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Fall Out Boy have proven time and time again that they are a band that fans will never get tired of. After being a successful quartet for over two decades, they caused quite a storm when they announced the two-night-only intimate tour – playing Manchester and London.
Tickets for the 500-person capacity venue, Band On The Wall, sold out within seconds, undoubtedly leaving many disappointed. Luckily for those who weren’t as fortunate, the band are returning to Manchester’s AO Arena at the end of April for their ‘So Much For (Tour) Dust’ tour.
The room was filled out almost instantly as fans eagerly awaited the early 8pm start from the band. The lights dimmed and the set kicked off with ‘Love From the Other Side’ and ‘The Phoenix’. The atmosphere was already intense, with crowd-surfers and pits opening within the first five minutes.
Throughout their 19-song setlist, nostalgic classics such as ‘Sugar We’re Goin Down’ and ‘Dance, Dance’ were thrown into the mix alongside the brand-new singles and a song they haven’t played since 2009: ‘Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet’. The crowd was hooked and it was clear to see that everybody was enjoying living in the moment.
Fronted by Patrick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz, the band kept pausing to talk about their music and experiences. Wentz spoke about how Manchester’s music scene had been an influence to Fall Out Boy – mentioning the likes of The Stone Roses and The Smiths. He even teased at a ‘Wonderwall’ cover, humouring fans.
The band insisted the crowd pretend they had walked off for an encore, despite staying in their place on stage, and they ‘returned’ to end the night with ‘Centuries’ and ‘Saturday’, where Pete went into the crowd.
The entire night was an experience like nothing else. Most of the crowd were left speechless whilst walking out of the venue and I, for the first time in a long time, was left in awe of how incredible the performance was.