Windy City band Fall Out Boy kicked off their Believers Never Die, Part Deux tour in Mesa, Arizona Friday night (April 3) and delivered a healthy dose of politics along with their emo-pop music. The guys took the stage wearing dress suits and sporting black eyes, while frontman Patrick Stump donned a grey wig in an effort to comment on corporate America.
Drummer Andy Hurley and his drum kit were flocked by video screens emblazoned with images of riot police as Fall Out Boy opened the show with “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes.” Bassist Pete Wentz welcomed the crowd to the “corporate retreat” (aka Mesa Amphitheatre), telling them his plan was to teach them how to become wealthy enough to buy a yacht, “But most importantly, you gotta learn how thrill them first.” The band then performed their second song, “Thriller,” with Wentz’s wife Ashlee Simpson-Wentz dancing along on the side of the stage.
After the third song, “A Little Less Thirteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me’,” Fall Out Boy went backstage and the screen offered a sneak peak of Wentz changing into his next costume, which turned out to be the band’s standard uniform of skinny jeans paired with a hoodie (much to the delight of the female fans in the audience). “Right now we’re going to play as Fall Out Boy,” announced Wentz when he returned to the stage, also telling the audience that people need to pay attention to countries in need like the republic of Congo and Sri Lanka.
The 90-minute show featured a set list comprised of “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes,” “Thriller,” “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me’,” “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” “I Don’t Care,” “Chicago is So Two Years Ago,” “Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet,” “I Slept With Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me,” “Grand Theft Autumn / Where is Your Boy,” “What a Catch Donnie,” “Coffee’s for Closers,” “Dead on Arrival,” “She’s My Winona,” “Beat It,” “America’s Suitehearts,” “Thanks fr th Mmrs,” “The Take Over, the Break’s Over,” “Dance, Dance” and “Saturday.”
Fall Out Boy’s current Believers Never Die, Part Deux tour is in support of their latest (and fifth) album, Folie a Deux, which peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart, and Fall Out Boy tickets are sure to sell out quickly. Metro Station, All Time Low and Hey Monday will join Fall Out Boy on tour, as will rapper 50 Cent. 50 will join the band for five shows starting April 14 at the Fillmore in Denver, and although the band has received criticism for the unlikely paring, Fall Out Boy’s Stump told Billboard online, “We’ve encountered a little bit of negative feelings about it but I think that you should challenge your audience a little bit. And I think the reality is that, OK, if you don’t like 50 Cent, if you’re that stuck-up that you’re going to stand there are hate him actively, then go to the concession stand during (his set). Go get a T-shirt or go to the bathroom if that’s how you feel. Otherwise, challenge yourself.” Check online for Fall Out Boy tickets.
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