by Laura K. Garrison
|Fall Out Boy feat. Panic! At the Disco|
When I heard that Fall Out Boy was returning to music after a three-year hiatus, my inner thirteen-year-old self could barely contain her excitement. While I’d like to think that I am much more sophisticated now than I was in eighth grade, the fact that I spent last Saturday night in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center rocking out to the same bands I listened to in middle school proves that I’m not. In my defense, I never got the chance to see Panic! at the Disco or Fall Out Boy in their mid-2000s heyday, and they put on a damn good show.
As I waited patiently for the openers, Fueled By Ramen’s alternative rock/hip hop duo Twenty One Pilots to take the stage, I studied the vast array of fans in the audience. Everyone from dads escorting their teenage daughters to college students yet to outgrow their emo phase to twenty-something bros swilling beer were in attendance. Many sported t-shirts bought at Hot Topic and fiddled with their phones as they updated statuses, Instagram, and Foursquare. It was comforting to know that despite the years past, I wasn’t the only one who still listened to Infinity on High when nostalgic for simpler times.
I’ve never been one for opening acts, and after Twenty One Pilots’ short-and-sweet set, Panic! at the Disco took the stage, accompanied by four nude female mannequins. The set heavily covered their upcoming album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! due out on October 8th with new songs like “This is Gospel” and “Miss Jackson” written in homage to lead singer and songwriter Brendon Urie’s hometown of Las Vegas. Panic! at the Disco ended their almost-hour-long set with perennial favorites “Nine in the Afternoon” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and I don’t think I’ve ever screamed about “closing the goddamn door” so loudly in my life.
|Fall Out Boy with punk rock legend Marky Ramone.|
Minutes later, Fall Out Boy burst out on stage with Save Rock and Roll‘s opening track “The Phoenix” as footage from their The Young Blood Chronicles music videos played in the background. New songs were interspersed with classic Fall Out Boy pop punk hits, including “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” and “Grand Theft Autumn.” Marky Ramone, native Brooklynite and drummer for punk rock legends The Ramones, played with Fall Out Boy as they covered “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Blitzkreig Bop.” Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes came out to join Fall Out Boy for “Billionaire,” and Brendon Urie sang alongside Patrick Stump on “20 Dollar Nose Bleed.” Throughout their just-under-two-hour set, Fall Out Boy paid tribute to their forebearers, including montages of punks and artists from Billy Joel to The Beatles to Bob Marley to Nirvana. The show hit its climax with “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” as flames erupted on stage and the audience rocked out to Save Rock and Roll‘s biggest single.
|Fall Out Boy and their fans throw up the Roc for Jay-Z at the Barclays Center.|
As I walked out of the Barclays Center towards the Atlantic Avenue Subway station, my voice was hoarse and my ears rang from the collision of music from my past and present. Like the show’s opening promised, Fall Out Boy is a phoenix emerged from the ashes, as sure of their future as they are of their history. So heed the call Young Blood: put on your war paint.
Laura K. Garrison is a junior at Barnard and Editor in Chief of The Nine Ways of Knowing.
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