Fall Out Boy Fires It Up at Xcel Energy Center
It was quite the wild Sunday night for fans that made it to see Fall Out Boy at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN on October 22nd. I was covering the show for Z99, (KEEZ 99.1). Even though the doors opened a little later than expected, Xcel did a great job getting everyone in the doors quickly. I saw a good amount of parents dropping off their kids and heading to the upstairs waiting area as well as a wide range of age groups heading into the venue. The action was supposed to start later that scheduled, but still went on a little earlier than expected.
Jaden Smith went on about 10-15 minutes after scheduled and the other photographers and myself scrambled to get into the venue and managed to get photos for the last of the three songs. I didn't get to see a lot of the show, but the crowd seemed to enjoy the music and Jaden got the crowd worked up between his songs. I could hear the show going on from outside the gates and was wondering what he rapped about, but couldn't make out the words from where I was. Jaden Smith still got the crowd ready for the rest of the show.
We headed back down into the pit area and had a little more time before blackbear took the stage. Looking around the venue a little more, I could see that the runway off the stage went all the way to the back of the floor area to another smaller stage. Above that was some monitors and what looked like another stage, though I didn't see what it was used for while I was on the main floor. There was a platform in the middle of the main stage now and a mic stand up there, so I was hopeful that blackbear would pop out of the floor. However, he came out from the back of the stage and walked up to it instead. The excitement level from the crowd jumped up when they saw him take the stage and I could hear people singing along during the three songs I was able to see. He used a little bit of the runway, but mainly stayed up on the main stage and never really stayed in one spot too long. blackbear was another nice performer to open up the show.
Fall Out Boy closed the late gap and started pretty much on time. Once the lights went down, the entire place erupted in screams from the fans, which were mainly younger women. The fans on the main floor quickly got out of their seats and moved up to the barricade area around the stage. The band members rose up out of the stage and started out with a fast pace that I hope continued throughout the entire set. The first song, "The Phoenix", included fire behind them and the huge screen behind them enhanced the experience with photos and videos. "Irresistible" added fountain fireworks as well as streamers that dropped down from the ceiling. It was clear that Fall Out Boy was there to put on a show that the crowd wouldn't soon forget! During the third song, "Hum Hallelujah", the band members ventured out onto the runway stage to get close to the fans in that area. As I walked up and out of the main floor, there was more fireworks as they started into "Sugar, We're Going Down". This was one of those shows that I regretted not getting a ticket for, since the first three songs were so much fun I could imagine the rest was just as exciting! Fall Out Boy certainly puts on a show that their fans obviously loved!
Sugar, We're Goin Down
American Beauty/American Psycho
Save Rock and Roll
The Last of the Real Ones
Young and Menace
Humble / XO TOUR Lif3 / Hammer Smashed Face / Congratulations / Song 2
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
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
As always, get out and support live music and I'll see you out there!
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