Taking Back Sunday: ‘Tell All Your Friends’ 20th Anniversary Edition 5/27, Ahead of Third Eye Blind Tour

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Among the albums most exemplary of the “emo” scene of the early-to-mid 2000s was 2002’s Tell All Your Friends, the debut record from Taking Back Sunday.

On May 27, that seminal album that really captured the tone of the era will be reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

As a preview of the reissue, Taking Back Sunday shared a demo recording of “Great Romances of the 20th Century”:

A bit more on the legacy of this particular record and its importance to the scene, per a news release:

Originally released in 2002, Tell All Your Friends not only propelled Taking Back Sunday to global stardom but also became a defining album in the alt-rock canon. Yet, as the Long Island band readied to record their debut, their expectations were modest—evidenced by the album’s tongue-in-cheek title. After solidifying their line-up in 2001 and recording a five-song demo, Adam Lazzara (vocals), Eddie Reyes (guitar), John Nolan (guitar + vocals), Mark O’Connell (drums), and Shaun Cooper (bass) caught the ears of Victory Records, who signed them promptly that December. Not long after, the band entered New Jersey’s Big Blue Meenie studio with producer Sal Villanueva (Thursday, Murphy’s Law) to record Tell All Your Friends.

Released in March 2002, the album delivered a blend of hardcore, punk, and pop-forward anthemic melodies with heartfelt lyricism and an emotionally charged delivery. Relatable, angsty, and cathartic, Taking Back Sunday’s music touched a nerve with a new generation of alt-rock fans. In his liner notes, Gamboa argues that the album’s songs “capture universal feelings that don’t generally get much play. We can all name a dozen love songs right now, sure. But how many songs can you name about wanting to be the one to betray your ‘best friend’ to ensure his downfall? What about the power of frenemies?”

He continues, “The feelings that Tell All Your Friends conjures up don’t even have to come from the hyper-literate lyrics, from a thousand clever lines unread on clever napkins. That mosh pit of emotions, which were extra raw in those angst-ridden days, starts with the driving rhythms from Mark O’Connell’s drum and Shaun Cooper’s bass. It soars on the triumphant guitar riffs from John Nolan and Eddie Reyes. Soon, you’re screaming along with Adam Lazzara. That is magic.”

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The track listing:

1. You Know How I Do
2. Bike Scene
3. Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)
4. There’s No ‘I’ In Team
5. Great Romances Of The 20th Century
6. Ghost Man On Third
7. Timberwolves At New Jersey
8. The Blue Channel
9. You’re So Last Summer
10. Head Club
11. Great Romances Of The 20th Century (Demo)
12. The Blue Channel (Demo)
13. Bike Scene (Demo)
14. Mutual Head Club (Demo)

This summer, Taking Back Sunday will tour as main support on Third Eye Blind’s 25th anniversary tour; the dates:

June 22 Troutdale, OR Edgefield
June 23 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
June 24 Bonner, MT KettleHouse Amphitheater
June 25 Sandy, UT Sandy Amphitheater
June 27 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
June 29 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Concert Cove
June 30 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
July 1 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Amphitheater
July 2 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 6 Newport, KY OVATION
July 7 Indianapolis, IN TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
July 8 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
July 9 Sterling Heights, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre
July 12 Columbus, OH KEMBA Live! Outdoor Amphitheater
July 13 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
July 15 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Center
July 16 Mansfield, MA XFINITY Center
July 17 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theat
July 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 22 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 23 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 26 Atlanta, GA Cadence Bank Amphitheatre
July 27 Franklin, TN FirstBank Amphitheater
July 29 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
July 30 Del Valle, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater
July 31 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Aug 1 Oklahoma City, OK The Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug 4 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Federal Theatre
Aug 5 Inglewood, CA YouTube Theater
Aug 11 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater
Aug 12 Las Vegas, NV Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Aug 13 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre

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