Friday, July 18, 2008

Fall Out Boy go Pink
by Jenay Ross

Around 9PM on Thursday, July 17th, thousands of fans waiting for Fall Out Boy on the Santa Monica Pier began chanting the band’s name. Soon after that, FOB, which includes Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley, entered the PINK stage and kicked off the show with “Sugar We’re Going Down.”

What brought FOB to perform a free show on the pier? Pinkapalooza, a Victoria’s Secret PINK event to promote their new back-to-school collection. The fun began at five PM with the Pier decked out in pink. The PINK merch area was a popular place as excited girls crowded around to check out the new college line.

Throughout the evening, UCLA and USC took part in several competitions involving water balloons and text messages. Although UCLA was confident that they would win, in the end, USC beat UCLA and won a special trophy.

But what had really brought out the youthful audience was FOB. Despite the fact it was a free show, the group played about an hour set that included Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, Akon’s “Don’t Matter”, and even a bit of Panic At The Disco’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” The fans were deeply satisfied with the mix of old and new FOB originals, throwing up their diamond hand signs and singing on the top of their lungs as the groupperformed their anthem “Where is you Boy?” from their album Take This To Your Grave. To put the cherry on top of the night, Pete traditionally enveloped himself into the crowd during the closing song, “Saturday.”

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