By Alexis Simpson
This summer when we saw Fun. perform live at Detroit’s St. Andrew’s Hall, we knew big things were coming their way. We never could have predicted they would get to perform at Obama’s inauguration and be nominated for six Grammys. While it was wonderful to see them perform at an intimate venue such as St. Andrew’s Hall, it was even more fantastical to see them backed by an impressive stage show that supported and enhanced their theatrical pop music.
Nate Ruess is a showstopper as a frontman due to his passion for performance, strong voice, and stage presence. The Detroit crowd adored him and were impessed by his vigor. Jack Antonoff is equally entertaining on stage, and shined on his guitar solo during the song “Stars.” Antonoff also got a chance to show off his drumming skills a few times throughout the night. It was Antonoff who supplied the African-like drumming during “Some Nights.” Andrew Dost is our hometown favorite and keys expert. Ruess joked about how much money the band has to pay for Andrew’s plane flights due to Dost’s stubborn refusal to live outside of the Detroit area. Ruess also got the crowd going when he joked, “Didn’t the Detroit Tigers win the World Series last year?” Ruess is quite the character as displayed in a recent Rolling Stone interview.
The band had a clever stage setup with a lighting backdrop that displayed elaborate colors and graphics similar to what one would see at an EDM show. The backdrop was even ablet to reflect a widescreen shot of the audience who got a kick out of seeing themselves on stage. Some of the highlighs of the night were: “Starz” with the fun auto-tune effects, “Some Nights,” “Carry On,” “We are Young” and the sassy song, “What the Fuck.”
The Detroit crowd especially loved when Fun. came out for the encore in white customized Pistons jerseys with “Fun.” on the back. The extra thoughtful touches were appreciated! Also, The Ally Coalition, the Gross Point High Diversity Club and the Ruth Ellis Center (the only mission specific agency in the entire Midwest dedicated to LGBTQ youth) were at the show in support of Fun.’s strong stance on the importance of equal rights. Fun.’s live performance and music are powerful because they incorporate such themes as depression, loneliness, love, death, and life difficulties in such a way that leaves the listener feeling like things will be OK in the end.