Fall Out Boy brings a jingle to KISSmas Bash

It’s that time of year again. That time for all the bashes and balls with every artist imaginable being squeezed into small little time slot. But not the 103.7 KISSmas Bash Milwaukee, WI where Fall Out Boy headlined their own sold out show for the second time this year. If it’s something that Milwaukee is doing right at the moment, its the end of the year shows, this week Fall Out Boy, last week Arctic Monkeys and Phoenix. If you’re shy of the giant arena shows, they always have something for you.

Two sold out shows in the same year is a rarity for the B-market Brew City, but I suppose after a short hiatus and hit new album that’s what you should expect from any city. Fans squeezed in as tight as I’d ever seen in hopes of getting just a few inches closer to the newly regrouped pop-rock sensation.

Fall Out Boy cycled through classics and hits from older albums with a tasteful bounce back to Save Rock and Roll from time to time. They were spot on. The Eagles Ballroom doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to sound quality, but Fall Out Boy genuinely sounded great. Then again, I don’t think fans would let them have a slip up as most of the crowd sang along 99% of the time.

Their fans go quite the distance too. Here we’ve got two different eras of Fall Out Boy packed into one room – the original fans and the newly introduced post-hiatus ones. Most of the time they mix well, but there is a little inevitable drama flowing around when these guys take the stage.

Vocalist Patrick Stump filled in a little transition with an shortened acoustic version of “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out”.

While this could’ve been another boring holiday concert bash, Fall Out Boy made the best of it, for the fans and themselves. While one of the best years of their career is coming close to wrapping up, their success is still showing. If Save Rock and Roll becomes their new norm they should have nothing to worry about, though a revisitation of the style dominating their early years would make for an interesting release.

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