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“All the Pretty Girls” plus a few thousand more New Yorkers gathered last night at the legendary Radio City Music Hall to celebrate a night of musical madness with the indie-pop trio fun. on their 2013 World Tour. The night began with former Jack’s Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon serenading the crowd with his passionate keyboard skills and intricate pop-punk melodies. At 9:18, the trio, keyboardist Andrew Dost, guitarist Jack Antonoff, and frontman Nate Ruess, hit the stage and opened the show with their hit, “Out On The Town,” from their newest album, Some Nights, setting off the night with a bang.
Fans of all ages hit the air with fists up high as the raw power of Ruess’s voice powered the hall of screaming fun. lovers from all five boroughs and beyond. The stage was magnified by a mirror stretching out towards the audience, allowing reflections of the flashing cameras to create the illusion of a concert under a sea of illuminated stars. The night continued with a taste of everything the band has to offer. Chart toppers from their sophomore album as well as their debut album, Aim and Ignite, came one after another, quick and powerful, including the fast-paced anthem, “It Gets Better,” which sets the tone for the band’s openly powerful stance on LGBTQ support.
Throughout the set, Ruess continually showed his unconditional appreciation for the audience with loving anecdotes and applauding between songs. This only added to the incredible essence of celebration and pure joy as the band danced from one end of the stage to the other. It felt as if a thousands of close friends came together to dance, sing and scream the life out of their lungs on this lighthearted night. The band’s hysterics and jokes on stage were highlighted during “Barlights,” as Ruess smacked Antonoff’s guitar mid song and the pick went flying into thin air, yet Antonoff continued into a wailing guitar solo played pick-less—the song never sounded so good.
This was a special night for fun. as it was their hometown show in the Big Apple and Ruess took the time to dedicate their ballad, “The Gambler,” to all their friends and family in the audience. The concert came to a climax with the beating of trashcans on a fire-spinning stage as fun. pounded the drums for their generational anthem, “We Are Young.” Just as the show was ending, it began again by the raw vocal power of the audience, and the band returned for a double encore of “Some Nights” and “Stars” with the guys sporting matching Knicks jerseys. Highlights included Ruess running up to show the balcony seats a fun.-loving good time, and the band surprising fans with their cover rendition of the classic, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” to bring the show to a mind-altering close. By the end of the night, fun. had poured their souls out to New York City, leaving their fans feeling infinite with a severe case of permanent goose bumps on a night no one in that room would ever forget.