Fall Out Boy: From Headliner To Opener

Fall Out Boy
Marcus Amphitheater
Milwaukee, WI
August 4, 2009

Fall Out Boy Marcus AmphitheaterPatrick Stump (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)

Wow. Seeing Fall Out Boy perform as an opening act was weird. After watching Patrick, Andy, Joe, and Pete headline various venues in Michigan and all over Chicago, it was almost surreal to realize that the guys were not going to be the last artist to perform that night. I guess it takes a reunited band like Blink-182 to make Fall Out Boy give up their headliner status and return to the role of support act. Just this past May I witnessed the four dudes in FOB play for an hour and a half at the Allstate Arena. And for that show, Fall Out Boy had four openers out with them for their Believers Never Die Part Deux tour. Last Tuesday in Milwaukee, Fall Out Boy shortened their set from what was previously 90 minutes to just 50 minutes. The foursome from Chicago barely had time to fit in three new songs from their latest album Folie A Deux, much to my disappointment. I have seen the group perform live in concert enough times that I had hoped to hear more new songs at this show.

More photos of Patrick, Andy, Joe, and Pete from Fall Out Boy after the jump…

Fall Out Boy Marcus AmphitheaterAndy Hurley (drums)

For one fourth of Fall Out Boy, this was a hometown show. Drummer Andy Hurley hails from Milwaukee, WI. However, only serious fans of the band would know this because FOB formed in the suburbs of Chicago where the other three members hail from. Now that Fall Out Boy has become one of the biggest pop/rock bands in the world, half of the band has relocated to the City of Angels. Both bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz and singer/guitarist (rhythm) Patrick Stump now permanently reside in Los Angeles. Although it saddens me to know that Patrick – who writes the band’s music – lives in la la land, I understand that it’s best for him to live there for work-related reasons. You may not know this, but Stump is quite the busy bee producing and writing for up-and-coming bands riding on the coattail benefits that come with knowing Pete Wentz. Patrick tends to produce and co-write for bands on Wentz’s Fueled By Ramen label imprint, Decaydance Records.

Fall Out Boy Marcus AmphitheaterJoe Trohman (lead guitar, backing vocals)

Lead guitarist Joe Trohman continues to call Chicago home, and lives with his fiancee in the Wicker Park neighborhood of the Windy City. And as I mentioned before, drummer Andy Hurley still resides in Milwaukee when not holed up in a L.A. recording studio or traveling the world on tour with his band.  Back to the show… The chosen cover of the evening completely threw me off guard. Fall Out Boy has been performing a cover of Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” for the past couple of years on tour. It’s very good. So good in fact, that the band released their version of “Beat It” as a single with none other than John Mayer playing the guitar solo. However, when it came time at the show last week to play something both “fun and old” as Wentz put it, FOB broke out a cover of Journey’s most classic song, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Fall Out Boy Marcus AmphitheaterPete Wentz (bass, lyrics)

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. Patrick killed it and sang his heart out, belting the high notes almost as good as Steve Perry.  I was simply confused as to why the guys would not perform their cover of “Beat It.” Especially in light of the King of Pop’s recent death and the fact that every other artist I’ve seen recently in concert has paid tribute to Jackson by performing a cover of one of his songs. Coldplay gave the crowd at Alpine Valley (WI) a rousing performance of “Billie Jean” last month; probably the best acoustic version of the song I’ve ever heard.  Oh well, I never get tired of seeing Fall Out Boy live in concert and singing along to every word of every song the band plays.  What else can I say?  Their music makes me happy!

Set List / Milwaukee

Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down


A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”

Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy)

Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet

This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race

I Don’t Care

America’s Suitehearts

Thanks For The Memories (Thnks Fr Th Mmrs)

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey cover)

Dance, Dance


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  1. Vilmarie R says:

    These boys never disappoint but then again they are from the greatest state in the world! :O) Fab pics!

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