Alex Matthews

Taking Back Sunday @ The Observatory North Park – 04/06/2019

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Taking Back Sunday, the emo/alternative genre-defying rock group, brought their 20th Anniversary Tour to The Observatory North Park in San Diego on Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th. The band is currently on the road celebrating their 20 year career so far with a year long worldwide tour and a new 21 song career spanning compilation release. The new album fittingly called Twenty was released in January on Craft Recordings and features two new studio songs “All Ready To go” and “A Song for Dan.”

At their first of two San Diego shows on Saturday night the band decided to celebrate their history in grand fashion, playing two classic albums from their catalog in their entirety. The night started with their 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends, followed by a complete performance of their second album 2004’s Where You Want To Be. Hearing these two classic albums back to back seemed to thrill the sold-out audience in attendance with singalongs happening all night.    

Singer Adam Lazzara told stories throughout the evening describing the history, meanings, and funny stories behind some of the band’s hits. It seems all of the songs on their debut album for example were named from a late night TV listings channel that the band once binged watched, including the single “Timberwolves at New Jersey.” According to the Lazzara the 2nd part of the set was determined by the flip of a coin, with the band deciding to play their third album Louder Now in its entirety on the 2nd night in SD. An awesome stage setup rounded out the band’s impressive performance with lasers, spotlights and confetti raining down on the crowd. The show was a fantastic celebration of Taking Back Sunday’s past and hopefully its future to come.

Set List:

You Know How I Do | Bike Scene | Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team) | There’s No ‘I’ in Team | Great Romances of the 20th Century | Ghost Man on Third | Timberwolves at New Jersey | The Blue Channel | You’re So Last Summer | Head Club | What’s It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? | Liar (It Takes One to Know One) | MakeDamnSure | Up Against (Blackout) | My Blue Heaven | Twenty-Twenty Surgery | Spin | Divine Intervention | Miami | Error: Operator | I’ll Let You Live

Encore:

Tidal Wave | This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know) | All Ready to Go | A Decade Under the Influence

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