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Fall Out Boy - O2 Academy Glasgow - August 24 2013 (Live Review)

Thursday, 29 August 2013 Written by Heather McDaid

The 48 hours between Pete Wentz's denials and Fall Out Boy's reunion earlier this year sent the internet into a flurry that, even by the its own high standards, was pretty spectacular. With such levels of anticipation, it came as no surprise that their one-off Glasgow Academy date, sandwiched between sets at Leeds and Reading, sold out in no time at all.

Opening the evening were Ohio's own Twenty One Pilots, who were truly surprising. Their energetic performance, complete with backflips from the  speakers, resulted in a stellar set. With many songs holding a strange familiarity, the duo mixed airy synths with pounding beats, captivating their audience with soaring choruses. 

But, nothing could compare to the long awaited return of Fall Out Boy. Jay Z's famous opening to Thriller circled the Academy, dropping wholeheartedly into a song that set the pace for the show. The audience moved and never really stopped, the nostalgia lapping in welcome waves.

The crowd was split between youngsters, caught in the new wave of excitement, and those there to relive their teen moments, but the response was unified. A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me sent the crowd into disarray, This Ain't A Scene held one of the set's most powerful singalongs and Grant Theft Autumn stole the evening's throwback award.

The real live treat, though, came with their new songs. Though not all were familiar with their latest work, the power the tracks possessed proved undeniable. Most packed a real statement of intent, war cries of sorts, and even prompted drummer Andy Hurley to stand atop his drums, mic in hand, to join in the bold declarations. The evening closed with Save Rock and Roll, Thnks fr th Mmrs and Saturday, and it was a sensational show. Definitely one for the year end lists.

 

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