Taking Back Sunday is doubling down. The Long Island-based emo band has now sold out two shows (Dec. 8 and 9), at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh. The Dec. 8th date was tacked on Thursday morning after tickets went rapidly for the Dec. 9th show, which was announced Monday. Tickets were gone for the Dec. 8th gig in a matter of minutes as well.
"Taking Back Sunday broke the record for the fastest sell-out in Mulcahy’s history! We did not originally plan on doing two nights but due to overwhelming demand, we added December 8," says stage manager/talent buyer Rick Cappiello. "I hope we can turn this into an annual holiday event like the band has been doing at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. Clearly, the fans would love it too!"
These shows mark the band's first time playing on Long Island in over two years and the first time it is playing Mulcahy's. Currently, TBS has been working on new material at VuDu Studios in Port Jefferson for an album that will be released in 2022.
Tickets ($45) for the 18-and-older show go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. via muls.com. Opening acts include Straylight Run and Playing Dead.
"We've never played Mulcahy’s and I’m really excited about it," says drummer Mark O’Connell, who grew up in Baldwin and Rockville Centre but currently lives in Long Beach. "Taking Back Sunday is different on Long Island than everywhere else. It’s that hometown thing. We have to bring it every time."
The band got acquainted with Mulcahy’s when O’Connell and bassist Shaun Cooper, also from Long Beach, attended Sen. Chuck Schumer’s "Save Our Stages" news conference last fall at the newly renovated venue.
"They showed us the renovations and the amount of people they could hold. It’s really nice," says O’Connell, 40. "We talked to the other guys about it and now it’s happening."
Mulcahy’s recently installed a fresh PA system, new stage lighting rigs, state-of-the-art video walls and expanded over 3,000 square feet to accommodate up to 1,650 people per concert.
"We’ve been trying to book them for five or six years but we knew when we expanded that it would give us a better chance," says Tim Murray, director of promotions. "This adds another level of legitimacy. I think it will bring more people to Mulcahy’s who haven’t been here since the expansion."
Booking TBS at Mulcahy’s has been a dream come true for Cappiello and the entire staff.
"Taking Back Sunday are heroes to so many Long Islanders who grew up with albums like ‘Tell All Your Friends,’ ‘Where You Want To Be’ and ‘Louder Now’ blasting at house parties," says Cappiello. "This is going to be one night we’ll never forget."