For the last few years Fall Out Boy has been on my list of bands I’d like to see live. Admittedly, it’s a short list, but they were at the top of it. Here in Wyoming, we get a lot of country acts come through, so you can imagine my disbelief when my 13-year-old son came home from school and announced that Fall Out Boy was going to be playing Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Frontier Days is a yearly event when our city is taken over for a week by tourists, rodeos, stage acts, and yes even musicians. KISS and Kid Rock are two examples of bands we’ve had grace our dusty streets, but Fall Out Boy? I couldn’t believe it. FOB is currently in an upswing in popularity. Their last few albums (Save Rock And Roll and American Psycho/American Beauty) have had huge success scoring multiple hits across radio, television, and countries all over the world.
I admit I was skeptical, so I had to look it up for myself and low and behold, it was true. FOB was coming to Chey-town. It took a little convincing to get my husband to agree to go (since tickets for the four of us would be pricy) but he eventually gave in.
This would be our first family concert.
(In Wyoming we mix our rock shows with our rodeos. The stage was just to the left of this)
We spent months being excited about it, and when the night finally came, we were all ready to go out and enjoy one of our favorite bands. We hitched a ride with a bus of volunteers who were going to work at Frontier Days (which was really cool) and once at the fair grounds, we bobbed and weaved our way through the crowd. We found our seats, and spent the next hour waiting for something to happen. In mean time, we watched the people fill up the stadium and the pit, we got to see some of the rodeo horses walk through the ring and we got to see lots of people sporting FOB merchandise.
Soon the show was on with opening act Rooney. They started to play and the front man did quite a bit of talking on the mic. Rooney wasn’t a band we were too familiar with, but we had heard of them before from years ago when they guest starred on the television drama The O.C. so it was neat to see them in person.
(We went through most of Rooney’s set in the rain. But we also got to see the sunset and this awesome rainbow. Their frontman couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful the sky was)
After Rooney, we had another wait – probably a good thirty or forty five minutes before FOB finally took the stage. But it was worth it. We weren’t super close to the stage, but we were almost right in front of the jumbo-screen, so we got to see everyone. We stood, we clapped, we sang along and it was really fun. Being surrounded by so many other FOB fans and all of us getting to sing together was a great experience.
Pete Wentz handled most of the mic duties, introducing songs and even telling us the old story of the turtle and the scorpion as the lead-in to The Kids Aren’t Alright. Patrick Stump’s voice was absolutely on key and the boys ran through every single song I was hoping to hear, which was awesome. They even played their cover of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, which was especially fun.
By the time the night was over, we were exhausted and ready to go home, but it was definitely a night we will all remember. I’m super happy that FOB took the time to stop by Wyoming and give us a show. I hope we get to see them again one day.
(Everyone turned on their cell phones for Jet Pack Blues)