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Taking Back Sunday celebrate their 20-year anniversary as a band (and new album “Twenty”) with the Maine at First Avenue in Minneapolis

It’s been so long since I’ve been to a show at First Avenue that I honestly can’t remember the last show I was here for. Considering this venue has a show practically every night of the year, it’s almost a shame that I have no recollection of when I was here last.

With that said, I was happy to be back at First Avenue for night one of Taking Back Sunday’s twenty year anniversary show, here the band would soon be playing “Tell All Tour Friends” from front to back, and flipping a coin to determine if the band plays “Louder Now” or “Where You Want To Be.”

Taking Back Sunday

Starting the night promptly at 8pm was Arizona band The Maine. Sadly, I haven’t caught this band outside of Warped Tour, and hyped isn’t a strong enough word to use for me to describe how excited I was to finally catch them in a venue. The Maine started their set with a cover of Blur’s “Song 2” and quickly moved into an eclectic set of their own music. I’ve always been fond of The Maine’s work (Forever Halloween is my personal favorite album of theirs) and it was absolutely refreshing to hear part of their catalog live again. The band played a healthy mix of old and new songs, even invited a fan on stage during their old hit “Girls Do What They Want,” adding another enjoyable piece to their performance.

Finally, it was time for headliner Taking Back Sunday, and i knew I wasn’t the only one eagerly awaiting the coin flip that would determine exactly what we were going to hear on night one. Promotly Taking the stage at 9:15, Taking Back Sunday walked onstage to one of the loudest cheers I’ve heard. Storming into their debut album “Tell All Your Friends,” Taking Back Sunday commanded the crowd, pacing out the entirety of this album over the course of an hour, using some of that time to tell anecdotes about the record. Soon enough it was coin flip time and the second album that would be played in full would be “Where You Want To Be.” It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a crowd that engaged for an album play-through, let alone two full albums, but Taking Back Sunday definitely knew how to appease a crowd by putting on an unforgettable celebration of their career

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Alexa Chihos
Alexa Chihos is a music photographer based in Boston. See her work at alexachihosphotography.com.

Taking Back Sunday celebrate their 20-year anniversary as a band (and new album “Twenty”) with the Maine at First Avenue in Minneapolis

It’s been so long since I’ve been to a show at First Avenue that I honestly can’t remember the last show I was here for. Considering this venue has a show practically every night of the year, it’s almost a shame that I have no recollection of when I was here last.

With that said, I was happy to be back at First Avenue for night one of Taking Back Sunday’s twenty year anniversary show, here the band would soon be playing “Tell All Tour Friends” from front to back, and flipping a coin to determine if the band plays “Louder Now” or “Where You Want To Be.”

Taking Back Sunday

Starting the night promptly at 8pm was Arizona band The Maine. Sadly, I haven’t caught this band outside of Warped Tour, and hyped isn’t a strong enough word to use for me to describe how excited I was to finally catch them in a venue. The Maine started their set with a cover of Blur’s “Song 2” and quickly moved into an eclectic set of their own music. I’ve always been fond of The Maine’s work (Forever Halloween is my personal favorite album of theirs) and it was absolutely refreshing to hear part of their catalog live again. The band played a healthy mix of old and new songs, even invited a fan on stage during their old hit “Girls Do What They Want,” adding another enjoyable piece to their performance.

Finally, it was time for headliner Taking Back Sunday, and i knew I wasn’t the only one eagerly awaiting the coin flip that would determine exactly what we were going to hear on night one. Promotly Taking the stage at 9:15, Taking Back Sunday walked onstage to one of the loudest cheers I’ve heard. Storming into their debut album “Tell All Your Friends,” Taking Back Sunday commanded the crowd, pacing out the entirety of this album over the course of an hour, using some of that time to tell anecdotes about the record. Soon enough it was coin flip time and the second album that would be played in full would be “Where You Want To Be.” It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a crowd that engaged for an album play-through, let alone two full albums, but Taking Back Sunday definitely knew how to appease a crowd by putting on an unforgettable celebration of their career

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

The Maine

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

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