So I made 14 year old Emma very happy the other day… I went to go see Fall Out Boy play live at Wembley Arena on the 12th of October! I went with Taylor and her sibling Emma (attack of the Emma’s, tee hee). It was such a big deal to me and I just have to share it with you. This is going to be a bit of a review/just me going on about how awesome the experience was.
We got there a little bit later than intended so missed the first support act but we still managed to see both Matt and Kim and Professor Green. I didn’t think I had ever heard of Matt and Kim but turns out I was wrong and had watched the video for their song “Hey Now” recently and really enjoyed it. They are a really fun group that combines pop, pop-punk and dance with some dubstep vibes in a really awesome upbeat way. They had so much energy and really left an impression on me.
Professor Green honestly isn’t really my cup of tea and I’m still slightly confused as to why Fall Out Boy chose him to be a support act. He did however perform the one song I really do like of his “Read all About it” which is usually sung with Emeli Sande. The singer in place of Emeli at this gig was amazing, she had such a powerful, soulful voice. The lights dimmed and everyone swayed their phones so the whole arena looked like it was full of stars. I will admit this was the first on many happy tears from me throughout the night.
While Fall Out Boy were setting up music was being played over the sound system, as usually happens at gigs. Plenty of pop-punk classics had played and people kinda bobbed along however when “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars came on the crowd had a wee moment of awesome. Everyone started dancing and singing along and it was a pretty awesome moment of harmony, considering the band we had all come to see hadn’t even made an appearance yet.
When Fall Out Boy hit the stage my heart did a happy flip. The first notes of “Sugar We’re Going Down” filled the arena and I felt like an emo teenager once again. It’s amazing how music can really take you back. I had painted my nails black that morning in anticipation for reliving those years. In my opinion, starting with “Sugar We’re Going Down” was the absolute perfect choice. It’s just so catchy, upbeat and to me just represents Fall Out Boys music wonderfully. Yeah it is a little bit old-school and sounds pretty different to their newer stuff but it was still a fabulous choice.
The set had a nice mixture of music from most of their albums which was really nice. I was so pleased when they played “Hum Hallelujah” 2007’s “Infinity On High”. This was the first albums I ever owned of theirs, I remember I got it the same Christmas I got “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance. “Hum Hallelujah” has always been one of my favourite songs from the album and it sounded amazing live, especially with the crowd joining in on the repeated “Hallelujah” section giving it a really magical energy. After the gig when looking up the set list I realised this was the first time they had performed it live since 2013 making it extra special.
Now for more tears in the shape of “The Kids Aren’t Alright”. This song always gets me, there’s just something about the lyrics and the arrangement and the way it builds that always makes me a bit of an emotional wreck. Pair that with singing along to the lyrics “and in the end I’d do it all again, I think you’re my best friend” while holding hands with your best friend of 10 years whilst watching your favourite band it all becomes a bit too much but in a good way.
A song everyone was waiting for was “This Ain’t a Scene, it’s an Arms Race” and boy it didn’t disappoint. The energy from the band and the almost shouted bridge filled the room with passion. We all raised our fist in the air and mumbled those words in the way every Fall Out Boy fan has come to know and love. Despite being in the seated stalls and the back we all still stood up and had a little boogie because how can anyone resist.
Now on to the lovely two song acoustic set performed on a mini stage in the centre of the audience. The two songs they opted to perform this way were “Irresistible” and “Young Volcanoes”. Both worked amazingly well in this format. It was also nice to have them in amongst everyone, sharing that cosy feeling of all gathering around an acoustic guitar and having a sing song. As they were moving back to the main stage Andy Hurley treated us to an amazing 5 minute drum solo mash up including parts of the Game of Thrones theme tune! It was freaking epic! I have found a small clip of the solo on Youtube if you want to see the awesomeness for yourself.
The title track for their most recent album “American Beauty/American Psycho went down well. It’s a pretty dancey, rebellious, chanting song which makes it an instant hit and crowd pleaser. A few songs later they played “Uma Thurman”, another track from that album and another great song to dance to, especially if you are dancing like the lady herself. Pete Wentz introduced the song in a wonderfully heart warming way- he told us about how often people tell them how their music has helped them lose weight or get through a break up or even saved their lives. He told us that that’s not the case- we did those things, the music may have helped but we were strong and we got through it and we should never forget that. He said that we all have that moment when we realise we can move mountains; which segwayed nicely into the song’s opening lyrics. Thank you Pete and all of Fall Out Boy for helping me become the person who I am today and helping me find that strength within.
The song I had been waiting for was “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs and as soon as I saw the backdrop change to the lit up “FOB” and red velvet curtains I knew that moment had come. “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” was the song that really got me into Fall Out Boy. There was a period when I was really into the Kerrang TV channel and this was always on. Since then it has taken on many meanings and is probably my favourite breakup song ever.
The final song before the inevitable encore was “Centuries” which is possibly the most epic song from “American Beauty/American Psycho”, I mean with the lyrics “Some legends are told, some turn to dust or to gold, but you will remember me, remember me for centuries” how could it not be?! A perfect song to end a concert with… although as we all know it’s not the last song.
The encore consisted of “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (light em up)” and “Saturday”. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” will always excite me, and most Fall Out Boy fans as it was the first song they released when they came of of their seemingly never ending hiatus a few years ago. The sing along “ohs” in the song make it another great song for a live concert. They ended in traditional Fall Out Boy manner playing their old favourite “Saturday”. I love this song, but then again I love every song they have ever released, so for me it was a good ending point. It’s also a bit more of a mellow song so is a great way to calm down a bit before heading out back into the real world.
And that’s that! Sorry if it went on a bit! I made a playlist of the set if anyone wants to give it a listen and pretend they were there. I hope you enjoyed this, let me know if you like Fall Out Boy, were there or have seen or will see them soon!
(Most of the wonderful and somewhat blurry photos courtesy of Taylor Craigie, thanks babe!)