Last February Fall Out Boy had not only the comeback of the year, but pretty much the best comeback to ever have happened in the history of comebacks (it’s definitely a fact, just don’t check our sources). After a scattering of shows throughout 2013, their 2014 headline tour was one of the most anticipated for many, and we popped along their show at Glasgow’s Hydro to catch FOB in all their glory.
First up were Danish trio New Politics (★★★★) who took the arena by storm. Belting out their grungy pop goodness alongside some incredible breakdancing, flips and tricks from eccentric frontman David Boyd – their set was an exhilarating delight. With new track Harlem getting thousands bouncing and clapping along, this is definitely a band to watch – and we can guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face when you do.
Following their performance, The Pretty Reckless (★★★), slowed the pace a bit. Their dramatic entrance to breathless moaning was somewhat hampered when even the staff couldn’t keep a straight face, wondering what on earth was happening. You’ve got to admire them though, having held on to their old school rock ‘n’ roll feel and with Taylor Momsen’s vocals switching from gritty to ethereal at the drop of a hat, there’s definitely something unique.
As the lights dimmed for the final time, the pulsing beat of opener The Phoenix grabbed the audience by the throat and plunged them headfirst into the world of the Young Blood Chronicles. The rippling curtain dropped to reveal balaclava wearing and flag wielding Fall Out Boy (★★★★★) making one hell of an entrance.
Tearing off the balaclavas and taking us right back under the cork tree, they proceeded to belt out I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Song Written About Me and A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”. They have so many anthems it was amazing to see what compiled a 20-song setlist. Highlights from 2013’s Save Rock And Roll slotted in beautifully with older material as well as an acoustic session, throwing in a deep cut in the form of Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy Tonight. A poignant and emotive highlight from the proves the title track of their last release, with Patrick Stump sounding heartbreakingly brilliant.
All over too soon, Fall Out Boy closed with Saturday, and boy, this is one Saturday that will live on in the hearts of all in attendance.