It would be foolish to sit here and complain about the lineup and/or setlist of one of my favorite shows of the year – Pop Punk’s Not Dead. Having not seen New Found Glory in several years and pairing the experience with finally getting to see Man Overboard, it was hands down my favorite time seeing NFG and a ridiculously fun show all around. So rather than say I wish I’d heard these songs in place of something else, consider them my picks for the ever-popular ‘ONE MORE SONG!’ chant.
1. “An Elegy for Baby Blue” – The Wonder Years
You can’t fault The Wonder Years for cutting out anything pre-Upsides on this tour, whether it was rotated in or not. However, they’ve been playing “You’re Not Salinger, Get Over It” and “Keystone State Dudecore” as near staples for years. Having only heard this song live once, it would have been a somber ending to the set to hear Soupy say he just wants his bike back.
2. “The Great Houdini” New Found Glory
Sticks and Stones owned the summer and subsequent months of my senior year in high school. Since the album is superb from front to back, it would be nice to finally hear one of my favorites from it. Though many would clamor for the chance to hear another track off of the self-titled or perhaps Nothing Gold Can Stay – the weighing of tracks for NFG is certainly a tough choice – this one edges out the others by a hair.
3. “Decemberism” – Man Overboard
It was my first time seeing Man O, and I can’t wait to see them again. It was nice to hear new tracks like “Dead End Dreams” in a live setting, and also good to hear tracks from Real Talk and prior (“Love Your Friends, Die Laughing”). However, given the quickly approaching holiday season, this track creeps into my holiday playlists despite being a song I fall back to year round. Granted, its slower feel may have taken some of the energy out of Man Overboard’s performance, but ending it with this might have been a great finish to their somewhat shorter set.