hmv.com reviews... Fall Out Boy @ Download Festival
Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of thousands of rock and metal fans to a field just off the M1 to watch over 100 bands is here. hmv.com will be bringing you reviews and interviews from the festival across the weekend. Our second day at Download Festival continues with Fall Out Boy as they bring 'Save Rock And Roll' to Donington Park...
Fall Out Boy, reformed Chicago pop-punk kings, in the latter stages of their tour to promote comeback record Save Rock And Roll (which you can preview by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page).
Download Festival, on the Main Stage, just under headliners Linkin Park.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Slightly smaller than Bring Me The Horizon's, but not much by much. The crowd were in a great mood and there was a lot of singing along. A lot.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Though this is the Save Rock And Roll tour, the band's set was a proper career-spanning job, with tracks from all their records included. It got started with a rip-roaring rendition of 'The Phoenix', before motoring in to fan favourites 'I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me' and 'A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'. The tempo increased with a driving 'This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race' and 'Death Valley', but slowed down a fair times to include airings of ballads 'Just One Yesterday' and 'Alone Together'.
The best crowd reactions were reserved for older stuff, particularly 'Dance, Dance', 'Sugar, We're Going Down' and their cover of Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'. It all ended with a powerful double header of 'Thanks fr th Mmrs' and early hit 'Saturday'. It was hit-packed, it was tight and it was a joy to watch.
Any good between song banter?
Fall Out Boy's bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz talks a lot between songs, but tonight it was just a few platitudes and some general geeing up of the crowd. Nothing too profound, but he probably knew that people had been drinking/getting sunburnt all day.
Did they put on much of a show?
They brought plenty, a huge backdrop, some ramps for maximum running around and a nice dose of pyro for the really big moments.
What was the highlight of the set?
It was a great set, but the biggest reaction, by far, was saved for 'Sugar, We're Going Down'.
Where can I catch them next?
They're at Isle Of Wight Festival tomorrow (June 15th) and then they head out on a huge co-headline US tour with Paramore.
hmv.com will be at Download Festival across the weekend of June 13th to June 15th, bringing you interviews and reviews.