I wrote this review, and then had to scribble it out because I failed to note there are more members of Fall Out Boy than Pete Wentz, and I’m sorry about that. Or am I?
*takes deep breath* here we go again…
If our brand was to marry a band, it’s Fall Out Boy. We’d wear all black, deck the Church in purple and only invite llamas… ok Brendon Urie, you can come too (only if you sing I Write Sins Not Tragedies). Before reading this gig review, it is important to understand that we look at Fall Out Boy, how Pete looks at deep dish pizza from Chicago.
Performing at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, the guys no less than exploded onto the stage with purple and white streamers to their song Disloyal Order of Water Buffalos. The extreme pyrotechnics were quick to follow, lighting up the arena.
The set list for the night followed suit with the M A N I A tour, and looked a little (a lot) like the below:
Disloyal Order of Water Buffalos
Sugar, We’re Goin Down
American Beauty/ American Psycho
Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea
Save Rock and Roll
The Last of the Real Ones
Young and Menace
Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)
Thnks fr the Mmrs
I Don’t Care
This Ain’t a Scene, it’s an Arms Race
Lake Effect Kid
Grand Theft Autumn/ Where Is Your Boy
I’m going to break this down into three categories, the best song live, the best crowd engagement and my personal favourite…
The best song live is Uma Thurman. Curve ball? We weren’t expecting to be saying that song either, but Patrick’s vocals live on the track can only be compared with that of an angel. That, paired with perfect bass, lead and a solid drum beat, we were at Heaven’s Gate.
The best crowd engagement goes to Sugar, We’re Goin Down (closely followed by Thnks fr the Mmrs). Arguably Fall Out Boy’s biggest hit, it only makes sense.
— Don't Bore Us (@DontBoreUs) September 5, 2018
My personal favourite? Wilson (Expensive Mistakes). Something about the lyrics “if I can get my shit together“ hits me. Or maybe the lines “I was gonna say something that would solve all our problems, but then I got drunk and forgot what I was talking about…” You know, anything that depicts that I’m a hot mess.
Needless to say, you haven’t lived unless you’ve seen Fall Out Boy live. The guys continue their tour through the states and you can buy your tickets here.
Meantime, I’m just going to go back to thinking about the only three things I care about… Food, sleep, and now, Pete Wentz’s flaming bass guitar.