BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
In the nearly 15 years since Fall Out Boy arrived with the emo-friendly “Take This To Your Grave,” their sound has morphed from punk-pop to anthemic rock ideally suited to the arenas the band is packing on its new “Mania” tour.
Incidentally, the tour was scheduled as a support run for their new album (“Mania”) which was due in September, but shortly before its expected arrival, singer Patrick Stump announced the release was delayed until early 2018.
Not that it matters to the quartet’s fans, an impressive array of teens and their parents at Saturday night’s Philips Arena concert. The band’s seemingly growing base of followers is a testament to FOB’s ability to maximize their second act, which began in 2013 after a five-year hiatus on the strength of the wanted-to-hate-it-but-you-couldn’t “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up).”
That particular singalong appeared late in FOB’s 90-minute show, a sturdy display of breathless fist-pumpers, ear-popping pyro and floating stages.