CONCERT REVIEW: The Used and Taking Back Sunday at the Kool Haus

Last night, Toronto’s Kool Haus was packed with fans as The Used and Taking Back Sunday brought their co-headlining tour to the sold out venue.


The first to take the stage was Sleepwave. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida, it was the band’s first time playing Toronto. With their long flowing hair headbanging all over the place, the band shared a resemblance to old rock and roll bands from the 70’s, and their music paralleled with it.









Following Sleepwave were Australian natives Tonight Alive. Lead singer Jenna McDougall made sure that every fan was moving and singing along. A small group of hard core Tonight Alive fans were huddled around on the left side, who knew every word, and initially helped the rest of the crowd to get into the music.


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After Tonight Alive, fans milled in anticipation as they waited for The Used. As the lights went down, the crowd erupted into cheers and yelling


Although touring in support of their recent album, Imaginary Enemy, The Used mostly played their fan favourites in this set list, including “All That I’ve Got”, “The Taste of Ink”, and “I Caught Fire.”


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One of the most memorable moments form The Used’s set was prior to their song “Pretty Handsome Awkward”,  when lead singer Bert McCracken told the audience to split in two right down the middle. Once the song kicked in, the fans ran back into the middle and burst into a moshing frenzy.


Towards the end of their set, things got a little emotional as McCracken made a point of mentioning how powerful music is.

“There are so many things credited to rock and roll like drugs, and sex, and sex, and sex, and drugs, and more sex, but music, music is the realest thing of it all… I think it’s so crazy that we’re all different people with different thoughts, but we’re all here because of music.”


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After The Used, fans were pushing more and more towards the front as Taking Back Sunday hit the stage. They opened with one of their recent songs “Stood a Chance” from their new album Happiness Is. The audience did not let the band down for a second and continued to rock out and jump around. There were several crowd surfers who were going from every which way as the music.


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As the crowd made sure to stay into the show, so did lead singer Adam Lazzara, who checked on the crowd, telling them to get off their phones and enjoy the show. Although with a packed show like this, it was hard not to enjoy it.


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The Used and Taking Back Sunday are continuing on their almost sold out North American tour until April 27 where they’ll end in Orlando, Florida. For more information on when The Used and Taking Back Sunday are coming to your city, check out their official websites here and here.

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