Guess who just fullfilled their 2 month-long dream of seeing Fall Out Boy in concert? Me! Wow I just went to Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey and lived to tell about it.
We arrived just before FOB was going to play on the main stage, so sadly we missed the All-American Rejects and all their Moving Along and Sing Singing.
The best quote of the night? When Fall Out Boy said something about being emo, some dude in the crowd said, “You’re not emo, you’re just gay.” Brillz.
Something that made my little heart explode during the set was when FOB played “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” bringing Panic! at the Disco onto the stage. I almost died of sheer joy. But I did get sad when Pete Wentz only recited the words to the poem part of “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying” but didn’t sing the song…because that is my jam.
Wentz might have been responding to that angry North Carolina mom who wrote to Island Records complaining about Fall Out Boy’s “foul-mouthed and anti-moral” behavior when he said that the band was trying to cut down on the cursing–to which he made the audience do a game of “fill-in-the-blank” using cussword prefixes. Example, “Mother______” “Ass_____” etc. I’m sure that mom would also have been proud when Pete told all the guys in the audience who would get some action from taking their girlfriends to a FOB concert “Your Welcome”. Moms love premarital sex.
I liked how Pete Wentz had no less than 3 costume changes (blazer w/ neutral colored shirt, then the gayest black and red striped v-neck sweater, then a red Clandestine Industries sweatshirt hoodie with black bat design), how he kept making self-referential comments about his peen on the internet, and started telling stories that ended up involving their song lyrics. Dirty got thrown onto a table inbetween songs as well and then danced “like Homer Simpson” during “Dance Dance”. It was retarded cheesy and ridiculous, and that’s why I loved it.
The picture below is supposed to show you how they shot canons of confetti out into the crowd at the end of the concert. It was like crazy New Year’s Eve.
Other memorable moments: When the audience was prompted to make diamonds in the sky like Kanye, the 47-year-old crazy cowboy hippie dude behind us, watching high schoolers riding a stormy sea while crowd surfing, AI proving that we were probably the oldest and most safety-concerned people there (besides crazy 47-year-old man) when he tapped some kid on the shoulder to make sure he wasn’t throwing a glass beer bottle at the girl a few yards up sitting on someone’s shoulders. “Naw, it’s plastic!,” the kid replied, yelling at my mom on my cellphone and telling her to stop embarrassing me in front of all my friends and that we’d be home in *like* 30 minutes, OKAY? GOD!, then continuing to live the (unsordid) dream of a 14-year-old later on in the night.
They were selling the world’s most perfect FOB tshirt (it said “Patrick & Peter & Andy & Joe.” on the front and “FOB” on the back.) but they only had XL left. Sad because I would have worn it every night to sleep and dreamed of broken hearts and black hair dye.
Other songs they played: I Slept with Someone In Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song/ Nobody Puts Baby In the Corner/ Sugar We’re Going Down/ Of All the Gin Joints In the World/ Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued/ A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me/ XO (?)/ Honorable Mention/ Where Is Your Boy/ Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today
Oh btw- “Do you see the Giants Stadium sign? Yah we’re RIGHT in front of that!” and White Castle burgers are delicious.
NOTE: Please do not find FOB on the radio after you just saw them in Jersey and play the music at full volume and drunkenly scream along while traveling at high speeds and making an illegal U-Turn at a police station. It is not a good idea…unless you like to get arrested.
EDITOR’S NOTE, JUNE 19, 2006: To anyone reading this post, I’ve started a new Web site: SO MORE SCENE.com, where I talk about Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Taking Back Sunday and other bands of that nature, so please check it out if you like reading content just like this!