New Found Glory wrapped up their special acoustic tour in their home state of Florida, with the penultimate performance being in Orlando at The Plaza Live. The tour is in support of the band’s latest album, Make The Most Of It, which is an acoustic collection of new and old favorites.
Opener Leanna Firestone charmed the crowd with her emotional and honest lyricism. She has been steadily releasing music over the past few years and her popularity continues to skyrocket with the debut of her latest EP, Public Displays of Affection, which was released in January.
New Found Glory made the most of it in guitarist Chad Gilbet’s absence with Four Year Strong’s Dan O’Connor filling in. Gilbert’s ongoing battle with a rare cancer inspired much of the band’s latest album, though he had to miss many of the shows on this tour due to treatment. The band is also making the most of their platform on this run to raise awareness and funds for cancer research at each show.
Their packed 21 song set was a mix of career-spanning originals and a few covers. The stripped-down alter ego arrangements of the songs did not lack the energy of their full-band counterparts and the audience’s assigned seats did not deter them from jumping up to sing along to their favorite tunes. The opportunity to see a band in such a unique and intimate form is a special one and New Found Glory went above and beyond to provide a beautiful experience for their fans.