Fall Out Boy performed in Atlanta on Sunday night for the first time in more than four years to a sell-out crowd at the Tabernacle. Given that the band hadn’t produced a studio album in that time frame and there were real doubts whether they would play and tour again as Fall Out Boy this was reason for the audience to celebrate. The band are touring to promote their latest album, “Save Rock and Roll” released in April.
Even the torrential rainstorm couldn’t dampen the audience’s spirits; everyone was eagerly waiting for Fall Out Boy to start, after all they’d been waiting four years.
The band didn’t disappoint. Playing a set that lasted more than 90 minutes that sampled pretty evenly from each of their five studio albums Fall Out Boy played with an energy and enthusiasm that probably owed as much to the four year break as anything else. They were having a great time on stage and the crowd fed off that throughout the set and gave it right back to them.
Live music, for the most part, can never be as refined as an album produced and mixed in a studio and for Fall Out Boy that’s a real bonus. They sound better with the raw, harder, rougher, punk sound that comes from playing live. All of the musical elements from the studio albums are there but songs like “I don’t care” and “Save rock and roll” really become great punk anthems when they are played live.
Another great thing about live music is that it gives the audience the opportunity to participate and sing-along, which they did, a lot! Even songs from the new album became true collaborations between the band and the crowd. “Young volcanoes” and “Save rock and roll” were two from the latest album that got the crowd involved and “This ain’t a scene, it’s an arms race” and “Grand theft autumn/Where is your boy?” were a couple from earlier releases that had the crowd singing back at the band.
The other great thing about the set they played was the lighting on the stage. Too often bands will play in near or total darkness claiming that it evokes atmosphere – complete bollocks! If you go to a live concert you want to see the band perform. Fall Out Boy made sure everyone could see them and that they could see everyone. It makes for a much better connection between the band and those paying to see them and results in a much better experience for everyone.
The set started out with great energy and stayed there all night. The biggest breaks in the performance came real early on, and mid-song, as the band asked the crowd to move away from the stage to give some relief to those people at the front who were getting crushed up against the barrier.
Overall it was a great night of live music for both the band and the audience. No-one cared that they’d been away for four years, now that they are back!
If you weren’t lucky enough to see Fall Out Boy last night at The Tabernacle you won’t have to wait another four years for them to come back to Atlanta; they’ll be back on September 28 playing the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. There are still some tickets left but don’t wait too long as more people are signing up to help Fall Out Boy save rock and roll!
1. Thriller 2. I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me 3. A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More “Touch Me” 4. Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes 5. The Phoenix 6. This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race 7. Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today 8. Alone Together 9. What a Catch, Donnie 10. Death Valley 11. Hum Hallelujah 12. Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy 13. Sugar, We’re Goin Down 14. Young Volcanoes 15. Dance, Dance 16. I Don’t Care 17. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)
Encore: 18. Save Rock and Roll 19. Thnks fr th Mmrs 20. Saturday