Fresh in from their hometown of Chicago after playing their first official comeback show after a three-year hiatus, Fall Out Boy took the stage at New York City's Studio at Webster Hall at 9 PM sharp Tuesday night. Eager fans in the audience buzzed about how they managed to score a ticket or which friend of a friend (of a friend) was able to squeeze them on a guest list. A pair of kids outside the venue couldn't stop shouting expletives after buying fake tickets off a Craigslist scammer.
Despite the excitement, the audience wasn't sure what to expect. Would the band get along? Were Fall Out Boy happy to be back or were they staging a quick cash-grab? Most importantly, what were they going to sound like?
They sounded f-cking awesome. Patrick, Pete, Joe and Andy were well rehearsed and well rested—it was high intensity for the entire 90-minute set. The Studio at Webster Hall was made for bands like Fall Out Boy: brave audience members can (and did) crowd surf their way directly onto the stage, and there's just something about the 300-person capacity that felt like the perfect sweet spot for the band.
They ran through the 24-song set list like seasoned pros, but a few of the oldies gave them a little bit of trouble. "Sorry, I forgot some of the words on that one!" (It's okay, Patrick.) It was just like old times, and it was almost like nothing had changed. Almost.
Whether you're getting a ticket to their upcoming Save Rock and Roll tour for nostalgia's sake or you're pumped about the new album (Save Rock and Roll, out May 7), you're going to notice a few changes from the pre-hiatus Fall Out Boy shows. Here's a few things to expect at a 2013 FOB concert.
What kind of time warp?! '90s (and early 2000s) rock icons Fred Durst, Scott Weiland and Mark McGrath get photobombed by '70s icon Wayne Newton, aka Mr. Las Vegas. This should be all these guys' Christmas cards.