Fall Out Boy - Marquee Theatre - 6/11/2013 (VIDEO)
Fall Out Boy
All photos by Melissa Fossum
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.
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.