Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tell All Your Friends

Last night, Taking Back Sunday played the second of two sold out concerts at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Although the band has been together for over 10 years and I had already seen them four times, last night's show was different -- I got to see the original band perform together and play their first full-length album Tell All Your Friends in its entirety.

Taking Back Sunday performs at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Photo by Ashley Campbell/Times Herald Staff.

The band played was as tight as ever, and vocalist Adam Lazzara was back in mic-swinging habits which made the show even more entertaining to watch. He even managed to give those watching from the balcony an intimate experience by heading to the back and scaling the steps, then circling around its entire length and returning to the stage by climbing down a set of speakers. Seeing original members John Nolan and Shaun Cooper reunited with the band they had left nine years ago also made the show even more of an exciting experience for me.

While Taking Back Sunday was the main reason I attended the show, finally getting to see one of their openers live also made buying a ticket absolutely necessary -- Bayside. I'll admit I'm a more recent fan of the band and have really only listened to their latest release Killing Time, but seeing them live has left me wanting to listen to everything they've ever released. They gave a flawless performance and I couldn't have hoped for a better set from them.

Bayside performs at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Photo by Ashley Campbell/Times Herald Staff.

Boston natives Transit also opened the show with a solid performance that was really energetic and entertaining. Their catchy pop-punk was a perfect addition to the start of the night and their supporters made sure they felt appreciated.

Transit performs at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Photo by Ashley Campbell/Times Herald Staff.

All-in-all, I couldn't have asked for a better night. If you happen to get the chance to see Taking Back Sunday on this tour, do it. And I envy anyone that gets the chance to see them perform an acoustic set tonight at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia.

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