Performing on a one-off concert for the (RED)Nights concert series, Fueled By Ramen's Fallout Boy took a break from opening for Blink-182 to rock a 2,000-strong crowd in an intimate club performance at the Pageant.
Despite 2 spotlights up in the balcony, this was a strange concert to photograph. While the band brought some of their own lights, the setup was surprisingly spartan, with the high-contrast spotlights doing much of the work for the stage treatment and only the barest background effects.
Still, the chance to photograph Fallout Boy was one that had me eager to see what the four-piece could do, fresh off their arena-bursting tour of the States earlier this summer.
For me, the most active performers for this gig were singer and guitarist Patrick Stump and lead guitarist Joe Trohman, who rocked out at the front of the stage. Of course, drummer Andy Hurley was wailing away on the drums, but a deficit of clean lighting made shooting all the more difficult. Pete Wentz played it cool for the most part in his time at the front of the stage, rocking out sparely and allowing himself a few spin-kicks with the bass.
While two-songs were specified from the outset, security allowed press three for this show – I'm not sure whether this was due to a mis-communication or a change in the rules by the tour.
For this gig, I relied on the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 for much of the shooting, switching occasionally to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and 14-24mm f/2.8 for the one-off shot here and there. The band was setup with their mics very close to the stage, so angles were a constant concern along with the shadows cast from the spotlights.