Wentz the wannabe Tesco worker, llamas limelight shooting shirts and violet visuals amongst a blissful atmosphere. Fall Out Boy delivered a thrilling time performing a parallel balance between modern evolution MANIA and core staple classics compromising a 23 stellar setlist, that showed the Chicago collectives 17-year long career longevity has lived on in London.
“When I was a boy I started to hide things in the lining of garments” a social media story that sparked a mass manhunt by the MANIA masterminds, of an idiosyncratic trio of ‘Young and Menace’ wearables alongside affiliated secret USB sticks storing a piano version of Elton John featured title track ‘Save Rock and Roll’ scattered around the Greenwich grounds of the o2 Arena, before the sold out show opened its floodgates to 20,000 fans to see Fall Out Boy and support artists MAX and Against The Current. Leading up to its last UK leg of the tour in London before the band are back for their headlining window at this years Reading and Leeds Festival, in the midst of the MANIA Tour, designated spokesman Pete Wentz’ comments confirmed the size and scope of the gigs prodigious production spearheaded by designer Rob Jibson “A lot of moving parts and probably the biggest production we’ve ever done. That’s a little daunting but it’s also exciting.”
“Please silence your phones and put them away” reads the enter stage sentence suggesting a gentle nudge for audience members to detach from the mobile devices in the name of living in the moment, before Hurley’s pounding persuasion, Trohman’s tough guitar, Wentz’ whirring bass and Stumps strong vocal resilience telling the o2 to “Put on your war paint” for Save Rock and Roll staple ‘The Phoenix’. Opening up the proportionately outweighed immortal exemplars verses contemporary inductions of material, a hot topic Pete Wentz grasps in conversation with KROQ concluding “You put everything you can as a fan into an artist and then they go and change. But if you didn’t have those different eras, I’d like to think with Fall Out Boy for every ‘Sugar We’re Goin Down’ we’re also going to do a PAX AM Days.” For every ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘This Ain’t A Scene’ there was a ‘Centuries’ and ‘Church’ catering for a minute generation of fresh minded younger fans, who were out in full plum pandemonium force with mauve makeup and rasin roots reflecting under the plum production and the withstanding long-serving diehards, erupting in enthusiasm as Patrick’s belting notes indicated the 2005 From Under The Cork Tree classic track for all regeneration of supporters, all under one dome.
“There a lot that happens in the world every day, that you don’t have enough control over. Everyone has struggles. You gotta stay wild and stay frosty” Fall Out Boy’s wise words of wisdom warrior Wentz speaks before breaking into ‘Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea’, the celebrity culture composition that explores the exposing of common conspiracies and controversies, one of which the 2001 formed band received a borage of profuse backlash in the accompanying aesthetics that supported the song. Scenes of the royal family represented lyrical content throughout ‘Stay Frosty’ and the sequel to the right royal visual story ‘Champion’ of “Princes don’t become kings” and “I’m a champion of people who don’t believe in champions” confounded concert goers and received pessimistic publicity, which was quickly brushed under the carpet with the 38 year old Illinois individual “Cinematic” backup comment and the production phenomenal and stunning staging shunning these one track mind headlines.
Shooting straight to stratospheric heights after this low blow and rising up rapidly into the gods, Patrick and Pete ascended to level 4 territory of the o2 tent, in the quest for an ambition of “I hope the roof flies off and I get blown out into space” fulfilment throughout the nostalgic ‘Dance, Dance’ and the new ‘Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)’ tracks. Whilst Andy and Joe the other half of the American body remained bound to the ground of practical elevation, 2 songs later the aerial pair descended and plummeted back to performing on earth just in time for Pete to swap personas, from his hazardous vest wearing venture to his ‘Thriller’ club card Tesco employee exterior. Yet this B staging brilliance proved not to be an expensive mistake made.
Warm buzz of the bass, pounding percussion, gentle guitar growls and soaring soulful singing, yet whilst obtaining a recorded repertoire that’s a distant call from who the Chicago collective used to be, pop punk rulers to who they have moulded to become, commercial pop casualties Stump served ‘Young and Menace’ as a dressed up song from a digitalised mind boggling mess to a classy solo cleanliness, the recent record label less ensemble have artistic abilities to curate a concert that is better live every time. From their 2015 gig situated in Wembley Arena to an 8,000 o2 Arena upgrade, scale and size doesn’t ever deny or defy the quality assurance of Fall Out Boy’s evocative elements to present MANIA music and violet visions.
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