I’m going to level with you, the last time I saw Fall Out Boy in Ireland was in 2006 in The Ambassador and they were shite. I remember being so disappointed. They only played for half an hour and their performance was lackluster and sounded awful. The problem back then was that Patrick had zero confidence and therefore could not hold the crowd as a frontman. Pete was just depressed, acted recklessly on stage and seemed to be trapped inside his own head. Joe always seemed spaced and stoned, and Andy just hid in the back behind his hair. (I also saw them at Leeds Festival in either 07 or 08, and they got bottled… so did my head). So you can imagine that while I was excited about this gig I was a little apprehensive. Would they still be as bad as they were almost ten years ago? Is it still just an unspoken thing between fans that they suck live?
In a lot of ways this gig was the exact opposite of the one I had experienced all those years ago. Patrick exuded confidence and his vocal range was on point throughout. Pete not only spoke to the crowd but read signs and gave a little speech about not feeding the negative wolf inside us. He was 100% present. Joe was alert, showcasing spectacular musicianship, and Andy stood out so much he even got a little drum solo that was the highlight of the gig – man that dude can drum!
The stage design was amazing. From space to mountains to lions to a ballet dancer; there was always something on screen to watch for those of us too short to see the band. My personal favourite was the “thnks fr th mmrs” backdrop.
But the most important thing, that truly made this one of the best gigs ever, that after all this time, they still end their set with Saturday.