Fall Out Boy Returns to Tempe Having Saved Rock and Roll, Themselves
Fall Out Boy is to blame for a lot of what was bad about the middle of the last decade: The broad acceptance of 19-word song titles; males wearing the jeans that inspired Kanye West to rap, "They just buy tight jeans 'til they nuts hang all out, boy"; even the continuous presence of Ashlee Simpson, who married FOB bassist Pete Wentz.
So when Fall Out Boy announced its indefinite hiatus four years ago, it seemed everyone breathed a sigh of relief. Juding by the band's 2009 Tempe Beach Park performance, where fans booed as singer Patrick Stump looked dejected, even Fall Out Boy appeared to be sick of Fall Out Boy.
Fall Out Boy is scheduled to perform Tuesday, June 11, at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
Four empty years passed, with members' half-hearted solo projects unable to compare to the power the group had together. Stump couldn't even sell out Martini Ranch when he came to Scottsdale as a solo artist, and his new "soul punk" tunes seemed too much for even his more mature fans to enjoy. Wentz and his band, Black Cards, "toured" at The Mint but never released an album. And guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley's new group, The Damned Things, dissolved last year.
Which is why, when the group announced it return the same day it dropped its new single, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light 'Em Up)," still-devoted fans rejoiced, propelling the song to number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
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The ensuing tour, which saw the band forgo the huge venues it played at the end of its initial run, quickly sold out -- including today's stop at Marquee Theatre. And FOB's latest album, Save Rock and Roll, boasts guest stars ranging from Big Sean to Courtney Love and Elton John.
The "new" sound isn't too big an evolution from the band's previous disc, Folie à Deux, but on Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy sounds more confident than ever. Lyrics like "We've already won. We are wild. We are like young volcanoes" and "We can take the world back from a heart attack. One maniac at a time, we will take it back" tell the story.