Experiencing Taking Back Sunday’s ‘Tell All Your Friends’ 10 Year Anniversary Show at the Electric Factory
At the age of eleven, my views and taste in music changed forever. This change was brought on by the release of Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends. Since its release, Tell All Your Friends has been the one album that has kept me sane through my stages of middle school, high school, and college and all the drama, breakdowns, heartbreaks, and depression that accompanied those stages. Even now, at the age of twenty-one, it continues to be a huge part of my life and my saving grace.
Ten years later, on November 14th, I was in awe of being able to see Taking Back Sunday perform Tell All Your Friends in its entirety at the Electric Factory. Going into the show I knew I needed to be front row to get the experience I desired; to be able to release the emotions I’ve kept bottled inside for ten years and relive my memories that are connected with the album. For five hours I waited outside in the cold to achieve my front row goal.
When Taking Back Sunday took the stage, I was standing front and center against the barricade. The reality that I was seeing one of my favorite bands perform one of my favorite albums ever recorded hit me and I was grateful for the opportunity to witness and experience the show. Taking Back Sunday began their set with songs off of other albums such as A Decade Under The Influence, Liar (It Takes One To Know One), and One-Eighty By Summer. After Make Damn Sure the band started their performance of Tell All Your Friends. There aren’t any words that can describe how incredibly perfect it was to witness the band perform this album. It was a show that you had to be there to understand and appreciate how amazing of an experience it was. I had chills throughout the set. I spent the night screaming along the lyrics, dancing, viciously head-banging, and thrusting my hand in the air to the beat of the music. I felt like I was in middle and high school again reliving my angst when I would come home from school, blare Tell All Your Friends as loud as my stereo would go, and dance around my room letting out all of that day’s anger. Every aspect of their performance was spot on, from how they sounded to how they moved and interacted with one another and the crowd. Adam Lazzara incredibly crowd surfed and sang then headed to the upper bar to continue singing through a good portion of the set. Taking Back Sunday closed their set with two songs that didn’t make the cut for Tell All Your Friends; Your Own Disaster and The Ballad of Sal Villanueva. During Your Own Disaster, the beauty of the night came crashing in on me and I was brought to tears. It is one of my favorite songs and as of late is the theme song to my life and has been pulling me out of a heartbroken state. I couldn’t believe I was seeing the show and I didn’t want it to end, all of these emotions caved in on me. It was the first time I’ve shed a tear at a show that wasn’t Bruce Springsteen or Roger Waters.
Taking Back Sunday’s show for Tell All Your Friends was hands down one of the best shows I’ve been to in a while. It was worth freezing for five hours, worth every blackened bruise I received that night, and worth the ringing in my ears. I haven’t felt that alive at a show in a while, and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel alone, I felt at home. Seeing Tell All Your Friends live was about the experience for me, experiencing the feelings I’ve been dying to feel when I listen to the album. Wednesday night reminded me why I’m appreciative of Taking Back Sunday’s existence and how this album helped me through every stage of my life. I’d like to thank the band for the ten year anniversary tour of Tell All Your Friends and for the experience they provided for me.
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