Last year, Brand New’s first record, Your Favorite Weapon, celebrated its 10th anniversary. The band marked the occasion by re-releasing it with previously unreleased demos (most notably on vinyl, saving me from having to search Ebay for YFW on vinyl) and by performing the album in its entirety as part of their New Year’s Eve show at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.
Earlier this year, Taking Back Sunday’s first record, Tell All Your Friends, celebrated its 10th anniversary. I marked the occasion by writing a blog post. The band has finally gotten around to marking the occasion by announcing the #TAYF10 tour. (I don’t know if the tour name is supposed to have a hashtag or not, but I’m sticking with it because every reference I’ve seen thus far from the band has the hashtag.) The band will be playing TAYF in its entirety every night, which is too awesome for words. (And if it inspires Brand New to do the same thing with Deja Entendu next year, I won’t complain.)
This wasn’t what you’d call a well-kept secret. The band started hinting at the possibility of a Tell All Your Friends anniversary tour earlier this summer. And over the weekend I found out that Bayside is going to open for them, which made me even more excited for this tour (as if that’s even possible). The only thing I needed from today’s official announcement was the list of dates. When the first Florida date I saw was in Orlando, I despaired of a Tampa/St. Pete show. My despair grew when the next date listed was in Fort Lauderdale. But, lo and behold, they are playing Jannus Landing in St. Pete! Woohoo!
I will be attending the St. Pete show. This is a thing I have to see; YouTube videos will not be sufficient. To that end, I’ve decided that I’m going to give up going to the movies for a while. After all, which is more important to see in a theater: The Dark Knight Rises or one of my favorite bands performing one of my all-time favorite records?
And I’m still holding out hope that Taking Back Sunday will re-release Tell All Your Friends on vinyl to celebrate the anniversary. (This can also be said for Deja Entendu, but that doesn’t turn 10 until next year.)