You would never know that the sun has since gone down on the mid-aughts' golden age of emo, as the Smoothie King Center literally shook from the sound of the audience singing along to Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down” four songs into their final tour stop in New Orleans. The band rapidly rose to stadium status following From Under the Cork Tree over 13 years ago, and if yesterday evening was any indication, their fanbase remains as enthusiastic as ever.
The band delivered a perfect balance of tracks from their now seven-album deep catalog, even closing with “Saturday,” a deep cut from their now-classic indie-debut Take This To Your Grave. Adding to the spectacle was a flame-throwing guitar, an airborne performance from suspended platforms, and a pair of bickering Muppets lugging t-shirts into the crowd. Bassist Pete Went left the crowd on a high note, removing his jacket following the final song to reveal a Drew Brees jersey before congratulating our hometown hero on his recent record.
Fall Out Boy was joined by rap-rock opener Machine Gun Kelly.