Concert Review: My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, And Surfbort In Oakland, CA

Last night (October 5) I attended My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, and Surfbort’s show at Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA and it was definitely a night to remember.

Surfbort opened the show with a killer performance. The band helped set the tone for the evening with a high-energy display of punk rock. Vocalist Dani Miller was especially energetic and even jumped into the crowd at several points without missing a beat. Some highlights from their set included “Les Be In Love” and “Big Star.”

After Surfbort, it was time for Taking Back Sunday to take the stage. The band put on a fun show and looked like they were having a blast themselves, which is always cool to see. They really helped crank up the nostalgia factor, which is a perfect way to warm up a crowd for MCR. Some highlights from their set included “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from The Team)” and “MakeDamnSure.”

As soon as Taking Back Sunday wrapped up, it was time for the band everyone waited over two years to see, My Chemical Romance. The group have been tearing it up on their reunion tour and the Oakland show was no exception. They exploded onto the stage with their latest single “The Foundations Of Decay” as the crowd screamed with joy. From there, the band started powering through classic tracks like “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” and “Give ‘Em Hell, Kid.” The group were firing on all cylinders as they brought everyone back to their high school and middle school years with a career-spanning set that leaned heavy on songs from “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge” and “The Black Parade.” It was a nice escape from the unprecedented times we currently find ourselves in and helped cement the reasons why My Chemical Romance were always there for emo kids during their darkest days. Some highlights from the performance included “Welcome To The Black Parade,” “Teenagers,” “Vampires Will Never Hurt You,” “Mama,” “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” and “Helena.”

Taking Back Sunday To Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of “Tell All Your Friends” In May

Taking Back Sunday will be releasing a 20th anniversary edition of “Tell All Your Friends” on May 27. The effort has been remastered and it will come with various demos as bonus tracks. The demo version of “Great Romances Of The 20th Century“ can be streamed below. Pre-orders for the album can also be found HERE.

“Tell All Your Friends” 20th Anniversary Track Listing:

01. “You Know How I Do”
02. “Bike Scene”
03. “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)”
04. “There’s No ‘I’ In Team”
05. “Great Romances Of The 20th Century”
06. “Ghost Man On Third”
07. “Timberwolves At New Jersey”
08. “The Blue Channel”
09. “You’re So Last Summer
10. “Head Club”
11. “Great Romances Of The 20th Century” (Demo)
12. “The Blue Channel” (Demo)
13. “Bike Scene” (Demo)
14. “Mutual Head Club” (Demo)

Taking Back Sunday To Tour With Third Eye Blind & Hockey Dad This Summer

Taking Back Sunday will be heading out on the “Summer Gods” tour with Third Eye Blind and Hockey Dad this summer. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

06/22 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
06/23 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
06/24 Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater
06/25 Sandy, UT – Sandy Amphitheater
06/27 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
06/29 Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Concert Cove
06/30 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
07/01 Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Amphitheater
07/06 Newport, KY – OVATION
07/07 Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
07/08 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion
07/09 Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre
07/12 Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live! Outdoor Amphitheater
07/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
07/15 Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
07/16 Mansfield, MA – XFINITY Center
07/17 Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater
07/21 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
07/22 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/23 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/26 Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre
07/27 Franklin, TN – FirstBank Amphitheater
07/29 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
07/30 Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
07/31 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
08/01 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
08/04 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
08/05 Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater
08/11 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
08/12 Las Vegas, NV – Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
08/13 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

Taking Back Sunday Premiere Music Video For Cover Of Weezer’s “My Name Is Jonas”

Taking Back Sunday have premiered a new video for their cover of Weezer’s “My Name Is Jonas.” Bassist Shaun Cooper commented:

“In 2019 we were on tour… a lot! Over time soundcheck got pretty laborious. One day before a show in Cincinnati, OH somebody started playing the opening chords to ‘My Name is Jonas‘… We all grew up listening to Weezer. Playing this song together was so much fun and broke up the monotony of day to day touring life. We started adding the song to our set list and recorded it on a day off in Buffalo NY. We love this song and we hope our rendition does it justice.”

