According to a Sept. 4 report from NJ.com, Taking Back Sunday will play back-to-back nights at Starland Ballroom on Sept. 11 and 12, helping to launch a new era of the venue's shows after nearly a year of renovation.
The venue was significantly damaged during Hurricane Sandy and has been closed since Oct. 29, when the storm flooded the place, forcing the doors shut for repairs.
Besides Taking Back Sunday, the venue already has an extensive lineup of A-list acts lined up for the fall season.
Starland Ballroom’s reopening roster of shows spans several formats of music, and will include country star Billy Currington (Sept. 7), post-punk rockers Taking Back Sunday (Sept. 11/12), Chris Young (Sept. 21), Cake (Sept. 22), and Three Days Grace (Sept. 26).
Following extensive renovations and improvements after its near destruction at the hands of Superstorm Sandy, the Starland Ballroom is back and ready to rock with its grand reopening concert on September 6. New Jersey’s own Robert and Dean DeLeo and their band, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, will be performing along with platinum rock band Filter. It will be the first concert at the Starland Ballroom since the storm temporarily shut-down the venue in October 2012.
“Superstorm Sandy created trying times for New Jersey, but with businesses returning and people’s lives getting back to normal, our Garden State has created a resounding sense of victory for itself," says Colin Conway, Vice President, AEG Live – Eastern Region and General Manager of Starland Ballroom. "Sandy left Starland badly damaged-- yet nearly a year later, after countless hours of hard work, we’ve rebuilt a venue we’re proud to present to the public. That we get to do so with New Jersey’s own DeLeo brothers and their band, Stone Temple Pilots, is the perfect finishing touch. September 6th will be a historic night for Starland, and for rock and roll in New Jersey.”
While staying true to the décor and intimacy of the Starland Ballroom, the venue’s renovations offer fans improved crowd flow, better sight lines, upgraded restrooms, a new state-of-the-art sound system and video display screens.
Although the Starland Ballroom has managed to survive and rebuild, there are still many others still in need with more than 200 homes in Sayreville destroyed or damaged after Superstorm Sandy. With that in mind, BLINK 182’s Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker will be performing an intimate show at the venue on September 10, donating a portion of each ticket of the sold-out show to Sandy relief as well as to City of Hope for its research and treatments for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.