Pop-Break Live: Taking Back Sunday, Gates, Acceptance at The Starland Ballroom

Taking Back Sunday’s third annual Holiday Spectacular took place on the weekend of December 16 and 17 a The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. This annual Christmas tradition always packs a crowd, and this year it was no different. The Pop Break was lucky enough to shoot the sold-out show on Saturday December 17. We were told the Friday December 16 show was amazing — and featured killer sets from The Starting Line, and longtime friends of The Pop Break, Modern Chemistry. The Saturday show was filled with killer sets from Jersey’s own Gates, and Acceptance.

The main event of the evening, and the reason the house was jamming, was emo superheroes, Taking Back Sunday. Adam Lazzara and the boys ripped through the band’s hits like “Timberwolves at New Jersey.” “MakeDamnSure,” and “Cute with the E (Cut from the Team).”

Pop-Break’s Al Mannarino caught the bands in action.

Gates

Acceptance

Setlist:

Take Cover
Breathless
The Letter
So Contagious
In Too Far
Take You Away
This Conversation Is Over
Over You
Diagram of a Simple Man
Glory/Us

Taking Back Sunday

Setlist:

Death Wolf
Liar (It Takes One to Know One)
You Can’t Look Back
Timberwolves at New Jersey
Error: Operator
What’s It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?
Number Five with a Bullet
A Decade Under the Influence
You’re So Last Summer
Fences
All Excess
Call Come Running
You Know How I Do
Faith (When I Let You Down)
Flicker, Fade
One-Eighty by Summer
Better Homes and Gardens
Call Me in the Morning
Tidal Wave
Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)
MakeDamnSure