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The Used and Taking Back Sunday taking back Utah on co-headlining tour

Published March 20, 2014 4:03 pm

Music • New albums in hand, The Used and Taking Back Sunday co-headline In The Venue show.
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Taking Back Sunday was formed in New York in 1999; The Used grew out of a basement in Orem two years later.

TBS had a string of three gold-certified albums; The Used have charted three gold-certified and one platinum-certified record. Albums from each American rock band have charted in the Top 5, but in the past few years, not much has been heard from them.

Rest assured that in Salt Lake City the weekend of March 21, both will be heard in ascending decibels.

"We're as great as we've ever been," said guitarist Quinn Allman of The Used, the only member still to reside in the Beehive State. Any rumors that the band had broken up are unfounded — it's just that family takes more of a priority than ever before, he said.

Shaun Cooper, bassist for Taking Back Sunday, also said that family is much more important to the band. TBS released its sixth album, "Happiness Is …," on Tuesday, March 18, and Cooper filled in the blanks by saying that happiness is "my family, my friends, my band and the success we have all enjoyed over the years."

The two veteran rock bands are touring behind new efforts that illustrate that the hunger is still there. The Used will release its sixth studio album, "Imaginary Enemy," on April 1.

Taking Back Sunday embarked on its "Tell All Your Friends" 10th-anniversary tour in 2012, during which the band performed its debut album in its entirety and revived talk about reaching heights it hadn't reached for years. "We were just really grateful that people still cared so much about a record we wrote in Mark's parents' basement," Cooper said. "It was an honor to have so many people coming out and singing along with us after all that time had passed."

Now, after that bonding experience, "We feel there is some sort of chemistry between the five of us that we can't really explain," Cooper said. "We feel the songs we write together are definitely greater than the sum of their parts."

But instead of being together in their parents' basements, the band members are spread around the world.

The Used's frontman, Bert McCracken, now resides in Australia, bassist Jeph Howard lives in Panama and drummer Dan Whitesides calls Pasadena, Calif., home.

"It definitely isn't easy, but with Internet connections and things like cellphones and FaceTime and Skype, the world is a lot smaller than it used to be," Cooper said. "We are fortunate that we don't have to work real jobs when we aren't on the road so we get to spend tons of time with our wives and children."

Some even have a basement of their own.

"I feel really satisfied … making music in the basement," said Allman, whose Little Cottonwood Canyon home includes a studio where he has spent the past few years working on new music with his wife, onetime "American Idol" finalist Megan Joy, and her son. —

The Used & Taking Back Sunday with Tonight Alive and Sleepwave

When • Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m.

Where • In The Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $29.50 in advance, $34 day of, at SmithsTix