Fall Out Boy– Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY August 1st
Fall Out Boy brought the So Much For (Tour) Dust tour to Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY on Tuesday August 1st. The crowd packed the iconic tennis stadium (former home of the US Open) for a night of Pop-Punk, Metalcore, and more.
The evening kicked off with four songs by pop punk band Games We Play. Their set included the hit “I Hope You’re Happy” and a cover of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” that had the whole crowd singing along. They were followed by the New Jersey native and super talented alt-electro-pop singer Royal & the Serpent. Her ten song performance began with “ASTROTURF” and “ONE NATION UNDERDOGS.” They brought a dose of nostalgia to the stage with a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” She closed the set with her hit “overwhelmed.”
Bring Me the Horizon, the British Metalcore band from Sheffield, England were next to take the stage. They opened their rocking eleven song set with “AmEN!” and “Teardrops” and also featured hits “MANTRA” and “sTraNgeRs.” The band’s lead singer, Oli Sykes, self deprecating humor added an additional funny and interactive element to their set. He mocked the band as being too heavy for the Fall Out Boy crowd but had the pit moshing before the end of the night. During the set Oli also did a full loop of the crowd singing as he ran through the arena while performing “Drown”. They closed with a super high energy performance of their hit “Throne.”
You could feel the crowd’s energy swell in the moments before Fall Out Boy took the stage. As the red curtains behind the stage parted the Pop-Punk legends stepped forward and the crowd erupted. They kicked off their epic twenty-nine song set with explosive pyro-filled performances of “Love From the Other Side” “The Phoenix,” and” Sugar, We’re Goin Down.” The set was filled with eye-popping pyrotechnics, bubbles, confetti, and a giant inflatable Doberman head. During the intimate piano portion of the set they were joined by New York’s own Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes. Together they performed Gym Class Heroes’ hits “Stereo Hearts” and “Cupid’s Chokehold.” Taylor Swift’s secret songs seem to have influenced Fall Out Boy as they had a magic 8 ball select a song, “I Am My Own Muse” off their new album So Much (for) Stardust, to perform live for the 1st time. They closed out the night with their hits “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” “Centuries,” and “Saturday.” If you have an opportunity to catch a later date of this tour I highly recommend it.
Review and Photos by Simon Lindenblatt