This past Monday in Madison, WI, we attended the Fall Out Boy concert featuring special guest Clinton Sparks. The concert was part of the Yahoo! On The Road free tour, which is visiting 27 cities with 20 music acts and 10 comedians. Going into the show, we were fairly perplexed by the artist pairing, but it turned out quite refreshing having the variety of the two contrasting acts. It was like eating a serving of sushi for dinner and then having a serving of steak–freaking awesome! We have to give a big RTM shoutout to the Yahoo! On The Road team for organizing and throwing such a well-organized and incredibly successful event.
When we arrived at the theatre (about ten minutes prior to the doors opening), the line to enter the venue stretched to the end of the block and wrapped around the corner. The crowd appeared to be fairly younger, late teens to early twenties, and it was noticeable that they were there mainly to see Fall Out Boy. However, Clinton Sparks was the perfect offset act to energize the crowd while simultaneously providing a non-alternative/punk rock experience. The diehard Fall Out Boy fans were slightly slow to embrace Clinton Sparks, until he dropped one of the few tracks that could rouse almost anyone in Madison from youth to alum to student to bum–a remix of House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” After that, the crowd warmed up and Clinton unveiled an exclusive preview of his collaboration with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis which is set to drop in the next few weeks.
Following Clinton Sparks, Fall Out Boy took the stage with an uproar of applause. Even without having had an album release in five years, these guys were not forgotten by their fans, not even slightly. It was really neat seeing the dedication and appreciation of their fanbase, and the band reflected the same feelings back to their fans. We were really impressed at how amazing Fall Out Boy sounded live. They were as on key live as they are on all their recordings. The song selection was great–the band played basically an even mix of new and old songs–ranging from tracks off their new album Save Rock And Roll such as “The Phoenix” and “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” to their “classic” hits “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” and “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy.” Check out a very crude video of “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” below. The 2006 high school senior in us was beside himself.
This Yahoo! On The Road tour is absolutely amazing. Please try to check out a show near you. The remaining tour dates have ridiculous lineups, including acts by Imagine Dragons & Owl City (happening tonight, 5/15 in St. Louis, MO), The Lumineers, Dispatch, Fun., Empire of the Sun, John Legend, Gossip, Nick Rutherford, DJ Michelle Pesce, and many more.
View the complete tour schedule and details.
We are very excited whenever big names perform for free. First off, let us give a warm Madison welcome to one of our favorite RTM artists, Clinton Sparks! (middle guy in photo between Ryan Lewis and Macklemore) We couldn’t be happier to see him live in one of our own home bases. If you’re not sure who Clinton Sparks is, GET FAMILIAR. This is a very influential man in music. Don’t miss a chance to see a phenomenal show on a beautiful day in a great city. If you’re trying to find tickets to the show tonight, please read the excerpt from Yahoo Music below. Get your vouchers for the show and see you there!
Here’s where you can catch the crew on Sunday, May 12, to score your voucher for Monday’s show in Madison:
10 a.m.-4 p.m., University of Wisconsin Union South, main level in front of The Sett
1308 W. Dayton St., Madison
Your voucher may be redeemed for a ticket to see Fall Out Boy at the Majestic on Monday, May 13. Doors open at 8 p.m. Early arrival is strongly suggested, as vouchers will be redeemed for tickets at the venue on a first-come, first-served basis. When the venue is full, no more vouchers will be accepted.
If you can’t attend in person, don’t worry! Everyone everywhere can livestream Monday’s show, along with many others along the way, online at Yahoo! On The Road.
Yahoo! On the Road
To put it simply, Yahoo! On the Road is a road trip through 27 cities with 20 music acts, 10 comedians, and impressive technology. It’s the world’s first mobile innovation and entertainment festival, with many concerts being livestreamed for the world to see. This tour is not your average road show; Yahoo! has put some of the hottest performers on the ticket. John Legend lit up New York City, Michael Yo cracked a few cities up, Kendrick Lamar rocked Cincinnati, and now Fall Out Boy is coming to Madison to show off their latest work. After the U.S. tour, which ends in San Francisco on May 31, On the Road will travel to Europe and tour from Berlin to the last stop in London on July 14.
I can’t tell if this video is racist or funny. Knowing Blake, it’s both. Feels like this should be the video for Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” song. Now if we can just get Hot 97 to play some Shelton that would be something!
Wow, we have to give it up to Krewella who put on a tremendous show last night at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, WI. Last night’s show exceeded our expectations. Great lights, sold-out crowd, and lots of familiar faces compensated for the earlier dreary, cold, and rainy day. However, it wasn’t exactly dry inside–no actually it was surpassingly humid, with one of the Yousaf sisters actually commenting on the sweat level. The event started out pretty great–not sure who the opener was, but they dropped it hard and didn’t leave that huge disparity that so often occurs between the opener and headliner. If anyone knows who opened, post in the comments section or shoot us an email.
Once again we have to give an enormous shout-out to Prime Social Group for continually bringing phenomenal acts to cities across the country. Always well-organized and a great party so go to their site and check out if there’s a show coming to a city near you.