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Taking Back Sunday Live at The Warfield

On June 1st, 2024 the iconic San Francisco venue The Warfield played host to Long Island legends Taking Back Sunday. A band that has become a cornerstone of the emo and alternative rock scene since their debut in the early 2000s. Taking Back Sunday is accompanied on their tour by Citizen, the quintet from Toledo, Ohio. Citizen has an impressive discography that, undoubtedly, has drawn some of this crowd to the show.

Taking Back Sunday at The Warfield San Francisco
Taking Back Sunday By Connor Dixon

The anticipation was palpable as a diverse crowd, ranging from longtime fans to newer listeners, filled the venue. Listening to fans as I moved around the venue it was obvious many were excited for the opening act. The house lights went dark and shadows could be seen walking on stage. Mat Kerekes took the microphone and the speakers erupted. The stage lights danced as Citizen performed songs from their new album “Calling the Dogs”. Older tracks like "Jet" and "The Summer" ignited the mosh pit, sending waves of energy rippling through the crowd. Citizen did a fantastic job keeping the crowd engaged and raising the energy level in the room.

After the opening act an elaborate set was constructed on the stage.

As the lights dimmed and the opening chords of “S’old” echoed through the hall, the audience erupted in cheers. The energy in the room was palpable, a testament to the enduring appeal of Taking Back Sunday’s music. Frontman Adam Lazzara’s unmistakable energy was on display, his stage presence as dynamic and engaging as ever. He twirled the microphone with his signature flair, effortlessly connecting with the audience.

The setlist was a well-crafted mix of nostalgic hits and newer tracks. Classics like “Set Phasers to Stun” and “Flicker, Fade” ignited sing-alongs, with fans passionately shouting every word. The band’s tight performance and chemistry were evident. Songs from the band’s new album “152” were heard throughout the set and although newer the crowd seemed very familiar.

Midway through the concert, Lazzara took a moment to address the crowd, expressing gratitude for their support over the years. He proceeded to introduce everyone on stage and took time to shine a light on Mitch Register who was filling in for Mark O’Connell on Drums. John Nolan and Shaun Cooper provided the perfect backdrop of driving rhythms and searing riffs, capturing the essence of Taking Back Sunday's signature sound. Nathan Cogan, touring guitarist, played passionately the entire show leaping on and off of the drum platform with contagious energy. The production was excellent, with impressive stage design and lighting effects that complemented the music and band’s performance. Shout out to Eric Price the Lighting Designer for Taking Back Sunday.

As the night drew to a close, Lazzara took a moment to explain that they would not be leaving the stage just before the encore as many bands do. They opted to remove that part of the show to allow 3-4 songs to be added to the setlist. Taking Back Sunday delivered an “encore” that included “Cute without the E” and “MakeDamnSure,” leaving the audience in a state of euphoria. The band’s connection with the crowd was undeniable, and the energy was reciprocated with deafening applause and cheers.

Taking Back Sunday’s performance at The Warfield was a triumphant celebration of their storied career. They again displayed why they remain a beloved and influential force in the alternative rock scene. For both veteran and new fans, the concert was an unforgettable experience, filled with raw emotion, nostalgia, and exhilarating music.

All images of Taking Back Sunday & Citizen by Connor Dixon.


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