Fall Out Boy Marquee Theatre (View the full slideshow.) June 11, 2013
It was as if Fall Out Boy had never left.
When they played Marquee Theatre last night, it was hard to imagine they'd ever abandoned the scene and called it quits four years earlier. The Marquee was sold out, packed wall to wall with sweaty coed-agers. As the band opened their 90-minute, 20-song show with Jay-Z collabo "Thriller," and singer Patrick Stump moved ever-so-slightly away from the mike to let the crowd take control of singing duties, the fans didn't miss a lyrical beat.
The only thing different about Fall Out Boy was that the band was a little lighter -- Stump had lost some weight, and drummer Andy Hurley some locks. The signature black Pete Wentz hoodie was there, even in the Arizona heat, and guitarist Joe Trohman was a little fro-ier -- all the better to headbang with.
The guys, save for the shirtless Hurley, all wore black against a three-screen backdrop that declared "Save Rock Roll," almost the same as their current album, Save Rock and Roll. The guys tried announcing something right before they launched into the concert, but the screams drowned out whatever they said. Finally the music took over, as the band launched into a slew of classic hits and new favorites, with some lesser-known tracks thrown in.
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The guys played most of their smash singles, including "Sugar We're Going Down," "Dance, Dance," and "Thnks fr th Mmrs." While those were obvious crowd hits, the fans sang along to tracks from all five albums, including "Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today" from their 2003 debut album Take This to Your Grave, and Infinity on High's "Hum Hallelujah." The new stuff was just as well-received, with tracks such as "The Phoenix" and "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" as sing-a-long stand-outs.
Besides getting the crowd pumping fists and jumping up and down to the music, Fall Out Boy continued to motivate fellow "misfits" with pep talks from Wentz, who gave a five-minute monologue in the middle of the show about the band's new album and state of mind. "We made this record with the purest of intentions, one that was entirely for us," Wentz proclaimed before ranting about the Auto-Tune and Swedish pop producers who dominate the airwaves today. Like their album title suggests, Wentz insisted Fall Out Boy is on a mission to make genuine music.
"We've always tried to be really real as a band," Wentz said. "We wanted to inspire people to feel it's OK to be weird...we weren't sure anyone would come back (to see us) -- you guys are really fucking real." He later added some heartfelt sentiment by closing the show with, "Not to be a cheese dick here, but you all are very fucking special to us."
While Wentz was his normal chatty self, it was nice to see Stump take charge in interacting with the crowd a little.
There were plenty of moments where he dropped his guitar to lead hand claps, and a highlight of the night was encore song, "Save Rock and Roll," in which Stump got behind a keyboard and did a stellar Elton John impression during John's parts of the song.
Stump seemed more confident than he ever has here in Arizona, maybe because he had the opportunity to pursue a solo career during Fall Out Boy's hiatus.
The only disappointment of the night came when, about halfway through the show, Fall Out Boy brought down the energy they'd built up with the ballad "What a Catch, Donnie." The song is beautiful, but it's such a downer, and it would have been better for their reunion show to just remain upbeat and high-energy throughout the entire night.
Regardless of that interruption of pace, things picked up again, and the crowd, like the band on stage, seemed ecstatic to be reunited in the familiar environment they'd grown to love. Fall Out Boy is set to hit arenas this fall -- it looks like they'll be sticking around for a while.
Personal Bias: I've probably seen Fall Out Boy a dozen times in concert and have been a fan of theirs since they graced my college dorm room TV on TRL. The Crowd: It definitely skewed younger, with more high school and college kids than I expected, considering the band has been around for 12 years. There were also some parents mixed in. Overheard in the Crowd: "I need to get closer!" squealed a 40-ish-looking mom type with tattoos in front of me. She later rubbed her hands through a strange guy's hair in front of her in-between belting every single FOB lyric during the show. I guess the band does have fans older than 30. Random Notebook Dump: I haven't had soda spilled all over me in awhile at a concert -- I guess this was the venue for that to happen in. I also am puzzled about concert security that feels up your breasts before the show (absolutely no joke) but doesn't make you empty your pockets. Seems simply like a violation of my body to me.
See more photos and video, along with the setlist, on Page 3
Setlist: Thriller I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touch Me" Disloyal Order Of Water Buffaloes The Phoenix This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today Alone Together What a Catch, Donnie Death Valley Hum Hallelujah Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy Sugar, We're Goin Down Young Volcanoes Dance, Dance I Don't Care My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up) Save Rock and Roll Thnks fr th Mmrs Saturday
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