Founding Taking Back Sunday member exits band

If you happen to notice that a familiar face is missing this summer during Taking Back Sunday’s North American tour, then you won’t be the only one. Over the weekend, the Long Island-founded band announced that longtime guitarist Eddie Reyes had left the band due to “personal reasons.” In their short post on social media to fans, the group did not further elaborate on Reyes’ “personal reasons,” just that they wish him well on all his future endeavors.

“Guitarist Eddie Reyes and Taking Back Sunday have parted ways due to personal reasons,” begins the group’s post on Facebook.

“Eddie was a founding member of the band and his contributions can be felt all along the way. John, Shaun, Mark, and Adam love Eddie, wish him well in his future endeavors and look forward to hitting the road soon.”

Reyes, along with fellow guitarist John Nolan, was the only remaining members from the original Taking Back Sunday lineup. Though Nolan left the band for a while to pursue his own musical endeavors (Straylight Run), Reyes remained on the guitar since the group’s inception in 1999.

Reyes contributed to all seven Taking Back Sunday records including their most recent release, 2016’s Tidal Wave.

Though Reyes is no longer in the band, it does not look like his departure will affect the band’s massive tour itinerary. Back in February, Taking Back Sunday announced a joint tour with longtime friends, Coheed and Cambria. The trek will find the two groups traveling across the country during the months of July and August.

The tour will officially kick off on July 6 at Bayfront Park in Miami and wrap up a little over a month later on Aug. 12 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The complete list of upcoming summer tour dates can be found here.

Original Taking Back Sunday Vocalist Posts 1999 Footage


Did you know that Taking Back Sunday had a lead singer before Adam Lazzara?

For Taking Back Sunday fans, it might not be a surprise but for others like us, it’s a little weird to not think that the microphone swinging frontman was not their one and only. With that being said, original Taking Back Sunday frontman, Antonio Longo, recently uploaded a video from one of the band’s first shows in 1999.

Lazzara though, was in the band at the time but not in front of the microphone, but rather behind the bass. Look really close in the video posted below. The line-up at the time that the video was shot included Longo, Lazzara, Eddie Reyes, John Nolan and Mark O’Connell. Pretty close tot he current line up.

The current line-up of the Long Island based band are set to release their sixth studio album, Happiness Is… and go out on a co-headlining tour with The Used in support of it beginning on March 14 at the South
By So What? Festival in Dallas.