Concert Review: 10th Anniv. Tour - New Found Glory & Saves The Day

This month my partner in crime, Rosina, and I caught the 10th Anniversary Tour featuring pop punk legends – New Found Glory – and emo punk stars – Saves The Day – at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. It was a dream come true for both of us as we practically grew up listening to these bands, defining our teenage years, and inspiring us to pursue a “posi core” awesome life  now as adults. It was a nostalgic night; I felt part of history in some weird way, and to be there surrounded by so many dedicated fans made it even more special.

Hellogoodbye bring power pop to punk fans

To kick off the show and keep the “old school” theme going, Hellogoodbye opened right before the headliners. Though hesitant at first to enjoy such a guilty pleasure band, we fully got into dance mode as the power pop group played fan favorites, “Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn,” and “Dear Jamie…” They also turned things up a notch by adding some slick sounds to their singles “Baby It’s Fact” and “Here In Your Arms.” Fans were singing and dancing everywhere, even “New Found Glory Dad” couldn’t help himself!

It was great to see Hellogoodbye expand their musicianship and bring such a fun mix to a concert like this. Keep an eye out for a new album soon!

After the mandatory delayed set change, Saves The Day came out and proceeded to melt my face off. I’m a huge Saves The Day fan. The days of “Through Being Cool” and “Stay What You Are” just cannot be replaced. Despite the many lineup changes, I was looking forward to seeing Spencer from Hidden In Plain View (R.I.P) prove himself on drums once again. I’ve always loved what Saves The Day put out (I’m one of the few who even loved “In Reverie”) yet I was scared they would stick to playing new material that night. But I am glad to report I was WRONG! Their set list was near perfection – a live history of what was, is, and will always be Saves The Day. With every song played my jaw dropped in pure excitement.

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It was an incredible experience to hear songs live that I thought I’d never be able to save for a private setting. Each song took me back to a place and time in my life and I have to admit it was quite emotional. I’m sure the crowd agreed with me given their reaction, except for the part where Saves The Day chose to end their set with “Kaleidoscope” instead of “You Vandal.” Next time…

After an even LONGER set change, New Found Glory practically tore off the roof of Starland Ballroom. I have never seen a crowd get so rowdy in such a small space in my entire life. I was afraid the floor was going to collapse at several points throughout the night. But nonetheless, NFG didn’t let us fans rest. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their self-titled (and pretty much PERFECT album), the band played that entire collection of songs – start to finish! The stage was transformed to reflect the album and the guys played just as hard as ever before. Rose and I joined in the crowd antics – singing at the top of our lungs, finger pointing like crazy, and rocking harder than I think we ever have. It was an endless joy ride to hear those songs live. Once the album celebration was over, New Found Glory returned to the stage with a new banner and new set of songs. This time a mix from their recent albums and new singles.

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A rocktastic night of legendary proportions, this concert was one of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. These bands have been top favorites of mine and I felt giddy like a school girl to enjoy both on the same night. I can’t wait for the next tour!

*look for the official article on Planet Verge soon!

(500) Days of Summer, is not a love story, at least that’s what we’re told within the first few minutes of the film. It’s not a love story, like All the Real Girls or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind aren’t love stories; they’re about love but reveal the bleaker underside, the heartbreak and uncertainty that inevitably come with commitment.
Playtime review
500daysofsummer:

pannecakes:

“Tom: What happens if you fall in love?
Summer: You don’t believe that.  Do you?
Tom: What? It’s love. It’s not Santa Claus.”


post-viewing thoughts:
i don’t really know where to begin here. it’s just a fantastic movie in every sense. you either get it or you don’t. and those who do get it have experienced to some degree what tom felt and what he went thru. there is so much that i saw myself in summer. her outlook on love, her personality, her commentary, how she treated tom - a bunch of things reminded me of myself. and yet i completely was there with tom and his love for summer and his pain too. it’s an indescribable love that i’m sure everyone has felt or will feel one time in their life. towards the end of the movie i got that same gut reaction i got to “eternal sunshine” and “science of sleep” where i just swelled up with emotion and couldn’t really explain why. i just felt everything all at once. this is an incredible story about love. if this movie was out on dvd already i’d buy it. but instead ill just go buy the soundtrack and book to immerse myself in.
on a side note, i’ve fallen in love with both JGL and zooey d. she’s too adorable to handle, and he’s like my ideal boyfriend. i’d take either of them even if my heart would be broken in the end.
do yourself a favor, and go see this movie. open up your heart.

