More often than not, homecoming shows are cause for celebration. They’re a victory lap of sorts, a chance for bands to salute their success and honor the place where it all started.
New Found Glory is coming home on May 16, but the circumstances couldn’t be more different. The legendary pop punk band — founded in Coral Springs, Florida — will host a benefit show to raise money for those affected by the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
Half the group attended Stoneman Douglas in the late 1990s, so the Parkland, Florida shooting — where 17 people were killed by a former student on Feb. 14 — had a particularly strong impact on New Found Glory.
“Our hearts are broken, and we cannot imagine the pain the victim’s families, friends, students, teachers, and anyone else impacted by the recent tragedy at MSD must be feeling,” the band writes on Instagram. “While we feel there are no words that we can say or do to fix this in any way, we wish to let you know that our hearts are heavy with the pain that this event has caused to so many.”
Joining NFG on the bill are Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Ryan Key of Yellowcard (#RIPYC). Carrabba and Key — both frontmen of bands which formed in Florida — will play intimate, acoustic sets.
New Found Glory will donate all proceeds from the show to the official Broward Education Foundation Stoneman Douglas Fund. The band is also selling a Stoneman Douglas-inspired t-shirt, the profits of which will go to the same fund.
Tickets go on sale March 5 at 10 a.m. EST at NewFoundGlory.com.