Local Wire

New Found Glory

Dear Chad Gilbert,

It's with a heavy heart that we request you cease all involvement with your side project, Hazen Street, because of contractual obligations to your main gravy train, the popular outfit New Found Glory. We know you were juiced to play guitar with such hardcore rockers as Toby Morse from H2O and Mackie James of The Cro-Mags, but things are too good with NFG lately for you to screw it up. Y'all just launched the ginormous "Back to Basics Tour," the latest disc Catalyst made it onto the Billboard charts, and that recent appearance on The Apprentice was killer. Frankly, Chad, we need you onstage playing flaring power chords, churning out supercharged pop punk and energetic emo alongside fellow guitarist Steve Klein and bassist Ian Grushka, while Cyrus Bolooki bangs the skins, and vocalist Jordan Pundik blares out nasally lyrics about wasted lives and failing relationships. Besides, we own your ass.

Love, Geffen Records

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.