In a team-up worthy of the Wonder Twins, two of emo-punk's biggest acts — Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday — have announced plans to launch a North American tour on April 10 in Champaign, Illinois.
"I remember in high school, the true measure of your 'scene points' was having Jimmy Eat World's first album," Taking Back Sunday frontman Adam Lazzara said. "A lot of the stuff we do, they wrote the script for. When I first heard "Goodbye Sky Harbor" [from 1999's Clarity], I was floored, and I've been trying to produce something like that ever since. So to say we're excited is an understatement."
Management for both bands confirm that the co-headlining tour kicks off at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall in Champaign and runs for five weeks, with several additional dates and venues confirmed: the State Theatre in Detroit, the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the Dunkin Donuts Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Tickets for those four shows go on sale next week. Dates in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Toronto, Washington, DC, and more are expected to be announced shortly.
Jimmy Eat World, currently supporting their fourth album, Futures (see "Jimmy Eat World Get In Touch With Their Political Side On Futures"), will head to Europe on February 25 for a tour that will take them throughout much of the continent, eventually ending up in Japan. Taking Back Sunday finished a European tour on Monday and will be enjoying some much-deserved time off, but they can't wait for the co-headlining tour to begin.
"The best thing for us about this tour is that our audience is going to get to see a pretty rocking show every night," TBS bassist Matt Rubano said. "And we're going to get to see Jimmy Eat World every night."
"As soon as we're done playing, we're going to go offstage, dry off, and then go right out into the crowd and watch them," Lazzara added. "We got to play a bunch of radio shows with them in December, and we'd go out into the crowd and watch them and sing along to their songs."
For a full-length feature on Taking Back Sunday, see "Taking Back Sunday: Buddhas Of Suburbia."