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September 12, 2013

Fall Out Boy returns with
a new album after hiatus

Band rocked at Wolstein Center

By Aziza Doleh

Last night at the Wolstein Center, Fall Out Boy performed back in Cleveland for the first time in over four years. This Chicago four-man band—vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley—did not disappoint the crowd with their 90-minute set that showcased how far this band has come from being gone for so long and returning with a new album "Save Rock and Roll."

The show started with the opening number “Phoenix” and the band showed up with ski masks (in relation to the video game saga that "Save Rock and Roll" supplements) and stomped around on stage with high energy. The fans screamed and cheered, then the band changed the mood with their lighter material from music’s past “ A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me.”

They kept you on your feet switching it up continuing with hit after hit from their emo-pop “Sugar We’re Goin Down” and “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs.” Fall Out Boy‘s sequence was great transition was pretty tight, especially with newer, edgier stuff that pop and soul influences they experimented with “Just One Yesterday.” This show was heavy with high intensity like “I Don’t Care” and “Dance, Dance” then came their new hit “My Song Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” where the crowd seemed a little bit tamed.

Awesomely enough the band had Brandon Urie pop up for a couple of tunes to change things up with “20 Dollar Nose Bleeds" and segued from “What A Catch Donnie.” There was a small acoustic set at the back of the venue floor.

One of the highlights of the show was the gratitude the band had for the fans sticking around for them and that they are proud to be making music again. While performing the aggressive “This Ain’t A Scene, its An Arms Race,” the entire crowd pumped fists and sang the chorus at the top of their lungs. It was during this song that the show’s scene of camaraderie and group really came together—and it felt like the good guys had won.

The openers Panic at the Disco showed no signs of slowing down with their very energetic 45-minute set that had the crowd cheering and singing along to every song. This was all from front man Brand Urie commanding the stage with his intense vocals, jumping around and his charm. Panic’s music was in tiptop shape including some their new single “Miss Jackson” Then continued on with their danceable beat, this showcased the bands new stuff from the new album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! Urie kept the show going with “Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)” and brought some intense vocals and brought on his showmanship strong the entire set. Crowd went nuts when the band got to hear their favorites “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” “Nine In the Afternoon” and “The Only Difference Between Martydom and Suicide is Press Coverage.” 

Twenty One Pilots opened the night with a smaller set. The band can be described as music mayhem with heavy on dance and a hip-hop flair.