LIVE: Fall Out Boy – 20/03/14 – Wembley Arena, London

Tonight I had the pleasure of seeing Fall Out Boy play a packed Wembley Arena. Supporting them were Copenhagen/New York three piece New Politics and the Taylor Momsen fronted group, The Pretty Reckless.

As soon as I entered the arena and I was offered a ticket upgrade from the awesome stewards. They moved me to a great spot right next to the stage – The view was amazing! (Check out my view below – apologies for the quality, was taken on my iPhone).

First on were New Politics. They put on a very enjoyable fast-paced set. The band played a mix of material but the majority came from their latest album ‘A Bad Girl In Harlem’. The band played note perfect. Everything sounded as it would on record. It’s evident that the band have picked up quite a following in the UK with fans singing along. The single ‘Harlem’ went down particularly well. Even though they were first on they definitely got the crowd moving and warmed up for Fall Out Boy.

Up next were The Pretty Reckless. They didn’t quite cut it tonight. I saw them play Download Festival back in 2011 and they put on a great gig in a torrential downpour. Tonight’s set didn’t feel as energetic and lively as their Download performance. They played a lot of tracks from their latest album ‘Going To Hell’. The performance of the title track was the highlight – the instrumentals took the song to the next level.

Gracing the stage with balaclavas, Fall Out Boy open their set with the drum-heavy and riff laden track, “The Phoenix”. It was the perfect opener to the set. I was surprised to see a lot of younger fans in the audience. I grew up listening to Fall Out Boy and expected tonight’s audience to be in their early to mid twenties. To my surprise there were a lot of fans in their teens at the show. This just shows how good a band Fall Out Boy are and that they can still write songs that younger fans can relate to. The band were on a break in 2009 and got back together in 2012 to release their latest album, “Save Rock And Roll”. Tonight showed this break improved their musicianship and could possibly be one of the best  live bands of 2014.

The set was a mix of old and new material which kept old and new fans happy. Highlights were the band’s cover of the Michael Jackson hit ‘Beat It’, ‘Thnks fr th Mmrs’ and ‘I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me’.

Overall a great set. It was nice seeing Fall Out Boy play an arena, but I couldn’t help feel that they play best in clubs/academy style venues. The band return to the UK in June for the Download Festival.