[via Consequence]

Jimmy Eat World & Taking Back Sunday Announce October Shows

Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday have announced some October co-headlining shows. The Beaches will open. Here’s the dates:

10/13 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
10/15 Spokane, WA – Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront
10/16 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
10/18 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
10/19 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/21 San Diego, CA – Gallagher Square at Petco Park

Taking Back Sunday Announce September Shows With Thursday

Taking Back Sunday have announced some September shows with Thursday. Here’s the dates:

09/17 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot (outdoors)
09/21 Cincinnati, OH – Promowest Pavilion at Ovation (outdoors)
09/23 Columbus, OH – Express Live! (outdoors)
09/26 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern

Taking Back Sunday’s “Tell All Your Friends” To Receive New Vinyl Pressing

Taking Back Sunday‘s 2002 album “Tell All Your Friends” will be receiving a new vinyl pressing on October 4 via Craft Recordings. The effort has been remastered and it will be available on iridescent color-morphing green (limited to 1,000) and black vinyl. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Taking Back Sunday Add Second North American Leg To Their 20th Anniversary Tour

Taking Back Sunday have added a second North American leg to their 20th anniversary tour. Like the previously announced dates, these shows will see the band performing select albums in full. They didn’t specify which ones, but it’s worth noting that the first North American leg will feature a full performance of “Tell All Your Friends,“ as well as a full performance of either “Louder Now” or “Where You Want To Be” in cities with two dates.

Tour Dates:

09/13 Kansas City, MO – KC Live!
09/19 Norfolk, VA – Waterside District
09/20 Baltimore, MD – Power Plant Live!
09/21 St. Louis, MO – Ballpark Village
10/03 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/04 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/05 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/06 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/08 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
10/09 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
10/11 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
10/12 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
10/16 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
10/17 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
10/18 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/19 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/24 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
10/25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
10/26 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
10/27 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
10/31 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
11/01 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
11/02 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
11/03 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
11/05 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
11/06 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
11/08 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
11/09 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
11/10 Washington, DC – The Fillmore
11/11 Washington, DC – The Fillmore
11/13 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
11/14 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
11/15 New York City, NY – Terminal 5
11/16 New York City, NY – Terminal 5

Taking Back Sunday Premiere “All Ready To Go” Video

Taking Back Sunday have premiered a new video for their song “All Ready To Go.“ This is one of two new tracks featured on the band’s career retrospective “Twenty,“ which will be released on January 11.

Adam Lazzara commented:

“This song is a great example of how in tune we have become with one another, our collective musical instincts. It was an idea Mark and Shaun laid the bones down for in New York and then sent them down to Charlotte, where John and I continued to arrange and add our individual contributions.

This made for a great demo and a fair amount of time for everyone to sit with it before we all were able to get in the studio together and hash out the different parts and details with one another.

It sounds like a lot when I say it like that, but the process itself was a cohesive and relatively quick one. Having the space to live and breathe with the idea before all coming together to shape it, and knowing where we can lean on one another as the song progresses is both insightful and exciting to all of us.

It’s one of my favorite parts of being in Taking Back Sunday.”

As previously reported, the group will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a special tour next year.

Taking Back Sunday Add European/UK Dates To 20th Anniversary Tour

Taking Back Sunday have added a European/UK leg to their 20th anniversary tour. The band will be performing “Tell All Your Friends” in full at these shows along with other fan favorites. Here’s the dates:

06/13 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
06/14 Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands
06/15 Belfast, UK – Limelight
06/16 Dublin, IRE – Vicar Street
06/18 London, UK – Troxy
06/19 Manchester, UK – Academy
06/20 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
06/23 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
06/24 Cologne, GER – Gloria
06/25 Berlin, GER – SO36
06/26 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan

Previously announced dates can be found HERE.