Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco bring pop punk to the Liacouras Center

Fall Out Boy fulfilled the teenage dreams of many at the Liacouras Center on Sept. 8.

The emo rock band performed a 24-song set during its show, a stop on its “Save Rock and Roll” tour.

The band was supported by bands Twenty One Pilots and Panic! at the Disco – an opener Tom Newman of Bucks County, Pa., said was a good fit.

“I think Panic! at the Disco was kind of inspired by Fall Out Boy,” said Newman, 19. Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is credited to discovering the band and signing it to his label, Decaydence.

Panic! at the Disco’s performance was accented with four vertical screens displaying dancing exclamation points, perhaps highlighting the fact that the punctuation mark that had come and gone from its name was back to stay. Frontman Brendon Urie, the only original member, greeted the Philadelphia crowd with, “What up, you f—ing cheesesteaks?” after opening with 2005’s “Time to Dance.”

Alyssa Dunn, fifth-year senior anthropology major, said she mainly came to the show to see Twenty One Pilots, but was hoping Panic! at the Disco and Fall Out Boy would play some of their older music.

“I used to listen to them in middle school, but I haven’t listened to them since,” Dunn said.

While both bands sprinkled old songs into their sets, it was hard to ignore the new anthem-rock persona Fall Out Boy has adopted. The band wore black ski masks for the first song of its set. The members donned clothing, waved flags and threw beach balls into the audience all bearing the same “FOB” triangle logo, as well.

The band managed to play music off of all of its albums, allotting both guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley their own solos. Frontman Patrick Stump, Wentz, and Trohman performed a short acoustic set on an alternate stage in the middle of the Liacouras Center, featuring quieter renditions of “I’m Like a Lawyer the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)” and “Where Is Your Boy Tonight?”

Fall Out Boy closed the set with an encore capped off with the 2003 “Take This To Your Grave” track “Saturday.”

Jenelle Janci can be reached at jenelle.janci@temple.edu or on Twitter @jenelley. 

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