Great South Bay Music fest: Taking Back Sunday's powerful opener – New York News

Soaking downpours and muddy moshpits couldn’t sink spirits at the opening night of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue as Taking Back Sunday led a powerful slate of rock bands at Shorefront Park Thursday night.


“There’s something about being back on Long Island,” singer Adam Lazzara said, drawing a roar from the crowd, as the band took a rare break from its hard-hitting set.

“We’re the luckiest men you’re ever going to meet,” added Lazzara, who revealed the band had been practicing for its upcoming national tour in Lindenhurst this week.

The last time the Long Beach-based band played Great South Bay in 2014, it ushered in the festival’s expansion to four days. This year, it kicks off Long Island’s biggest music festival ahead of headliners 311 on Friday, Gov’t Mule on Saturday and Eddie Money and the Zombies on Sunday.

During their hourlong set, Taking Back Sunday mixed songs from last year’s standout “Tidal Wave” album, including the rousing “Call Come Running,” with classics like “A Decade Under the Influence.”

Thursday’s lineup on the main stage was packed with acts that came through the Long Island scene that spawned Taking Back…

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