Fall Out Boy thrills their screaming fans as they bring their M A N I A tour to the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

Soon to release their seventh studio record, entitled Mania, Chicago’s Fall Out Boy have embarked on the first leg of the tour supporting it, playing arenas across the country. And judging from the droves of fans who were in attendance at the Oracle Arena in Oakland recently, it’s going to be quite the successful tour.

As the timer running on the giant video screen at the back of the stage reaches zero, the lights dim and the crowd screams as Fall Out Boy emerges and immediately hit the opening notes of “The Phoneix,” from their 2013 release, Save Rock and Roll. Vocalist Patrick Stump is all smiles as he takes center stage, as the now on their feet crowd sing along to every word. Bassist Pete Wentz and lead guitarist Joe Trohman are both at either side of the stage, but constantly crossing each other as they trade sides. Behind the band, the video screen shows Formula One cars racing around the track, while huge flames blast from the back of the stage.

Continuing to set the pace of the evening, the band breaks into “Irresistible,” as the graphics change to Autumn colored trees, while they all take turns running down the huge catwalk that extends from the center of the stage. Not to cash it all in on the first song, there is plenty of pyro as well.

Throughout the evening Fall Out Boy play a setlist spanning their over 15 years as a band, and highlights include “Save Rock and Roll,” “I Don’t Care,” and “The Last of the Real Ones.” They also give their fans a sneak preview of their soon to be released album and play “Young and Menace,” “Champion,” and “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)”.

Perhaps making a statement of current affairs, the video screen behind the band during “Centuries” shows images of both Muhammad Ali and Colin Kaepernick, as well as NFL players taking a knee, all while the arena erupts with approval. No sooner did they finish the song than drummer Andy Hurley suddenly appeared in the middle of the arena on a giant lit up cube that slowly raised high above as he did a little impromptu drum solo before the rest of his bandmates appeared on their own cubes, as they played “Dance, Dance” high above the crowd.

Wrapping up the evening with an encore that included both “Uma Thurman,” and “Saturday,” Fall Out Boy look primed for their future.

Support on the M A N I A tour comes from Blackbear and Jaden Smith, both of whom brief but solid sets while getting the crowd ready for the headliners.

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Event Date: 14-NOV-2017

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life, and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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