Starland Ballroom continues their comeback in a big way. On Wednesday night Taking Back Sunday played the first of their two night stint as part of their Tell All Your Friends 10th Anniversary tour. Last years' show had to be moved because of Sandy so this was them coming back, coming home.
New Jersey's own Lost In Society opened the show. Hailing from a town I love, Asbury Park, this band combined raspy vocals with incredible energy. I see a lot of bands play, often it is hard to keep my attention when I have never heard the band play before. This trio did that; they held my attention. And the attention of the couple thousand people in attendance.
Next up were a supergroup of sorts that a lot of people have been clamoring to see: Get Involved. Made up from members of Glassjaw, From Autumn to Ashes and Thursday, it was clear that the excitement went up several notches when they took the stage. A band made up of such post-hardcore veterans, they certainly know how to work the stage. Watching them play reminded me a bit of another incredible band, letlive, and that is certainly not a bad thing at all. Both bands are incredible.
Taking Back Sunday has always kinda felt like NJ's band. Even though they are technically from Long Island, whenever they play NJ everyone goes apeshit. Having them back at Starland after so long just ratcheted that up to another level. The band took the stage one by one followed lastly by singer Adam Lazzara. I have to mention that he looks better than he has in a long time.
For most of these anniversary shows, the band plays the album in question first, and then follows up with some other songs. TBS does things a little differently, and they launched into Error: Operator, Liar, and Faith . Then the crowd was in for a treat. A Decade Under The Influence and Number Five With A Bullet were next. Lazzara mentioned after that the latter song had not been played in years.
They played another song that was followed up by a wedding proposal. Yup, that happened. And then later, a moment of silence for 9-11. That was, of course, followed by chants of U-S-A! U-S-A!
The opening set was filled with 9 hits, and then the band tore into You Know How I Do and it was officially time for Tell All Your Friends , front to back.
The band was in top form and looked to really be enjoying playing these songs. As is their way, the lighting for TBS was brutal. I have actually never seen them play where they had bright, gorgeous lighting, but as a photographer, you have to make due with what you have. No one else noticed though.
It was another incredible night at Starland, and they are barely getting started.