Fall Out Boy kicked off the first date of their Believers Never Die Tour Friday at Mesa Amiptheatre with a nearly 90-minute set that covered all the hits as well as highlights from their latest disc Folie A Deux.
Chicago's fantastic four, dressed sharply in suits, took the stage a little after 8:30 p.m. and broke into "Disloyal Order of Water Buffalos," the rockin' first track off Folie A Deux.
"It's cool we're kicking off in Phoenix because that's where we left off with that DVD of our's," FOB bassist and mouthpiece Pete Wentz said referring to the group's Live in Phoenix album they recorded during the Honda Civic Tour in 2007 at Cricket Pavilion.
The crowd, which was comprised of tweens, teens, twentysomethings and parents, loudly shrieked back.
Guy liner' lovin' Wentz who was prone to dropping the f-bomb most of the night - seriously you could have played a drinking game to the countless times he said fuck - seemed to enjoy shocking the crowd with the simplicity of cursing.
"This is an old song but we are going to play it anyway because every song makes money so shut the fuck up," he said before breaking into the third track, "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'" from 2005's From Under the Cork Tree, the disc which put the band on the pop-punk map.
And when he wasn't cursing, he seemed to be plugging something.
"We're back with our brand new internationally-hit single," Wentz said sounding like an MTV commercial before the band broke into the bouncy track "I Don't Care."
Moving past Wentz beings somewhat of a douche - let's face it, this is a role he revels - it was hard not to get caught up in the high-energy show dance/rock show. The group covered all of their hits including "Sugar, We're Goin' Down," "Dance, Dance," "This Ain't a Scene, it's an Arms Race" and "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet."
And while the hits were a pleaser, it was the deeper tracks that really stood out like the beautifully-crafted "What a Catch Donnie," - Folie A Deux's strongest and best track - "Coffee 's for Closers," and "America's Suitehearts." The guys also covered Michael Jackson's "Beat It," which had the majority of the crowd busting some kind of a move.
I've seen FOB a handful of times and this was definitely their best performance to date although I wish they'd put a muzzle on Wentz.
Last Night: Fall Out Boy at Mesa Ampitheatre
Better Than: Metro Station, Cobra Starship and most wannabe FOB's in the pop-punk music genre these days.
Personal Bias: I'm a huge pop-punk fan. I can't help it but I eat it up and Fall Out Boy ranks up there in terms of my favorite pop-punk bands. I dig 'em. Don't judge.
Random Detail: Pete Wentz's wife Ashlee Simpson was dancing like a maniac and singing along to every FOB jam the boys played. It was actually kind of cute.
Further Listening: Folie A Deux
By the Way: Opening act Metro Station lead singer Trace Cyrus is nauseating teen queen Miley Cyrus's older brother. I kind of feel for the kid.
One More Thing: As my friend Jen pointed out, FOB drummer Andy Hurley is ripped. Seriously ripped. We were lovin' his tattooed bare chest. Screw Pete Wentz. He's a little too douchey for us anyway.