Song was from the band’s 2021 livestream
Pop punk legends New Found Glory have shared a live performance of their song “The Story So Far” from the NFG Unplugged Total Request Livestream in 2021. Originally released in 2002, “The Story So Far” has stood the test of time and remains one of the band’s most popular tracks over 20 years later. The live recording, along with six other performances from the livestream, can be found on the band’s acoustic album Make The Most Of It, due January 20th via Revelation Records..
The album features seven new tracks written in the wake of Gilbert’s cancer diagnosis – including “Get Me Home” and lead single “Dream Born Again,” which is out now here – alongside seven live acoustic versions of fan favorites. Make The Most Of It is a rumination on what it means to grieve, to live, to approach every day with appreciation and a sense of fulfillment.
In December 2021, fresh off the celebratory pop punk’s Still Not Dead Tour in support of their 10th album, Forever + Ever x Infinity, Gilbert was found unresponsive in bed at home, rushed to a local hospital, and diagnosed with an eight-inch cancerous tumor, a rare pheochromocytoma. Hospital stays, surgery, and a long road to recovery followed – but, in typical New Found Glory fashion, so did the songs.
“I didn’t want this to be the ‘cancer record’ originally,” Gilbert admits. “But when we went on tour and people started hearing the story and connecting to it, I gave up on trying to control the narrative. Not all bands are dealt these cards, but we were. Let’s take these songs and help the disease get awareness and raise money for a cause that’s working on education and research for my rare cancer.”
A percentage of proceeds from Make The Most Of It will go to The Pheo Para Alliance, the longest standing internationally recognized leader in advocacy for, and awareness of, pheochromocytoma. New Found Glory have also released a limited edition charity shirt to benefit The Pheo Para Alliance.
The band kicks off their Make The Most Of It Acoustic Tour on January 28th in St. Louis with dates through mid-March. Leanna Firestone will support all dates.