Emo Night? Hell yeah. Taking Back Tuesday? Hold up, says Taking Back Sunday co-frontman Adam Lazzara.
Billboard spoke to the artist over the weekend, inquiring about the popular L.A. event's more specific original name, which it no longer uses as an official title. He didn't mince words:
“Those motherfuckers owe me some money. They're using our name, they didn't ask. It's flattering, I get it. But also, I don't want to become a parody of something I take real seriously. That's the line that those people are walking. They need to understand that they’ve got to take care with that shit. You don't make shirts that say, ‘Sad as fuck.’ Like you're making a fucking joke out of it? Fuck you."
Emo Night/Taking Back Tuesday's organizers—Barbara Szabo, Morgan Freed and T.J. Petracca—responded to Lazzara, telling Billboard they started the event in December 2014 "from a place of love and admiration for the genre that saved our lives and made us who we are." They insist it is not a joke and that "the response from our event attendees and the artists who have been involved has been incredibly positive."
They went on:
"It is unfortunate that Adam feels so much animosity towards a night created to celebrate and support the genre of music that continues to embrace his band. Our events have brought together like-minded people who have become a family that support each other. ... If Adam ever wants to come experience the event for himself, we’re positive he’d have a different opinion and we’d welcome him with open arms."
Emo Night has seen visits from artists like Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba and Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. Head to Billboard for the full story, and check out our archival Taking Back Sunday interview, from back when they were about to do their 10th anniversary tour: