September 10, 2013 (Complete slideshow here)
"We Are Young" may not have even been the second-unlikeliest No. 1 hit of 2012--here in 2013, though, at a safe remove from PSY and Gotye, it's a little easier to appreciate just how weird it was. With rock in a supposedly terminal decline, the first chart-topping band since Nickelback was playing not post-grunge--the last refuge of loud guitars--but brittle, anxious indie-guy-dance music.
And, yeah, the lead singer was Nate Ruess, erstwhile lead singer of The Format. It was a lot for brittle-anxious-indie-guys to take in at once.
Since then, though, fun. and its boomy drums have successfully imprinted on the culture. Their show at Comerica Theatre felt like an overdue recognition of just how big Some Nights had gotten--and that was the way the band and the audience seemed to treat it.