After a two-year production phase, Chicago native punk band Fall Out Boy had announced back in June that they would be preparing to release a new album in late 2017. Their tour for the album, “M A N I A,” would kick off in the middle of September at the House of Blues in their hometown.
With a capacity of around 1,500 people, the concert was quick to sell out and the venue would house an intimate setting for fans. The floor holds approximately 500 guests and offers accommodations to primary seating, standing, and bars on either side of the stage.
An hour and a half after the doors were open for admission, opening acts were lacked and the band took to the stage in their typical formation- with lead singer Patrick Stump at the head of the stage, bassist Pete Wentz to his left, guitarist Joe Trohman to his right and drummer Andy Hurley behind him.
Originally, the exclusive performance was advertised as a release for the highly anticipated album as Fall Out Boy had already begun to solicit and perform singles such as ‘Young and Menace’ and ‘Champion’ from “M A N I A.” Wentz had addressed the crowd a few songs deep into their set, confirming that they would not be releasing the album at the moment because the band collectively recognized that improvement could be made to the quality of their music.
To satisfy the disappointment of the crowd, the new hit ‘The Last Of The Real Ones’ was performed for the first time in front of a live audience. For the initial performance of a song that hadn’t been practiced regularly live, the band did an incredible job of making it look effortless. Stump was radiant with energy as he had bound from one end of the stage with the other, leading the masses in cheers.
Fall Out Boy’s last tour had taken place three years ago in the winter of 2016. Because of this, Stump had taken the time to avert from his set- which lasted for two hours- to speak directly to the concertgoers. “I’m going to be honest with you. We haven’t played live in a long time. Excuse me if I’m a little rusty,” Stump said. Wentz had agreed with what his bandmate had said, and had given him some light-hearted teasing by deeming the first show as “band practice.”
Although Stump claimed his confidence was wavering, he had navigated through the setlist with ease, despite a single mistake of a word in ‘Young and Menace.’ Reverting back to their typical setlist and including popular songs from each album, the event was riveting from their introduction to Wentz crawling out onto the crowd during the encore.
“M A N I A” will be available for purchase on 1/19/2018 but can be pre-ordered online.