Fall Out Boy At 3Arena – Review
The first time I ever witnessed Fall Out Boy perform was almost eight years ago, I hadn’t been fortunate enough to see them since. Until the 1st of October this year. Emerging from a plume of smoke onto a dimly-lit stage with nothing more than a handful of black and white images on loop, the band walked on with an air of optimistic confidence. The arena was packed, full of an immense demographic from the teeny-boppers with their faces coated in a layer of glitter to those in their mid-twenties with their hipster chic to those in their late thirties, with some even in suits. The reality is that Fall Out Boy have a powerful discography that spans almost a decade, so their fan base is a rather impressive one and on that night no one was immune from the infectious sounds of Fall Out Boy.
It was hard to know what to expect. Realistically their fame has grown and grown, and given the success of their most recent album, American Beauty/American Psycho, it was fair assume that they would be leaning on their two most recent albums. However, wordlessly walking onto the stage, the band burst into a performance of ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’- a track that had secured them critical acclaim. To say the arena pulsed and rocked as the crowd positively lost their minds is an understatement. Patrick Stump’s vocal performance was true to form, never faltering on a single note. Three tracks in and they hadn’t said a word, the audience seemed to wonder if it was going to be one of those weirdly detached performances where the band never engage with their fans. However, after a performance of ‘A Little Less Sixteen Candles, Little More ‘Touch Me’’ that brought the audience to its knees, Stump and Wentz were quick to admit their delight at being able to perform in Dublin. Unlike the usual appeasing that bands do, the guys noted that this was the first time they had been able to bring their entire set to Ireland- no one could certainly say that they skimmed on their effects, with pyrotechnics to beat the band.
Their setlist was one that dabbled from all elements of their discography, with each performance packed with either the rock and roll rush that Fall Out Boy have claimed they are eager to save or the sort of poignant emotiveness that can only be found in Stump’s vocal performances. The highlight for the majority of fans was the moment the band left the stage and emerged at the back of the arena, on a tiny podium and performed a beautiful acoustic rendition of ‘Immortals’. For fans in the balcony, particularly in such a packed out arena, it was a moment when they could really connect with the band. It was certainly a unique act on the part of Fall Out Boy or any other major performer for that part.
From there on, their set moved back to a more empowered performance with head-banging rafts and the clatter of drummer Andy Hurley’s impressive solo performance in the aftermath. Their encore, comprised of ‘My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)’ and ‘Saturday’, was the perfect way of merging tracks familiar to their younger fans with ‘Saturday’, one of their most classic songs. It was a nostalgic performance that hit all the right notes whilst subtly interweaving their latest tracks to emphasise why Fall Out Boy are still one of the most relevant rock acts of this decade.