Fall Out Boy Is Saving Rock and Roll on their Wintour

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Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Photo by Deanna Romani.

Fall Out Boy Is Saving Rock and Roll on their Wintour

by Victoria Grijalva


Beginning with “Irresistible,” accompanied by a shower of fake snow, Fall Out Boy kicked off their concert for Wintour in Phoenix on high energy.

Despite not having Demi Lovato up on stage during the song, FOB more than made up for her absence. As soon as they played the first note, audiences screamed in recognition. Patrick Stump’s vocals failed to disappoint as he belted out, “And I love the way you hurt me, it’s irresistible.”

Following this grand beginning was “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” much to the pleasure of fans who have been around for a long while. This song is the epitome of “an oldie, but a goodie.” It began with Joe Trohman at the very forefront of the stage, straight up jamming out on the guitar. When Stump was supposed to take the lead on the vocals, however, he got beat out by the audience, who sang out every word seamlessly right back at the band. The entire first verse and chorus were the handiwork of the audience, but Stump soon jumped back in to complete the classic FOB song.

The third song in the set was “The Phoenix,” the opening song off of Save Rock and Roll. In this way, FOB managed to maintain the high energy they started with, all as they plowed through massive fan favorites. This song was followed by “Hum Hallelujah” way back from 2007’s Infinity On High which also provoked some great sing-alongs.

The variation just between the first four songs of the show were very representative of the 22-song set list, which included songs from various FOB’s albums, allowing for some incredible throwbacks and some exciting sing-alongs for the newer fans.

While American Beauty/American Psycho took the cake with a grand total of eight songs, it only made sense for the band to do this, as it is their most recent album. Some of the biggest performances of the night from this album included: “Uma Thurman,” which featured giant balloons for the audience to bounce around, “Fourth of July,” and “Jet Pack Blues.”

Before playing “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” Pete Wentz offered a bit of a monologue saying how throughout history, it’s always been the youth that has won.

The grand finale of the concert also included a song off AB/AP with “Centuries,” with featured some more intense sing-alongs, plenty of pyrotechnics, and like with the rest of the show, energy bouncing off the walls.

Throughout the show, Wentz did most of the talking, unsurprising to longtime fans who know that Stump isn’t much of frontman.

It was during one of these monologues that Wentz uttered a phrase that is unlikely to be forgotten, “There’s nothing more punk rock than doing something that somebody said was impossible.”

One of the more incredible parts of the show were all the extra elements added like the pyrotechnics and the graphics up on screen. “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s an Arm Race,” featured some particularly cool graphics during its chorus that inspired many to snap a picture.

However, Wentz had some words to say about these extra elements, “As cool as it is that we can have the pyro and the big screen, and it’s really, really, really cool that we could make it snow in here, as cool as that all is, you know at the end of the day, the heart of this machine is the people that end up in this room.”

At the end of the day, Fall Out Boy played a show entirely for its fans. By including old classics, dedicating songs to the fans, and putting on a thrilling, energized performance for every song, FOB truly did save rock and roll for a night in Phoenix.