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Taking Back Sunday Pulls Off the Ultimate Wedding Surprise for Long-Time Fans

Updated: Apr 17




When Sammi and Adam Seman tied the knot on Friday, October 27, 2023, they expected it to be a day they'd never forget. But little did they know that their favorite band, Taking Back Sunday, had something up their sleeves to make their big day even more unforgettable.


After receiving a heartfelt DM from the bride, the band decided to surprise the newlyweds with a special performance at Trout Lake in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, dedicating two fitting songs from their brand new album 152 to the happy couple.


To say the newlyweds were ecstatic is an understatement.

The bride shared, "I knew my cousin and maid of honor, Amanda, had a surprise for me. Right before, my matron of honor, Shelby, tells me three of the groomsmen would be singing us a song. So, Amanda gets to the mic and announces the band Taking Back Sunday. Adam and I look at each other and say, 'Yeah, right' but then TBS actually walks in! And obviously, our reactions say it all. We were in shock and disbelief; we just couldn't believe they were actually here at our wedding singing two songs off their new album. They were amazing, as always, and so so nice. Adam even gave us some relationship advice! It was the perfect surprise to an already perfect day. They gave us flowers and their new record with a special message to us. It’s just so unbelievable and I believe Adam described it perfectly when he yelled, 'What is my life right now?!' Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who had a hand in this, you truly made our wedding unforgettable."



The band shared, "When we announced the release date of our new album 152, we received a very nice message on social media from the bride Sammi. She told us that she and her fiancé Adam were long time fans of our band and that their wedding was planned on the same day as our record release and how happy that made her. As luck would have it, we had planned tour rehearsals at a spot only two hours away from their wedding the very same week as the release and the wedding!"


"Through some careful, secretive planning with our manager Jillian and the maid of honor, Amanda, we crashed the wedding. We arrived under the cover of night during speeches from the bride and groom’s friends and family and were whisked away into a room anxiously awaiting our introduction."


"We entered the beautiful reception room to loud cheers and could feel the love! We greeted Adam and Sammi with flowers, warm hugs, and a copy of our new album. Adam, John, and Nathan performed 'I Am the Only One Who Knows You,' and 'The One,' our two most complete love songs. The bride and groom sang and danced along. We took photos and said our goodbyes. It was truly a beautiful night and we're grateful we got to play a small part in it. We wish Sammi and Adam a long, happy, healthy life together filled with love and laughter. Thank you for having us!!!"



Watch the video of the couple's emotional reaction to the surprise performance and hear Taking Back Sunday's latest album, which has received rave reviews from critics worldwide, including Kerrang!, who scored it 4 out of 5.


Produced by Tushar Apte and mixed by Neal Avron, 152 is an album featuring ten intensely vulnerable and absorbing new tracks delivered with fresh ambition and newfound purpose. For Taking Back Sunday, this album stands among their illustrious career's most genuinely reflective and emotionally pure efforts. Throughout 152, the consistent thread is one of generosity, gratitude, and, ultimately, hope.

Listen to or buy the album HERE and join the worldwide acclaim for Taking Back Sunday's most unique and outstanding record to date.


152 TRACKLISTING: "Amphetamine Smiles" "S'old" "The One" "Keep Going" "I Am the Only One Who Knows You" "Quit Trying" "Lightbringer" "New Music Friday" "Juice 2 Me" "The Stranger"


TAKING BACK SUNDAY ON TOUR: 11/2 – Los Angeles, CA — iHeart Radio Album Listening Party Livestream — Live Show + Interview 11/6 — Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room (Album Release Show) 11/9 — Nashville, TN – Eastside Bowl (Album Release Show) 11/13 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (Album Release Show) 11/29 – Melbourne, Australia – 170 Russell 12/1 — Melbourne, Australia — Good Things Festival 2023 12/2 — Sydney, Australia — Good Things Festival 2023 12/3 — Brisbane, Australia — Good Things Festival 2023 12/5 — Woolloongabba, Australia – The Princess Theatre 12/6 – Marrickville, Australia – Factory Theatre 12/13 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall (Holiday Spectacular) 12/14 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall (Holiday Spectacular) 12/15 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (Holiday Spectacular) 12/16 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (Holiday Spectacular)


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