COVERAGE BY: TOBY HUGHES
In LA there is no shortage of things to do on a Saturday night. A fun group of 1,800+ people wisely chose their destination to be at The Wiltern on July 29th to attend a sold out night of the ‘Tidal Wave’ tour with Taking Back Sunday, Every Time I Die and Modern Chemistry. Iconic names on this bill but with variety that brought in people of all ages and walks of life. Throughout the years, Taking Back Sunday have modified their sound as they grew and is evident in each album they release, staying true to their rock origin but adding components of a modern curve.
Introducing the tour package was Modern Chemistry, a mellow rock band from New Brunswick, NJ. The four piece provided a heavy but soothing prelude to the night and their own style differing from their fellow tour mates. Mid way through the night the room became fully packed from wall to wall in preparation for Every Time I Die and their boisterous live show. Each member ran back and forth on that stage energizing the crowd and taking charge like a headliner. Guitarist Jordan made the erratic leap into the crowd, guitar and all, and from that moment on that room never let up.
Opening up their 90 minute set, Taking Back Sunday came out with the obvious suitable song selecting, “Tidal Wave,” in honor of the tour name. Confetti blasted from the mezzanine level and the crowd was overjoyed. Fans sang along each song throwing them back to their middle school and high school years. Given their lengthy history as a band, they have become true professionals to a stage performance. Taking very few breaks in between and guitarist John even adding extra riffs to classic songs, fans soaked in the upbeat songs such as “You’re So Last Summer” and “Set Phasers To Stun."
Slowing things down for a bit, the band played a softer and calmer cover version of “She” by Green Day. Vocalist Adam serenaded the crowd with an acoustic guitar and harmonica attached around his neck. Continuing onto the remainder of their 19 song setlist, the band took a pause before playing their “last song” to tell the crowd that they wanted to plan out their encore. Adam explained the typical “were going to walk off and you’re going to call us back for more.” After “closing” out with “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team,” the five guys walked off only to return half a minute later to the crowd yelling “TBS!”
This tour package has three bands that have something to offer that separates them from most tours, individuality. Most tour packages tend to have bands that are similar in style and sound, but this one however is nothing like most tour packages. Attendees get a calm and cool intro with a wild center finished off with exuberance. It is almost like you are throwing three separate concerts into one, and its a congenial mix.
- Tidal Wave
- You Know How I Do
- Error: Operator
- You Can’t Look Back
- Set Phasers To Stun
- Flicker, Fade
- Timberwolves At New Jersey
- Call Come Running
- Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
- Death Wolf
- One-Eighty By Summer
- You’re So Last Summer
- She - Green Day Cover
- Everything Must Go
- What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost
- A Decade Under The Influence
- Cute Without The “E” (Cut From The Team)
- Better Homes And Gardens (ENCORE)
- makedamnsure (ENCORE)