Fall Out Boy appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night (Sept. 18) as part of their promotion for the Jan. 19 release of their upcoming album, M A N I A. They’ve previewed a few of the album’s tracks so far, “Champions,” “Young and Menace” and “The Last of the Real Ones” — and delivered the TV debut of the latter on their latest Kimmel appearance.
Lead singer Patrick Stump sat down at his piano, tapping out the frenzied first verse while an EDM-like sample boomed from the speakers. As the song picked up at the chorus, he launched out of his seat into the energetic role of frontman, sweeping back and forth across the stage. The bridge offers a satisfying break from the pulsating rhythm — it’s like the rock equivalent of a drop. But that doesn’t stop the audience from clapping along as the tension builds back up. The song is an interesting interplay between rock and electronic elements, and it’s just the latest glimpse of how the band has adapted their sound for the new album.
In a recent Billboard interview, bassist Pete Wentz said, “That’s what our band needs… a foot in the future and a foot in the past.” If their set yesterday was any indication, the band is taking their sound in a new direction while staying true to themselves.
The band will kick off their tour in October, starting off in Cleveland, Ohio. Check out a fan-filmed video of the performance below.