The trumpets of their current hit and opening number “Irresistible” roared through the speakers as fans screamed, when rock band Fall Out Boy embarked took the stage for a sold-out crowd at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Saturday night.
Their 22-track list featured the band’s most notable hits from the past 15 years. They kept the momentum going as they transitioned into their 2005 track, “Sugar, We’re Goin Down.”
Lead singer and guitarist Patrick Stump continually engaged the audience with great stamina as he asked how they were holding up during “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race.”
He cleverly responded with the lyrics from the bridge
“that’s pretty good, but I want to hear you sing until your lungs give out.”
After a few heartracing songs a piano was rolled out for Stump’s solo moment of “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes.”
Halfway through the set, the rest of the band joined in unison to complete the powerful ending.
Fall Out Boy dedicated their 2013 track “Save Rock and Roll,” which features Sir Elton John, to the late David Bowie. A picture of Bowie appeared behind the band as the bass line began.
Then Pete Wentz, the bassist, told the crowd that this will be one of their last shows in the U.S. before the release of their new music and their last show ever at the Amphitheatre since it is closing later this year.
Nothing would be possible if it wasn’t for the fans, he said and before introducing “Fourth of July” he ended his speech with “every song’s about you.”
Ranging from children to adults, all 16,000 people were on their feet, singing and dancing along with the band.
They kept the show going with fireworks and laser shows to hits like “Uma Thurman,” “Dance, Dance” and “I Don’t Care.”
Balloons dropped over the crowd during “American Beauty/American Psycho” and the venue lit up during “Jet Pack Blues” as attendees waved their cellphones in the air.
After doing their hit “Thks fr th Mmrs” with the letters F O B lit up behind them, Wentz gave an inspiring speech.
He talked about the “impossible culture we’ve created for kids,” but Wentz, who is 5 feet 6 inches tall, jokingly shared that he couldn’t dunk a basketball today, but he will jump an inch higher everyday in order to reach it.
“It’s a flawed analogy because I’m really short, you know, but, hey, a sold out show in Irvine, California. So I am dunking the basketball.”
They left the crowd after a whirlwind performance of “Centuries,” but swarmed back within a few minutes for an encore of “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” and “Saturday.”
Fall Out Boy rocked the Amphitheatre one last time with high energy and a killer set list. The crowd will always remember them, and this night, for centuries.