The Taste Of Chaos tour hit Philadelphia, PA at the sold out Festival Pier in Penn’s Landing on June 19 and started off with close-to-home, New Jersey rock band, The Early November. The band started off strong with “Decoration,” which came off their second full-length album, The Mother, the Mechanic, and the Path. Frontman Ace Enders always puts on an exceptional performance, whether it be with The Early November or with one of his side projects. Ender’s voice is impeccable all the while boasting a huge smile on his face throughout their entire set. The Early November performed fan favorites like “Tell Me Why” and “I Want To Hear You Sad,” as well as newer tracks like “Narrow Mouth” and “I Don’t Care” off their 2015 LP Imbue.
With frontman Anthony Green back at the mic, Saosin launched a very energetic set with “Racing Toward A Red Light,” fresh off their latest 2016 release Along The Shadow. Green used every inch of the stage during their set. His contagious energy had the crowd flooding over the barricade and screaming every lyric from a new song “The Silver String.” Other fan favorites the band delivered were hits like “3rd Measurement in C,” “I Can Tell There Was An Accident Here Earlier,” and “Translating The Name.” Green closed it out with one of Saosin’s biggest hits and a favorite of many, “Seven Years,” while flawlessly crowd surfing from the stage to the soundboard and climbing into the rafters.
After a ten-year hiatus, Philadelphia’s own hometown heroes The Starting Line took the stage next. From the moment Kenny Vasoli stepped onto the stage to perform, till the moment they finished playing fan favorite “Best Of Me,” the crowd sang non-stop, and in most cases even sang louder than the band’s frontman. There was a steady flow of crowd surfers finding their way to the barricade one after another during every single song. The Starting Line was definitely an incredible addition to the Philadelphia date for Taste Of Chaos.
Long Island, New York rockers Taking Back Sunday hit the stage as their backdrop unveiled a massive American flag. They immediately launched into their huge hit “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)” off their 2002 debut, Tell All Your Friends. Fans loved every second of their set and frontman Adam Lazzara fed off their explosive energy levels while running around the stage screaming every lyric to the sold out show. Taking Back Sunday is sounding better then I have ever heard them before.
Taste Of Chaos headliner Dashboard Confessional started their set off with one their biggest hits of 2006, “Vindicated.” The band played a variety of songs splitting their performance between the full band and an acoustic set. Despite the fact that Dashboard has not released a new album since 2009, they’re still relevant and fans are still loving every second of their live show.
Enjoy Andrew Wendowski‘s gallery of photos from the sold out Taste Of Chaos Philadelphia below.