Fall Out Boy play intimate Boston show

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By Jocelyn Cote
Reviews Editor

The evening of Sunday, May 26th marked a celebration amongst local fans of distinguished Chicago pop-punkers Fall Out Boy. Nearly five years and one hiatus later, the band was scheduled to make their long-awaited return to Boston at the House of Blues.

Fall Out Boy takes the stage

Fall Out Boy released their comeback album Save Rock and Roll in April, and embarked on a club tour in support of the record this month. The 2,500 capacity venue was intimate for such a popular band, and likewise the show sold out in less than 20 minutes when tickets went onsale.

The relatively unknown post-hardcore band NK opened the show with an abrasive and loud set. The crowd seemed to be split over whether or not they were an appropriate opener, but the band managed to win over a few more fans when they were joined onstage by Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman for three songs. NK played for a half hour before handing over the stage to Fall Out Boy’s crew.

An extended period of setup time agitated many anxious concertgoers, but the crowd roared with deafening applause as the house lights went dim and the band stood silhouetted behind a giant curtain, which then dropped to reveal them against sparkling LED screens.

Infinity On High opener “Thriller” began the set, and every person in the audience belted its lyrics word-for-word back to lead singer Patrick Stump. Excitement radiated off of the entire band – a welcome change compared to previous tours. The set continued with two From Under the Cork Tree numbers, “I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me” and “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More ‘Touch Me’,” along with Folie à Deux gem “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes”.

Patrick Stump

By this time, every person in the house was up and on their feet, and the floor transformed into one giant pit of dancing and moshing. This was only exasperated when the band broke into recent single “The Phoenix,” which remained one of the highlights of the main set.

The band continued to deliver a crowd-pleasing setlist spanning across all five of their albums. By now the crowd had settled down, even going as far as creating a huge group hug during an emotional performance of “What a Catch, Donnie”. However, the fans were once again riled up as the band tore into the one-two punch of “Death Valley” and “Hum Hallelujah”.

Another highlight of the main set was the appearance of fan-favorite “Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy” off of the band’s 2003 debut Take This To Your Grave.

The main set was rounded off with popular singles “Dance, Dance” and “I Don’t Care,” and the band bid the stage farewell with Save Rock and Roll‘s lead single, “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light ’em Up)”.

After a short encore break, the band returned with a dazzling performance of “Save Rock and Roll” flanked by images of famous rock idols of the past and present, then closed out the show with a bang with “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and “Saturday,” the latter featuring an impressive performance by bassist Pete Wentz on vocals.

As a whole, the show was a crowd-pleasing performance that showcased the band at their best. Despite Save Rock and Roll’s mixed reviews, the new material came to life within the live set. Even songs as mediocre as “Young Volcanoes” turned into snappy, enjoyable numbers.

With their four year hiatus behind them, Fall Out Boy have shown that they ready to once again become forerunners of the pop-punk scene and stay household name for years to come.

The band will return to Massachusetts in September at Lowell’s Tsongas Center as part of Save Rock and Roll‘s arena tour.

Author’s note: For more photos from the show, check out my photo set on Flickr.