Fall Out Boy last night at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater was awesome. It was the perfect mix of new and old stuff. I was both surprised and pleased to see that even the high schoolers at the show knew every word to Grand Theft Autumn and Saturday and these songs came out in 2003! I guess high school angst is high school angst and it is still the same 10 years later! You can tell people listen to FOB over and over again, in fact, most of the crowd knew almost every word to every song. Talk about loyal fans! You almost hate to admit it, but their punchy lyrics are exactly what you want to tell your ex-girlfriend that broke your heart and FOB gives you those words you are looking for. I have to say, these guys are definitely a huge part of the battle to save rock and roll and I thank them for that! Check out the album review here!
The performance was tight and Patrick Stump sounded phenomenal, when I could clearly hear his voice. My one complaint about the show was the levels. When I wasn’t rocking my head to FOB’s performance and singing along with everyone else, I took a moment to close my eyes and listen to the sound. It was often overwhelming the vocals. In my opinion, the opening band, New Politics, who brought a pop-punk performance from Denmark that I was more than impressed with, had their levels perfect and I was surprised that didn’t cross over to FOB. I did not know any of New Politic’s songs, but by the end, I was able to sing and dance to their choruses because I could clearly make them out at the beginning of the song. I can’t say enough about how good their performance was, the lead singer even put on a breakdancing performance during the show! I definitely need to check these guys out, although I am suspicious of how these pop-punkers will sound recorded.
Ok, back to FOB… the noise levels… ugh, but besides that the show was everything you could ask for! I sang, helped create and participated in a little punk dance circle and promoted this young website when I could. If any of my new Fall Out Boy friends end up reading this, I’d love to hear what you thought about the show and what some of your favorite moments were! Personally, I really loved Patrick on the keys playing Save Rock and Roll, I thought it was done very well. What about you?