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Shaun Cooper (Taking Back Sunday) blogs about “altercation” in Scotland

June 7, 2012
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Taking Back Sunday bassist Shaun Cooper (second from right) took to his blog to offer some perspective on the recently unveiled video of TBS frontman Adam Lazzara and a fan getting into an “altercation” at a recent show in Glasgow, Scotland. The video’s below, and at the risk of being presumptuous, doesn’t appear to be much of an altercation at all. Cooper agrees:

“Today a video from our recent show in Glasgow surfaced where Adam had what could loosely be called an “altercation” while out in the crowd.   Usually we refrain from discussing stupid things and taking the higher road, well to hell with that.  The incident was brief, all parties unharmed, though I don’t condone any of the weirdness seen in the clip.  What I also can’t condone is the rampant shit talking and wild speculation going on over at absolutepunk.net.

Know I am not complaining about any of this.  I absolutely love my job, and I love my bandmates. I am so lucky to get to have such a crazy schedule and see so many amazing places while playing music with my friends.   Adam has had a rough go of it the last couple months and I felt it needed to be addressed.    He is a proud man, and doesn’t want pity.  This is why he doesn’t talk about it in detail.  He went through all this because he didn’t want to let people down.  We (the band) have to pay the bills.  You (the fans) paid your hard earned money for that ticket.  I am well aware we have some less than stellar shows, but we also have some pretty great ones too.  We’re only human, and sometimes extenuating circumstances prevent us from performing at our very best.  I promise you that over the last 2 years, none of us have ever once phoned it in.

We’re coming out swinging on the Warped Tour.  Can’t wait to see everyone this summer.”

What do you think of the video and Cooper’s response? Let us know in the comments.

Written by Bryne Yancey

Position: Former Web Editor HQ: Orlando, FL (soon to be Cleveland, OH) Nice to meet you! I'm Bryne Yancey, the former web editor for Alternative Press. Prior to joining AP full-time, I volunteered at Punknews.org and freelanced for Myspace Music and AP, writing reviews and such.  I enjoy 80s thrash metal, leather-jacket pop-punk, obscure 90s/2000s emo, contemporary crust-core, and plenty in between. I'm a big fan of pizza, nachos, dessert, sleeveless t-shirts, wearing shorts year-round, sunglasses, science fiction, dry humor, horror, the Florida Marlins, the Orlando Magic, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vinyl is great; Spotify is equally and differently great. Green Day's "Dookie," Bad Religion's "All Ages," and the Suicide Machines' "Battle Hymns" changed my life. I don't think our scene has ever been as exciting or promising as it is right now. Top ten albums OF ALL TIME (but in no particular order): Saves The Day - Stay What You Are Green Day - Warning Jimmy Eat World - Futures Snapcase - Designs For Automotion Hot Water Music - Caution Metallica - ...And Justice For All The Suicide Machines - Battle Hymns Bad Religion - The Process of Belief The Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever Told Descendents - ALL Twitter | Tumblr