Taking Back Sunday Surprises With Strong Showing Despite Guest Vocalist
This is what Underoath sounds like. So you can understand the early skepticism.
Chamberlain popped out of the mosh pit (to great applause) at the end of "Timberwolves" and sang for the rest of the set. He then covered staples like "Bonus Mosh Pt 2" and "You're So Last Summer" in a way that didn't piss off even the most hardcore fans.
After a very brief recess, during which the band didn't really bother pretending that they hadn't planned an encore, the members came back out and gave the fans two more favorites, beginning with "Cute Without the E." Chamberlain joked that the last song would be an Underoath song, since he was doing so many TBS songs, but quickly retracted when the crowd started looking mutinous. They wrapped up the encore with 2006's hit single "MakeDamnSure."
Following the set, we waited around near the backstage area until we were able to speak to some of the band members.
Joe Boynton of Transit explained his guest-guest status as serving to help take some of the pressure off of Chamberlain. He said the tour was currently "as good as it can be, a great time," other than having to drop two dates after Lazarra abruptly left. After TBS bassist Eddie Reyes blew us off with extreme prejudice, we were able to find a more fan-friendly band member to speak to. Guitarist John Nolan spoke to us after changing out of his Iron Man costume (which he selected due to his "shitty Tony Stark beard," he explained).
He told us that the band had no idea how fans would react to Chamberlain filling in, and that they weren't completely confident that the tour would be able to continue, but that fans have had no complaints. "Spencer stepped up, he learned twelve or thirteen songs by heart in two days", he said. Nolan also told us that he took over some of the songs solo and added the Straylight Run cover to help Chamberlain get through a full set.
All in all, Taking Back Sunderoath did Lazzara proud. TBS will never be complete without Lazzara's stage antics and melefluent voice, but Chamberlain gave a surpringly good showing.
Continue to page three for notes and the setlist.