Fall Out Boy continued to celebrate the release of their seventh studio album M A N I A with a tour stop at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on Sept. 29. Opening for the band were up-and-comers L.I.F.T, who are signed to the imprint label DCD2 established by Fall Out Boy's bassist Pete Wentz, and the enigmatic rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
FOB began their set with the banger "Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes." The entire set was filled with elaborate pyrotechnics including Wentz's fire torch bass that was wickedly cool to see light up. The band performed all the fan favorites including "Sugar, We're Goin Down," "Thnks fr th Mmrs," "Uma Thurman" and more.
The performance felt like an intimate affair. The band's stage had a long runway that was utilized smartly to hype up the crowd when needed. Later during the show, the end of the runaway lifted up into the ceiling and revealed two platforms for the band to perform on. It was one of the most memorable moments during the show since the band was able to get up-close-and-personal with the people in the nosebleed seats.
Interestingly, frontman Patrick Stumps wasn't much of a talker during the set. Wentz took the interaction reins. Often joking around with the crowd and even inviting some lucky fans backstage. Although Stumps' is on the quieter side, he certainly makes a splash with his stage performance. Stumps' ability to belt out high notes and transition into soulful renditions effortlessly is the band's biggest strong suit. The band's drummer Andy Hurley also left a lasting impression with a fun drum solo.
During their middle set, the band relied heavily on graphics to entertain the crowd. The choice to use elaborate graphics including images of people flipping others off and the images of Princess Diana were an entertaining but overwhelming distraction for me at times.
Fall Out Boy have been on the scene since 2001 and show no signal on slowing down. The band still possess a nice youthfulness and catchy material to fill out stadiums for years to come.
You can still catch Fall Out Boy on tour. Dates below:
10/02 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
10/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
10/05 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/06 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
10/07 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/09 – North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
10/10 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
For more, visit falloutboy.com.
Photo Credit: Jacqueline Naranjo