Judging from the epic ending of the Rockville Centre-based band's Sunday night show at Manhattan's Best Buy Theater, that switch was turned on.
Lazzara, who severely sprained his right ankle Thursday night jumping from a bank of speakers in Charlotte, N.C., climbed off the stage toward the end of the band's 75-minute set. Surrounded by fans, he made it near the back of the theater, letting some of them take over the vocals of "There's No 'I' in Team," while the rest shouted along. For the end of "Cute Without the 'E,' " Lazzara was hoisted onto fans' shoulders in the mosh pit and passed along overhead back to the stage, before taking a bow with guitarist-singer John Nolan and hobbling off, carrying his shoes.
It was an unforgettable moment on top of an already memorable night. After all, Taking Back Sunday has a switch similar to Lazzara's, especially when there's something to prove. Its latest album -- the first since Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper returned to join Lazzara, guitarist Eddie Reyes and drummer Mark O'Connell -- became its first to debut outside of the Top 10 since its 2002 album, "Tell All Your Friends," despite strong reviews.
"We have a new album out," Lazzara said, introducing the current single, "Faith (When I Let You Down)." "Not enough of you know about it, so I'm about to blow your damn minds."
That's what they did, as the song's catchy riffs and emotional lyrics lifted the already frenzied capacity crowd. The new songs from "Taking Back Sunday," especially "You Got Me" and the thunderous "El Paso," are even stronger live than in their recorded versions, while "180 by Summer" sounds even more unhinged with its new vocal arrangement.
Taking Back Sunday's music is already impressive. They just need to remind people of that. Amazing shows like their Best Buy Theater appearance should help.
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