Following a three-year hiatus, an eternity for their dedicated fans, Fall Out Boy finally kicked off the opening night of their “Save Rock and Roll” tour on May 14, 2013, at The Rave in Milwaukee. The sold-out show followed a free show in Madison, Wis., the previous night at the Majestic Theater; part of the Yahoo! on the Road concert series that doubled as a warm-up gig for the tour.
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Chicago rapper, Hollywood Holt, started the show at 8:00 p.m. with a 30-minute set. Though he demonstrated some skills, particularly in the speed-rap department, he failed to break through to most of the fans who were eager to see FOB hit the stage. At one point he paused and said, “Look, I know you really want Fall Out Boy to play; but you can stand here for an hour and wait or instead be entertained.” It would have been an tough moment for any artist outside the pop-punk genre, and Holt did manage to garner more cheers than jeers by the end of his set.
Before the lights dimmed at 9:05 p.m., fans started cheering “Fall Out Boy” and a few even started crowd surfing. A deafening roar enveloped the packed Eagles Ballroom when the lights finally dimmed and silhouettes of FOB graced the stage. Opening with “Thriller” from 2007’s “Infinity on High,” they rocked with reckless abandon from the first riff through to the last encore–referring to both the fans and the band.
They played a few old-school songs early, moving to “From Under the Cork Tree” after the opener. Vocalist Patrick Stump said, “We missed you guys like crazy,” and the feeling was mutual given the crowd’s euphoric response. They followed with “Disloyal Order Of Water Buffaloes.”
Bassist Pete Wentz frequently addressed the fans between songs. “When we were getting back together, Andy, our drummer, had one condition,” Wentz noted, “That the first tour we went back out on, we play the first gig in Milwaukee.” Hurley, a Wisconsin native, raised his sticks in the air to salute the crowd. That segued into the first new song of the evening, “The Phoenix.”
Fans rocked with the same intensity whether Fall Out Boy played older hits, “Arms Race” and “Sugar,” or newer songs, “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and “Save Rock and Roll.” Nearly everybody in the house was grooving and singing every verse with Stump. Fans have embraced Fall Out Boy’s return and new music with open arms.
Following “I Don’t Care,” Wentz spoke about the new album. “When making this record we decided to do it in secret,” he said, “So we could do it for ourselves.” The notion being that they wanted to create an album exactly how Fall Out Boy perceived it should sound rather than the “suits” at a major label. When asked by the label about their marketing plan, Wentz proclaimed, “This is our marketing plan,” pointing to the audience. Akin to “build it and they will come,” Wentz suggested they just need to make music and tour and the fans will do the rest. Given the string of sold-out shows and reaction to opening night, Fall Out Boy were spot on.
They closed their set with current single, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up).” After leaving the stage, fans were somewhat hushed before they started chanting “Fall Out Boy” as they did before the show started. The band returned for a three-song encore that began with Stump on the keyboard performing “Save Rock and Roll.” Twenty one songs and a little over 90-minutes later, they finished the night with “Saturday.”
The first leg of the tour is a treat for the fans who have been impatiently waiting for Fall Out Boy to return. They are currently playing smaller, historic venues before returning to an arena tour with Panic! at the Disco and Twenty One Pilots that will begin in September.
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Fall Out Boy setlist:
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 Water Buffaloes
This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race
Where Did The Party Go
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 Goin 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