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Saving Rock and Roll

by: Shelby Mitchell/News and Opinion Editor

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, on September 14, a line had wrapped around the corner of the Palace Stadium by three in the afternoon, four and a half hours before the Save Rock and Roll Tour concert was set to begin, where Twenty One Pilots and Panic! at the Disco opened for Fall Out Boy. As hordes of fans waited for the doors to open, Andy Hurley, the drummer for Fall Out Boy, jogged by the line twice, the second time to high-five all of the fans.

By the time the doors finally opened, the concert had been sold out and the arena was packed. All the bands played their most popular songs, and the crowd was wild from start to finish. Twenty One Pilots began the concert and the high-energy duo, who are less well-known that the other two bands, still had fans screaming lyrics back at them, especially on their songs “Hands for Guns” and “Car Radio.” After their short set of songs, Panic! at the Disco had their own. Brendon Urie, the center figure in Panic! at the Disco, managed to fuel the crowd even more, doing backflips and giving snarky commentary to accompany their performance of some of their more energetic and well-known songs. They played two singles from their upcoming album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die,” which comes out October 8. They ended with their most popular song, “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies”.

Photo by Shelby Mitchell

Photo by Shelby Mitchell

Next came the main act, Fall Out Boy. They started their set in black masks, performing their recent single, “The Phoenix.” Throughout the set, they mixed new songs with old ones, hitting many of their well-known songs, such as “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race.” The band performed a different cover every night, this night opting for “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Patrick Stump, the lead singer, smoothly transitioned from their slower song, “What a Catch, Donnie,” to the upbeat “20 Dollar Nosebleed,” where Urie came back to join in on the fun one last time. Their set also included a guitar solo from Joe Trohman, a short acoustic set in the middle of the arena on a campfire stage, and a drum solo from Andy Hurley. Between songs, Pete Wentz, the bassist and lyricist, was giving his hopeful, uplifting – albeit, sarcastic – speeches, and calling the fans “fucking freaks” with a grin on his face. After the drum solo, the band returned with “Dance, Dance,” and then performed three more songs and left the stage. The crowd began chanting “Fall Out Boy,” and shortly after, the band returned with “Save Rock and Roll” and “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs.” They thanked the crowd one last time, and then launched into their final song, “Saturday,” from their 2003 FBR label debut album, “Take This to Your Grave.”

The night was the kind that breeds nostalgia; the kind that makes you remember 2006 in perfect clarity for a split second, and the feeling of screaming the lyrics along as the band members grin back is not a feeling easily forgotten. Fall Out Boy tastes like your favorite band, only sweeter.

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