The co-headline tour featuring The Used and Taking Back Sunday rolled into Boston on Saturday night, with an early start, the nearly sold out crowd was still filing in when the first band Sleepwave took the stage. Sleepwave is led by former Underoath frontman Spencer Chamberlain. The post-industrial outfit took the opportunity to play some songs from their upcoming album. They were well received by the crowd and promise to be an intriguing band to watch in the near future.
Next up were Australian pop punk stars Tonight Alive. Frontwoman Jenna McDougall worked the stage throughout the set, bringing the energy level in the room way up.
After an on point performance by the rising pop punksters it was time for Taking Back Sunday to hit the stage. They opened with a song of the new album “Happiness Is…” entitled “Stood A Chance.” The new album would get plenty of love, seeing 4 songs played during the course of the set. Perhaps one of the best crowd reactions of the night came when Taking Back Sunday launched into their second song, the fan favorite “Timberwolves at New Jersey.” Other hits like “You’re So Last Summer,” “Cute Without the E” and perhaps the band’s most popular song “MakeDamnSure” also gave the crowd a bunch of chances to sing along and move around to some of their favorite tunes. Taking Back Sunday set the bar pretty high for The Used, who were next to the stage. They too opened with a new song, “Cry” from their new album “Imaginary Enemy” but unlike TBS, that would be the only song from the new album that made it into the set.
The Used got the crowd moshing and moving with punk anthems like “Pretty Handsome Awkward” which even featured a wall of death during the song. Classic tracks like “The Taste of Ink” and “The Bird and the Worm” also made it into the set. The Used were the only band on the night to take an encore, and when they did so had some fun with it. They played their hit “A Box Full of Sharp Objects” while sneaking in partial covers of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Killing in the Name.”
Both bands had the crowd going wild from the opening notes of their sets to the very last song. For many who grew up listening to these bands it was a night to take a trip back in time and let loose. If you too used to pump these artists through your headphones when you were younger, or even now, I reccomned catching this tour!