Pop Punk's Not Dead Tour takes a stand at Ogden
New Found Glory made a valiant attempt to bring pop punk back to the Denver masses Thursday night. While the show fell well short of the genre's glory days, it was still plenty of fun.
Due to a mistake on the Ogden Theatre's website (and perhaps elsewhere on the internets), most fans showed up to the concert an hour or more late, missing opening acts The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year. Even so, the crowd barely packed the venue's lower floor, meaning this was never going to be a sellout show regardless of marketing.
Second-to-last act Set Your Goals hit the stage hard, mixing up legit East Bay hardcore and glossy mall punk (with two singers, no less) until no one knew what the hell was happening. Aside from the band's constant commands that the crowd "bounce," "move" and "get up," the set seemed a solid recovery for the night.
New Found Glory, a durable band responsible for literally a dozen cult hits over the past decade ("Hit Or Miss," "All Downhill From Here" and "It's Not Your Fault" among them), showed up late but worked overtime, pogoing and roaring like it was 2001. — Matt Farley, Metromix