Fall Out Boy rocks Mohegan
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 22:09
The lights go off in the arena. 10,000 people begin screaming, yelling, clapping and cheering with excitement and anticipation while they await the award winning band revered by millions, Fall Out Boy, to take the stage.
Having worked in the Mohegan Sun Arena for over year, I knew exactly what to expect from the venue. Decently comfortable seats with a great view regardless of location completely overpriced everything and surprisingly hygienic bathrooms for a concert venue of its size. Having been a long-time Fall Out Boy fan; since I heard their hit album “Take This to Your Gave” back in 2003, I was sure this would be a great show. What I was not expecting, however, was that it would be one I’ll probably never forget.
First to take the stage was an artist I’d never listened to prior to their performance, , Twenty-One Pilots. They are a duet that I would classify as having a sound somewhere between new-age dub step, with a pop twist, and a bit of hip-hop thrown into the mix. The lead singer and pianist, despite being rather small, had large stage presence, doing back flips off the piano and crowd surfing in the pit.
Their set was loud and up-beat, engaging with the audience to get us all pumped up for the next opener and later, the main act. To conclude their performance, the drummer and lead vocalist set up four snares and each using two drumsticks, showed off their skills with a choreographed percussion duet.
Twenty-One Pilots left the stage and the crew began setting up for the next act, Panic! At The Disco. Having changed a great deal over the last decade, including losing two band members, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, as well as reinstating the trade mark “!” in their band name, Panic! Still has it. Their set was a mixture of new and old, performing recent hits including “Miss Jackson” and “Ms. Gatsby” off of their new album entitled “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” set to be released Oct. 8 of this year. They played classics like “Time to Dance” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” from their debut hit “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”.
Following Panic! At the Disco, the lights dimmed and the 10,000 plus currently in the arena begin the scream with excitement. Fall Out Boy took the stage.
They opened up with their new hit single “The Pheonix” which recently won an award for Best Single at the Kerrang! Awards. The floor went wild, moving and jumping and dancing to the music. After playing several more hits, Patrick Stump, FOB front man and rhythm guitarist thanked the crowd for coming out to the first date of the band’s nearly sold out “Save Rock & Roll” tour, their first tour and performance since 2009.
The band played new hits as well as classics such as “Sugar, We’re Going Down” “A Little Less Sixteen candles”, A Little More Touch Me,” “Dance, Dance,” “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race,” as well as many many more, appealing to both the older fans (such as myself) and the newer ones with more recent radio hits like “Young Volcanoes” and “Alone Together.” The band had an incredibly strong stage presence, incorporating a mind-blowingly crisp sound.
Being the first date on the tour, the band included impromptu acts, such as Stump performing a cover of popular Daft Punk song, “Get Lucky”, a duet with Brendon Urie of Panic! at The Disco, as well as a little acoustic performance featuring throwback hits like “Grand Theft Autumn, Where Is Your Boy?” off the “Take This To Your Grave” album.
The show concluded with an encore performance of “Thnks fr Th Mmrs” off of “Infinity On High” and one of my personal favorites, “Saturday” also from their 2003 album “Take This To Your Grave.”
Having been a fan of Fall Out Boy for many years and getting to see them live after all this time, it was all I ever hoped it would be and so much more. Whether you’re a new fan or you’ve been around since 2003, I highly recommend attending a Fall Out Boy show the next time they’re in town.