There's way too many people on AbsolutePunk.net that dislike Adam Lazzara without reason.
I recognize that these people blindly assume he is the cause to any problem that has ever happened with the band. On top of that, it seems that he is never really
credited for anything good Taking Back Sunday's ever done by the majority of this site's regulars. It's nonsense. If you think Adam Lazzara wrote less of "Tell All Your Friends" than John Nolan, you are an idiot. If you cannot recognize that "MakeDamnSure" is a masterstroke that can be mainly credited to Adam Lazzara's songwriting ability, you are an idiot as well. Nobody is saying you should kiss his feet, or claim that he is
the band, but show some due respect. Adam Lazzara is a top-notch frontman who truly gives all that he has to his band.
I'm not saying Adam Lazzara's been perfect, he has admitted to acting like a dick at times in the past, but I know that Mark O'Connell and Eddie Reyes have never had a bad thing to say about the guy. John Nolan is a fantastic musician who recognizes Adam Lazzara's ability and clearly feels that he's a valuable friend to have in his life.
John Nolan and Shaun Cooper being able to come back to Taking Back Sunday and co-exist so easily says a lot of good things about their character as well as Adam Lazzara's. It also serves as more evidence that the blame for any problems and/or drama with the other former band members should not presumptuously be thrown on Adam Lazzara's shoulders. I've never once heard that he alienated his former bandmates. Those are blind assumptions. Fred Mascherino and Mark O'Connell seemed to be the two individuals that were the most at odds during the "Where You Want To Be"-"Louder Now" era. I like Fred Mascherino, and I believe that he is extremely talented, but based on how I've personally witnessed him act towards Matt Rubano (taking down to him, saying that bass is insignificant), Mark O'Connell, and Eddie Reyes, I fear that he possibly could've had a presumptious, 'nose in the air' way about him before he chose to leave the band. The music was great during the "Where You Want To Be"-"Louder Now" era, but the non-musical chemistry between the band members was not.
I commend the band for recognizing that bringing in Fred Mascherino's replacement Matt Fazzi was a failed experiment after reflecting on "New Again", as his style simply did not fit Taking Back Sunday's sound nearly as well John Nolan's, or Fred Mascherino's had. Once the decision was made to invite John Nolan back into the band, replacing Matt Rubano, who had his share of differences with Mark O'Connell and Eddie Reyes, with John Nolan's frequent collaborator Shaun Cooper was necessary. I believe it was the correct move, as Matt Rubano, despite being one of the most talented bassists I've ever seen, is not a better fit for Taking Back Sunday than Shaun Cooper. A good man who's incredible work with Destry, Straylight Run, and Taking Back Sunday speaks for itself.
Taking Back Sunday's original/current lineup has been great to each other since reforming in March after seven years apart. They are all showing some real graciousness. This is clearly how the band should be.