Fall Out Boy’s Sold Out Chicago Homecoming Show Rocks Intimate Venue Tour

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CHICAGO, IL - THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013: Fall Out Boy performs live at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Danielle Clasing / B96 Chicago)

CHICAGO, IL – THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013: Fall Out Boy performs live at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Danielle Clasing / B96 Chicago)

After announcing their reunion after an indefinite hiatus this February live at B96/Chicago, Fall Out Boy’s remarkable comeback brought them to their hometown once again for a sold-out show at the intimate Riviera Theatre on Thursday night.

Fall Out Boy bassist/lyricist Pete Wentz took the time to acknowledge the band’s roots during the set. “We’ve been really lucky to be in this band. We rep Chicago around the world,” Wentz shared. The performance featured songs from their entire career, opening the show with “Thriller” from their 2007 album Infinity on High.

They will continue their small venue tour until they hit the bigger arenas this fall. A few days ago FOB announced that they’d be coming back to the Windy City to headline Riot Fest in September.

In their years apart they’ve matured and their new-found sincerity shone through to their loyal fans. The energy in the theater from the floor all the way up to the balcony was a reminder of how intense the fan connection can truly be; endless sweaty, cheering bodies moving to the thumping bass and flashing lights.

Stump has proven that he’s now a seasoned performer with flawless vocals and a dominate stage presence. Wentz, Trohman and Hurley were also very magnetic when they performed “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up),” their first single off their fifth studio album Save Rock And Roll that was released last month.

During the concert, they didn’t forget to remind the audience to pick up some of their merchandise in the lobby before all of the shirts sold out too.

(Fall Out Boy Merch / B96 Chicago)

(Fall Out Boy Merch / B96 Chicago)

Even though Elton John couldn’t make it, they closed the set with three-song encore beginning with the title track “Save Rock And Roll,” a strange but honest song featuring the lyrics, “You are what you love, Not who loves you, In a world full of the word ‘yes’, I’m here to scream.” With the Chicago flag glaring in the background, it was quite a perfect ending.

View Gallery: Fall Out Boy’s Sold Out Chicago Homecoming Show At The Rivera Theatre

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-Danielle Clasing, B96 Editor

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