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Taking Back Sunday at Kool Haus – July 22, 2011

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They played new songs off their newly released self-titled album, and a lot of the fan favourites from the “Tell All Your Friends” era. The new tunes were well received by the crowd, and in my opinion sounded a lot better than their previous album “New Again” which was released in 2009. 

You can tell that Taking Back Sunday has been in the industry for a while. They have managed to make their shows energizing and even 7 weeks into the tour, they still haven’t even started to slow down yet! Sometimes when I see bands near the end of their tour, you can tell that they are getting tired and are waiting for it to end, but not with these guys! Another thing I noticed is that no two Taking Back Sunday shows are the same. I had the pleasure of catching another show on this tour 2 weeks ago while on vacation, and it was very different compared to Friday’s show. This makes them very special because it shows that no matter how many nights they play the same songs, they know how to change it up and make each night a special one for their fans.

taking back sunday toronto photos

taking back sunday toronto photos

taking back sunday toronto photos

taking back sunday toronto photos

taking back sunday toronto photos

taking back sunday toronto photos

taking back sunday toronto photos

Taking Back Sunday is finally back and is rapidly climbing their way back to the top, with their original “Tell All Your Friends” line up and new album in place, they have finally set out on a headlining North American Tour.

Vocalist Adam Lazzara is the ideal front man, he’s very humble and likes to get down and dirty with the crowd. Throughout the set you could find him getting into the front row’s faces and singing to them, running over to the bar to sing a few songs and even taking a few requests.

Half way through the set, Lazzara introduced  the whole band and covered a Straylight Run song. Guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper had originally left Taking Back Sunday in 2003 due to “irreconcilable differences” and formed Straylight Run, then both later re-joined in 2010. It was nice to see them incorporate a Straylight song into the set. He even gave drummer Mark O’Connell the mic, who said that the Toronto show was by far one of his favourite shows during this tour so far.

taking back sunday toronto photos

Taking Back Sunday is finally back and is rapidly climbing their way back to the top, with their original “Tell All Your Friends” line up and new album in place, they have finally set out on a headlining North American Tour.

Vocalist Adam Lazzara is the ideal front man, he’s very humble and likes to get down and dirty with the crowd. Throughout the set you could find him getting into the front row’s faces and singing to them, running over to the bar to sing a few songs and even taking a few requests.

Half way through the set, Lazzara introduced  the whole band and covered a Straylight Run song. Guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper had originally left Taking Back Sunday in 2003 due to “irreconcilable differences” and formed Straylight Run, then both later re-joined in 2010. It was nice to see them incorporate a Straylight song into the set. He even gave drummer Mark O’Connell the mic, who said that the Toronto show was by far one of his favourite shows during this tour so far.

taking back sunday toronto photos

Taking Back Sunday is finally back and is rapidly climbing their way back to the top, with their original “Tell All Your Friends” line up and new album in place, they have finally set out on a headlining North American Tour.

Vocalist Adam Lazzara is the ideal front man, he’s very humble and likes to get down and dirty with the crowd. Throughout the set you could find him getting into the front row’s faces and singing to them, running over to the bar to sing a few songs and even taking a few requests.

Half way through the set, Lazzara introduced  the whole band and covered a Straylight Run song. Guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper had originally left Taking Back Sunday in 2003 due to “irreconcilable differences” and formed Straylight Run, then both later re-joined in 2010. It was nice to see them incorporate a Straylight song into the set. He even gave drummer Mark O’Connell the mic, who said that the Toronto show was by far one of his favourite shows during this tour so far.

About author

Chief Editor & Founder of Live in Limbo. Host & Producer of the Capsule Podcast. Sean is an award-winning photographer and Nikon Professional Services member. His work has appeared on the CBC, Pitchfork, and MUCH. He is an Academy Delegate at the JUNOs (CARAS) and has been involved in the Toronto music scene since 2005. He is also an endurance and CrossFit athlete. You should follow him on Twitter @SeanChin.