Fall Out Boy & Jimmy Eat World set Milwaukee ablaze

On a rainy Tuesday night early in April, the great state of Wisconsin was set ablaze with pop-punk fever as Fall Out Boy‘s So Much For (2our) Dust Tour stormed into the Fiserv Forum, joined by the iconic Jimmy Eat World. The weather outside the iconic “Deer District” was cold and windy, as if winter tried it’s last hand at reminding concert-goers it’s not quite spring yet. Inside, though, the atmosphere was electric, with the sold-out show at capacity.

Fans were buzzing with excitement for a night of unforgettable music.

To open the night, the musical stylings of Carr, followed by Hot Mulligan. These rising stars in the alt scene certainly brought sounds to complement the main acts: the former with a new take on alt rock (blending elements of punk and indie), while the latter is known more for their emo and pop punk vibe, filled with heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies. Hailing from Michigan, Hot Mulligan has garnered a dedicated following who definitely showed up this night!

Jimmy Eat World then stormed the stage to the energetic anthem “A Praise Chorus”, instantly captivating the crowd with their infectious energy. They seamlessly transitioned into fan-favorites like “Sweetness” from their latest album and the powerful “Something Loud” (a single from 2022), giving fans a sample of their evolution over the years.

Frontman Jim Adkins’ vocals soared over the crowd, as fans sang along to every word. As the set progressed, Jimmy Eat World’s swagger continued with hit songs “Just Tonight…” and “Bleed American”, finishing with a dynamic performance of their classic track “The Middle”.

Before we knew it, it was time for the final act.

Fall Out Boy delivered a show for the ages. The band’s theatrics, including fireworks, pyrotechnics, and, of course, the giant head of Blitz doberman (who’s featured on Fall Out Boy’s latest album So Much (For) Stardust), added an extra layer of excitement to the performance. The biggest crowd-pleaser of the evening was Pete Wentz‘s flamethrowing bass guitar, which — in Pete’s word from a recent Instagram post — is “very fuckin’ heavy”. The bass has a propane tank on the back and a pipe that goes up the neck to spit out flames. The crowd ate it up.

If that wasn’t enough, Fall Out Boy thrilled the audience with a special “Magic 8 Ball” segment — something you don’t see at a typical concert! To be honest, watching Fall Out Boy is like going on a journey through time, with From “Centuries” to “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”, each hit song serves as a milestone in Fall Out Boy’s longstanding career.

It was a truly incredible night witnessing some of pop punk’s greatest names come together under the roof of the Fiserv Forum. Everyone left the place saying “Thanks For The Memories”, till next time! 

Photography by John Bender

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