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Fall Out Boy wows fans at Perth show

Fall Out Boy showcased just why they have been synonymous with pop punk for nearly two decades, when they continued the Australasian leg of their MANIA tour at Red Hill Auditorium.

The band, originally from Seattle, have been touring to celebrate their seventh and most recent album MANIA, and will be moving on to Europe, Japan, and more to complete their latest world tour.

Fans showed up in droves for the Perth performance. Red Hill Auditorium, which claims a capacity of 5000, seemed strained to support the masses of fans that attended, with limited facilities and large queues for both water and restrooms. These inconveniences, however, were all but forgotten when first the opening act, WAAX, and then Fall Out Boy themselves took to the stage.

For the Australian leg of their tour, Fall Out Boy have had WAAX, an alternative rock band from Brisbane, opening for them. Their performance was enjoyable but not particularly outstanding, though it did its job: building anticipation for the main event.

Fall Out Boy came out swinging, blasting through hits old and new alike throughout the course of their stunning almost two-hour performance. There was something for everyone there, with old classics such as “Dance, Dance”, “Sugar, We’re Going Down”, and “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” which predictably had the entire crowd singing along, as well as promoting popular singles from their latest album, like “Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea” and “The Last of the Real Ones”.

Throughout the show, a huge screen at the back of the stage displayed videos and graphics to accompany the music, most notably during the song “Immortals” where clips from the movie Big Hero Six, which the song was featured in, were shown on screen. The visuals, both on screen and through the use of lighting, were stunning, and a perfect accompaniment to the band on stage. The confetti canons which blasted brightly coloured paper – purple of course to match the theme of their latest album – into the air only served to hype the mood of the thrilled crowd even more.

The real highlights of the show, however, were when the individual band members were given the spotlight. Guitarist Joe Trohman showcased his great musical talent, while their bassist, Pete Wentz, captivated the crowd with short spoken monologues on topics that interested him, amusing the crowd with his comments and often bizarre subject choices that he used to segue back into the music. Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Patrick Stump, changed the tone completely with a piano solo of “Young and Menace”, a song usually loud and uproarious, that was given a totally different spin during this show. But it was drummer Andy Hurley that really stunned the crowd, when he did a drum solo covering a mix of music including some of their own stuff as well as well-known drumlines from other performers, such as “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar, and “Congratulations” by Post Malone.

Even the llama costumes from their music videos made an appearance towards the end of the show, first for a short scene on the big screen which culminated in a terrible pun that had the crowd sharing an amused groan, before coming out onstage to much excitement from fans.

The show ended on a high note, with the band returning for a generous encore to the hysterical crowd, playing a few more of their beloved songs, including “Uma Thurman” before fading to black.

All in all, the Perth gig was a hit, with only minor drawbacks that didn’t seem too important in the scheme of things. Issues with the venue, and with the volume of the crowd that competed a little too much with the performers on stage, were problems it’s difficult to avoid, and while inconvenient and a little annoying, they couldn’t do much to dampen the atmosphere of positivity and shared joy among the departing crowd.

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