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Late last summer pop punk outfit Fall Out Boy hit the road in support of its latest album American Beauty/American Psycho. As part of its tour, the band performed a hometown show that was recorded for release. That recording was released this past October via Eagle Rock Entertainment, the leading name in live recordings. For fans of this recording, there is plenty to appreciate beginning with the concert’s set list. That will be discussed shortly. The band’s performance of said set list is just as important to note here as the show’s set list. It will be discussed later. The concert’s packaging might not seem all that important in the grand scheme of things, but even it plays an important part in its presentation. It is hardly the last element that can be noted, too. The concert’s cinematography and combined video and sound mixing can also be discussed, too, as could the band’s simplistic stage setup. Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation. That goes without saying. All things considered, The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago proves to be, again, a recording that will appeal to any of Fall Out Boy’s fans.
Fall Out Boy’s new live recording The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a work that will appeal to any of the veteran pop punk band’s fans. It is not the band’s first live recording by any means. Regardless, it will appeal to said fans. That is due in part to the concert’s set list. The 17-song set list pulls from all six of the band’s current albums. American Beauty/American Psycho receives the most nods with five songs. The band’s 2013 album Save Rock and Roll comes in second with four of its songs featured in the show’s set list. Infinity on High (2007) comes in third with three songs featured. From Under A Cork Tree also sees three of its songs included in the set list while Folie a Deux is represented by two songs and Take This To Your Grave with one song. Needless to say, the fact that the band pulled from each of its current albums makes this concert a career-spanning show for the band. That being the case, it becomes clear why the concert’s set list is so important to its overall presentation.
The set list presented in Fall Out Boy’s latest live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation. The set list features songs from each of the band’s current albums. That makes it for all intents and purposes a career-spanning performance, even with the band’s career being far from over. While the show’s set list is clearly an important piece of its presentation, it is just one of the elements that should be noted in examining the concert’s presentation. The band’s performance of the show’s set list is just as important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation. The band’s members—Pete Went (bass, vocals), Patrick Stump (guitar, vocals), Joseph Trohman (guitar, vocals) and Andrew Hurley (drums)—have full run of the massive stage. While they do make use of its wide open space at times, it seems that they opt to use their energies for their performances rather than running around the stage. Audiences will appreciate that attention to the performance. That is because it shows through in each song. The band gives its all in each song. The end result is that it will pull in home viewers just as much as it did the concert’s attendees. It should be noted that even in the concert’s semi-acoustic section the band spends plenty of time interacting with the audience between songs in a sort of Storytellers (for anyone who remembers that VH1 program) setting. It serves to strengthen the band’s connection with audiences even more. That includes audiences at home, too. The solid connection that is made between Fall Out Boy’s band members and the band’s audiences translates very well to audiences. It makes the viewing experience all the more enjoyable for the band’s fans at home, and is still not the last of the recording’s key elements. The concert’s packaging is just as important to note as its set list and the band’s performance thereof.
The career-spanning set list presented in Fall Out Boy’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key the this recording’s overall presentation. They are not its only important elements. The recording’s packaging is an important piece of the recording’s overall presentation, too. Much like so many of Eagle Rock Entertainment’s other live recordings released this year, this recording has been released in a standard package that will allow it to fit on any fan’s CD rack. That is even with the recording being presented on separate DVD and Blu-ray platform. This is important to note because of its ergonomic value. The concert being packaged in a standard CD packaging—despite being presented on DVD and Blu-ray—saves space on fans’ DVD and BD racks. Being a very thin package, it also saves space on CD racks, too. So that end, the recording’s packaging may not seem important on the surface, but ultimately proves to be just as important as the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof. It is just important in a different way. Interestingly enough, it still is not the last of the recording’s key elements. The concert’s video and sound mix (its production values) and the band’s simple stage setup could also be discussed in examining this recording’s overall presentation. Each element is clearly important in its own right. All things considered, they show in whole why The Boys Of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a recording that any of Fall Out Boy’s fans will appreciate.
Fall Out Boy’s latest live recording The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is a recording that any Fall Out Boy fan will appreciate. Fans will appreciate this recording for a number of reasons beginning with the concert’s set list. The set list features songs from each of the band’s current albums. While the band’s career is likely far from over, this approach still technically makes the set list a career-spanning set. The band’s performance is just as important to note as the concert’s set list. That is due to the fact that the band’s members don’t run around the stage unnecessarily. Rather, they use their performances of the show’s set list to entertain audiences. That attention to its performance of each song improves the band members’ endurance and thus enhances each song’s performance even more. Those enhanced performances in turn make the band’s performance that much more engaging for fans. The recording’s packaging, production values and the band’s simple stage setup combine to round out the recording’s most important elements. Each element is obviously important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation. All things considered, they show why The Boys of Zummer Tour: Live in Chicago is, once more, a recording that any Fall Out Boy fan will appreciate. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this recording is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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