"This is our favorite night. This is our favorite place. These are our favorite people."
"It is wild that this is what Billy Joel was doing last night," Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz told the crowd at Wrigley Field Saturday night (Sept. 8).
Though this wasn't the first time the FOB guys have played the same venue as the Piano Man, this Chicago show was particularly unbelievable for the group. Wentz and his bandmates (Patrick Stump, Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman) formed the group in the Windy City, and playing Wrigley crossed f a major feat on their bucket lists -- and marked their biggest homecoming yet.
“I grew up going to games here," Wentz recalled with a smile. "It’s pretty magical to be here with you guys.”
Though the show was an extension Fall Out Boy's MANIA Tour, it was an unforgettable one for fans who share their Chicago roots as well as those who have been loyal followers for years. Fellow Chicagoans Rise Against joined for the celebration, and there were a few songs that were given a whole new meaning thanks to the significance the night -- but every moment was special from start to finish.
For fans who weren't lucky enough to make it out to Wrigley (or ones that simply want to relive the feels), check out the best moments Fall Out Boy's big Chi-Town return.
Their disbelief that it was really happening.
“It is truly insane to be here with you guys. It’s hard to take it in," was one the first things Wentz said to the crowd after Fall Out Boy took the stage. Even if the guys hadn't said anything, their beaming smiles and undeniable energy made it pretty clear that they were in the middle one their biggest career highlights.
Bringing it back to where it all began.
While FOB's "day ones" may not consider "Sugar We’re Goin’ Down" the song that started it all for them, the worldwide success the hit certainly did, and even Wentz hinted at that with his intro: "This was the first song that really took us around the world." The 2005 hit was a pretty surreal trip down memory lane, especially when Wentz added, "It’s great to bring it back home right now."
FOB’s love letter to their city.
The guys have been performing their new track “Lake Effect Kid” on the MANIA Tour since they released the namesake 3-song EP last month, but there is nothing quite like seeing the song performed live in the place it's dedicated to -- particularly when you could simultaneously feel that lake effect wind.
Their kinship with Rise Against.
Before FOB even took the stage, Tim McIlrath Rise Against mentioned the meaning the Wrigley show a few times, noting that their relationship with Fall Out Boy goes back to long before playing the ball park became anywhere near attainable. Though they never shared the stage at the same time during the show, Wentz continued the sentiments: “It is really wild to think that us and Rise Against were playing in basements 17 years ago in the suburbs. We’ve waited to play with the guys in Rise Against for years and years and years. It’s pretty special that we were able to do it here at Wrigley Field.”
The show’s inspirational symbolism.
Wentz made their co-bill with Rise Against even more meaningful for all the dreamers in the audience, especially those with aspirations similar to the ones they once had. "This is f--king attainable," he said. "There’s somebody in this crowd right now who’s in a band who will be playing on a stage like this. So make sure you stay who you are, stay dangerous."
The renaissance “Chicago Is So Two Years Ago.”
From what the guys have said about "Lake Effect Kid," it seems maybe that song and "Chicago Is So Two Years Ago" were actually written around the same time as a double ode to their city. Either way, seeing both performed on the same night in Wrigley was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And it sounded like Wentz and Co. felt the same way: “That’s f--king wild that we just played that at Wrigley Field. That’s crazy. Thank you.”
The World Series trophy appearance.
As the group posed for their nightly picture with the crowd, it seemed like they were going to let the backdrop and Stump's bright blue Cubs hat show that they were at Wrigley Field. But then Wentz asked if he could bring the World Series trophy in for the pic, and suddenly their picture -- and the crowd in it -- was a lot more exciting than your average FOB crowd shot.
“Grand Theft Autumn” comes full circle.
Wentz spent most the night doing the talking, but Stump was clearly pumped for "Grand Theft Autumn." “This song is going to be really crazy to play at Wrigley, because I wrote it in my apartment on the corner Roscoe St.] and Hoyne Ave.]," he said with a smile. "Pete and I used to jog by here, but I wouldn’t spring for jogging shorts, so I just did my jeans, I was jogging in my jeans." (To which Wentz quipped, "Pretty much that outfit," pointing to Stump's cardigan and jeans combo.) As if the rest the set list wasn't, Stump really wanted to make it clear on their storied hometown hit: "This song is for Wrigley.”
The “Saturday” tradition lives on in epic fashion.
Anyone who has been to a Fall Out Boy show knows their finale is always the Fall Out Boy's Take This To Your Grave rocker, during which Wentz dives into the crowd. So course that's what they did to close out one the biggest shows their career, and it really felt that way. As Wentz made his way to the crowd, he ripped f his jean jacket to unveil a Cubs jersey (with his name etched on the back with the number 18), and once he was among fans, Stump's voice soared -- and so did purple streamers and fireworks, making the encore feel like it was straight out the FOB guys' wildest dreams.
Thanks for the memories, Fall Out Boy. That was pure magic.