Therewas no shortage of excitement on the opening night of Fall Out Boy's nationwide tour at Arizona's Mesa Amphitheatre Friday night, as the Chicago quartet barreled through 20 songs in just over 90 minutes. Following opening sets from Cobra Starship, Metro Station, and All Time Low, FOB's show began with video footage of riots in various cities playing on giant projection screens.
If the opening night of Metallica's world tour in Glendale, AZ, Tuesday was any indication, rock's not dead. Check its pulse, and you'll hear the double-bass drumming of Lars Ulrich. The over-the-top arena show is alive and kicking, too. Metallica's props included eight silver coffins (each the size of a car) that hovered above the band, a laser show, a dozen multi-colored flames shooting from effects boxes, giant fireballs coming up from the stage, and tons of flashing red strobe lights. The quartet's set included a little bit of everything. They opened with two songs from Death Magnetic, "That Was Just Your Life" and "The End of the Line," followed by a double dose of "Black" album songs, "Sad But True" and "Wherever I May Roam." Fresh from a summer of festival appearances, the members of Metallica brimmed with energy.