Watch: Fall Out Boy Plays A Surprise Concert In Chicago, IL


Yesterday we learned that Fall Out Boy is BACK with a new single, a new album and a new tour. What we didn’t know at the time was that they were planning a super, secret concert in their hometown of Chicago, IL for later that night. FoB took to the stage of the Subterranean Club in Chitown last night to play for a sold out house of lucky fans. In addition to their collection of hit songs, Fall Out Boy also performed their new single My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up) LIVE for the first time! Click below to see a photo from the show, read some deets (including the setlist) and watch video of FoB back in action.

“I told you we were gonna come back!” Patrick Stump said, playfully chiding the hometown crowd packed into the narrow, sweaty confines of Chicago’s Subterranean club on Monday evening. “Why didn’t you believe me?” The capacity crowd had good reason to doubt that last night would ever come … but all made it a point to shoot down any rumors that their most popular band was, or would ever be, back in the saddle. (Wentz, usually the most loose-lipped of the bunch, kept his poker face until the bitter end: when the Chicago Tribune asked him last weekend whether a Fall Out Boy reunion was happening, he replied, “It’s not.”) That changed on Monday morning when Fall Out Boy issued an unexpected press release announcing a new studio album, Save Rock N’ Roll, that’s due May 7th, a tour and a last-minute string of intimate shows starting last night in Chicago. The band also released a new single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” to which nearly every fan seemed to know the words when the band played it live for the first time. The crowd was on the brink of hysteria when Fall Out Boy took the stage just after 9 p.m., galloping triumphantly down a winding stairwell as “Thriller” blared overheard.

“Hey Chicago, you guys all look pretty damn good right now!” shouted Stump, wearing a black leather jacket and matching hat and glasses so that he could see “how beautiful everyone was.” With little fanfare, the band quickly launched into the pummeling rock riot of “I Slept With Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me.” The band didn’t leave the audience much time to catch their breath, peeling off hits in quick succession, including “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More ‘Touch Me,'” “Dead on Arrival” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arm’s Race.” The middle of the set seemed intended to please the diehards, many of whom had waited for hours in the blistering cold for a chance to see their heroes in such close proximity. Stump announced the band would be going “rapid-fire” with older, more rare material, then led the charge into a medley of lesser-played tunes that included two of the band’s earliest numbers, “Honorable Mention” and “Calm Before The Storm.” All night the foursome acted as if no time had passed since they last played live together in 2009, and their onstage rapport was laid back. “This is an experience. This is an adventure. This isn’t for your fuckin’ Facebook,” Wentz deadpanned at one point in the evening. Added Stump with a smirk, “Today is kind of a big deal for us.” There were occasional cobwebs from the band’s three-year break: Hurley and Trohman briefly fell out of sync during “I’m Like a Lawyer With the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You),” and Stump admitted to the crowd that he was struggling to remember all the lyrics to the band’s extensive catalog. Those glitches aside, the band seemed as thrilled as the audience that Monday night was the start of Fall Out Boy’s next chapter. Wentz couldn’t hide his excitement: late in the set, before leading his band into a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” followed by their biggest hit “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and a killer encore that included “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and “Saturday,” the bassist gazed out at the crowd and said, “You guys feel so fucking awesome!”

Here is fan-shot video of FoB playing Light Em Up, followed by the full show setlist:

“I Slept With Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me”
“A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More ‘Touch Me'”
“Dead on Arrival”
“This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”
“Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner”
“I’m Like a Lawyer With the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)”
“Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today”
“Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy”
“Hum Hallelujah”
“Dance, Dance”
“Honorable Mention”
“America’s Suitehearts”
“Calm Before the Storm”
“What a Catch, Donnie”
“The Take Over, the Breaks Over”
“I Don’t Care”
“My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark Light (Light Em Up)”
“Sophomore Slump or Combeack of the Year”
“Beat It”
“Sugar, We’re Goin Down”


“Chicago Is So Two Years Ago”
“Thnks Fr th Mmrs”

Based on just these two vids, it sounds like FoB haven’t lost an ounce of the fiery passion that has fueled their career for so long. I can’t say that I’m the biggest Fall Out Boy fan but I can appreciate that their fanbase is staunchly loyal and diehard and I’m certain they had an absolute BLAST last night. It’s great to see the guys on stage again, to be honest. Pete Wentz looks so happy. Yay FoB!


  • Sandy!

    How did I miss this?!

  • Kiki

    Monday morning they announced they were back via their Twitter and their webiste. They also went on air during a breakfast show at Chicago’s WTMX Top 40 radio station (Eric & Kathy, for those in the Chi area). And they were tweeting links to their site to buy tickets to their three small “come back” shows (one in Chicago, one in NYC, and on in LA). I tried but I missed out on tix to this show here in Chicago. They sold out in under 4 minutes!! The whole tour they have planned is just a bunch of small venues. I’m worried I won’t get tickets to the full show later this year! :(