Live from the Pit: Fall Out Boy! At the Disco featuring twenty|one|pilots

Live from the Pit: Fall Out Boy! At the Disco featuring twenty|one|pilots

On September 11, 2013, Fall Out Boy played at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. For many, it was not their first rock show; for me, it was a baptism in sweat and rock and roll. The bands in attendance: twenty|one|pilots, Panic! at the Disco, and Fall Out Boy.

The band twenty|one|pilots (comprised of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) opened up the concert with such songs as “Holding On to You” and “Car Radio.” Prior to the concert, I had not heard of the band; however, those in attendance on that night could tell you that their unique blend of punk, pop, and rap set the tone for an unforgettable night. Following this dynamic duo was Panic! at the Disco, who performed such favorites “Time to Dance,” “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” “Let’s Kill Tonight” and “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” as well as songs from their new album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! “Miss Jackson” and “This is Gospel.” Brendon Urie-the only original member of the band onstage-gave an unforgettable and energetic performance, keeping everybody in the upper rows and on the floor on their feet and dancing. Finally, the main event: Fall Out Boy, opening up with the appropriately-titled first track from their album Save Rock and Roll “The Phoenix,” black masks and white flags included. The show consisted of twenty-two songs, including a four-song acoustic set, a Drake cover (“Hold On, We’re Going Home”), a drum solo from Joe Trohman, a guitar solo from Andy Hurley, and a three-song encore (“Thnks fr th Mmrs,” “Saturday,” and “Save Rock and Roll.”) Staples from the band’s career were performed, such as “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down,” “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me,’” and “20 Dollar Nosebleed.” The extensive set was far from dragging, as was proven by the mini mosh pit at their feet.

Junior Chris Dantona was in attendance, and was more than pleased with the concert. Being an avid Fall Out Boy fan for years, that was the band he was most excited to see; however, he felt the entire concert was “fantastic,” “very powerful,” “different,” “entertaining,” and “represented different kinds of music.” His favorite songs from the concert were “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” and “Donnie, What a Catch” from Fall Out Boy, as well as “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” from Panic! at the Disco. Chris was not as familiar with twenty|one|pilots as he was with the other two bands, but was impressed with what he saw. “I can’t wait to see them again someday,” he said of all three artists.

Dozens of songs, three bands, one night, and one purpose: to save rock and roll. Needless to say, I believe that they are fulfilling their mission.