By Lauren Lopez
Fans poured through the metal detectors at Madison Square Garden on Friday, March 4 wearing various Fall Out Boy shirts and even American Beauty/American Psycho inspired face paint. The iconic arena was filled with fans of all demographics—groups of girls, groups of teenagers, kids with their parents—all to see Fall Out Boy. The merchandise and food lines circled around the perimeter of the arena, but it all cleared almost instantly when the lights went down.
PVRIS, a Massachusetts pop rock band, opened with “White Noise,” a song off their debut album of the same name. Lead singer Lyndsey Gunnulfsen pumped up the crowd throughout their set by encouraging fans to jump, dance, and sing along to their new single, “You and I.” Before their last song, “My House,” Gunnulfsen asked if fans were ready to see AWOLNATION, to which the crowd yelled in agreement. But it was nothing compared to the deafening roar when asked if they were ready for Fall Out Boy.
American electronic rock band AWOLNATION continued to further pump up the crowd with songs like “Run” as their opening number, as well as newer singles “Woman Woman” and “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf).” Frontman Aaron Bruno jumped and danced across the stage and encouraged fans to hold up lights during “I Am.” Their set was accompanied by changing graphics on the screen behind them, displaying art based on each song’s album. Finally, they broke out into the familiar tune of “Sail,” the band’s most popular track, to end their set.
Fall Out Boy’s set began with a small animated video played on the screen behind the stage that showed someone making their way through snowy terrain. The video helped to introduce the band as well as tie in the theme of the tour, appropriately titled “Wintour.” The panels opened up as all four members—Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Andy Hurley, and Joe Trohman—came on stage. The crowd rose to their feet, and stayed that way for the entire set.
The Chicago-based pop punk band started out with “Irresistible,” one of their more recent tracks that almost everyone in the crowd was knew. Their set consisted mainly of songs off American Beauty/American Psycho, but they also brought fans back to the beginning of their career by playing tracks off of Infinity on High, Save Rock and Roll, Folie à Deux, From Under the Cork Tree, and Take This to Your Grave.
The screen showed different animations and scenes depending on which song they were playing. During “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” they showed scenes from the Spanish running of the bulls. “Fourth of July” brought animations of fireworks, and “Save Rock and Roll” featured red and blue lightning bolts that eventually appeared over a picture David Bowie’s face, before fading away.
All the members did their part to pump up the crowd. Lead singer Patrick Stump mainly stayed in the center of the stage near the microphone, but he did run around the stage and speak to the crown during and between songs. He also played the piano for “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes,” and “Save Rock and Roll.” Drummer Andy Hurley kept the crowd rocking out as he worked away on the drums, playing the entire show shirtless. Guitarist Joe Trohman kept the crowd in awe with his guitar solos as he ran around the stage. Bassist Pete Wentz was probably the most active as he spun around the stage while playing, delivering most of the speeches to the audience. Before “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” he talked about how he felt the world wasn’t so bad and that the youth are going to be okay. He spoke about mental illness by saying that he knows some days it feels like death, but “death is in love with you and it’s your job as a human being to break death’s heart.”
The crowd was electric the entire concert, dancing and yelling along the lyrics to every song, but it was especially shown during more popular songs like “Centuries,” “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” and “I Don’t Care.”
The lights went down after “Centuries,” but the crowd stayed on their feet, screaming for an encore, which was granted as the four members came back on stage to play “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up),” and their traditional closing number, “Saturday,” which brought them back to their first album, Take this to Your Grave. Wentz leaned into the crowd while singing, allowing fans in the front to practically hold him as he leaned off the stage and sang the high notes to finish the song.
Blue and white confetti flew through the air and the screen read “The End” in script letters. Other than Jingle Ball, the last time Fall Out Boy played Madison Square Garden was in 2009 when the band played their last show before going on hiatus. So while it may have seemed like the end for fans then, this show seemed like only the beginning.
The Wintour ends on March 27 in San Francisco. And while they did not specify a release date, the band confirmed that they will soon be releasing new music.