I spent Sunday night reliving my emo days at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota seeing one of my favorite bands for the third time and I'm glad to say, Fall Out Boy didn't disappoint.
The night began grabbing food at a restaurant down the street from the Xcel Center called Seventh Street Truck Park with my sister and her boyfriend. I wasn't super hungry, so I grabbed a cookie to snack on before the show. Though it ran around $5, it was jumbo (like sharing-size jumbo) so I felt I got my money's worth!
We made our way to the venue where we found our seats. Though I would've loved to have seen Fall Out Boy closer to the stage, I purchased tickets when I was still in school and didn't quite have the money. Now that I'm employed, next time around I'll be splurging on tickets!
Seats remained pretty empty during the openers. I felt like they weren't the typical Fall Out Boy fan opener, especially for older fans who are used to Fall Out Boy touring with other alternative emo bands. The first time I saw Fall Out Boy, they toured with The Hush Sound, From First to Last, Hawthorne Heights, and All American Rejects on the Honda Civic Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour (Spring 2006) and I think those are the types of bands most people associate with the band. Thought I wasn't too fond of Jaden Smith or blackbear, I do respect Fall Out Boy bringing openers from different genres.
When the time came for Fall Out Boy to come on stage, I was more than ready! The last time I saw them was March of 2016, so they were finishing up the American Beauty/American Psycho album cycle. My seats weren't that great (or so I thought), but it was just fun to see my favorite band!
Fall Out Boy performed quite a few songs on the main stage, opening with 2013's Save Rock and Roll opener The Phoenix. The band played quite a few songs on the main stage before they played on the B stage which was right in front of me. It was pretty great and the closest I'd ever been to the band. I didn't expect them to play as many songs as they did on the B stage and they even performed Wilson (Expensive Mistakes) from the new album, MANIA.
After performing a few songs from the B stage, they finished the concert on the main stage. Throughout the entire show the band was really energetic and seemed excited to be there, playing in front of thousands of fans. When I had seen them on Wintour (March 2016), they weren't as energetic with their performance. It was a winter tour and Minneapolis was one of the last stops, so I'm sure they were ready to go home, but it was great seeing them putting on a high-energy show again.
It was really cute, there was one little girl in the crowd that was holding up a sign that said something about her staying up past her bedtime. Pete noticed the sign and brought the little girl on stage. That was cool to see.
The band did the typical big arena tour things like pyrotechnics, t-shirt cannons, and motivational bits to get the crowd pumped up. I'm sure it's difficult to accommodate all the types of fans that go to an arena tour- you have the longtime, hardcore fans and then the new, more casual fans. I felt they did a pretty good job playing a mix of new and old songs, though I'd love for the band to go on a smaller venue tour and play some older stuff.
At the end of the concert, a bunch of confetti and t-shirts fell from the ceiling and I caught one of the shirts! It was the first time I'd ever caught one of the free shirts handed out at a concert! There was a family in front of me with young kids who tried to grab it, but I was a little salty towards them. They were sitting farther back in the seats and realized the ones in front of us were open, so they moved up and ignored the security guard's request to go back to their spots and you could tell they were expecting us to give their kid the shirt. Sorry buddy. No. The kid was like 7 and probably didn't even like Fall Out Boy that much.
Overall it was a great concert and I'm excited to see them twice this fall, first in Kansas City (Friday, September 21) and then in Des Moines (Saturday, October 6). I've never been to Kansas City, so it'll be fun to make a weekend trip out of it! I've also never seen Fall Out Boy outside of Minneapolis, so it'll be fun to change it up and see them in some new venues.
Fall Out Boy - North America M A N I A Tour (part 1)
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota
Opening acts: Jayden Smith, blackbear
Sugar, We're Goin Down
American Beauty/American Psycho
Save Rock and Roll
The Last of the Real Ones
Young and Menace
Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)
Thnks fr th Mmrs
I Don't Care
This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race
Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy
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