If you were to tell me you never listened to “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Dance, Dance,” or “Thnks fr th Mmrs” I would most likely think you’re lying. Fall Out Boy has been at the front of pop punk music since their first ever release with Project Rocket in 2002. Producing hit after hit, the band had several multi platinum singles and albums (along with a Gremmy) until taking a hiatus to explore side projects in 2009. The band resurfaced in 2012 with the release of “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light EM Up)” off their album Save Rock and Roll, which was released shortly after. Since the first release back from their hiatus they have toured the US multiple times with other long-time-known bands Paramore and Panic! At the Disco, along with a tour that changed the pace a bit- The Boys of Zummer featuring Hoodie Allen, Wiz Khalifa, and MAX alongside FOB. Their most recent release has been American Beauty/ American Psycho, the album from which radio hit “Uma Thurman” was released. The boys have been touring the US with direct support Awolnation and PVRIS on the “Wintour is Coming” tour.
The stage was set with a high platform in addition to a V encompassing the general admission and VIP pits and extending into the floor seating section where the walkway was brought down to a slightly lower level. Taking a look around the audience the crowd was very mixed which was to be expected as they have made music for more than ten years and reached many generations of fans. When the boys came out on stage, they were just as pumped as we imagine them to have been at the start of their careers.
The set started with SNOW falling from the ceiling to make more a dramatic “wintour” entry before their opening song. “Irresistible” from their most recent album was up first before quickly throwing it back to their most known track “Sugar, We’re Goin Down.” In the crowd, many of those fans dressed in the easily recognizable “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” music video deer antlers could be seen jumping up and down and flat out getting wild for the popular throwback. The very popular duo Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz then came out the the tip of the V-shaped stage to go back to back for “The Phoenix.”
Many songs were played from the newer album but also many older ones, before slowing it down. The arena darkened and a fancy black piano came out from under the stage where Stump took his seat for a heartfelt performance of “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes.” He then transitioned into the album-titled “Save Rock and Roll” which features Elton John (rock hero)- performance complete with Elton John stage graphics and live-sounding voice overs of the legend himself. This is when the boys reemerged on the stage and closed out the song as big and dramatically as possible.
At some unknown point in the set, the crowd was hyped up when balloons made to appear as eye-balls dropped from the back ceiling and the crowd tossed them about. One balloon made it all the way to the front of the arena just before it was tossed to Patrick and popped with his guitar.
After many other songs, Pete came out to the front of the stage for the second time to talk about the band and where they are today saying, “In 2003, who would have thought that we’d be selling out arenas in 2016.” He then continued on to speak briefly about their hiatus before their 2012 release in which he said, “Remember that you will always have a ‘last failure’ before your biggest success.”
Well said, Pete.
The speech about their long career as a band lead into second-to-last song, the ever famous “Thnks fr th Mmrs” (what us older generation of fans really came for). The band seemed to be the most excited and hype for this song than all others in the set. The closing song (before the encore of course) was their four times platinum hit “Centuries.” This closer was accompanied by many stage jumps and even firework sparks being ejected from the back of the stage.
For those of you thinking about attending one of FOB’s tour- absolutely do it. Get some tickets (maybe even a meet and greet) and enjoy a “soda” or three while you jam out to the punk rock that comes with priceless nostalgia. We promise you won’t regret this one.
photographed and written by Rebecca Reece- fully copyrighted.