Chicago legends go down swingin’ at sold out Wembley show
Words and photographs: Lily Morgan
With just a few more nights until they wrap up their entire ‘Save Rock and Roll’ European/UK tour, Fall Out Boy have arrived in London. With some eager fans camping outside the venue since the previous day, the effect the band is having on old London Town is clear to see.
But first to kick off the events tonight is Danish electro - pop punk band New Politics, who put on a fun, crowd engaging set. Reeling out feel good songs such as singles ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ and ‘Harlem’; David, Søren and Louis truly work their magic on the crowd with their catchy lyrics and energetic antics - with frontman David Boyd crowd surfing during the aptly titled ‘Fall into these Arms’. Having already supported Panic! At The Disco on their last UK tour, it’s safe to say New Politics’s hard work is paying off.
The second support act of the night is some good old rock ’n’ roll in the form of New York band ‘The Pretty Reckless’. With a set comprising of material from new release ‘Going to Hell’ mixed with songs such as ‘Miss Nothing’ and ‘Make Me Wanna Die’ from 2010’s ‘Light Me Up’ a good job is done promoting their latest record whilst also ensuring fans get to hear the band’s staple tracks live.
Finally, stars of the night Fall Out Boy take the stage. As the white curtain falls the band is revealed, all complete with black balaclavas for opening song ‘The Phoenix’. After returning to the scene just over a year earlier, FOB please the crowd by performing hits: ‘This Ain’t A Scene’, ‘Dance, Dance’, ‘My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark’, ‘Alone Together’ and classics such as ‘Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down’. Patrick, Joe and Pete even take themselves to the ‘B’ stage for an acoustic run of ‘Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year’, ‘I’m Like A Lawyer with the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You) and ‘Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy’. All is well for drummer, Andy Hurley, though who performs an impressive drum solo. Lead guitarist Joe Trohman also has a solo slot.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump displays his skills as a pianist during the anthemic ‘Save Rock And Roll’ which, with a big screen slideshow pays tribute to artists such as Madonna and the late Kurt Cobain.
The production throughout the night includes huge, black balloons being dropped gently into the crowd for the slower style of ‘Young Volcanoes’ , creating an atmospheric, party vibe. As well as bassist Pete Wentz literally flying the flag for Fall Out Boy.
I’m sure the arena as a whole will be thanking them for the Mmrs made tonight.
Pete looking a bit sweaty; not surprising with that leather get up.
A fan is ready to play Patrick at his own game.