Sunfest 33: Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump, with bassist Pete Wentz
Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump, with bassist Pete Wentz

The crowd that gathered for the final festival headliner could be described as large, young, mostly female and very passionate. How passionate? When I first arrived at the photo pit between the front of the stage and The Stand, the first thing I noticed about that reserved SRO section was that it was already packed to the gills with enthusiastic fans.

Fall Out Boy audience
The Fall Out Boy audience

Then in checking out the stage setup, I realized my best vantage point for taking pictures, i.e., standing on one of the fold-down seats in front of The Stand, would have me obscuring the view of whichever avid concertgoer happened to be behind me. So I turned to the woman I’d most likely be blocking and said, “Don’t worry, I’ll only be here for three songs.”

She shot me a horrified look and wailed “Three songs???”

So needless to say, when alt-rockers Fall Out Boy took to the stage, the reaction was immediate and loud. So loud, the band’s amps almost couldn’t keep up. But frontman Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz , guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley soldiered on,  playing mighty hits such as “Sugar We’re Going Down Swinging”, “Centuries”, “Alone Together”, “Thnks fr th Mmrs” (text-speak for “Thanks for the Memories”) and the group’s latest single, “Uma Thurman”, a song that’s been all over every kind of radio all summer long. All in all, a very spirited way to end a very spirited festival…

Drummer Andy Hurley
Drummer Andy Hurley

Patrick Stump, lead singer for Fall Out Boy

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