordan Pundik, bassist Ian Grushka, drummer Joe Moreno (replaced by longtime drummer Cyrus Bolooki after the band’s first release), and guitarists Chad Gilbert (previously the vocalist for Shai Hulud) and Steve Klein. Having recently graduated from high school, the bandmates wasted little time amassing a cult following, eventually rising to the upper tier of punk-pop music alongside Good Charlotte, Saves the Day, and other Warped Tour-affiliated bands.
Renowned for their energetic live shows, A New Found Glory toured up and down the East Coast in the late ’90s, selling out the entire pressing of their 1997 debut EP, It’s All About the Girls, along the way. (The EP was released by Fiddler Records, which later reissued Girls with new cover art in 2003.) The full-length debut effort Nothing Gold Can Stay followed in 1999 on Drive-Thru Records, and the album was reissued later that year when A New Found Glory signed a major-label contract with MCA. Another EP, 2000’s From the Screen to Your Stereo, found the boys tackling a number of cover songs; the disc also paved the way for the release of the band’s first gold-selling album, the self-titled New Found Glory, which appeared later that year. The latter album marked the official debut of the band’s new moniker, which dropped the indefinite article A from their original name. A high-profile tour with blink-182, an opening slot on the Warped Tour, and an appearance in the teen flick American Pie 2 helped increase New Found Glory’s exposure, and they stepped back into the studio at the end of 2001 to work on a follow-up record.
The results of those recording sessions were released in the summer of 2002 as Sticks and Stones. Propelled by the hit single “My Friends Over You,” NFG snagged a headlining spot for the 2002 Warped Tour and watched their album climb to gold certification. After the tour and its resulting hype, New Found Glory then reentered the studio with a newfound restlessness. The result, issued in May 2004, was Catalyst, which found the band’s sugary punk-pop steeped in new influences ranging from hardcore to thrash to new wave. The concert DVD This Disaster: Live in London appeared later that year, documenting the band’s strength as a live act.
Catalyst peaked at number three on Billboard’s Top 200 and eventually went gold, propelled in part by the success of “All Downhill from Here.” Hooking up with producer Thom Panunzio (Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty), NFG released their matured fifth full-length, Coming Home, in September 2006. As before, they immediately hit the road in support of the album, adhering to a lengthy schedule of headlining dates throughout the U.S. and U.K. with the Early November and Cartel in tow. The second edition of From the Screen to Your Stereo arrived in 2007, featuring pop-punk covers of songs like Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” and Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me.” The group then joined the roster at Epitaph Records and set to work on a new album, Not Without a Fight, with blink-182’s Mark Hoppus in the producer’s seat. Two years later, New Found Glory went back to working with producer Neal Avron, who had worked with them on Sticks and Stones and Catalyst, for their seventh album, Radiosurgery. Kill It Live, a live album that also featured a trio of new studio tracks, arrived in 2013. An eighth album, Resurrection, followed in the fall of 2014. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andrew Leahey, Rovi