When bands reunite after a substantial hiatus, there can sometimes be an uneasiness about whether or not they should forge ahead with new music, or simply tour in support of classic, time-honored fan-favorites.
Fall Out Boy, though, don't adhere to that tradition. At their jam-packed Roxy gig last night (after reforming earlier this week), bassist Pete Wentz made it very clear that he, Patrick Stump, Andy Hurley & Joe Trohman weren't interested in that type of reunion. Instead, they wanted to come back with new music (which they played, with their comeback single "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark") and a renewed passion - and it was definitely felt over the course of their 90-minute set.
Highlights included the mega-hits "Dance, Dance", "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", "Thnks fr th Mmrs", and their cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It". Performance-wise, they were as confident and sonically impressive on stage this time as they were back before taking a break in 2010.
And the fans - you could tell that many in attendance have been DYING for a new Fall Out Boy gig. Kids screamed, shouted along with Stump on many of their songs, such as "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy", "Dead on Arrival", "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me", and others.
The band played a trio of intimate gigs this week after announcing their revival, in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles - and will go on a proper tour in May in support of their new album Save Rock and Roll (which is due on May 7th). The tour will bring them back to L.A. and the Wiltern on June 13th.
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If last night was any indication, Fall Out Boy haven't lost a thing in the few years it's been since they were last active.