Fall Out Boy is travelling the country with their MANIA Tour. On Sept. 1, I was among a large crowd of a younger generation when it came to Hersheypark Stadium with Against The Current, and Machine Gun Kelly. I am a fan of Fall Out Boy, but as this was the first time I was seeing them and the other two acts, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
Against The Current's music is new to me. Their music is rock and they are popular with kids my age. Lead singer Chrissy Costanza did a good job of getting people excited to be at the show. They have a new album coming out Sept. 28 called "Past Lives."
Machine Gun Kelly's music was also new to me, but there seemed to be a lot of people at the show who knew the words to the songs. His music is rap with big guitars and drums. He is like Eminem and Kid Rock for people my age. The surprise was when he left the stage to come out into the audience, and the crowd went wild!
Next up was the main act, Fall Out Boy. Smoke and fog filled the venue and then with a loud boom, fireworks exploded over the stage, streamers were shot into the sky, and the band took the stage. Behind them was a video screen with ocean waves and an octopus. It had a really cool 3-D effect with the water looking like it was going to spill out of the screen and splash everyone! Flames flew from behind the band, the side of the stage and even out of the head stock of Pete Wentz's bass guitar. And if you were in the first 20 rows, you could feel the heat of those flames, which added to the excitement of the show!
Fall Out Boy's setlist included their best known hits like "Sugar, We're Goin Down", "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", and "Centuries". There were surprises like when lead singer/ guitarist Patrick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz disappeared during Andy Hurley's drum solo, and showed up behind the soundboard to perform a couple songs so that people in the back of the stadium could see the two guitarists better. Another surprise was the hydraulic press that lifted Patrick and Pete high above the crowd.
There was a quick break from the show when the band and audience sang “Happy Birthday” to Joe Trohman, the band's lead guitarist.
They performed “The Phoenix," which is one of my favorite songs, and if you're a fan like I me, it's always fun to hear your favorite song performed live.
Even if you're not a fan of Fall Out Boy, or not familiar with their music, you will totally have fun at this show because there is so much stuff going on to entertain, including videos on the big screen, pyro, purple and white confetti, and llamas shooting t-shirts out of a cannon. I had a great time!
Rodeo would like to thank the following for being super, awesome, cool people:
Haley at Crush Music, Kim Ballen at Atlantic Records, and Olivia York at Hershey Entertainment and Resorts.