Take Over, the Break is Definitely Over for Fall Out Boy

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Ever thought you’d see the day when Chicago-based Fall Out Boy would sell out, let alone have a line circling a venue? Well, that’s what happened at the Miami stop of the “Save Rock and Roll” tour.

The Fillmore is not exactly a small venue, but in less than 8 hours, the box office had officially ruled the tour stop, sold out. The line outside the venue that started to form at eight in the morning showed proof of just how much the fans missed the foursome.

The show started out with Fall Out Boy’s opening act, New Politics taking the stage and proving why they got the gig. The Denmark-based band, made a splash with fans easily shifting from hard-hitting rock songs to pop-punk songs that could easily fit into the genre that Fall Out Boy helped mold.

Frontman David Boyd, was what every frontman should hope to be with the energy that not once wavered as he did cartwheels, handstands, some break dancing and even clapping with his feet. His energy as well as the energy from the other two members, would explain why FOB frontman, Patrick Stump told the audience his cousin was more excited to see New Politics than FOB.

Once their set had finished, the stage went dark and the lights went up, giving fans time to prepare themselves for the show that would be starting after the set change.

It was a little past nine when the banging of the drums started and the silhouettes of the band could be seen behind sheer curtains. The noise of the fans cheering become united once the sheer curtains dropped, minus one that decided to stay lingering as the band into 2007’s “Thriller.”

Dressed in matching attire, minus drummer Andy Hurley who apparently missed the memo, they launched into a setlist that brought together songs from all of their albums. The hour and a half show featured songs from each one of their albums giving old fans some nostalgic moments and new ones to be introduced to those songs.

The set included songs from Take This to Your Grave such as “Grand Theft Autumn (Where is Your Boy)” and “Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today” as well as selected songs from From Under the Corktree including “Dance, Dance,” “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me” and the song that launched them to top 40 success, “Sugar, We’re Going Down.”

“Hum Hallelujah” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” joined show opener, “Thriller” from Infinity on High while “I Don’t Care” and “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes” from pre-hiatus album, Folie à Deux made an appearance as well.

After taking a few seconds to collect themselves, they returned for their encore but first they sang bassist, Pete Wentz, happy birthday with the help of the sold out venue. The band presented the bassist with a cake and a $25 gift card to Starbucks which made him so excited, he ran clear across stage to give guitarist, Joe Trohman who had the card, a big, manly hug.

The encore included three songs, starting with a visually beautiful performance of “Save Rock and Roll” which paid tribute to some of rock’s late stars as well as current ones. Closing out the show were “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and “Saturday” which signaled the end of Fall Out Boy’s comeback.

While the show was great there was some disappointment which came in the form of Wentz. The charismatic stage persona he was known for was no longer there. The energy that he used to portray like a five-year-old on Sour Patches and Red Bull was all gone as well as the bass flips, jumps and dangerous antics. One thing that really changed and maybe for the best during the break was Stump’s ability to articulate. Long gone are the days of “watching Youtube from the closet.”

So when anyone asks if the break is officially over, the answer is “yes, the break is definitely over.”

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3OH!3 Bring Colorado to Miami

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The day may have started off  as nothing short of a monsoon, but as the day turned into night, the bubblegum colored sky would show no trace of the disaster that took place earlier in the day and all fear that a show would not happen that evening soon diminished as the purple and yellow stage lights went on.

The sound of the drums and guitars soon filled the air as the sky turned into a pitch black color. At first, it was assumed that local Miami-based band, Rezolution would be taking the stage, but the second that a guy in a gray wolf shirt with way too much energy and a microphone hit the stage, everyone knew that all doubts were gone and that the show was about to take place.

Taking the stage were none other than the court jesters of the music world, 3OH!3. With lyrics including “do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips” and “I’m gonna have a house party in my house,” you can rest assure that their show was going to be comical and full of innuendos, everything that just screams “frat boys!”

For those not familiar with the “electro-pop group” as Wikipedia labels them, they are known for their college freshman mentality and just the journey of having a good time. Their show was no different especially with the majority of the audience being college students also on a journey to have a good time.

Sean Forman, one-half of the group, was the first on stage, getting the crowd ready for a show that could make even the storm clouds from earlier disappear. Decked out in a dark hoodie and dark pants, Nathaniel Motte, the other half of the band, snuck in, barely getting a glimpse from the fans as he camouflaged with the background, but he didn’t stay that way for long. Stripping down to a Hawaii shirt that looked similar to the one that Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life would wear, he eventually undressed to just a plain dark tank top considering the after storm humidity and heat.

The band kicked off their hour-long show with what at first sounded like a new track, but ending up being the song “Starstrukk” from their debut album, Want. The crowd could feel their powerful and excited energy as they performed other songs from Want which included “Rich Man” “Colorado Sunrise” and a medley that included, “PunkBitch” “Choke Chain” and “I’m Not Your Boyfriend, Baby.” Songs from the second album, Streets of Gold  also made the set list such as “My First Kiss” “Touching on My” and “Streets of Gold” while also incorporating  songs from their upcoming album, Omens including current single, “Back to Life” and “You’re Gonna Love This.”

Getting in touch with their inner college selves, they asked the crowd what they had planned for after the show. No definite answer was given since the crowd tried to answer at the same time, but it could be seen that they were hinting at wanting to go to a house party which segued to their song titled, “House Party.” As if that wasn’t enough, both men even went into the crowd at different times which got a lot of attention from the ladies.

As if the sea of red, green and blue glow sticks weren’t in full volume throughout the show, when they got to the last song of the evening, “Don’t Trust Me,” the level of enthusiasm went into an all time high with glowstick-stuffed beach ball being tossed in the area and the sight of foam glowsticks got even more pronounced. As the lights went out on stage, the only thing that could be seen from far was the united front of glowsticks glowing in a dark field.

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