Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall, March 11, 2005

For Fall Out Boy, it has been a banner tour. Although it is called the Fueled By Ramen Tour, it doesn't look like either the band nor anyone at the label will have to eat another package of the freeze-dried, unbelievably salted yet still somehow tasty noodles again. Fall Out Boy has made it big time, and their fans sold out the Newport Music Hall to let them know.

 

Led by singer Patrick Strump, Fall Out Boy was only formed less than 24 months ago, and since the band decided to write pop songs with a punk influence, there has been little in the way of this band's success.

 

In fact, it was only last year that Fall Out Boy played the side stage at the Blink 182 show and even then, it was almost written in stone (or the asphalt kids pounded their Vans into) that this band was going to make it.

 

While playing their set, it was hard to tell how many kids decided to take a crash course in body surfing, but suffice it to say, there were more graduates in that department than any 10th-grade English class. Fans may have been mixed in what clique they hang out with at school, but there was no doubting that Fall Out Boy appeals to the younger masses with a yearning to break a little out of the typical pop mold, yet too afraid to take the full step into hardcore punk.

 

With a new record coming out May 3, Fall Out Boy is selling out almost every gig they play, and with the release of From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy are about to burst out of the still somewhat fringe scene that Take This To Your Grave has paved for them.

 

As for a live act, Fall Out Boy has everything to offer. Wild antics, unbelievably white dancing musicians and spins that will make Kristi Yamaguchi's mouth water. Fall Out Boy is on the road to be the next big thing. Like Green Day, they can still be alternative enough to make those stations and give the kids the rebelliousness from parents, school and society that they are looking for. But at the same time, they are pop sounding enough that Top 40 will love them and kids can still be in the mainstream. Fall Out Boy is like a cove on a big lake. It is secluded and off-the-beaten path somewhat, but at the same time, it is only yards away from the main water source to get back to civilization.

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