Chicago rock outfit Fall Out Boy gave us everything we needed and then some with their intimate show at London’s Heaven.
With the rawring twenties well and truly underway, emo kings Fall Out Boy are back with their eighth studio album So Much (For) Stardust which is out on 24 March 2023. To celebrate the release they took over London’s Heaven for an intimate time travel through the band’s discography.
To say everyone who did manage to score tickets for the evening was excited is an understatement, as the queue wrapped all the way around Embankment station. This comes as no surprise considering how quickly the band’s UK arena tour is selling for later on in the year with special guests PVRIS and nothing, nowhere.
Once inside, you can practically cut the anticipation with a knife, Andy Hurley’s drumkit shining under the blue club lights with an unmissable Fall Out Boy logo. And even the most die-hard fans probably weren’t prepared for the out of this world set list they were about to experience.
Nineteen tracks across just a little under an hour and a half that left very little to be desired (unless you’re a big fan of M A N I A). Literally sending their love from the other side of the ocean, Fall Out Boy burst onto the stage and they have come to slay. Pact full of FOB bangers such as Uma Thurman or Sugar, We’re Going Down it isn’t just the usual suspects that make this crowd cheer.
Playing Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet for the first time in fourteen years (except for the night before in Manchester, lucky b*stards) had this audience go ferral, with good reason. And as if that wasn’t treat enough, Patrick Stump and Co took it all the way back with two tracks off their 2003 debut Take This To The Grave.
The successful mix of Pete Wentz’s undeniable lyric writing skills and Patrick Stump’s impeccable composing talent as well as his gospel vocals still make Fall Out Boy be the leaders of a scene they created and that made them, but allowing them to break into mainstream on top of that.
Whether So Much (For) Stardust is headed for another number one remains to be seen, but if their set at Heaven is anything to go by, Fall Out Boy are still a force to be reckoned with as a band that can make a club show feel like an arena and an arena feel like an intimate performance.