Fall Out Boy’s Young Wild Things tour stopped by Champaign last Sunday with special guests Cute is What We Aim For, Plain White T’s, and Gym Class Heroes. Assembly Hall was nowhere near capacity, and really, anyone who missed out on the sweaty-from-moshing floor tickets also missed out on the real energy the bands provided.
Cute is What We Aim For opened the show, playing songs from their most recent album, The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch. Warming up for the other bands must have been a hard job because even after their set, nobody seemed to realize that they were at a concert.not a convention.
The Plain White T’s had a slightly better show, because most of their song tempos matched the lack of liveliness of the people who were just standing there. Tom Higgenson’s super-charming stage presence helped bring the crowd up to speed with “Our Time Now,” and.we all know it wouldn’t have been a Plain White T’s show without “Hey There Delilah”.
Gym Class Heroes was probably one of the best received bands that night. Travis brought sexy back for those who were missing some, playing the only hip swinging songs featured the entire night. As Cruel As School Children had a ridiculous amount of club-worthy songs like, “The Queen and I” to “Clothes Off”, and everyone got to hear their favorite radio-redundant “Cupid’s Chokehold.”
Fall Out Boy had worked their black magic, mixing and matching songs old and new like “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” From Under the Cork Tree and “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” off of Infinity On High. They played a killer The Killers cover for “Mr. Brightside,” as well as premiering quirky videos of dying cartoon animals for “The Carpal Tunnel of Love”, and a film they shot in Africa, to go along with “I’m Like A Lawyer With Way I’m Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You).” Hate Fall Out Boy or love ’em, I think homeboys know how to keep the vibe flowing. Except for that last song that nobody knew. It’s called “Saturday.” So, the more you know.