Comeback kids Fall Out Boy brought their shiny new HD sound to the Air Canada Centre, giving the packed arena a night full of spectacle.
After an initial run as emo poster boys in the late 2000s, Fall Out Boy are now rubbing elbows with starlets and top-tier rappers. Jaden Smith and blackbear are some of those rappers, and they opened up the show to wild adulation from the crowd.
One would think that two hip-hop artists would be a strange choice for Fall Out Boy, but turns out they’re a perfect segue into the band’s second-wave sound. There wasn’t too much older material in the quartet’s set save for the big hits (“Grand Theft Autumn” and “Saturday”); the band opted for their supersized anthem-core catalogue they built up after reuniting earlier this decade. A lot of brand new material from their upcoming record M A N I A was present, and it continued the band’s sonic trajectory since 2013.
Songs like “Centuries” and “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” were made for arenas, all big drums and hooks to the rafters. These are highlight reel tracks, all octane and adrenaline. They were matched by massive pyrotechnics and top-dollar visuals, making for a constant stream of entertainment.
Not satisfied with one stage, the band made a halftime switch to a series of floating platforms at the other end of the arena. Suspended hundreds of feet above the audience they played hits like “Dance, Dance” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs” before returning to the main stage for a final set of songs and the encore.
The last song ended up showing that the band does still remember their humble roots; the old school classic “Saturday” capped off the night and displayed Fall Out Boy’s ability to hop through genres effortlessly. The night satisfied both old and new fans of the band, bridging the two together in a perfect union.