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Fall Out fun and
All-American rejection

Fall Out Boy / All American Rejects
U.I.C. Pavilion
Chicago, IL
May 15, 2006
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Story and Photos By Andy Argyrakis

Even though it appears as though Fall Out Boy's rise to arena filling fame happened over night, Chicago area locals know the real story. Just like any other band shooting for the stars, the suburban bred pop/punkers cut their teeth on the local scene, building up a sizeable fan base and selling over 200,000 copies of its Fueled by Ramen debut Take This to Your Grave (a remarkable feat for any act on an indie label). Fall Out BoySo it was only natural that the group's ground swell would carry over to the gang's singing with Island Records, a partnership which has catapulted them even further into the stratosphere of undeniable success.

Despite the original version of its latest disc From Under the Cork Tree hitting shelves quite some time ago, a string of singles and MTV appearances have kept it selling out of stock and keep ticket sales rising on the road. Remarkably, the one time club fillers have leapt to the several thousand seat U.I.C. Pavilion hockey dome, selling it out once on the early part of its spring tour and demanding an encore sell out on this very evening. To help foster the momentum, a limited edition run of From Under the Cork Tree: Black Clouds and Underdogs edition includes bonus tracks not found on the first take and has started the cyclone of acceptance and adoration all over again.

However, the real question was how well would this material stand up in the giant confines of the venue, while one couldn't help but wonder if members' new found fame and exhaustive pace over the past year would've changed their demeanor in a negative direction. Fall Out BoyLuckily for fans, both tests were surprisingly passed, though the band not only had the home field advantage, but this just so happened to be the tour's final night. In terms of the environment, Fall Out Boy's meaty hooks and sing-a-long choruses had no trouble reaching the rafters, especially on singles like"Sugar, We're Goin Down" and "Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touch Me.'" As for the performance aspect, the foursome has grown much tighter than the days of headlining the Metro, using the special occasion to propel the intensity level to an even higher degree.

Granted, Fall Out Boy isn't rewriting the pop/punk textbook of originality, nor do any of its tunes reach the heroic likes of the genre's legendary early leaders (such as the Sex Pistols or New York Dolls). But even with a generally safe and squeaky clean radio friendly appeal, the quartet is still miles ahead of Good Charlotte, Sum 41 an even Blink 182, melding its flat out fun with wittiness and capable playing. The title alone to"Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued" was enough to make one's sides split, but resulted in genuine fist pumping pleasure all the same."Of All The Gin Joints In All The World" was also explosive, inciting a round of jumping up and down, while "Dance, Dance" signified the set's sole moment of variety beyond driving strums chords and sugary harmonies towards a more groove oriented disposition. Yet in nearly 90 minutes, the locals received nothing but a constant outpouring of love that even the most cynical dose of negativity could never squelch, quite possibly crowning Fall Out Boy (like it or not) as new school windy city inhabitants to the Smashing Pumpkins' 90s throne.

As for the All-American Rejects, their return to town wasn't met with nearly the enthusiasm, nor was the group's performance as entertaining or endearing. Much of that had to do with the hometown crowd's overwhelming anticipation for the headliners (who actually had some members, their crew and some random friends come out wearing only underwear as a prank) for whom they seemed to be saving up all their energy. Even so, the Rejects' latest project Move Along is average alternative rock with surging punkish power chords at its best bloated mostly with watered down, predictable arrangements. Throughout nearly forty minutes of stage time, the guys seemed to be trying especially hard to convey themselves as rebellious, raucous rock n' rollers appearing more like posers than truly motivational players.

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