Pioneers of the mid-90s “emo” movement, Taking Back Sunday embarked on a co-headlining tour with concept progressive rockers Coheed and Cambria. The Boston show happened at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in the seaport district. Thankfully the venue covered because there was a summer rainstorm happening, but that didn’t stop the bands from putting all they had into their performances.
Opening the night was CA pop-punkers The Story So Far, the youngest band on the bill, at 11 years old. They are releasing their 4th full length titled Proper Dose at the end of the summer. They played a good mix from all their albums including a new one from Proper Dose, also ‘Black Dog’ by Led Zeppelin, where they were likely catering to the crowd that may have otherwise not known about them.
Taking Back Sunday were next up, with heavy fog they came out playing ‘What’s it Feel Like to be a Ghost?’ from 2006’s Louder Now. Frontman Adam Lazzara is still swinging the microphone even if a mosh pit was non-existent due to the only seated venue. They played a full set also going through all their hit songs throughout the last 18 years. They may have had a few lineup changes through the years, but they are still entertaining.
Coheed and Cambria were the last to take the stage, out of the last 18 years this band has had the most growth through the years. They’ve evolved into much more than a pop-punk/emo band. Lead singer/guitarist Claudio Sanchez still has the best hair in rock and roll, at least as far as pictures go. Over a decade and a half, I’m glad to have been able to see them for as long as I have.
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY MATT LAMBERT