You can't name your album (and your tour) "Save Rock and Roll" and not have a plan.
Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz told the capacity crowd at Barclays Center on Saturday night that their plan was to inspire someone in the crowd to join a band that would become the next Green Day or, yes, the next Fall Out Boy.
"Rock and roll," Wentz said, "should be a transformative experience."
That's a tall order, but over the course of its 105-minute set, Fall Out Boy certainly delivered. Though the band has been supporting "Save Rock and Roll" on the road since its release in April, the American arena tour began only last week and Fall Out Boy has built a show to match the album's huge, anthemic songs.
"My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark," the album's lead single, is meant for big spaces, preferably while flame pots belch fire, Wentz does karate kicks, guitarist Joe Trohman does flying leaps, Andy Hurley bashes the drums, and thousands sing along with Patrick Stump.
In case that wasn't enough inspiration, the band brought out some special guests, including Travie McCoy for "Billionaire," and the great drummer Marky Ramone for revved-up versions of The Ramones' classics "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Bop."
The "Save Rock and Roll" tour may be about inspiring the next generation; however, it also proves that Fall Out Boy, like its own heroes Green Day, may not have hit its creative peak yet.