Tragedy befell the Hella Mega Tour yesterday when co-headliners Fall Out Boy were made aware of a Covid-19 case in their camp. Due to an appropriate abundance of precaution, the emo-pop announced that they would have to pull out of the New York and Boston shows this week.
Not to be deterred, the show’s two other primo acts – Green Day and Weezer – announced that the shows would go on as planned. As is his style, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo saw a golden opportunity to indulge in his favourite art form: the cover song.
In the absence of the sweet dulcet tones of Patrick Stump, or the warm embrace of either band’s personnel, Cuomo took the stage solo towards the end of Weezer’s set at Citi Field in New York City last night to salute their fallen comrades. They did so with a stark but rousing rendition of Fall Out Boy’s signature early-2000s jam, ‘Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down’.
The track-tested Cuomo’s expertise in the cover song realm as he had only a short time learning what is likely Fall Out Boy’s best-known tune. It’s a song that is still capable of making ageing pop-punkers make their way to the dancefloor.
The professional that he is, Cuomo, turned it into a group singalong, and the audience momentarily forgot the absence of Pete Wentz as Weezer absorbed Fall Out Boy’s life form and ate their soul through sheer force of will. Rivers said, “Look at me, I’m the captain of the Fall Out Boy ship now.”
It was a sweet gesture, and here’s hoping that Fall Out Boy can return to the favour once they rejoin the tour. Either that or Green Day needs to pick up the slack and try ‘This Ain’t a Scene, It’s An Arms Race’ at the next stop.