DVD Review: Fall Out Boy – “The Boyz Of Zummer Tour: Live In Chicago”
Over the course of the past 15 years, Fall Out Boy have been one of those bands who are hailed by those under 25, and easy targets for those above. But love them or hate them, they have had a reputation for putting on live shows that can deafen you in the first five minutes, and if they band won’t succeed in this, their fanbase certainly will with their cheering. By 2015 they are at the stage of packing out arenas on both sides of the Atlantic, and The Boyz of Zummer tour DVD documents their homecoming show at Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.
Immediately blasting off with Sugar, We’re Going Down, the crowd are already fired up and need no provocation to start singing along, so much that it even made the blasts of pyro almost insignificant. Having actually seen them perform at arenas and theatres, I can attest to this, they actually don’t need the bells and whistles, but it is a nice touch.
One of the nicely documented portions throughout the performance is the way both Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz trade places as frontman, from Stump removing the mic off the stand, taking a break from playing the guitar running from one side of the stage to the other, while Wentz refuses to be a backing bassist ensuring he’s much of an attraction as the frontman. You can clearly see this during performances of A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me and This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race.
A quick video intermission gives us a brief acoustic set with Pete, Patrick and and Joe, while drummer Andy Hurley takes a break. At this point, it’s pouring rain in the middle of Tinley Park, but this doesn’t distract either the band or the crowd, and it just serves to add to the atmosphere during Immortals and Young Volcanoes.
Back to the main stage for Dance Dance, and here’s where the production problems begin. The crowd mix has gotten lost somewhere, they sound subdued whereas generally the opening bassline is a real rabble rouser. Even when the pyro goes off, there’s an audible absence from the crowd. As Pete acknowledges the crowd for sticking around in the rain, Wiz Khalifa (who opened for the tour) makes an appearance for Uma Thurman. It may appear like a strange crossover, but they work well together on the same stage.
As the night comes to a close, Wentz and Stump trade memories of the first concerts they had seen at that venue, with Wentz seeing Jimmy Buffet, while Stump had seen Midnight Oil, Paul Westerberg, Ziggy Marley and Hothouse Flowers at the age of 8, before ending the main set with Centuries. Wentz announces that the show is being filmed before they launch into the encore set of My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark and Saturday closes out the performance. Extras are a bit on the thin side, with the odd choices of promotional music videos for Centuries, Uma Thurman and Irresistible. If Andy Hurley’s drum solo didn’t fit into the main feature, could it not have been included here? Or interviews with the band about playing one of their biggest home performances?
I have always enjoyed Fall Out Boy’s live performances, but this DVD release left me a little cold unfortunately. The random crowd mix where you can only hear them in places makes the presentation devoid of atmosphere, which is a real shame as it’s flawless in terms of video production. This is one for collectors only really, it’s worth a watch if you enjoyed the tour, but sadly it doesn’t grab you by the throat begging you to watch it again.