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PHOTOS: Taking Back Sunday, letlive., The Menzingers Live At Hollywood Palladium

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Words by Katrina Nattress, Photos by Andre Steenkamp

Taking Back Sunday recently embarked on their last full North American Tour in support of Happiness Is, and on Friday night their explosive show rolled through Los Angeles by way of the Hollywood Palladium. Though they just released Happiness Is: The Complete Recordings, the set list was a nice mix of both new and old material comprising selections off all five of their studio albums. Not surprisingly, the crowd responded highly to songs like "Cute Without The 'E' (Cut From The Team)," "You're So Last Summer," and other tracks off Tell All Your Friends, but Adam Lazzara and the rest of the band's energy was so electric that even deeper cuts like "How I Met Your Mother" were welcomed with moshing, crowd-surfing, and Snapchatting. 

The Menzingers started the night off with their gritty brand of alt-Americana. Focusing mostly on material off last year's Rented World and 2012's On The Impossible Past, the Philadelphia-based rockers engaged the crowd and got the adrenaline pumping right off the bat. Led by the always eccentric Jason Aalon Alexander Butler, letlive. got the attention of everyone in the building. As soon as he stepped onstage, the vocalist went full-throttle, jumping across the stage and performing a strip-tease of sorts, rendering him shirtless by the end. The set list was evenly distributed between 2013's The Blackest Beautiful and 2010's Fake History, and no matter what song was blasting from the speakers, a circle pit was rumbling on the floor. We were there, absorbing the intensity from the photo pit. Check out our favorite shots below.

  


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Taking Back Sunday


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