Pete Wentz and company rock John Labatt Centre

Fall Out Boy drives teeny-boppers wild with its classics

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Pete Wentz

Do you know where your kids are? This past Saturday, every parent in London did; all the kids in town were falling all over themselves at Fall Out Boy’s sold-out show.

The über popular pop-rock band brought its Young Wild Things tour before an enthusiastic audience at the John Labatt Centre.

While the crowd may not have been wild, it was undoubtedly young. So young, that when bassist Pete Wentz ordered the crowd to start a circle pit, the confused youth mistakenly formed a merry-go-round and began running in circles.

Fall Out Boy offered an impressive performance; even Wentz’s broken foot didn’t hold the band back from putting on a memorable set mixed with old and new tracks. The band didn’t miss a single beat; both the vocals and instrumentals were tight.

The quartet was backed by a beautiful set that included fantastic lighting, a conveyor belt the band could jump on and giant video screens flashing wacky Fall Out Boy imagery. The stage also included a multilevel set that surely had all the skateboarders in the audience itching to jump onstage.

Hardcore fans determined to park themselves right in front of Wentz could be found huddled in blankets outside the JLC hours before the show started. With the exception of a few bored parents and some shrieking blonde Western girls, almost the entire adolescent crowd was decked out in tight jeans and shredded black hair.

Cute is What We Aim For opened the night. While cute is what they aimed for, ‘struggled to put on a good set’ was what they did. The band’s sub-par performance was solely the result of vocalist Shaant Hacikyan’s off-key vocals and strange onstage antics.

Tight pants and an odd obsession with playing with his T-shirt made Hacikyan looks like a seven-year-old who desperately needed to go to the bathroom.

Plain White T’s performance was a welcome change. Decked out in spiffy prep-boy-style clothes, the band spent less time awkwardly bouncing around and more time performing well. Unlike Cute Is What We Aim For, Plain White T’s tight set was defined by strong vocals and well-rehearsed instrumentals.

The crowd ate up the band’s bubblegum pop sound, and young girls swooned during its two acoustic tracks, including the sappy love song “Hey There Delilah.”

The other band scheduled to open, Gym Class Heroes, unfortunately pulled out last minute due to a death in the family. While the fans responded positively to the openers, there was no comparison to their response when Fall Out Boy took the stage.

Teeny-boppers, clad in homemade shirts declaring their love for Wentz, screeched in excitement as the band ripped into its first song. The entire crowd jumped to its feet and screamed as the giant Fall Out Boy banner hiding the stage dropped to the floor.

The band kicked off with the single that shot them to stardom, “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging.” The fans roared appreciatively as Fall Out Boy tore through its singles.

Apparently forgetting he was at a concert and not a ball game, Wentz even convinced the crowd to do the wave.

The audience was also treated to a mini unplugged set in the midst of the show, which included the track “Golden.”

Patrick Stump’s vocals soared from start to finish. Each song Fall Out Boy played was better than the next and by the time the band closed its main set with “This Ain’t A Scene, This is An Arms Race,” the crowd was beside itself. The band’s multi-song encore pushed the band’s fans into overdrive and provided the perfect climax to the spectacular set.

The show ended nice and early to ensure all the tuckered out pre-pubescent teeny-boppers made it home in time to be tucked into bed, where visions of Wentz danced in their heads.

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