hmv.com reviews... Fall Out Boy @ Islington Assembly Hall
A man down, but with a new album to plug, Fall Out Boy soldiered on at their intimate London show last night (January 14th) and we were there to review it all...
Fall Out Boy. Multi-million selling Chicago pop punks, crammed into a tiny venue in the corner of North London.
Islington Assembly Hall, lovely venue, not used to playing host to this much eyeliner.
Any good supports?
None. Fall Out Boy arrived promptly at 8.30pm with no support.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Jammed pack with touts crawling the pavement outside like flies around a discarded pot of jam. The crowd were on top form, bouncing and whooping from the set's first moment to the last.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The last few days have been fraught ones for Fall Out Boy, their guitarist Joe Trohman had to return home early for a family emergency, forcing the band to rope in guitar tech Josh Newton to take over his parts, parts he had to learn in space of a few hours. As a result the show tonight sees the band flying right by the seats of their immaculately ironed pants and hoping for the best. Before they hit the stage there are rumours flying that they're only playing new songs, or playing no new songs and just singles, but, as it turns out, we get a quite straightforward set with new material and old mixed in.
Kicking off with 'The Phoenix', the band work their way through all the classics, including a fearsome 'Dance Dance' and anthemic 'Sugar We're Going Down', they also throw in four new songs, including a jagged 'American Beauty/American Psycho', charming 'Irrestible' and 'Centuries, which sounds huge. They also work in some fan favourites, including 'Grand Theft Autumn' and the closing 'Saturday'.
It doesn't go perfectly, Newton's ahead and behind a few times, but that's more than forgiveable, it would have been far easier to cancel the show, everyone would have understood, but they didn't, they plouged on, and mostly, they absolutely smashed it.
Any good between song banter?
Tonnes. Bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz is an excellent talker (you can read more of his words in our exclusive interview which will be published this weekend) and talked constantly, mixing general geeing up and talking about the band's love of London with a few stories, including the one about the scorpion and the frog. You'll have to look that one up though...
Did they put on much of a show?
A nice big banner, which is about all you can do in an old, mostly wooden hall that's attached to a town hall.
What was the highlight of the set?
The crowd went particularly bonkers for 'Sugar, We're Going Down' and 'Dance Dance,' but 'My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark' sounded absolutely colossal.
Where can I catch them next?
They'll be back in the UK later this year for a full UK arena tour. Click here to see all the dates.