Fall Out Boy saved rock and roll as they brought their So Much For (Tour) Dust in Manila. Here are some of our fave moments.
American rock band and 21st century icons Fall Out Boy finally came back to the Philippines after ten years, thanks to their So Much For (Tour) Dust world tour. December 9 at the Araneta Coliseum was a night of nostalgia, head-banging music, and electric connections between the crowd and band members Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Andy Hurley, and Joe Trohman.
The band was last here in 2013 for their Save Rock And Roll Tour, so one could expect just how hyped fans were for their grand comeback to the Philippine stage. From revisiting 2000s classics to a stunning fan project, these moments from the concert will live rent-free in our minds. Hold onto these memories like a grudge—hopefully it won’t take Fall Out Boy another ten years to play in the Philippines again.
We can’t help but have our ego inflate whenever an artist compliments a Filipino crowd—because whatever they say, it’s most likely true. A Filipino concert crowd is loud AF, singing, screaming, laughing, and making the most of the night. Classic FOB enunciation is no match for our crowds.
@jggybggy best audience according to patrick 😭 @Fall Out Boy @Live Nation PH #falloutboy #FOBinManila ♬ original sound – bggy
It’s not enough that the audience for the So Much For (Tour) Dust Manila show was “one of the loudest,” frontman Patrick Stump himself says the audience has been one of the best of the entire tour—easily. And we don’t care if every artist says this on other stops, what matters is they found it true enough to say about us as well.
PATRICK’S PINOY PRIDE
icydk, Patrick’s longtime partner and wife since 2012, Elisa Yao, is part Filipino. He married into a Filipino family and got a taste of culture and tradition, even donning a barong for ceremonies. We’re basically family, so you have to wonder why it took Fall Out Boy so long to come back to the Philippines. All kidding aside, the band was apologetic about taking forever to come back and did mention how much they missed it here.
@philippinestar 10 years later, we still believe in you @Fall Out Boy! #newsph #entertainmentnewsph #falloutboy #fob #celebritynews #concertph ♬ original sound – Philippine STAR
We’ll be honest, the rising trend of including of surprise, changing songs in touring artists’ setlists post-height of the pandemic is a welcome innovation to concerts (see: Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour and the 5 Seconds of Summer Show). So Much For (Tour) Dust included a couple of surprise songs as well, such as What A Catch, Donnie, Golden, and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing.
What A Catch, Donnie x Golden Medley— 💗 (@claricewaslike) December 11, 2023
Patrick's voice is immaculate ✨️ had to stop myself from singing along to appreciate his voice more and also so I can have a clean copy of this song in my phone so I can replay it anytime I want#FOBinManila 🌟 pic.twitter.com/cnbldK3tG8
With Don’t Stop Believing, Patrick’s medley included What A Catch, Donnie, and Golden, from their albums Folie à Deux (2008) and Infinity on High (2007)—from the early age of Fall Out Boy. As the tour included both chart-topping tracks and B-sides spanning their longstanding career, such as Uma Thurman, Save Rock and Roll, and Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes, each performance was as special as their musical artistry: versatile and marked by constant reinvention and reimagination, but one thing’s for sure: they will always be Fall Out Boy.
@shelengs Someone already briefed them that Filipino fans sing songs word per word during concerts 😜🤘 #falloutboy #falloutboyliveinmanila2023 #fob #concert #sugarweregoindown #patrickstump #petewentz #joetrohman #andyhurley #philippines #falloutboytok ♬ original sound – celengs
A concert in the Philippines is a joint effort—the audience is here to watch the artist, and the artist is treated to a crowd of thousands singing their songs back to them word for word.
Fall Out Boy in Manila was like revisiting the nostalgic days of the emo, pop-punk-rock era of the 2000s, complete with flannels, emo hair, Doc Martens, and yes, Nintendo DS’s, which people have been using in lieu of a camera. Now that’s Y2K.
INNER CHILD HEALED
@inggredd I HAD SO MUCH FUN AAAAAA 13 YEAR OLD ME IS SO HAPPY 😭 #falloutboy #falloutboyinmanila ♬ original sound – Iggy Miranda
Speaking of nostalgia, there’s no denying that a large portion of Fall Out Boy’s fanbase has been with them for years, if not decades—a testament to the longevity and excellence of their music. Seeing audience members talk about how seeing the band live healed their inner child gives the warm fuzzies.
A ‘FIRE’ SHOW
There’s a reason Fall Out Boy is such a mainstay in pop culture—they’ve got iconic songs that have stood the test of time, and they’re a band that’s known for their epic music and performances. So Much For (Tour) Dust with its fire guitars and music in Manila only cemented their stature as rock icons.
PINK SEASHELL SEA
@peachuuuuuuuu Filo fans lighted up and made it a night to remember! 💗🎸🙌🏻✨️ #falloutboyliveinmanila2023 #falloutboyph #livenation #FOB #fakeout #fanproject #filofans ♬ original sound – KpopMamiiii 🇵🇭✨️
The significance of pink seashells stems from their song The Pink Seashell, inspired by the Ethan Hawke-starrer Reality Bites (1994), where—according to Pete Wentz—pink seashells (and in turn, their album So Much (For) Star Dust) represent how a nihilistic perspective means you can appreciate the little moments in life. The fan project is organized by FOB fanbases around the world, where the crowd turns their flashlights pink, here when the band plays their song Fake Out, and creates a beautiful show of support.