Some bands get on stage and look like they’d rather be anywhere else. Fall Out Boy is not one of those bands. The quartet played a show at the Brooklyn Bowl Wednesday night as part of VH1’s series of promotional concerts for the upcoming Super Bowl. (The one-hour show was broadcast live on VH1, with Stacy Keibler and Nick Cannon as hosts.)
Ever since “Sugar, We’re Going Down” brought the Chicago-bred band in 2005, FOB have largely played arena shows, but Wednesday’s show gave fans a chance to see the guys in a more intimate, standing-room-only venue. The fact that the show was being filmed didn’t jeopardize the intimacy: Bassist Pete Wentz interacted with the audience during commercial breaks (and by interacted, I mean he smiled at particularly vocal fans) and lead vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump playfully posed whenever he saw someone holding up a phone to the stage.
The show opened with “The Phoenix,” the first song on last year’s Save Rock and Roll, which got the crowd immediately dancing. But really, they could have played their piano ballad “Golden” and the crowd probably still would have jumped around. Guitarist Joe Trohman showcased his shoulder-length fro and head banged away while Wentz bounced around the stage in skintight leather pants.
Wentz is still the Nick Carter of the band– the one the girls and boys scream over. But Stump proves that maybe a group can have two Nick Carters: Wentz has always written the majority of the lyrics, but Stump delivers them with such passion and conviction that when he belts lines like “I set my clocks early/’cause I know I’m always late,” I’m sold. Yeah, Patrick, you’re always making us wait for you! (Just kidding, I’m sure you’re very punctual.)
At one point, Wentz lamented that fans throw $2 bills onstage for Drake but not for him. “What’s the deal with that? I’m cool,” he said. “I like [adding air quotes] making it rain.” Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes heard Wentz’s pleas from the sidelines and threw some bills on stage, which Wentz then threw into the audience. And in case you were wondering, people will resort to physical means to secure a Wentz-touched dollar bill. Or maybe they just needed cab fare.
Paramore’s Hayley Williams popped onstage halfway through “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” and assisted Stump on vocals while spinning around all over the stage, as orange-haired sprites do. Before skipping offstage, she made sure to grab a hug from Wentz. The band ended the show with “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” beginning the song with an a cappella clap-along as Stump sang from the top of a speaker.
Apparently, Fall Out Boy couldn’t answer the crowd’s pleas for an encore though– when Wentz ascended the backstage stairs after the closer, he made a sad-puppy face at the audience as they chanted for one more song. But the show, alas, was done.
The VH1 Super Bowl Blitz concert series began on Monday with J. Cole and Janelle Monáe on Tuesday. Remaining shows include TLC tonight at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan, the Goo Goo Dolls in Staten Island at St. George Theatre Friday night, and Gavin DeGraw at the Wellmont Theatre in New Jersey Saturday evening. A
All shows will be broadcast on VH1 leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl. The game itself, airing, which begins broadcast at 6:20 p.m. ET this Sunday on FOX, will feature opera singer Renee Fleming singing the National Anthem, Queen Latifah doing “America the Beautiful,” and Bruno Mars performing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the halftime show.