Fun. played live in Atlanta for the second time in six months on Tuesday night and proved their musical appeal continues to grow quite dramatically as they moved through a high energy set at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, north of Atlanta.
Back in February, less than a week after winning two Grammy awards Fun. played to a sellout crowd of 2,600 people at the Tabernacle. Fun. put on a performance that night that actually had the floor moving in rhythm with the beat of whatever song they playing and as the crowd danced along.
On Tuesday night Fun. at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, as one of the final dates on their Summer Nights tour of the United States. The crowd was almost four times the size and while the concrete floor of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre wasn’t moving the excitement and crowd participation was even greater than it had been earlier this year.
Fun. are a band for whom commercial success and fame has only come about recently, mostly since the release in 2012 of "We Are Young". As a result, it's obvious that they are still enjoying themselves on stage. And they enjoyed being back in Atlanta, with fond memories of playing live here. Nate Ruess reminisced about playing the Tabernacle, the Masquerade and the Drunken Unicorn where the band first thought, based upon the Atlanta crowd that night, that they might have a future in the music business.
The stage itself was quite uncluttered with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff stage left and right respectively while touring band members, Will Noon, Nate Harold, and Emily Moore were on a raised platform behind the three principal members. Nate Ruess was everywhere with a boundless energy that was contagious all the way to the back row of the audience.
The set started with the band dressed in tuxedos highlighted by a white spotlight as they launched into “One Foot”. At the end of that song the band disappeared to reappear just moments later in their most characteristic attire, Ruess in his leather jacket and t-shirt.
From that point on the band launched into a set that saved its biggest hits for later but also played enough well known songs throughout the set to have the crowd singing along all night long.
Highlights of the evening included “At Least I’m Not As Sad As I Used To Be”, “We Are Young”, “Carry On” and “Some Nights”.
Most of their music provides the crowd ample opportunity to sing-along. Given their own limited catalog, Fun.’s preferred anthem style music looked elsewhere for one of the evening's other highlights. When Andrew Dost played the French Horn introduction to the Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” the crowd and Nate Ruess attacked the song in a way that it hasn’t been played in years by the Stones themselves. Playing covers can be incredibly risky but Fun. pulled it off, just! Thanks in large part to a crowd that were having a complete blast!
The evening ended with a two-song encore; “Some Nights” and “Stars” and then one last crowd-sung chorus of “We Are Young” with Ruess imploring them to be as loud as they could be. He didn’t seem disappointed with their response.
Overall, Fun. had a great time on stage that was easily transferred to a willing crowd. If their popularity continues to grow they might need a bigger venue when they come back to Atlanta again.