On May 16th, 2013 Fall Out Boy played a homecoming show in Chicago, Illinois to a sold out crowd at The Riviera Theater. The band had almost a 4 year hiatus to re-evaluate what they wanted to do and how they wanted to do it. On February 4th of 2013 the band announced their return as well as a new album, Save Rock And Roll, which sold 154,000 copies in the first week. I was able to attend the show at The Riviera Theater on this night.
Upon arrival at the venue about an hour or so before the doors opened, the line was already wrapped around the front of the building, down the side and turned the corner at the end of the block.
As the band took the stage the screams and cheers from fans in attendance was absolutely deafening. The band did a quick huddle as the lights were still down, then broke out into “Thriller” to open their set. The amount of energy that was put into the set was evident from the very first note. The crowd was clearly hooked from the start of the set.
The band clearly has not lost a single step when it comes to their stage performance. Front-man Patrick Stump is easily at the highest point of his confidence as a vocalist. Over the years the songwriting by the band has dramatically improved and matured, along with that Stump has become one of the strongest vocalists in the genre today. As the show progressed fans got to hear songs from the full catalog, such as “A Little Less Sixteen Candles“, “This Ain‘t A Scene“, “The Phoenix“, and “What A Catch Donnie“. Showing full support of the band the crowd sang along to every word at the top of their lungs.
As a nod to their hometown bassist Pete Wentz briefly talked about their beginnings at Fiesta Bowl and shows at The Metro. This speech led into a clear crowd favorite in “Chicago Is So Two Years Ago” off of their first full length album “Take This To Your Grave“. They rounded out their regular set with “My Song’s Know What You Did In The Dark“ before leaving stage briefly.
Finally the band retook the stage for their encore set which opened with “Save Rock And Roll“, then continued on with “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and closed out with “Saturday“. I think the encore set was planned out perfectly with the song choices being basically a direct messages that Fall Out Boy is back and they are thankful for the fans that have stuck around to support them from the early years.
Fall Out Boy is back! If you have been a fan of Fall Out Boy you owe it to yourself to check out the band’s new album “Save Rock And Roll”. While the remaining dates of the spring “Save Rock And Roll Tour” are sold out, you still have the opportunity to get out in the fall to see them on their arena tour with Panic! At The Disco. You can find dates and tickets here.