Taking Back Sunday
Although Thursday night was a school night for most of the attendees at Club Nokia, it didn't stop them from getting rowdy for Taking Back Sunday. The New York-based pop-punkers 2002 debut, Tell All Your Friends has become somewhat legendary to many people in their twenties (or younger), making this tenth anniversary tour a
kind of big deal.
"TBS, TBS, TBS," the audience chanted before Adam Lazzara, John Nolan and the rest of the gang took stage.
The guys have put on some pounds over the years, which must be a bit hard to carry considering the amount of energy and exertion that goes into a typical Taking Back Sunday show. (You know, the "I got the mic and you've got the mosh pit," that sort of thing).
The band used the first half of its set as a sort of "warm up," playing selections off the Tell All Your Friends's four successors and surprising the audience with an on-point cover of Straylight Run's "Existentialism On Prom Night," which featured Michelle DaRosa. At the end of "Act One," the lights dimmed and while the rockers prepared to do TAYF in its entirety.
Lazzara jumped into "You Know How I Do," and as soon as he began to sing, the audience chimed in so loud it was hard to hear the band. DaRosa joined the quintet during "Bike Scene" (fun fact: the record features her vocals on that track, as well as on "Ghost Man On Third,") and halfway through the song he stopped the music and decided then was a good time for explanations and introductions. After announcing that the show was a celebration of sorts, he asked, "Where were we?" And just like that, the band picked up in the epic breakdown.
Though Lazzara may not have had the looks he possessed ten years ago, he still had the moves, flailing around the stage, swinging the microphone cord to great heights and wrapping it around his neck. But the front man's greatest feat of the night was during "Timberwolves At New Jersey." All of a sudden, the denim-vest-clad singer disappeared from the stage and the crowd contracted, forming an amoeba-like shape. He was on the floor, in the middle of the pit. With a microphone cord trailing behind him, he trudged through the entire crowd, circling the venue as fans snapped photos and tried to grab at him. This adventure lasted through "The Blue Channel," and "You're So Last Summer," before Lazzara made it back to the stage.
After running through the album, Taking Back Sunday ended its set with two rare songs that were written during the TAYF era but never made the cut. But the crowd still knew the words.
Personal Bias: Tell All Your Friends was my favorite album the year it came out and I
sang screamed every word to every song...I don't have a voice today.
The Crowd: People who were in high school ten years ago, and people who are in high school now.
What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?
A DecAde Under The Influence
Faith (When I Let You Down)
Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
One-Eighty By Summer
Existentialism On Prom Night (Straylight Run Cover)
You Know How I Do
Cute Without The 'E' (Cut From The Team)
There's No 'I' In Team
Great Romances Of The 20th Century
Ghost Man On Third
TImberwolves At New Jersey
The Blue Channel
You're So Last Summer
Your Own Disaster
The Ballad Of Sal Villanueva
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