Music Reviews — 30 May 2013

Fall Out Boy
Terminal 5, New York, NY
May 29, 2013

Concert Review: Fall Out Boy at Terminal 5

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New York City. You motherfuckers ready for a rock and roll show?” said Fall Out Boy bassist, the boyish Pete Wentz, who coupled with frontman Patrick Stump, led both his band and as wild a New York City audience as you’ll find anywhere in Manhattan proper, on a vigorous ninety minute set encompassing the band’s entire catalog. On New York City’s hottest night of the year thus far, a steamy room full of Fall Out Boy faithful packed in a sold out Terminal 5, a warm up of sorts in advance of the band’s return to our area in September at the Barclays Center.

Despite the relatively diminutive venue (at least for a band of their status), the feeling inside was that of an arena rock show- from the white silhouetted curtain being pulled to the floor only to reveal the band on stage, to the large video boards lighting up the standing room only space reading ‘Save Rock N Roll,’ to the earth shattering thunder of applause by the mostly young female audience on hand, cooing at each band member’s every move. Seeing Fall Out Boy, especially in this setting, just felt like a big deal. The band themselves are potentially as polarizing as any- from the band’s blend of pop-laden, but outright catchy rock music, to Wentz’ A-List flirtation in marriage to former wife Ashlee Simpson. But don’t tell that to some 3,000 or so fans that slurped up any available tickets just about as quickly as the show’s onsale date was announced.

The performance itself was exactly as you’d expect, despite a relatively short set time for a headlining set. But perhaps the band is just working out the kinks in their return to the mainstream following a brief hiatus and the recording of their latest album, April’s “Save Rock and Roll.” As an onlooker though, you’d never realize that they’d taken a break from the limelight at all based on Wednesday night’s show. The now svelte Stump led much of the way with his trademark high-pitched, ‘you-only-wish-you-could-copy-me’ vocal styles, while manning a rhythm guitar, while Wentz and lead guitarist Joe Trohmann held opposite sides of the stage down with a frenetic energy probably reserved for their younger years. Like a punch in the face, the band launched into “Thriller,” an outstanding frenzied opener from 2007’s “Infinity on High,” that saw a sea of hands and faces singing along to every word, a precursor for much of the remainder of the evening.

In all the band belted out seven tracks from the new album, including singles “The Phoenix” and “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” but arranged a setlist that would keep both casual and diehard listeners involved in the entire show. Familiar tracks like “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down,” and “Dance Dance,” were particularly rousing for this writer- but truth be told every song received an equally raucous ovation from the crowd once the first few chords were played. You can label them with emo, or pop, or punk, or rock, or whatever flavor of the month seems to suit you. But we defy you to sit still during tracks like “I Don’t Care” or pretend not to know the words to “Thnks fr th Mmrs” with a full room around you jumping and singing like they were trying to be noticed by the members of Fall Out Boy. And as each track concluded and the young audience could take a momentary breather, put their little arms down, and stop crowd surfing, it was unclear whether or not the heat in the room was from the recent change in weather or from the band on stage, bringing out absolutely everything their fans had to give.

- Jane Van Arsdale

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  1. “I was in high school and I’d be like, ‘I’m this weird looking ,and I don’t feel like I fit in anywhere,’” says Wentz, crediting Green Day’s 1994 album Dookie with helping him to accept and thrive within his social status. “I’d be like ‘Oh, OK, these guys are different and they’re cool and they’re still being played on the radio’ and it made me want to pick up an instrument and want to play it. It also was a gateway for me finding bands like The Descendents and Misfits and stuff like that.

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