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Taking Back Sunday


Taking Back Sunday is a rock band from Amityville, Long Island, New York. The current members are Adam Lazzara, Fred Mascherino, Eddie Reyes, Mark O'Connell and Matt Rubano.


The term 'Taking Back Sunday' was taken from a lyric in a band called The Waiting Process that they all appreciated and listened to and essentially means to take back your Sundays to spend time with your friends and family, rather than working and doing all of your normal weekly routines.

Their first release came in 2001 with the Taking Back Sunday EP and featured Antonio Longo on vocals, John Nolan on guitar and backing vocals, Eddie Reyes on guitar (the original founder of the band), Adam Lazzara on bass, and Mark O'Connell on drums. This CD was distributed at Taking Back Sunday shows, but never achieved any noteworthy success.

Following a change of lineup (Antonio Longo, to Adam Lazzara and Shaun Cooper took Adam Lazzara's former spot) they released the follow-up album Tell All Your Friends, which was produced by Sal Villaneuva. The album gave the band a first taste of success in the scene. As noted on the cover, there is a picture of an offramp with an "exit 152" sign. Recently the band posted a bulletin on their myspace saying that the 152 sign was near where they met their friends and that they won't ever forget then no matter how far away from them they are. After the release, they played with bands such as Brand New and The Used, as well as performing as a short stint on the 2003 Vans Warped Tour. Another change in their lineup occurred when singer/guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper left the band and formed their own band, Straylight Run. Shaun Cooper and John Nolan discussed their decision to leave the band in April 2003;

“ Shaun Cooper asked his friend John Nolan, "Do you want to commit career suicide?" "Yes, as a matter of fact, I do," John replied.

April 2003

This was trouble for the band as they were planning their next single You're So Last Summer.

Because of these departures, the band's future was in doubt for some time. However, with the additions of guitarist/vocalist Fred Mascherino and bassist Matt Rubano, the band became stabilized. Then they could start filming for You're So Last Summer.

The year 2004 proved to be successful for Taking Back Sunday, with the band opening for Blink-182 and being one of the main headliners for the Vans Warped Tour. In addition, their second album, titled Where You Want to Be, was released on July 27, 2004 on Victory Records. This album, although having a slightly different sound than Tell All Your Friends and only marginly different than their first album, managed to do well commercially. Propelled by the single A Decade Under the Influence, Where You Want to Be went on to debut at the #3 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with sales of around 163,000 copies. Taking Back Sunday received even more mainstream exposure by appearing (on the day of Where You Want to Be's release) on the late night talk shows Jimmy Kimmel Live and Loveline, and by contributing the song "This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)" to the soundtrack for Spider-Man 2. They also contributed the song "Your Own Disaster" to the Elektra soundtrack, and the original version of "Error: Operator" to both the Fantastic Four soundtrack and tie-in video game, where it served as Mr. Fantastic's theme. An instrumental version is also used as background music within the game.

On April 25, 2006, Taking Back Sunday released their third album, entitled Louder Now, on Warner Bros. Records. It nearly mirrors the first two albums in style and message, yet delivers with a more polished sound. Louder Now was leaked onto the Internet in its entirety on April 19, 2006. Taking Back Sunday received mainstream exposure by appearing on the late night talk shows The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

In April 2006, Taking Back Sunday took part in the 2-day "Give It a Name" indoor rock festival in England. The band played at Manchester Evening News Arena on Saturday, April 29 and London Earls Court on Sunday, April 30. During the first song of their set at the Earls Court show, Adam Lazzara accidentally hit Matt Rubano on the head while swinging his microphone and knocked him out cold. He was rushed backstage for medical treatment. Rubano later returned to the stage sporting a large head-bandage and a noticeable amount of blood on his face. Following his return to the stage, Rubano continued to play while sitting down. In a less noted incident, during the band's last song at the MEN show, the pedal to the bass drum broke, and the band had to stall while a replacement was found and installed. The band released the follow-up single to MakeDamnSure, Twenty-Twenty Surgery, on August 21 2006 in the UK. The video depicts Lazzara as Johnny Cash. Taking Back Sunday embarked on their North American Tour on February 22, 2007 at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA with supporting bands Underoath and Armor for Sleep. This tour was sort of a throw back where they featured older songs from previous albums, and they played the song "Brooklyn (If You See Something, Say Something)" for the first time live.

In April 2007 they supported Lostprophets on their UK arena tour, along with Aiden. On April 6, 2007 it was confirmed by Linkin Park's Joe Hahn that the band will be part of the 2007 Projekt Revolution tour with Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Placebo, HIM, Saosin and other bands like the listed above.The band also announced on their myspace that they will be performing on Live Earth on July 7th.

Band members

Adam Lazzara – Lead singer

Fred Mascherino – Lead Guitar, vocals

Eddie Reyes – Guitar

Mark O'Connell – Drums

Matt Rubano – Bass

Former members

John Nolan – Guitar/vocals

Shaun Cooper – Bass

Antonio Longo – Vocals

Stevie DeJosheph – Drums

Jesse Lacey – Bass, back up vocals


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