Taking Back Sunday. Photo courtesy of Rachel Campbell.
Taking Back Sunday proved that they are so not last summer , and even so not ten years ago at the Cleveland House of Blues date of the Tell All Your Friends tour. This tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of the album of the same name by performing it in its entirety, a recent trend for many bands of that decade.
On this tour, Mansions and Bayside warmed up the audience with their respective sets. Mansions, an indie trio from Seattle, crooned to the crowd with a lively, yet relaxed sound in support of their most recent album, “Dig Up The Dead.” Bayside, an alternative punk band from New York that has been around just as long as Taking Back Sunday, followed next. They got show-goers’ feet moving while singing along to favorites like “Sick, Sick, Sick” and “Devotion and Desire.”
Taking Back Sunday finally graced the stage in front of a crowd of both first time viewers and long-time fans. Despite the obvious mix in attendance, which included those who grew up with the band and some who were still in diapers upon the album’s release, a unique energy filled the air.
Taking Back Sunday has experienced many lineup changes throughout the years, but they reverted back to that of the Tell All Your Friends era in 2010. The return of John Nolan on lead guitar/vocals and Shaun Cooper on bass guitar made the modern day celebration of the album much more genuine.
Lead vocalist Adam Lazzara is known for his flashy display of mic swinging, a signature move he has been pulling off for years. Lazzara added another move to his repertoire at the opening date of the Tell All Your Friends Tour when he joined the crowd. Literally. The move was so premeditated and secretive that it was not clear what was happening until he was standing next to you. Lazzara made his rounds until he reached the back of the venue. The crowd circled him as he belted lines from “You’re So Last Summer” just feet from the bar.
Gestures such as Lazzara trusting a sold-out House of Blues crowd not to maul him prove that many bands are trying to pay homage to their roots. Tours like this have been popping up in the past few years; it’s a sparking trend among musicians and bands.
Before Taking Back Sunday, The Academy Is… performed a single show in their hometown of Chicago in February 2010 in celebration of the 5th anniversary of their album “Almost Here.“ New Found Glory did a whole tour that kicked off that same month in honor of their self-titled album, and they’ll be doing it again this fall for “Sticks and Stones.” Sum 41 will also be paying tribute to “Does This Look Infected?” this fall as well as The Starting Line will be for “Say It Like You Mean It” this December.
Revisit your youth by checking out some of these upcoming 10th anniversary tours:
Nov. 5 – Sum 41’s Does This Look Infected? @ House of Blues Cleveland
Dec. 3 – New Found Glory’s Sticks and Stones @ The Grog Shop
December - The Starting Line’s Say It Like You Mean It tourblog comments powered by Disqus