The Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead 2021 Tour featuring New Found Glory, LØLØ, Hot Mulligan, and Less Than Jake, has visited major cities across the country and will continue to do so through October 17. On October 2, 2021, the tour made a stop in Buffalo, New York at Buffalo Riverworks. And instead of Less Than Jake playing, close friends in Piebald hopped on the show.
Soulful singer-songwriter LØLØ from just across the border in Toronto, Ontario opened up the show. She played her brand new song “u look stupid” that released Friday, October 1, the day before the Buffalo show, and other favorites like “die without u” and “lonely & pathetic.” Even though LØLØ’s fans and friends from across the border couldn’t come, I still think she had a fantastic set and gained so many new fans.
Along with her songs, she performed a cover of “Teenage Dirtbag,” which really got the crowd going. LØLØ said that even though most of the crowd had no idea who she was, they still loved her performance and the cover.
During her performance, she joked about her Buffalo Bills shirt. LØLØ isn’t a fake fan. Being just across the border in Toronto has made her follow and become a fan of the Bills.
After walking out of the photo pit, I was beyond happy not only with my photos but with the stage lighting and LØLØ’s stage presence and energy. It’s infectious.
America’s #1 hot new band Hot Mulligan played right after LØLØ. This was my first time seeing Hot Mulligan since December 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. I was not disappointed. As a long time fan of Hot Mulligan, it was really great to see the band play on a larger stage and on a larger tour.
Hot Mulligan played a variety of songs from their three recent releases I Won’t Reach Out To You (2021), you’ll be fine (2020), and Pilot (2018).
If you’re interested in seeing Hot Mulligan again (or for the first time), they will be back in Buffalo at the Rec Room on their headliner tour in December with Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Sincere Engineer, and Buffalo’s finest Super American. The show is currently sold out but you may be able to buy a ticket if someone is reselling theirs. The tour is also hitting many other major United States cities so there is sure to be a date near you.
For the first time since the 2004 Vans Warped Tour, Piebald and New Found Glory played a show together. Chad Gilbert, on his Instagram shared that, “some of our most favorite memories are old tours with them [Piebald].”
Let’s rewind for just one second to share why Piebald was added to this date instead of other shows. When the tour was first announced, pop-punk favorites Simple Plan were supposed to be on the tour. Then, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not feel like it was the right time for them to go on tour. So, the tour lineup officially announced that ska-rockers Less Than Jake were hopping on the tour. They’re still on the tour package but unfortunately could not play the Buffalo date because of the “Punk In Drublic” festival in Pittsburgh, PA. So, long story short, Piebald hopped on to ‘take’ Less Than Jake’s spot.
After Piebald’s addition was announced, I heard a lot of mixed opinions, more positive than negative. Of course, I’m upset that I didn’t get the chance to see Less Than Jake perform (because I have never had the chance, despite listening to them for more than five years), I’m still happy that I get to say, “I saw Piebald.”
Closing out the night was New Found Glory, the reason why most people were there. After 20+ years of being a band, ten studio albums, one live album, two EPs, and four cover albums, New Found Glory’s ethos has never wavered; they always strive to be the friend you always need and who always understands you.
New Found Glory’s deluxe album, Forever And Ever x Infinity…And Beyond!!! is out now on Hopeless Records.
Right from the first song, New Found Glory had an energy filled set that the fans enjoyed. From their stage setup, stage presence, lighting, and more this was truly one of the best produced shows I have been to since June 2021.
They played a variety of songs like “My Friends Over You,” “All Downhill From Here,” and more.
Terror’s Martín Stewart joined New Found Glory for their set. They even took a few seconds in the middle of their set to play some hardcore inspired piece and joked, “that’s not us… if we sound heavier tonight, Martín may be the reason why…”
During their set, the amazing opener LØLØ hopped on stage to help perform the song “Vicious Love,” a track from New Found Glory’s 2015 album Resurrection. After that song, New Found Glory took it back to 2000 with their song “Dressed To Kill.”
On Friday, October 1, the tour lineup had the day off. They spent the whole day doing various things in Buffalo. From shopping, to eating, and going to a Buffalo Sabres hockey game, New Found Glory really enjoyed being back in the city. They truly love Buffalo and believe that it’ll be the next “mega city” that everyone will want to move to.
Overall, New Found Glory is just truly excited to be back at shows and to see all of their fans smiling. They love that everyone can be back together and bond over their music.
The tour still has a few dates left on the east coast, with a few being sold out or close to sold out. This is a show you don’t want to miss! View the list of dates on New Found Glory’s website here: https://www.newfoundglory.com/