I am really really bad at up-to-date reviews of things, but I still would like to share these experiences. I’d been a casual fan of Taking Back Sunday since hearing MakeDamnSure and My Blue Heaven from the great album, Louder Now (2006). O2 Ritz is one of my favourite venues in Manchester and I was super happy when Frank Iero and the Patience were announced as the support act (MCR being one of my favourite bands).
I got there before doors opened, but the wait wasn’t too bad. One of my concert rituals is to look at the merchandise because I know that the queues can get crazy after the show. All of the merch was so nice! I bought myself a nice Taking Back Sunday raglan. And I couldn’t help myself – so I also bought a very cute Frank Iero t-shirt featuring ghosts. I also enquired about the TBS vinyl, £30 and signed! I left it for the time being but then decided to go back and get it after the show.
Fun fact: I spotted the actress that plays Nancy in a British soap called Hollyoaks – too shy to say hi though ><. The balcony had already filled up all around so I was walking around like a weirdo for a bit trying to find a good spot. I finally stood behind a couple that were sat down on chairs. I had a head on view, great!
I think I have seen Milestones in support twice now (once in support of With Confidence). I haven’t really got into them yet or checked them out properly. Then it was Frank and his band’s turn. They opened with World Destroyer which sounded epic. Loved the loud and fast drums and Frank’s screamed vocals. The lights were amazing! They played one of their most famous tracks – Joyriding, a really punky sounding song. Some other stand out tracks were Stage 4 Fear of Trying and Oceans.
Taking Back Sunday kicked off their set with Death Wolf, the song has so many different rhythms and layers. Adam Lazzara is a proper frontman, jumping from one side of the stage to the other side and swinging that microphone like a pro! Surprised he didn’t thwack one of his bandmates haha. You Can’t Look Back is one of my favourite tracks from their album, Tidal Wave.
They then played one of the oldies, Timberwolves of New Jersey, I’m such a fan of the vocals and guitar in this one. Have to give special mention to this delightful guy shouting lyrics into my ear throughout most of the show….Another fast paced rock song, Error: Operator, I particularly enjoy the parts where “We can’t go back” is repeated. Flicker, Fade, Call Come Running and Better Homes and Gardens were awesome songs!
They played My Blue Heaven which I think might be my favourite song by Taking Back Sunday. I just love the emotion in this song and the chorus sounds amazing. They ended with two of their well known songs, Cute Without the ‘E’ and MakeDamnSure.
Really enjoyed myself and felt lucky to have seen one of the bands I have admired for a long time, live.