In February 2013, Fall Out Boy announced that the hiatus was over and a new album was coming…and I shamelessly squealed like a school girl. Fall Out Boy has been my absolute favorite band for the last decade and I had been hoping and praying for this announcement since the hiatus started in 2009. It was a long wait, but so worth it! Save Rock and Roll is the best album I have heard in a long time! I have heard several people complain that this album isn’t “true Fall Out Boy.” While it is completely different from the band’s 4 previous studio albums, it is still FALL OUT BOY! I think the band has matured and the music has matured with them, and it has just gotten better! Patrick Stump is still the most amazing vocalist ever (that boy can sing anything and make it sound good!) and you can still find bassist Pete Wentz’s personality in the lyrics. Joe Trohman’s guitar skills are still awesome and Andy Hurley is still the heart beat of the band. Combine all of that with the best producer around, the genius that is Butch Walker, and you get musical magic! The album is still considered pop-punk/rock but it offers so much more than that. From the soulful, Adele-sounding Just One Yesterday (featuring Foxes), to the more hip-hop sounding The Mighty Fall (featuring Big Sean), there is something for everyone on this album. If you are alive on the planet, there’s no way you haven’t heard the first single released from the album, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up), which has already gone platinum, and it has been followed with the releases of The Phoenix and Alone Together. Other favorites from the album are Rat a Tat (featuring Courtney Love) and of course, Save Rock and Roll (featuring Sir Elton John…how awesome is that?!). There are even a couple of nods to some old-school FOB songs in the lyrics, like “I will defend the faith, going down swinging…” from Save Rock and Roll. So, while this album isn’t exactly “old FOB”, it is still Fall Out Boy and I am beyond excited that my boys are back and making bad-ass music that makes them happy! Go pick up the album, you won’t be disappointed!
Panic at the Disco are back on the road with the 2nd leg of their 2011 tour. Bringing back Foxy Shazam and adding Patrick Stump to round out the night, fans were in for a treat. First up was Foxy. There are absolutely no words that can describe their live set, so I am not even going to try. SEE THEM LIVE, END OF STORY. Patrick Stump was on next, brought on by the shriek of teenage Fall Out Boy fans. Stump has continued to blow me away as a solo artist. The passion and energy that he displays while onstage was never seen while he was fronting FOB. He blazed through a loaded set list of original songs off of his new album “Soul Punk.” Read the rest of this entry