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CONCERT REVIEW: Taking Back Sunday took over last Sunday

Taking Back Sunday
Kool Haus (Toronto, ON)
Sunday, Mar. 23, 2003

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By Bryan Rade
Gazette Writer

Last Sunday, despite the vicious bite of the bitter cold wind rushing across the concrete sands of Toronto's southern waterfront, it was an amazing night to be at the Kool Haus, waiting to see emo-rockers Taking Back Sunday.

Formed three years ago in Long Island, the band already has a huge following across North America, which is commendable, considering the lack of radio play and video circulation they've been given by the media. Their debut full-length album Tell All Your Friends was obviously aptly named, as their popularity has spread almost entirely by word of mouth.

When TBS hit the stage on Sunday, the crowd burst to life, singing along with every word at the tops of their lungs. The audience was enthusiastic from start to finish, receiving the three new songs that were played very well, and giving a huge response to such favourites as "You're So Last Summer," "You Know How I Do" and "There's No 'I' In Team."

A good portion of the audience was ecstatic when the opening chords of the ballad "Your Own Disaster" filled the air, a song that only made a brief appearance on the band's limited edition EP.

"I guess a lot of you guys have the Internet," singer/guitarist John Nolan joked to the crowd, as it was obvious where most of the crowd must have heard the song.

After John accidentally announced the song that was supposed to be their encore, the band played a few more tunes and then wrapped things up with "Cute Without the 'E' (Cut From The Team)," another favourite of TBS fans everywhere. Its opening line of "your lipstick, his collar, don't bother angel/I know exactly what goes on," was an appropriate summary of the band's overall lyrical theme: heartbreak sucks, but you'll get over it.

Taking Back Sunday is scheduled to headline this summer's Warped Tour and is going to be making a television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live sometime in April.

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