Taking Back Sunday, the band that keep on giving, began their UK/EU tour in Belfast. The band are set to play twelve dates in the space of fourteen days in countries all over Europe. On February 15th they played the 02 Ritz, Manchester, alongside Frank Iero And The Patience and local pop punk five piece Milestones.
Its been a busy few months for Taking Back Sunday after enjoying recent success from the release of their seventh studio album Tidal Wave. The long island rockers stuck to their roots with this album to produce a medley of nostalgic bangers, a potentially monumental work of art that is sure to aid the revival of the emo music scene.
Milestones took the immense chance they had been presented with in style by opening the night perfectly and getting the crowd excited for the bands that would follow. Milestones have been kicking up a real storm recently and have been rewarded with shows alongside many other big names in the emo scene such as Simple plan and Mayday Parade. This radiant exposure is sure to work wonders for the band.
Up next was former My chemical Romance guitarist Frank Ieros new project, Frank Iero And The Patience. Another artist seeing success from a recent album. The crowd couldn’t contain their excitement as Iero and his fellow band members walked on stage and became completely ecstatic as the first riff and drumbeat of World Destroyer was bellowed out. The crowds high energy was consistent throughout the set and the rapid flashes of the light show made for an intense performance. The crowd sang along to each and every song and gave it their all, especially during the final song of the set, once Iero began to play the groovy intro riff to Oceans the Ritz was filled with the screams of die hard Iero fans as they all danced together for one last time with Frank.
Now, on to the main band of the night. As highly the anticipated Taking Back Sunday took to the stage, they were met by a roar of excitement and enthusiasm from a crowd full of fans young and old. As the reverberated vocal introduction of death wolf echoed around the fifteen hundred capacity venue, the band looked confident and ready to perform a powerful set. Taking Back Sunday combined the perfect blend of new material and golden songs from the past to show that they weren’t just here to promote their latest album, they were here to put on a show. As the show went on, frontman Adams Lazzaras voice did appear to wither during certain songs, however he was supported by a crowd full of fans belting out the lyrics with him, so all was not lost. An impressive light show projected onto the crowd was a true sight to see, especially for people watching from the balcony as a wave of colours covered the fans in the pit. The crowd was kept entertained thoroughly with Lazzaras flashy stage presence and signature microphone swinging tricks the he is so well known for. The night was brought to an end with a true bang as Taking Back Sunday closed the show with their classic track MakeDamnSure.
This gig had everything you could ask for; a fantastic lineup, a sold out crowd, and three bands that really put on a show. Milestones continue to put themselves on the map, Frank Ieros solo career proves to be successful, and Taking Back Sunday; the band that have been making great music for so many years, continue to not only put out great material, but also give back to their fans in top quality live performances.