Fall Out Boy at Myth, 6/26/2013
Photo by Erik Hess
Fall Out Boy with New Politics
Myth Nightclub, Maplewood
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Fall Out Boy sure know how to keep their fans waiting. First with a new album, then Wednesday night at the Myth as the sold out room waited -- and waited -- to see a reunion of their favorite band four years in the making. Even up 'til the week before the release of their latest album, Save Rock and Roll, the band was denying the rumors of a reunion, but all the hype was well worth it. The band lived up to their promise.
Slideshow: Fall Out Boy at Myth
With the anticipation still running high even though the show running a little late, everything was forgotten when the white curtain dropped and the first lines of "Thriller" came on. The crowd instantly recognized the classic piece and everyone in the room sang along, almost drowning out lead singer Patrick Stump's voice. While the band sounded well-rehearsed and tight, the highlight of the evening was listening to Stump's impressive range.
Photos by Erik Hess
Dressed in a black leather jacket and fedora, he channeled Michael Jackson -- someone who has heavily influenced his career -- in delivery of song. And Prince, who he mentioned later, saying he was geeking about playing in Minneapolis. For someone who grew up nerdy and extremely shy, the lead singer is almost unrecognizable after slimming down since the band's last tour. Stump is charismatic and more talented than given credit for from people outside of his circle.
The band is notorious for giving titles to their songs that don't contain those lyrics or have nothing to do with the subject matter of the song. Case in point: "I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me" and "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me,'" two songs from their breakout album From Under the Cork Tree.
While their song titles may not be catchy, their songs certainly are. Full of pop hooks, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" gets stuck in your head and was instantly recognizable from the opening guitar riff. While
Photos by Erik Hess
A reunion show is not a true one without some classics like the band's early big hit "Sugar, We're Going Down" and the audience went crazy with the opening bass line of "Dance, Dance," a song inviting everyone to do so as it built into a frenzy. Introducing "I Don't Care," Wentz raised his middle finger into the air before launching into driving piece.
During their hiatus, the members of FOB went and did their own projects -- none of them reaching the success of Fall Out Boy -- but it was a necessary break for all of them. Pete went on to explain their disappointment with the music that was being put out, which led to the band reuniting to write Save Rock and Roll and their first single "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," a chorus driven piece that had Patrick trading vocals with Wentz and guitarist Joe Trohman.
Their encore opened with the title track from the latest album and included images of rock stars displayed on the light screen behind the band. Leading into "Thnks fr th Mmrs," Stump sang the line "This magic moment" and echoed with FOB's "it tastes like you only sweeter." To the cynic, the Fall Out Boy's promise of saving rock and roll may seem like they're overreaching, but to the future generation that is led by songs like "Want You Back," Fall Out Boy may be the answer.
Critic's bias: I have been a long time fan of Fall Out Boy and was a little wary of a reunion -- mainly because I thought it was because the lukewarm reception to the band's side projects -- but the new album is surprisingly good.
The crowd: Young and old Fall Out Boy fans, some attending their first concert.
Overheard in the crowd: When a picture of Mick Jagger was produced onscreen, "Oh, my god. It's Keith Richards."
Random notebook dump: Some fans had been waiting outside the Myth since noon. When I got there, the line had stretched all the way around the parking lot.
Random notebook dump 2: I have met Patrick Stump twice. Once with the band, where Pete Wentz seemed disenchanted, the second when he was doing his solo project. Stump is one of the most genuinely kind people in the industry. He is also extremely smart and aware of things happening in the music scene, even writing a piece on his personal blog about how people liked him better when he was chubby. (You can try Googling it, but he has since deleted the post.)
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 Buffaloes
This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race
Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to do Today
What a Catch, Donnie
Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy
Sugar, We're Going Down
I Don't Care
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
Save Rock and Roll
Thnks fr th Mmrs
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