I wandered down to the main floor at work today during lunch and found Fall Out Boy performing a short set. I think it's safe to say that I was not a fan before and I am not a fan now. I can say though that they play their form of emo/pop-punk pretty good live, considering how over produced their music seems to be on record.
Interestingly based on customer reviews on Amazon, this puts me in a distinct minority as the reviews there veer from "Fall Out Boy is awesome. Their the best band ever! It brings a new rock type music to everyone. And they don't copy or imitate they are totally original and awesome" to "Why don't you guys try bands like Black Flag, The Sex Pistols, The Misfits, maybe even my personal favorite 90's grunge i.e. Nirvana" ***all real comments***
Though I'm not sure how this next one applies-"Their first succesful move is to make their song titles very unique. You just don't see song titles with ten or more words today. That already seperates Fall Out Boy from rival artists such as Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, etc."
Now I have no idea what size venues they normally play, but it has to be weird to play for a bunch of people in suits in the middle of the day (though granted there must have been between 200-400 people in the hall), especially since their fan's average age seems to be in the teen range. I suppose that when you are on the major label train you have to do what you can to get your record into every store you can.