Taking Back Sunday is out celebrating their 20 year anniversary with Frank Iero and the Future Violents. The celebrations are so big that they are doing 2 nights each in most major cities, Dallas being one of them and both selling out. We were there to cover the second night of Dallas. Frank Iero And The Future Violents started the night off with a bang and immediately got everyone’s blood flowing. The ex-My Chemical Romance guitarist played to an ocean of fans that sold out the House of Blues Dallas. They opened up the set with World Destroyer, I’m a Mess, and Young and Doomed.
Now what Dallas had all been waiting for, Taking Back Sunday. The previous night the band started the night out by flipping a coin to see which album they would play after the album, Tell All Your Friends. Night One they played Louder Now and on the second night was Where You Want To Be. What was even more amazing was that all the albums were played in their entirety. The entire night was intense nostalgia for me as it made me remember the great friendships I had in my days as a senior in high school. Listening to Taking Back Sunday was one our best past times.
In between songs front man, Adam Lazzara, shared old stories and jokes. Adam made a joke about how they’ve now been a band since they were 5 years old (putting them at the ages of 25 years). The banter highlights of the night included the story behind naming songs. The one that stuck out the most was the reason behind Timber Wolves At New Jersey. Late one night, Adam and John were writing music together with TV guide channel on in the background. Scrolling across the screen was ‘timberwolves at new jersey’ and immediately they thought it was a perfect title for the song they were working at that moment. So a great song and title stemmed from nothing but a basketball game on TV.
During the short bit of down time between albums Adam jokingly says, “…yeah, me and my uncle saw Bob fucking Dillon at this exact same House Of Blues, he was basically wearing the same thing that I am now but the opposite color and had a giant hat on.” Then without dropping a beat, instantly went into Set Phasers to Stun.
The rest of the night was a whirlwind of Tell All Your Friends and a three song encore that had fan favorites such as All Ready To Go, What’s it Feel Like To Be A Ghost, and MakeDamnSure. All in all, Taking Back Sunday’s twenty years of music has been absolutely amazing. This is a tour not to be missed and one that will be in the record books of killer shows.
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