Fall Out Boy kicks off its first, post-hiatus tour in Chicago
Fall Out Boy, one of Chicago's most popular rock bands in recent memory, ended years of speculation with a surprise tour and launch of a single on Monday. The reaction online was swift -- the sale of limited tickets: even more so.
A crowd of eager fans lined up outside of Wicker Park's Subterranean Cabaret Room & Music Lounge.
The last Fall Out Boy concert in Chicago was August 15, 2009 with Blink 182 and Panic at the Disco at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. The very last Fall Out Boy show was two months later, in New York's Madison Square Garden, according to the group's publicist.
The announcement was fast. Lead singer Patrick Stump sent out a single Tweet that linked to Falloutboy.com, which carried a message from the band, the announcement of a new album as well as a U.S. tour. The new album titled Save Rock and Roll includes the single "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)" which was featured prominently on iTunes and is the first work they've released since Folie a Deux released in 2008.
To the surprise of fans, they announced a small performance in Chicago that day, as well as followup performances in New York and Los Angeles.
"when we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. its why we started fall out boy in the first place. this isn't a reunion because we never broke up. we needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us [sic]," the band's statement read.
It ended with: "the future of fall out boy starts now. save rock and roll..."
Many were not lucky enough to snatch up tickets.
The Chicago RedEye reported that some were looking to buy tickets for as high as $425.
One 19-year-old fan, who purchased a plane ticket into Chicago with advanced knowledge of the show had no luck and was pretty distraught.
“My friend knows someone in the band, so even though it was supposed to be secret. They let me know the show was happening a week and a half ago. I bought plane tickets two days ago and my friend here was supposed to buy tickets, but couldn't get them because tickets sold in a second, literally," said Taylor Wadley of Philadelphia.
"I've been trying to tweet at them (the band), instagram- telling them my story, but no response.” she said.
FOB has officially been on hiatus since fall of 2009, which has led many to speculate the hiatus was a de facto split, as the members went off to work on their independent projects, often in different cities.
Lead singer Stump, who pursued his own solo project, "Soul Punk," stopped by WBEZ in fall of 2011 to perform on Eight Forty-Eight.
Pete Wentz, the bassist of the group, formed an electronic music group called Black Cards. He also went through a very public divorce with Ashlee Simpson.
Drummer Andy Hurley and guitarist Joe Trohman performed with several rock bands and at one point, formed a band called The Damned Things alongside members of Anthrax.
The reunion was welcomed news to those inside Subterranean on Monday night.
Chelsea Anderson, 24, lives in Logan Square and said she was lucky that a friend of hers had a spare ticket.
"I was on the website at 9 a.m. waiting and getting trapped in ticket waiting room hell," she said.
"I've seen them about six times... Part of my motivation to leave Maryland and move to Chicago was the music scene, which included Fall Out Boy."
She was not disappointed.
The crowd errupted when the band took the stage and bassist Wentz announced to the crowd: "We're from Chicago and we're Fall Out Boy!"
--Andrew Gill contributed to this report.