Yesterday I got word that New Found Glory was playing a secret hometown show at Solid Sound Studios in South Florida. I called ahead and got clearance to take photos of the show and called my editors at SPIN to give them a heads up (gallery goes live on Monday). In the mean time, I wanted to post a few photos from the show.
The show was scheduled to start at 3PM, so I arrived about an hour early, only to see that a line had already started to form. Around 2:45PM, they started to let the fans inside and within 10 minutes the small practice space was packed with around 125 screaming fans. Since Solid Sound Studio’s capacity is around 100 – 125 people, there were about 125+ people locked outside unable to watch NFG’s practice for their upcoming tour. The band wanted to find out what songs their fans were dying to hear them play, so the only songs played were requests from the crowd.
With over 125 people crammed into a tiny practice studio on a hot day in South Florida, it must have been at least 95 degrees inside. Just about everyone in attendance looked at though they had just jumped into a swimming pool. At one point NFG’s drummer, Cryrus, took a five minute break to catch his breath outside. While Cyrus was outside, Chad jokingly asked the crowd if anyone knew how to play the drums. NFG fan, Nash Nardone, anxiously responded that he knew how to play “Dressed to Kill”, and was immediately invited onstage to play the song with the band.
NFG played for a little over an hour with fans pouring onto the stage and crowd surfers hitting the ceiling as they made their way towards the stage for a chance to sing along with NFG’s lead singer, Jordan Pundik.