Taking Back Sunday rock Boston

A review of Taking Back Sunday at the House of Blues on June 20, 2011

, Contributing Writer

With their original lineup back in full force, Taking Back Sunday made their way to Boston’s House of Blues last Thursday. With loads of energy and enthusiasm, the band proved they still know how to please their die-hard fans.

The veteran Long Island-based rockers, who reunited with original guitarists John Nolan and Shaun Cooper last year and released a new self-titled album last month, opened the show with “El Paso”. It slowly got fans moving before the band quickly launched into 2006 hit “MakeDamnSure”, which sparked roaring approval from the crowd. It stayed at that level for the entire show, with help from frontman Adam Lazzara’s showmanship, crowd interaction, and snarky comments to the audience.

Despite injuring his ankle earlier in the week, Lazzara could not be stopped from rocking for the crowd. Even when he tried to sit down for some songs, Lazzara was too excited to sit still. It was clear throughout the night that Lazzara was happy to have his old bandmates back together. As the show progressed, Lazzara happily reminisced by telling stories about songwriting and singing the praises of his band. He worked the crowd with vigor, performing tricks with the microphone when not singing with his signature, convicting wail.

Along with a handful of new songs, Taking Back Sunday delivered some of their most recognizable material from their 5-album catalog (only 2009’s New Again, which was recorded without Nolan and Cooper, was absent from the setlist). In particular, the band delivered all but two tracks from their 2002 debut album Tell All Your Friends. Crowd favorites included “Cute without the E” and “You’re So Last Summer”, the later of which fueled the best mosh-pit of the night. Proving that they were no hard feelings between the bandmates, Taking Back Sunday even played “Existentialism on Prom Night”, a single from Nolan and Cooper’s other band Straylight Run.

While well-known songs like “Liar (It Takes One To Know One)” and “A Decade Under the Influence” ignited the most riotous reactions from the crowd, the new songs did not falter. Fans happily sang-along to every word of “Faith (When I Let You Down)” and “This Is All Now”. One of the show’s best moments came when Geoff Rickly, lead singer of openers Thursday, joined Taking back Sunday for “Set Phasers To Stun”, showing their mutual appreciation for one another.

After playing “Ghost Man on Third Street”, Lazzara made his way through the crowd, crowd surfing at times, before ending up near the bar in the back of the club. From there, he closed out the main set with the aforementioned “This Is All Now” and “Cute Without the E” to the surprise of fans who filled the floor. The band returned for a three song encore, comprised of “Your Own Disaster”, “Great Romances of the 20th Century” and “There’s No I in Team”. By the last song, Lazzara ended up where he was twenty minutes before: legs up, at the mercy of the moshing crowd.

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