I guess I’ve always held some sort of resentment over the fact that I never got to see Taking Back Sunday touring in support of one of their first few albums. So you can imagine the excitement I felt when the band announced a Tell All Your Friends tenth anniversary tour in which they would be playing the album in its entirety. I scrambled to get tickets, but was devastated to learn that none of the dates would work for me. However, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the band announced a last minute show in New York at Best Buy Theatre from which the proceeds would aid the tri-state area hurricane victims. So, I quickly sold my tickets to the Harvard-Yale game (as if I didn’t know how that would turn out) and snatched up tickets for this show the minute they went on sale.
When TBS took the stage to the theme song of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, a sense of excitement hung over the crowd. However, when the band launched into 2006’s Louder Now’s opening track, “What’s It Feel Like to Be A Ghost?” something seemed to be missing – the energy in the crowd that had been brewing did not erupt. However, when the band came back on stage after a set of their hits, and the opening guitar line of TAYF’s “You Know How I Do” began, the crowd suddenly woke up – this is what everyone was there for. The energy was insane: every single person was jumping all over the place – many of them seemed to be in their mid ‘20s and probably got to see the band perform these songs back in 2002. While I did not get such a pleasure, I could not help but feel a sense of nostalgia throughout the set.
The band played tightly throughout the entire set. The only anomaly was vocalist Adam Lazarra. While it is entirely reasonable that he can’t go for the hard notes every single night, he just didn’t seem to be trying. He spent roughly half of the TAYF set in the crowd – not just in the front of the crowd, along the barricade – he was in the back of the venue among the seated area, allowing drunken fans to sing parts of the song. Ultimately, it didn’t really matter where Lazarra was because for one night, a group of roughly 2,000 got to forget the craziness of their lives in 2012 and revert back to the carefree, yet ridiculously angst-ridden year of 2002.
– Lance Banks