POZ Show Review: Fall Out Boy - 02/05/13

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 7, 2013

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*This review was composed by Adrienne Fisher and edited by Erik van Rheenen

Fall Out Boy, in a drastic avalanche of news that appeared early Monday morning, is celebrating its welcomed return from hiatus with a few small venue shows all across the country. With tickets going on sale an hour after the announcement for shows happening Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, it was easy to deduce that the fevered rush to get tickets was going to carry over right into the floor of the rooms in which the shows were being held. Such was true for Tuesday night’s gig in New York City, taking place at The Studio at Webster Hall – essentially the basement of the larger concert hall – boasting a fluid capacity of somewhere between 300 and 400 people. Everyone who fought Ticketweb’s servers that Monday morning to ensure their spot at the show didn’t just care about Fall Out Boy, they cared about Fall Out Boy A LOT – and the proof was in the pudding as soon as the beloved Chicago four-piece took the stage promptly at 9 p.m.

Opening the night with “Thriller” (and Jay-Z’s pre-recorded spoken introduction), the band launched into an epic 90-mintue set of fan favorites spanning across their entire discography, despite the fact that some of the best tunes are coming up on their 10th birthday this year. The room was so packed that those who dared to stage-dive beneath the low ceiling of the Studio spent full songs buoyant across the crowd, unable to even find a crack between audience members to slide back to the floor. Bassist Pete Wentz often spent breaks between songs encouraging the frantic audience to step backward in order to leave those pressed against the stage a moment or two to breathe, recognizant of the situation but still overall encouraging the rowdiness specific only to shows without a barricade. After all, everyone in the room was aware of how unique and intimate the night was, and Wentz had the house in tears as he encouraged all attending to take mental photographs and “to remember how perfect this moment is, and how perfect you all are right now.”

The band itself sounded fantastic, well-rehearsed, and simply put, huge, overcoming some minor gear difficulties coolly and quickly, and mostly focusing on working the hell out of the small stage space available to them. The 360 degree spins, rhythmic pop-punk jumps, and sidelong grins toward the audience were by no means in short supply. But it was perhaps Patrick Stump’s stage presence that was the most entertaining and engaging of all. His confident grasp on his duties as frontman was somewhat of a surprise and altogether an absolute delight; it’s clear that the days of hiding his eyes beneath the brim of a hat are gone for good as he stomped, paraded, and shredded through the set during the moments that he wasn’t belting out lyrics without missing a single note. The stage conversations between him and Wentz were two-sided, casual, and filled with joking banter, as well as leagues of warm words for the audience on both their appearance and dedication to the band.

For those keeping track, the setlist was nearly identical to Monday night’s show in Chicago, including a fun medley-mashup midway through the set that included snippets of ancient songs and overshadowed B-sides. A gigantic and intimidating rendition of “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and the staggering audience participation during the newly released “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” were some of the highlights of the evening, along with a exhilarating encore brought on by the audience chant of “Welcome back! Welcome back!” The encore songs came with the surprise inclusion of “The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes,” as well as “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and universal closer “Saturday,” in which Wentz granted permission for everyone to lose their goddamn minds: “this room is yours right now.” The scene was reminiscent of a frenzied basement show in 2003, just the way everyone wanted it to be.

Setlist:

Thriller
I Slept With Somebody in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me
A Little Less “Sixteen Candles,” A Little More “Touch Me”
Dead on Arrival
This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race
Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner
I’m Like a Lawyer With the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)
Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things To Do Today
Grand Theft Autumn
Hum Hallelujah
Dance Dance
Medley: Honorable Mention / America’s Suitehearts / Lake Effect Kid / Alpha Dog / Calm Before the Storm
What a Catch, Donnie
The Take Over, The Break’s Over
I Don’t Care
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark
Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year
Beat It
Sugar, We’re Going Down

The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes
Thnks Fr th Mmrs
Saturday

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    This is just too beautiful. I would give anything to have been at that basement show. No barricades, no space to move,...
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    how am i supposed to sleep after reading this review?
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    remember that time i was at this place and saw these things?
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    CHECK OUT THIS REVIEW AND GET STOKED THAT FALL OUT BOY IS BACK. My dear friend, Adrienne, wrote it. I wish that I could...
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    Patrick like talks now. That’s how I could tell it was 2013 and I didn’t travel back in time.
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