Date: September 21, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: America’s Cup Pavilion
Artist: Fall Out Boy
Opening Act(s): Panic! at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots
Fall Out Boy
In 2006 I worked for the now defunct Amp’d Mobile, sponsors of Fall Out Boys’ “Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour”. I was able to get tickets to their Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena show through work. I thought they had put on a good show, but found it odd that bassist Pete Wentz was the spokesman for the group and lead singer Patrick Stump didn’t say too much during their set. Lead singers had been the person that spoke to the crowd for all other groups I had seen.
Flash forward to 2013 and Fall Out Boy is touring again after a three-year hiatus. Their Fox Theater show in Oakland sold out quickly. When a date was added at America’s Cup Pavilion I decided to buy a ticket. Their song “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” was very catchy and getting a lot of radio and video play. I was curious to see how much they had grown since 2006. Besides being seven years older, their performance was very reminiscent of 2006.
Pete Wentz is still the spokesperson for the group doing most of the talking to the crowd. He and guitarist Joe Trohman would play on both sides of the stage. I liked this because it gives the audience a chance to see each one play up close. After four songs they held up the show to ask people to step back and asked security to help a few people in the crowd that looked like they needed help getting out of the mass of people. Very similar to their show in 2006.
Fall Out Boy performed several new songs with a good mixture of their older hits including “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”, “Dance, Dance” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”. They also performed a cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” in addition to performing “20 Dollar Nose Bleed” as a duet with Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco. Two acoustic songs were also performed in the middle of the venue.
The stage was fairly elaborate with walkways around the drummer. Unfortunately they didn’t utilize this very well. Patrick Stump played a piano at the top for a couple of songs and Joe Trohman walked around it a bit, but it did not seem like it was a key part of their performance. I’ve seen several acts with this type of set up and felt that they have utilized it much better. Linkin Park, for one, would have been running all over it getting the crowd pumped up. Overall it was a good show. Anyone who is a fan of Fall Out Boy would not be disappointed.
Panic! at the Disco
The first time I saw Panic! at the Disco was at Live 105s BFD 2006. “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” was their breakout hit at the time. I didn’t hear much about them after that first album. Turns out they are releasing their 4th studio album this year. The crowd went crazy when they walked on stage. Lead singer Brendon Urie worked the stage well, but he didn’t cover as much ground as Twenty One Pilots. They closed out with “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” which got everyone to sing, actually scream, along. I’m not a huge Panic! fan but I did enjoy their set.
Twenty One Pilots
I saw Twenty One Pilots at Live 105’s BFD 2013 this summer. I really enjoyed their set and was excited when I heard they were added to this ticket. They were even better the second time around. They started their set with the skeleton hoodies that covered their faces. Lead singer Tyler Joseph covered every inch of the stage getting the crowd hyped up. Drummer Josh Dun did a flip just like at BFD. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a shot of it this time. Twenty One Pilots are a high energy, fun, must see live band.