Sunday, June 17, 2007

Concert Coverage - Volume 4: Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy was unafraid Saturday in West Palm Beach to address a recent scuffle bassist Pete Wentz had with a fan. In fact, the group responded with a humorous cover of “Don’t Matter,” the recent single by Akon, who’s had his fair share of recent concert drama.

But besides an energetic and vivid cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” which helped show the true vocal talent of underrated lead singer Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy sound like a poor cover band of themselves. The already basic melodies found on their studio recordings are further dumbed down for the live performance, even though the thousands in attendance at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre didn’t seem to mind.

Focusing mostly on its recent album, Infinity On High, the band had total control of the crowd throughout their regular set, with songs like “Thriller,” “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race,” and “Golden,” which was performed solo by Patrick Stump on keyboard. The extended encore drew even more excitement, with “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and “Dance, Dance” bringing the crowd to a feverish pitch. Unfortunately, “One & Only,” an album cut from Timbaland’s recent Shock Value, went completely unrecognized by the majority in attendance.

The opening acts for the Honda Civic Tour included +44, which did a rousing rendition of Blink 182’s “Rock Show, Fall Out Boy labelmates The Academy Is and Cobra Starship, and misplaced Houston rapper Paul Wall.