An Open Letter to Fall Out Boy, From A Fan:
Dear Fall Out Boy,
When your opening act, Panic! at the Disco, said you would literally rock our faces off and they would have to peel them off the floor, I just thought they were being overly dramatic. But faces were definitely peeled off the floor last night.
At your concert, we fans experienced something very special. At first you looked skeptical about playing for us, like it was our job to put our smiles on your faces. But we took the challenge. I don’t know if you know this about your fans, but… we love you. We seriously love you.
I know you think we’re just freaks. At first I didn’t know what you were talking about when you called us freaks, but then you pointed out the twerking guy in the ferret hat. You may have a point. We may be freaks, but we are FREAKS WHO LOVE YOU. You have given us a place to let our freak flags fly. Maybe you’re not number one on the charts, but you’re number one in our hearts. And I know that cheesy little line isn’t as clever as “strike us like matches/ because everyone deserves the flames”, but it’s true.
Pete talked about listening to the radio for the last few years, about how no one was an antihero for the kids who aren’t cool enough to pop bottles in the club. I think you know by now, you’re the antiheroes. You know what it’s like not to be cool, and that’s what makes you the coolest. We know you’d probably prefer to have the number one single on every chart in the world, but the music you make says something better. You guys speak another language. Your fans are very special people who don’t necessarily care about trends or Twitter or top 40 radio. Maybe you’d rather sell out Staples Center instead of the Honda Center, but you have half a million people across the country who can sing every word to every song you’ve ever written. How many bands have that? And your songs have a lot of words in them.
So what I’m really saying here is, thank you. Thank you for being there for us, your fans. We hope our love is enough. And we hope you’ll stick around, even if you only plug in to save rock and roll.
– a fan.
Remember back in March when I said I wanted the Save Rock & Roll show to have flames shooting out of the stage?
Fall Out Boy’s arena tour delivered everything you could ever want from the band’s twelve- year career. Say what you want about the new album being too poppy, too electronic, too whatever. The show totally rocked.
Fall Out Boy played songs from every record, from Take This To Your Grave to recent release Save Rock and Roll. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, “Wow, Fall Out Boy sure writes a lot of fast songs,” they slow it down for us in a mid- show set that dials back the energy level on classics like “Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy)”. As you might expect, the Save Rock and Roll tour had a Save Rock and Roll theme, but they didn’t plug the new album more than any other. The band paid tribute to the original voices of rock with vintage footage from legends like Pete Townsend and Kurt Cobain, but FOB clearly starred in this show.
The tour also allowed the boys show off more of a new look than a new sound. Everyone but bassist Pete Wentz underwent a major makeover since the last tour. Lead singer Patrick Stump lost 60 pounds and stopped wearing hats. Guitarist Joe Trohman grew out the hair on his head and now looks like a proper headbanger. Drummer Andy Hurley got the biggest makeover. The bespectacled redhead who once dressed as Princess Peach now looks like a total badass. He buffed out his upper body and covered his muscles with oodles of colorful tattoos. Hurley ditched the specs and the mop top and now performs shirtless.
But you can’t judge a book by its cover, and you won’t. Every Fall Out Boy took the time to show off their musicianship skills during set changes so the show never missed a beat. The band has come a long way since starting out as a group of garage rockers who barely knew how to play their instruments. Patrick Stump has the pipes of a prince. There’s an old interview of him saying he likes to pretend he’s “a better singer than [he] actually is” to prep for shows, but in my opinion Patrick Stump’s is a hard voice to beat. When he took over Elton John’s part in “Save Rock an Roll”, it sounded like Elton. People were fooled.
But the greatest part about Fall Out Boy’s show was the level of respect they paid to themselves, their fans, and their roots. It must be scary to perform for crowds when audiences used to showed up just to heckle. Other bands might have surrendered their egos, but Fall Out Boy didn’t. They bounced back in a big way, and this tour proves that.
Save Rock & Roll? Mission accomplished.
Here’s what they played in Anahiem:
I Slept With Someone 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”
This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race
Sugar, We’re Going Down
What A Catch, Donnie
20 Dollar Nose Bleed (with Brendon Urie of Panic! at the disco)
I’m Like A Lawyer with the Way I’m Always Trying To Get You Off (Me &You) (acoustic)
Grand Theft Autumn/ Where Is Your Boy (acoustic)
Just One Yesterday
I Don’t Care
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)
Save Rock and Roll
Thnks fr the Mmrs