We’re got the amazing opportunity to attend the Chicago date of Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll Spring Tour” this past Thursday. You can check out our review, after the break.
“Believers never die”, this phrase could not be more true than to the loyal fans of Fall Out Boy. Playing their hometown show, Thursday night at the Riviera; people were already lined up from the night before.
Getting off the train near the venue, there were already a bunch of people asking for extra tickets. One guy even offering $500 for a single ticket. I know there were some lucky people who were able to buy an extra ticket off people in line at a reasonable price.
Opening up the night was Chicago native, rapper, Hollywood Holt. He started off his set playing a few snippets of songs the crowd was able to sing along to, such as Blink-182’s “All the Small Things”. He seemed really excited to be playing in his hometown, telling the crowd how different it was playing in Wisconsin, just two days before. He also preached to the crowd about the people who were pushing to get to the front. He advised them to stop since it was no use because there would just keep being more people in front of them. With the crowd moving side to side from the pushing, he encouraged the crowd to put that energy into bouncing up and down. Hollywood Holt made it clear that he does not care if you enjoy his music or even him, he just wants you to have a good time at his show and I respect him for that. Playing some of his own songs as well as some mixes, he made sure of that.
The closer it got to 8:30, the more restless people got about Fall Out Boy taking the stage. Once the lights turned off, the intro to “Thriller” came on and the next hour and a half was worth the wait. I honestly felt like I was twelve again and it was a great feeling. Making sure to cover all the hits, they played a number of songs from each of their albums. Keeping the Fall Out Boy tradition alive, they didn’t hesitate to do any signature moves, such as Pete’s salute during “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and Patrick’s air heart during “Dance, Dance”. “Rock and Roll is something inside all of us,” is what Pete Wentz told the crowd when talking about their new album. This night was made complete by not just getting to hear new songs such as “Young Volcanoes”, “Save Rock and Roll”, “Alone Together”, and “Where Did The Party Go?”, but getting to hear old favorites such as “Grand Theft Autumn”, “Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to do Today“, “Hum Hallelujah”, “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”, “What A Catch, Donnie”, and “A little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me”. When they came back to do their encore song, people began throwing blue rubber bracelets on stage. These bracelets read “Believers Never Die” and were handed out to people in line before the show by this girl whose friend passed away and was a huge Fall Out Boy fan. She asked the people to throw them on stage during their last song “Saturday”. Patrick picked up a few of them on stage and put them on his wrists as well as on the microphone.
This night was definitely a night to remember. These four boys have come a long way from playing basement shows and I applaud them. With everything they have gone through, this new record is a perfect example of how much they have grown themselves and with their fans. If you weren’t able to catch them this time around, they will be back in Chicago for Riot Fest, later this year.
Information about the review…
Tour: Fall Out Boy’s “Save Rock and Roll Spring Tour”
Bands: Fall Out Boy, Hollywood Holt
Reviewer: Ali Jimenez
Date: May 16, 2013
Venue: Riviera Theater