Credit: Ashley Osborn
Tell all your friends: Taking Back Sunday — Adam Lazzara, John Nolan, Shaun Cooper and Mark O’Connell — stopped in Los Angeles Apr. 11 and 12 on their 20th anniversary celebration world tour, giving fans a chance to throw it back to the days of angst. MP3.com was at The Palladium for the show and trust us: It’s as emo as it always was.
Many stops of the tour consist of two nights. Both nights, the band plays their 2002 debut album, Tell All Your Friends, from top to bottom. Next, a special coin is flipped to determine if the crowd will hear Where You Want to Be or their breakout album Louder Now. On the first night of the Los Angeles leg of the tour, WWE champion Seth Rollins hopped on stage to do the honors. The result? Night one: Tell All Your Friends and Where You Want To Be (with a bonus performance of “MakeDamnSure”), night two: Tell All Your Friends and Louder Now (with an encore including “Flicker, Fade,” new song “All Ready to Go,” and “This Photograph Is Proof…”). Either way the crowd wins, with some attendees showing up both nights.
Throughout the shows, Lazzara told many stories about the making of certain songs and albums. “It’s a catharsis,” he said of performing these songs written so many years ago. And he thanked the fans for feeling it with the band for all this time.
As much as things change, they also stay the same. The crowd was mostly clad in black. There was screaming, jumping and crying. But instead of slamming bodies into other bodies in mosh pits to express their feelings, fans embraced each other, Facetime’d homies during favorite songs and enjoyed the camaraderie of growth through sadness.
In addition to the tour, the band released a new album, Twenty, earlier this year. The tracklist features nineteen beloved catalog songs. But you’ll also find their new tunes: “All Ready To Go” and “A Song For Dan.”
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