500daysofsummer:

pannecakes:

“Tom: What happens if you fall in love?

Summer: You don’t believe that.  Do you?

Tom: What? It’s love. It’s not Santa Claus.”

post-viewing thoughts:

i don’t really know where to begin here. it’s just a fantastic movie in every sense. you either get it or you don’t. and those who do get it have experienced to some degree what tom felt and what he went thru. there is so much that i saw myself in summer. her outlook on love, her personality, her commentary, how she treated tom - a bunch of things reminded me of myself. and yet i completely was there with tom and his love for summer and his pain too. it’s an indescribable love that i’m sure everyone has felt or will feel one time in their life. towards the end of the movie i got that same gut reaction i got to “eternal sunshine” and “science of sleep” where i just swelled up with emotion and couldn’t really explain why. i just felt everything all at once. this is an incredible story about love. if this movie was out on dvd already i’d buy it. but instead ill just go buy the soundtrack and book to immerse myself in.

on a side note, i’ve fallen in love with both JGL and zooey d. she’s too adorable to handle, and he’s like my ideal boyfriend. i’d take either of them even if my heart would be broken in the end.

do yourself a favor, and go see this movie. open up your heart.

since when was porn allowed to be shown on the big screen?

i saw bruno last night w/ my hometown guy friends. my response walking away from that movie: humorous, disturbing, and a bit disappointed.

i wanna know who the person is that suddenly decided it was ok to show penises in movies. like when did this become ok? and why blur out an orgy when u have a massive dong flying around on screen? i don’t get it. it’s a funny movie for sure and he tests LOTS of buttons, but i was expecting a stronger sense of “wow” from the people he encounters. i feel like borat was a lot worse in the way that people said things if not reacted to him, like there were real threats. i think scenes in bruno were rushed and so just when u think he’s going to get hit or something, the scene is over and he’s moved onto something else. i had no idea the whole movie was about homophobia til i read an article about an hour before i saw the movie. i think it’s def interesting for him to go that route and i personally don’t have any problem with gay men. i don’t feel uncomfortable around gay men or women. in fact, i glee if i see 2 gay guys holding hands or kissing, i’m happy for them damnit they deserve the same respect we do. if anything gay couples look way more stable and happier than straight couples. but i digress. the whole point of the movie is to show how ridic us Americans are and how ignorant we are when it comes to sexuality, especially homosexuality. so you’re sposed to laugh at these people while also realizing perhaps your own mistakes in judging others. so the gay stuff didn’t bother me at all. it was actually the massive orgy scenes and fake boobs flopping around that grossed me out. the last thing that bugged me was my guy friends’ response after the movie. despite watching it and laughing hysterically and calling those people dumb, they still remain ignorant and unchanged. they still made gay jokes calling 2 guys kissing  “fucking nasty shit” and saying the word “faggot.” now i’m not saying i’m perfect, i say the word “gay” all the time like everyone else. but it’s just like gah u guys are idiots and missed the whole point of the movie! if u still feel that sense of homophobia and slight hatred or displease with gay people, then you’re just like those idiots in the movie. but i guess sometimes you can’t change people’s minds i guess. anyway the movie as a whole could have been better i think and i def like borat better. my only real shock is how can sacha baron cohen go ahead and part-take in such scenes like in bruno, but still come home a hot wife who supports and accepts it? fucking lucky man.