I’m going to try and catch up with the show recaps this week since moving has set me so far behind. But on September 4th, I headed out to Philadelphia’s XFINITY Live to see a free Taking Back Sunday show on their outdoor stage. As anyone in Philadelphia could tell you, this had all of the makings for one strange show.
For starters, XFINITY live is a multi-bar club that is home to a ride on bull, projectors to watch sports games, and is right across the street from the Philadelphia Sports Complex, which is home of the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers, and The Eagles making it the go to spot to pre-game and afterparty after games. On top of it, this Taking Back Sunday show was a preseason warmup party to kick off the Philadelphia Eagles season (because nothing says “GO EAGLES!” quite like early 2000s emo. Let’s start the season off with a whimper and a whine!). The crowd was a mix of emo kids, punk kids, and just eagles fans who didn’t even really know the band but didn’t hesitate to chant Eagles chants throughout the show.
(NOTE: Old man ramblings ahead. If you don’t want to hear the tale of an aging punk, then skip this paragraph, you’ve been warned.) Now, I’ll also admit that I sort of have a love hate relationship with Taking Back Sunday as well. Back when I was a pissed off punk teenager in high school, I DESPISED Taking Back Sunday. Rise Against used to be one of my favorite bands back when they only had The Unraveling and Revolutions Per Minute, and twice I tried to see them and both shows were cancelled as a direct result of TBS. The first time I went to see Rise Against at Warped Tour. This was before anyone knew who they were and TBS announced they would make a guest appearance. Van’s needed to make room somewhere and so they booted a little punk band called Rise Against. Then, I tried to see Rise Against play a record store… but lo and behold! Taking Back Sunday played a show there earlier in the day, some emo kids weren’t allowed in because it was at capacity, so their parents called the fire marshall and shut down the rest of the shows for the day (TBS was still allowed to play, just not Rise Against). Not really TBS’s fault, but yeah, my 18 year old punker than thou wasn’t having any of it. I’ve come a long way since… it’s been over a decade and I’ve actually come to appreciate a lot of Taking Back Sunday’s songs, so to see them live for free, I wasn’t going to miss that. (RANT OVER!)
Taking Back Sunday took the stage with the singer donning a Philadelphia Eagles hoodie, and broke out into “Stood A Chance” off of their latest release Happiness Is. The place didn’t really explode though until their 3rd song, when they started playing “You Know How I Do” off of Tell All Your Friends. That’s when the pits broke out, crowd surfing began, and the barricade eventually broke. They played a solid set, with more new than old, but throwing in “Timberwolves At New Jersey” and “A Decade Under The Influence.”
The show was cut short due to the barricade being broken and the security telling TBS they need to stop playing. Now, in the scheme of punk and hardcore shows, minus a few assholes looking to pick fights in the pit, the show was relatively tame, but for XFINITY who is used to hosting bands such as Third Eye Blind and All American Rejects, this was probably the craziest they’ve seen in a while. The show was cut short without the band playing their hit Cute Without the E, but they snuck in “MakeDamnSure” for good measure after being told to stop.
Sucks the show was cut short, but for a free show that was intended to be an Eagles pre-season rally, I’m not complaining. Definitely one of the stranger vibe shows I’ve been to.
Stood A Chance
Liar (It takes one to know one)
You Know How I Do
Beat Up Car
Timberwolves At New Jersey
Faith (When I Let You Down)
Number Five With A Bullet
What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost
A Decade Under The Influence
Set Phasers To Stun
Better Homes And Gardens