Fall Out Boy at Myth, 6/26/2013

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Erik Hess
Fall Out Boy with New Politics
Myth Nightclub, Maplewood
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fall Out Boy sure know how to keep their fans waiting. First with a new album, then Wednesday night at the Myth as the sold out room waited -- and waited -- to see a reunion of their favorite band four years in the making. Even up 'til the week before the release of their latest album, Save Rock and Roll, the band was denying the rumors of a reunion, but all the hype was well worth it. The band lived up to their promise.

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With the anticipation still running high even though the show running a little late, everything was forgotten when the white curtain dropped and the first lines of "Thriller" came on. The crowd instantly recognized the classic piece and everyone in the room sang along, almost drowning out lead singer Patrick Stump's voice. While the band sounded well-rehearsed and tight, the highlight of the evening was listening to Stump's impressive range.

Photos by Erik Hess
Dressed in a black leather jacket and fedora, he channeled Michael Jackson -- someone who has heavily influenced his career -- in delivery of song. And Prince, who he mentioned later, saying he was geeking about playing in Minneapolis. For someone who grew up nerdy and extremely shy, the lead singer is almost unrecognizable after slimming down since the band's last tour. Stump is charismatic and more talented than given credit for from people outside of his circle.

The band is notorious for giving titles to their songs that don't contain those lyrics or have nothing to do with the subject matter of the song. Case in point: "I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me" and "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me,'" two songs from their breakout album From Under the Cork Tree.

While their song titles may not be catchy, their songs certainly are. Full of pop hooks, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" gets stuck in your head and was instantly recognizable from the opening guitar riff. While Folie à Deux, the follow up album to Infinity on High, may not have sold as much and led to the band's hiatus, on a second listen contains many hidden gems like "What a Catch, Donnie" and "Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes." "Disloyal" once again showcases Stump's impressive range, but more spot on are the tongue-in-cheek lyrics that sum up the band "Imperfect boys with their perfect lives, Nobody wants to hear you sing about tragedy."

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