Hot Gig Alert (8/2): Bring Me The Horizon and Fall Out Boy hit Fenway
(photo credit: Jonti Wild)
As the summer heats up, Boston is about to be a hotbed for some of the most prominent artists in the world to take on this beautiful city of ours. Be it Beyonce this upcoming weekend to every band from All American Rejects to Senses Fail, a tour we’re particularly excited for is the return of (both) Bring Me the Horizon and Fall Out Boy. The place of that beautiful crime of rock and roll? Fenway Stadium a week from yesterday! While Fall Out Boy was poised to play Fenway on the Hella Mega tour, they were forced to drop off their date of the run with Weezer and Green Day due to a Covid case in their camp. Because..safety, y’all. But the band will be making up for lost time with their headlining show on the “So much For (Tour) Dust” tour and in tow as main support, will be one of the biggest rock bands to come out of the UK with Bring Me. The bands will both be taking on their first Fenway show and, along for the ride, will be hometown heroes in Four Year Strong and no strangers to Boston, Royal & The Serpent.
The latter band, one created during the pandemic, first hit Boston opening up for Pvris, and more recently, as direct support to pop punk queen Demi Lovato just last fall. Both bands are definitely worth that early arrival to Fenway, with a bright and early door time of 5:45. And once these two acts warm up the stage, it’s up to Bring Me the Horizon to get the crowd fully ramped up for one of the longest running pop punk bands. BMTH has toured the US before in the pandemic, but with a slew of new material, as is apparent in looking at some setlists, it’s sure to be a set filled with of course, the tracks that made the band a household name, but also filled with a slew of the new material the band has throwing into our airwaves.
Be it “Code Mistake,” a track smothered in a good way with some huge industrial vibes, and the vocal range of frontman Oli Sykes, so beloved by fans. Thrown in the mix as well, are some gorgeous crowd vocals reminiscent of fellow UK bands act as Enter Shikari. It’s a winner. Or with “LosT,” a somewhat even electric element reading like, dare I say, Hellogoodbye-esque with a bit of a poppier feel even. BMTH is a band of their size for a reason. It’s been proven over and over again as so many bands are hitting the road again. If you don’t progress, you simply won’t be here anymore. While some may be confused by their pairing with Fall Out Boy on this run, this writer is not.
It’s similar to why Fall Out Boy has continued to be one of the heaviest hitters in the game today. Despite their hiatus, the band came back stronger than ever. Fresh off their latest release, “So Much (For) Stardust” (March 23rd, 2023), the band’s setlist is stunning and is sure to serve up a trip down memory lane for every fan in attendance. As well as being pop-punk kings, if you do just a little bit of diving, you would find that both Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley have a long history in hardcore. And one can never forget the flawless soul vocals frontman Patrick Stump throws out there.
But my words aren’t enough for you to feel like you have experienced this stellar show. With a bevy of very affordably priced tickets still available, this tour is one no “elder emo” can miss. Let it kick off a long fall for you of old favorites, like All American Rejects, Senses Fail, and Boys Like Girls, pulling off insane fall tours. Rock and roll is back, baby, and we will be there for as many incredible moments as possible.
Sincerely, an “elder emo.”