Bought these tickets a long time ago on a whim, and my friend Amanda tagged along. We got to Terminal 5 around 7 when the doors opened, only to be greeted by a long line of what I think were 15-year-olds. Hands with black Sharpied-Xs abounded. (These young’uns haven’t quite figured out concert etiquette just yet, and many tried to shove their way through to the front. Oh no, you don’t. Also, put down your phone and enjoy the living beings in front of you. And get off my lawn!)
Now, Now was the opener, and despite being together since 2003, they had no stage presence. Their music was pleasant enough, but really nondescript. Fun. took the stage around 9:10, and played a full set from Some Nights and their debut album Aim and Ignite. I was a little nervous they wouldn’t sound like their recorded work, but Nate Ruess’ falsetto was spot-on and the band was on par. You can tell they’re not only seasoned musicians, but really basking in their recent rise in popularity. Ruess was a big flirt with the audience, and they ate it up.
They were happy to announce that, although they’re from Arizona, etc., they could call New York a hometown show. They had great energy and an insane amount of confetti. Glad I took a chance on them.
Some Nights (intro)
Walking the Dog
Why Am I the One?
Light a Roman Candle With Me
It Gets Better
At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used to Be)
All the Pretty Girls
We Are Young
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Take Your Time (Coming Home)