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Taking Back Sunday brings spring and summer surprises

Taking Back Sunday guitarist-singer John Nolan says the band plans to enjoy itself on the last leg of its promotional tour for its "Happiness Is" (Hopeless) album.

"This is our third full U.S. tour for this album," says Nolan, calling from a tour stop in Detroit. "You've got to go out with a bang."

He says to expect the biggest stage production the Rockville Centre-based band has had in years, complete with a giant video wall behind them and a smaller one in front of the drum riser. The band will spring some sort of surprise on the hometown crowd at The Paramount on Tuesday. (The Huntington venue is planning a surprise of its own for fans. With Taking Back Sunday marking the club's 500th show, The Paramount will hand out free gifts to the first 500 fans.)

Nolan is also readying a surprise of his own. Following this leg of the tour, which includes some dates in the United Kingdom, he will roll out his first solo album this summer.

"It's pretty different for me," says Nolan, who is releasing the album himself and funding it through fan donations at PledgeMusic. "A lot of stuff on the new record has been influenced by a lot of folkier, more classic stuff that I've been listening to from the '60s and '70s."

Nolan hopes to fit in a tour this summer to support the album, produced by Long Island scene legend Mike Sapone, as Taking Back Sunday begins work on the follow-up to "Happiness Is."

"It's been a while since I've done solo stuff," he says. "I'm really excited about it."

Taking Back Sunday plays The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $27.50-$45; 800-745-3000;

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