Two bands formed in 1997 in Florida and made it big in the early 2000s—one with the release of the album Ocean Avenue in 2003 and the other with Sticks and Stones in 2002. Yellowcard and New Found Glory played one of the final shows of their co-headline tour at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA to a crowd of 20-30 year olds that had all grown up on the music of both bands.
New Found Glory’s lineup still includes four original members, however with the departure of rhythm guitarist Steve Klein in 2013, instead of replacing him, vocalist Jordan Pundik took over the guitar and bassist Ian Grushka took on the backing vocals. New Found Glory played a total of 19 songs including “Truth of my Youth,” “Ballad for the Lost Romantics,” “The Story So Far” and “My Friends Are Over you.”
Yellowcard has one original member left: violinist Sean Mackin along with second longest member Ryan Key, who joined two years after the band was formed. Yellowcard played a total of 15 songs including “Lights and Sounds,” “Empty Apartment,” “Only One” and “Ocean Ave.”
The bands both exerted high energy, and the crowd was moving, singing the words to song after song. The bands also led the crowd on singing the chorus on their biggest songs. They both put on a great performance. The tour was long overdue, but worth the wait.
Text and photos by Alex Kluft
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