I had the awesome opportunity to attend the last night of the Most Nights tour- with Tegan and Sara with headliners fun.- because of a wonderful friend, Justine. She invited me to the show and there was no way I would turn it down. I had only seen fun. once before, at Boston Calling, and that experience is one I’ll never forget, so I wished to further my memories of the band and make some new ones.
The show was at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. The traffic was ridiculous and being so used to small venues and clubs, I was taken aback by the immense attendance of this show. There was everyone from real fun. fans, people who only listen to Some Nights, and soccer moms with their seven year old girls. It was a strange crowd, to say the least. I was surrounded by girls clad in Urban Outfitter-Abercrombie chic with the pseudo-hipster vibe, but at least the band was playing what they said was the “biggest arena they ever played”. I was stoked.
The band opened up with the “Some Nights Intro”, the gorgeous dynamic opening track of their latest album, the one that really got them where they are. The three boys clad in dashing suits hit every note and started it all with a bang. As soon as I heard the piano intro, played by the lovely Andrew, I got chills. It was starting. The last first song of their set of this tour.
After the tune ended, the stage went black, the crowd roared, and the band must’ve ripped off their suits because now they were dressed casually and ripping into “One Foot”, the band in full swing, giving it their all. The energy was intense, with Nate Ruess the frontman a ball of energy with his incredible range and undeniable smile- it’s always humbling to see. He sounds even better live than recorded, especially with the higher notes. On the recordings of their tunes, Ruess usually hits the highs with his head voice, but live, he sang it in full chest- no falsetto. That’s nearly impossible to do- that’s like Freddie Mercury style. The harmonies were perfect and there was not a flaw. The venue’s sound was phenomenal, proving that fun. is genuinely better live than recorded.
A definite highlight of the evening was when the band played “The Gambler”. Everyone left the stage, except the original three in fun.- Jack, Andrew, and Nate. The entire song was just the vocals, piano, and acoustic guitar. It’s a love song, so it was sweet and soft. However, before the final verse, Jack and Andrew were trying to have a little jam session between them before Nate was going to sing. The funniest bit was how Nate started to sing, “You come…” with the two guys on instruments still jamming. To that, Nate said “Just you try and stop me”, to which Jack and Andrew responded by playing the song extra fast. It was hilarious. To see them be so human and so adorable is probably one of my favourite memories of the show.
“We Are Young” was crazy. It was the song that made them as big as they are, that allowed them to be playing this arena. It’s the one song that pretty much everyone knows the words to, and as they started it, the screams were the loudest they ever were and everyone was standing up. The roaring of the crowd almost drowned out Ruess; it was insane. I’d never seen anything like it; the drunk moms in the skyboxes and the kids on the floor and the little girls in their seats- all were singing along. fun. really created that community, and made all of us just have something in common. It was an equalizer.
Having a fake ending of the cover of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, and an encore of “Some Nights” and “Stars”, they went out with a bang. With it being the last night of the tour, the band went all out. Earlier in the evening, Nate had said that he wasn’t doing another show for a few days so he was gonna scream and yell and sing louder than ever- even louder than he wanted to. As he gave it his all, it was clear that he was passionate and loved what he did. It was so interesting to see him be so humble, be in awe of the audience that the band he was in be the factor that drew in such a crowd.
The show was perfection. From the sound to the setlist to the beautiful lighting and graphics, it all went smoothly. I’m proud to say I was in the crowd of the last night of the Most Nights tour- the tour that I believe will become the new norm for fun. It’s all stadiums from here.
Some nights we rule the world.
“We Are Young”:
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