Anyone that knows me in real life knows that Fall Out Boy is one of my favorite bands, if I had the money I’d follow them on tour for the rest of my life. As it is I’ve only missed two of their tours since they returned from their Hiatus in 2013 (Monumentour and The Boys of Zummer) and that was because I was in Alaska. This year everything worked out and this leg of the Mania tour coincided with the end of my summer job in Alaska (I may have had to leave my job a few days early).
I could go on and on for hours about what this band means to me but I’ll just say that Fall Out Boy came out of Hiatus in 2013 when I was having a tough time figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. Destinee and I packed up our bags and flew to Tampa to see them on the Save Rock and Roll tour with Panic! and Twenty One Pilots and that changed everything for me. I decided that whatever it was that I ended up doing it was going to involve music. A year later I got my first tattoo “You are what you love, not who loves you” on my arm and I’ve been determined to become a music journalist.
I saw Fall Out Boy last year on the first MANIA tour in Seattle right before I moved to Colorado for the winter. I wasn’t too excited about Blackbear and Jaden Smith opening because I’m not really a fan of either of them and my phone was in bad shape, so I didn’t really get any worthwhile photos. This time around everything was much more exciting. I once again managed to snag a VIP ticket, sadly we were unable to get the package that included a meet and greet with Pete and Andy.
For this show I had to fly from Alaska once again, this time with a lot more stuff as I’m in the process of moving to Michigan and am just taking a short detour in Florida to get my belongings from my father’s house and a car to get my ridiculous amount of stuff out of storage. I left Healy, Alaska on the 14th of September and made it to Orlando on the afternoon of the 15th. Thankfully I didn’t make the same mistake I made with Panic! in Sunrise and I gave myself an extra day to recover from travelling before the concert.
The VIP for the MANIA tour included early entry into the venue and a lounge where we could wait and look at old Fall out boy memorabilia. If you want to see that it’s in my video diary that I’ll be putting up a bit later. The lounge also had two bars with free soda and water and servers were walking around with things like sliders and quesadillas. There was a photo booth with the Mania album cover available for people to use but I didn’t use it this time around since I had done it months earlier at their show in Seattle.