Fall Out Boy & blackbear
Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI – 10.24.2017
Photographer: Robert Sherman

Following the announcement of their seventh studio album, MAN I A, Fall Out Boy planned to set out on a massive American arena tour to support the upcoming record. Unfortunately, the quartet from Chicago pushed back the album’s release until January due to being unsatisfied with the finished product, leaving the tour to culminate in a mixture of new tracks, a cover medley and old jams.

This was actually the 15th time that I have seen Fall Out Boy since the bands inception, and even though I am VERY biased towards my favorite band on the planet, their first show in the newly built Little Caesars Arena was perhaps the best overall performance I’ve seen the guys put on.

Opening up with “The Phoenix,” off of the groups first album after hiatus, Save Rock and Roll, it’s clear that Fall Out Boy have done more than grown from the pop-punk band that started playing shows in basements, to selling out arenas of more than 22,000 capacity.

Fall Out Boy is known for including a secondary stage in their performances, sometimes using the platform to play cover songs or acoustic versions of other songs, and the MAN I A Tour was no exception, but with a slight difference. Instead of disappearing into the dark and appearing on the second stage, they included a catwalk that stretched all the way through the center of the main floor, connecting to the second stage.

On the second stage, drummer Andy Hurley broke into an incredible drum solo set to a medley of Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” “XO Tour Lif3” by Lil Uzi Veri, “Hammer Smashed Face” by death metal band Cannibal Corpse, and “Song 2” by Blur. After the solo, the rest of the band joined Hurley to play four songs on top of two “floating” stages.

To appeal to every generation of FOB fan, the bulk of set list from the evening consisted of songs from every one of their studio albums to date, made up mostly of top charting singles.

Songs spanning the bands 12-year career like “Sugar We’re Going Down” and “Dance, Dance” off From Under The Cork Tree; “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs” from Infinity on High;  “I Don’t Care” off of Folie a Deux; “Alone Together” and “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up”) from Save Rock and Roll; “Centuries,” “Irresistible,” and “Uma Thurman” off American Beauty/American Psycho were amongst the favorites.

For the hardcore FOB fans, “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy” and “Hum Hallelujah” graced the Detroit set list.

Scattered throughout the show were tracks from the upcoming album, including “Champion,” “The Last of the Real Ones,” and an unreleased song titled “Expensive Mistakes.”

Lead singer Patrick Stump sat behind a piano to belt out the normally bombastic “Young and Menace,” in an un accompanied and intimate manner.

The band closed out the evening in the same way that they have since their inception and throughout their decade long career, with bassist Pete Wentz ditching his instrument and hopping into the crowd to scream the ending chorus of “Saturday,” one of the bands oldest songs.

Hip-hop artist blackbear provided direct support on the night, playing about six tracks.

Hip-hop artist and actor Jaden Smith performed first, but is unfortunately not pictured despite putting on a great performance.

Catch Fall Out Boy, blackbear, and Jaden Smith on the rest of the MAN I A Tour, through the rest of the year and into next year.


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