There’s no doubt that Fun. has made their mark in the music world. But Saturday night marked a legendary night for those who were lucky enough to snag tickets to the band’s show at The Fillmore in Detroit that sold out in a matter of hours.
Sticking to the basics, Fun. gave a great performance and the sound was fantastic. Singer Nate Ruess’ unique voice was spot on the entire night. He completely took over the stage, walking on every piece of stage he could.
The stage setup was incredible, involving a gigantic rectangular mirror that doubled as a digital video screen showing footage of the show and song lyrics; a platform for the drums (and additional walking space for Ruess); and something a little subtler but still cool: Ruess’ gold microphone.
The sold out crowd’s excitement was palpable; as soon as the lights dimmed a few fans almost lost control of how excited they were, screaming and shaking and smiling at their friends.
Fun. played through their set which included fan favorites like “Some Nights,” “We Are Young,” and “Carry On;” along with other tunes from 2012 album “Some Nights” like “Why Am I The One” and “All Alone.”
After leaving the stage for the first time, they seemed to be milking their encore applause; little did the crowd know that they were busy changing into Pistons jerseys. The lights came up and gasps filled the venue, followed by cheers.
Keyboardist Andrew Dost lives in Detroit so the band showed lots of love for the city.
Opener Andrew McMahon, known for his involvement with Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, played tunes from both bands accompanied by four band mates who helped make the sound nice and rich. McMahon is an amazing and seasoned performer; he was one of the most active and enthusiastic live piano players I’ve ever seen. He even grabbed the microphone and maneuvered around the small stage space he had to play to more areas of the venue. Fantastic.