Sound: Fall Out Boy is the American infectious pop-emo quartet who recently released their album, Folie a Duex. If you're not a fan (like me), you can at least admire the energy they put into making such simple songs seem complicated. Patrick Stump's vocals here were highly offputting; there was too much reverb, and it was simply too loud, making his faltering at the various high notes far more obvious. This really ruined the first nine tenths of the concert - that is, made is slightly more unbearable.
The snare wasn't miked up too well, causing the drums to sound like a cacophony of crashes and high-hats. Otherwise, fine. The guitars were pretty much perfect, though the bass was more difficult to hear than the bass in '... And Justice for All' and 'Mezmerize/Hypnotize' combined. // 6
Perfomance: What's that? You want cheap, repetitive pyrotechnics and a screen at the back with various lyrics and pictures projected onto it that must have cost fourty dollars? You've got it! The audience seemed to be in their late teens, and it seems like at 18 people stop caring; the various people bobbing their heads and half-heartedly moshing were a half-dozen 15-year-olds spread throughout the first half-dozen rows. The guitarist compensated for the lack of movement and personality that Stump and Wentz projected with their apathetic aura; though jumping about, turning 360 degrees and walking away down the other side of the concert got tiring after the second track. // 6
Overall Impression: It was aired at a 'secret location' (I assume a private club') in Florida, and presented by the Australian music channel, Channel [V], some time in November/December. There were no openers, and ticket prices were around $100, depending on where one chose to sit out the show. It wasn't a bad performance; it was just lacking anything remotely interesting. They try to pull of jokes and play around with 'wacky' vocals and riffs they 'improvise', but fail utterly at pulling it off. Only a handful of songs - 'thnks 4 th mmrs', 'I Don't Care', and whatnot - got so much as a rise out of anybody past the third row. I suppose a state filled with the elderly isn't going to generate any enthusiastic concert-goers. // 5