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“THE BIGGEST ASSHOLE I’VE EVER MET IS ANTHONY KIEDIS” – A LONG-ASS CHAT WITH NEW FOUND GLORY

So New Found Glory, how do you juggle making music when your frontman is off making Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs?
JORDAN: [Laughs] Yeah, I get mistaken for Quentin Tarantino now and again. The best time was in Japan. I was having dinner and some guy kept staring at me. He eventually walked over and asked if I remembered working with him on Death Proof.

You told him who you were though, right?
I didn’t have the heart. I wasn’t who he thought I was. Some guy thinks he has a picture of Quentin Tarantino on his wall, and it’s actually me.

What should new pop-punk bands chuck into their live shows to have career longevity like NFG?
CHAD: We make sure there are no barriers between us and the audience. The best shows are when the singer joins in with the crowd and has them actively participating in the show.

During your 16 years, you’ve toured your balls off. Is the tour bus experience more grown up after all this time?
CYRUS: It still smells really bad. By the end of the tour it’s pretty stinky.
STEVE: There was this one time where Jordan became obsessed with recycling. He’d get upset if we put the cans into the paper bins and what not.

What’s the biggest mess NFG has left a place in?
STEVE: We had a food fight with Fenix TX in a hotel once. They thought it was funny to throw stuff at us, so we responded accordingly. It was a room-to-room affair across the hallway, so pretty serious.
CYRUS: You know a food fight’s serious when you bring out the condiments and there’s mustard flying about everywhere…

Talking of food, what tour food essentials would you pick from around the world?
JORDAN: Your Nando’s is amazing.
CHAD: Everyone needs to check out Melt if they’re ever in Cleveland. They make huge gourmet grilled cheeses.
STEVE: And in Australia we ate weird meats that got cooked on hot rocks. You have your own little hot stones with slabs of kangaroo on it. It’s amazing.

You’ve clearly met one or two people on your world travels, too. Who’s been the biggest famous dickhead ever?
IAN: There was one guy from a pretty famous band who was a fucking asshole, but I’m not sure if I should call him out in public.
JORDAN: Dude, go for it.

C’mon Ian, do it or we’ll assume you’re talking about someone really nice, like Gandhi or Jesus.
IAN: Okay, so we were practicing at the same place as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and me and a few mates went on a break and smoked a bit of pot. I didn’t really know Anthony Kiedis, but I knew he was a recovering heroin addict, and he was stood just over from us. I thought, “Man, I can’t offer an ex addict weed” so I didn’t. I saw him staring at me from the corner of my eye, and he walked over to say, “Why aren’t you offering me any of that?” without introducing himself. I told him to go for it if he wanted, and he said, “I don’t smoke, I just like it when people offer it to me,” then walked off, slagging me off to his mate for wearing a sweater in California. So yeah, the biggest asshole I’ve ever met has to be Anthony Kiedis from RHCP.

A NFG VS RHCP scrap would have been amazing. Why didn’t you get all rockstar on him and throw a tantrum?
CHAD: What he’s got he’s gonna give it to our mama, so maybe we should? Nah, really we don’t have rockstar moments, they’re more Spinal Tap than anything. When we were supposed to play the MTV VMAs, our rides never showed up.
CYRUS: It’s the kind of thing where P Diddy would roll up in his yacht…
CHAD: And we had to roll up in a rental van and just run onto the stage because we were so late.
IAN: I accidently elbowed Bruce Willis that night. He didn’t pay attention to me when I apologised.
And finally, Chad, you once shat yourself on stage.
CHAD: Yeah, I did. It was actually the first time my girlfriend [Hayley Williams] came to see me play. On Warped Tour there’s always a bug going round. It was during the first song that I jumped and as I landed there was an explosion in my pants. I told the crowd what happened then ran off stage into a portaloo and wiped my ass with my underwear.

So the key to grabbing yourself a rockstar girlfriend is to publicly shit your pants?
CHAD: Yeah, totally.
IAN: Man, you shit your pants when you’re born, and you shit your pants when you’re old, so a few shitty pants in between can’t hurt.

New Found Glory are playing Warped Tour at Alexandra Palace tomorrow. BE THERE!

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