Um, so I kinda forgot to do this review earlier…my bad…but Ro has insisted that I write one anyway, even though it’s been a week since the show.
Last Wednesday (June 25th), we saw Fall Out Boy for the fourth time (it was also, incidentally, Ro’s birthday).
You may recall that we last saw FOB in September and it was awesome. Naturally, they were equally (or perhaps more) awesome this time.
Andy, Patrick, Joe, and Pete.
Opening for them was New Politics (who we saw in January). They put on a very energetic show and I’m sure they’re enjoying playing to arena-sized crowds instead of their usual smaller club shows. Highlights of their set were “Harlem” and “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, plus there is David (the singer’s) mini break dancing performance which is impressive (the man can stand on his head! Without support! For like a minute!) and worth seeing.
Next up was Paramore. I’ve seen about a minute of Paramore’s live set before (a couple of years ago at Warped) – I’ve never been a huge fan, so they were never at the top of my list of bands to see. Their most recent album is considerably happier than the angsty stuff they put out when I first started listening to them in high school (I’m looking at you, Riot!), and I really like “Ain’t It Fun”, so hearing it live was a lot of…fun. They also had confetti cannons that went off 3-4 times during the set which, while it startled me each time, added a certain sense of whimsy.
Admittedly, my inner 17 year-old was stoked to hear “Misery Business”, and I really liked that Hayley pulled a girl out of the crowd to help her sing the last bridge and verse. It was almost hard to believe that it was spontaneous because the girl a) was a pretty good singer and b) was able to match Hayley’s energy (i.e. running around the stage) perfectly. But it was still a great experience.
Finally, the moment we were all waiting for: the lights went out, the screen dropped, and Fall Out Boy appeared in all their glory.
The setlist was, of course, amazing – really, are there any bad FOB songs (I don’t know, I personally don’t love “Golden” or “The Mighty Fall”, but they’re not bad): opening with “The Phoenix” and powering through another 15-17 songs before their encore: “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and the perfect closer, “Saturday”. There’s something about “Saturday” that just makes me want to rage all over the place.
FOB has also really upped their on-stage effects: their lighting is always well done, but this time they had fireworks/fire shooting out of the stage (incredibly fitting during “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”) and smoke machines. An excellent – and mildly terrifying – moment came at the end of “Save Rock and Roll” when the plague mask-wearing death-like creature suddenly appeared on stage in a puff of smoke, only to disappear seconds after the song ended. I don’t know where he came from, but it was creepy as heck.
The creature shows up near the end of the video.
FOB are always really solid live: Patrick’s voice continues to improve every time I see them – and, even though he did ramble for a bit, it seemed like Pete didn’t talk quite as much as he normally does. The other two – Joe and Andy – don’t talk at all, but their performance is consistently on point, especially Andy (the drummer) who was involved in a mid-set drum battle against Patrick and continued to happily pound away without any faltering. Needless to say, they met and then exceeded my expectations, and I can only look forward to more music from them, hopefully in the near future.