Last month Taking Back Sunday kicked off the first leg of their 20th-anniversary tour that will run throughout 2019. It’s impressive to see bands announcing ten-year anniversary tours, but getting to twenty years is something else! With a discography that continues to prove timeless, it’s no surprise to see that the group has continued to grow and it was exciting to celebrate with them on this tour at The Warfield in San Francisco, California.
The band’s touring schedule includes back-to-back dates in most of the major cities that they will visit throughout North America. This affords them the special opportunity to perform unique sets each night and change it up, with some fans sure to attend both dates in their city.
For the two San Francisco shows, Frank Iero and the Future Violents came out to open up the evening. This is the most recent project of Iero’s after a number of others over the years following his most recognized role in My Chemical Romance. Earlier this year, they unleashed their new video for “Young and Doomed,” so that was a highlight of the setlist on this evening. Even with only a seemingly short time on stage, the audience welcomed the performance and had a great time.
You might not think you’re “Young and Doomed,” but maybe you are!?
After recently having been to a show where the artists genuinely did not look like they were having a good time on the stage, it was refreshing to experience the dynamic of the Taking Back Sunday crew. Frontman Adam Lazzara stopped a number of times to address the audience, telling stories and occasionally joking with audience members whose cheers could be heard above the rumble of the crowd.
After playing their 2002 debut album Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, Taking Back Sunday’s Tour Manager came out to assist with the official coin flip of the night which would determine if the show would go on with Where You Want To Be or Louder Now. With a swift flick of the wrist, the coin was in the air; a moment later Lazzara called out Louder Now and the band dove right into the album’s first song, “What’s It Feel Like to Be a Ghost.” Lazzara had few breaks throughout the evening’s two-hour set and sounded strong throughout the entirety of it. Pauses in singing were eagerly filled by the crowd that was singing along.
The two-hour-long set was proof enough that Taking Back Sunday show no signs of slowing down. Here’s to twenty more years and catching them on their 40th-anniversary tour.
Tell All Your Friends was released on March 26th, 2002, through Victory Records.
Remaining Tour Dates:
04/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/30 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
05/01 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
05/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
05/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
05/04 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
05/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
06/13 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
06/14 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
06/15 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
06/18 – London, UK @ Troxy
06/19 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
06/20 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol
07/18 – Patchogue, NY @ Great South Bay Festival
09/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Kansas City Live!
09/19 – Norfolk, VA @ Waterside District
09/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Power Plant Live!
09/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Ballpark Village
10/03 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
10/04 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
10/05 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/06 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
“You’re So Last Summer” remains one of Taking Back Sunday’s most unforgettable hits off Tell All Your Friends.
10/08 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/09 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
10/12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
10/16 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/17 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/24 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
10/25 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
10/26 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
10/27 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
10/31 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo RiverWorks
11/01 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo RiverWorks
11/02 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11/03 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11/05 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
11/06 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
11/08 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/09 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/10 – Washington, DC @ Fillmore Silver Spring
11/11 – Washington, DC @ Fillmore Silver Spring
11/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
11/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
11/15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/16 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
“MakeDamnSure” you watch this music video for the band’s first single off Louder Now.