Some bands, no matter how long they’ve been in the game, can always manage to reinvent themselves while still maintaining their passionate and dedicated fan base. Fall Out Boy has long remained one of the most enduring and popular rock acts spanning a career full of massive hits and iconic records. On their latest tour, entitled ‘So Much For (Tour) Dust, they’ve managed to not only showcase their excellent recent release So much for Stardust but also encapsulate highlights from a varied and dynamic catalog. They did this while delivering arguably their strongest and most well-rounded performance in recent years at a sold-out final show at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden NJ.
Frontman Patrick Stump still has that captivating and soaring vocal and stage presence and bassist and chief songwriter Pete Wentz still has the energy and musicality to match him note for note. With any tour of this size, what’s included or not in the setlist is generally a hot topic of conversation. Thankfully, the show digs deep into classic records such as From Under The Cork Tree, Folie A Deux and Infinity On High while also expertly integrating songs from more recent records Save Rock and Roll and American Beauty/American Psycho. The band’s choice of both deep cuts and fan favorites from these loved albums resonated greatly with the audience, many who sang every word.
Their set design and production value were equally as epic and accomplished, full of pyro and technical flair along with vivid visuals that more than matched the setlist’s energy and momentum. While a show of this magnitude was bound to have some key cuts left out, Fall Out Boy made it up to audiences with their Magic 8 Ball portion where they randomly selected songs to perform. In this instance, they debuted live “Pavlov”, a deep cut off their acclaimed record Folie A Deux along with other tunes such as “G.I.N.A.S.F.S” and “27”. Of course it wouldn’t be an FOB show without the hits and their renditions of “Thanks for the Mrms”, “Grand Theft Autumn”, “Sugar We’re Going Down”, and “Dance Dance” were utterly exhilarating to hear live. What truly made this such a fulfilling live experience was the sheer joy and passion FOB brought to each selection and their pure showmanship. The show was a tremendous achievement of how far they’ve come over the past decade.
For many bands who have been actively touring for quite some time, it can be difficult to maintain the same early sense of momentum. However, in the case of Fall Out Boy’s most recent tour, it’s evident that their sense of artistry and dedication remain relevant resulting in a career high performance and tour. For more information regarding FOB shows and announcements be sure to follow them on all relevant streaming and social media platforms.
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