Fall Out Boy’s MA­NIA Tour is ir­re­sistible

Crowd en­ter­tained by pyro, con­fetti and lla­mas shoot­ing T-shirts out of a can­non

The Community Connection - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Rodeo Marie Han­son Kid Re­viewer

Fall Out Boy is trav­el­ling the coun­try with their MA­NIA Tour. On Sept. 1, I was among a large crowd of a younger gen­er­a­tion when it came to Her­shey­park Sta­dium with Against The Cur­rent, and Ma­chine Gun Kelly. I am a fan of Fall Out Boy, but as this was the first time I was see­ing them and the other two acts, I wasn’t quite sure what to ex­pect.

Against The Cur­rent’s mu­sic is new to me. Their mu­sic is rock and they are pop­u­lar with kids my age. Lead singer Chrissy Costanza did a good job of get­ting peo­ple ex­cited to be at the show. They have a new al­bum com­ing out Sept. 28 called “Past Lives.”

Ma­chine Gun Kelly’s mu­sic was also new to me, but there seemed to be a lot of peo­ple at the show who knew the words to the songs. His mu­sic is rap with big guitars and drums. He is like Eminem and Kid Rock for peo­ple my age. The sur­prise was when he left the stage to come out into the au­di­ence, and the crowd went wild!

Next up was the main act, Fall Out Boy. Smoke and fog filled the venue and then with a loud boom, fire­works ex­ploded over the stage, stream­ers were shot into the sky, and the band took the stage. Be­hind them was a video screen with ocean waves and an oc­to­pus. It had a re­ally cool 3-D ef­fect with the wa­ter look­ing like it was go­ing to spill out of the screen and splash ev­ery­one! Flames flew from be­hind the band, the side of the stage and even out of the head stock of Pete Wentz’s bass gui­tar. And if you were in the first 20 rows, you could feel the heat of those flames, which added to the ex­cite­ment of the show!

Fall Out Boy’s setlist in­cluded their best known hits like “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”, “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”, and “Cen­turies”. There were sur­prises like when lead singer/ gui­tarist Pa­trick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz dis­ap­peared dur­ing Andy Hur­ley’s drum solo, and showed up be­hind the sound­board to per­form a cou­ple songs so that peo­ple in the back of the sta­dium could see the two gui­tarists bet­ter. An­other sur­prise was the hy­draulic press that lifted Pa­trick and Pete high above the crowd.

There was a quick break from the show when the band and au­di­ence sang “Happy Birth­day” to Joe

BECHTELSVILLE » NASCAR T.P.Trail­ers 358 Mod­i­fied reg­u­lar Kevin Hirth­ler, who started from fourth-place by luck of the draw for the 26-car start­ing field aboard his self-owned No. 117 Crate pow­ered Sports­man en­try, took the lead on Lap 7 from Ken Eck­ert Jr. and raced off with a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance to cap­ture the check­ered flag in the fifth an­nual Free­dom 38’er Fri­day night at Grand­view Speed­way in Bechtelsville.

The Boy­er­town based driver lapped up to the eleventh-place fin­isher and won the non-stop 38-lap­per by a full straight­away in a time of 10:11.28, tak­ing home $1,500 for his ef­forts.

Hirth­ler be­came the fifth dif­fer­ent win­ner in the 5-years, now, that the event has been raced.

For Hirth­ler, it was his sec­ond ca­reer Sports­man fea­ture win at the track this sea­son, his first since April 14, 2018, at the pop­u­lar high-banked third-mile dirt track pro­moted by the Rogers fam­ily.

“With the rain­out last Satur­day night,” ex­plained the 38-year-old sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion car owner and driver, “the 358 Mod­i­fied car is pretty much ready to go, so, that gave us some ex­tra time to do a lit­tle ex­tra work this past week on the Sports­man car and we got things done, scaled loaded up and just got things done in time to get he by maybe 4 o’clock.

“We just got the Crate en­gine in it back today. It is le­git. It’s a GM Crate en­gine in it. It is my brothers back up en­gine and we had noth­ing but trou­bles with it the past two-years. After noth­ing but strug­gling with the en­gine it’s hit­ting on all eight cylin­ders tonight. We fi­nally got things straight­ened out. It’s le­git. Not a cheater. The en­gine has all the seals on it and when the track slicks up like it did tonight, it’s easy to drive and it has all kinds of power. Any­body is welcome to check the en­gine out after the races tonight if they have ques­tions about it,” an­nounced Hirth­ler.

The top 12 qual­i­fiers out of the heat races re­drew for start­ing po­si­tions, with Brian Mady from Mil­ford, PA start­ing on the pole.

With 18 in the record books, Craig Whit­moyer climbed into the run­ner-up role, how­ever, Hirth­ler was pulling away as the laps quickly clicked off.

With 28-laps recorded, Hirth­ler was now a full straight­away out in front of Whit­moyer, who was run­ning sec­ond in front of Eck­ert Jr. and Mady.

Hirth­ler went ba­si­cally un­chal­lenged after he got out in front, eas­ily win­ning the event over Whit­moyer of Ham­burg, Eck­ert Jr. of Or­wigs­burg, Mady and Dy­lan Swine­hart of Fleet­wood.

Mid-At­lantic Sprint Se­ries MASS 305 Sprint Cars (25-laps) —

1) Austin Bishop, 2) Bren­don Poff, 3) Tom Car­berry, 4) Ed­die Wag­ner, 5) Ja­son Dunn, 6) Tim Tan­ner Jr., 7) CJ Fai­son, 8) Ryan Still­wagon, 9) Dave Brown, 10) Tyler Rein­hardt, 11) Rick Stief, 12) Zack Burd, 13) Jonathan Haegele, 14) Keith An­der­son, 15) Christo­pher Moll, 16) Tom Tan­ner, 17) Andy Best, 18) Larry McVay, 19) Mike Haggen­bot­tom, 20) Jeff Geiges, 21) Bryant Davis, 22) Chad Con­nor, 23) Daniel Leaper.

Sports­man (38-laps) —

1) Kevin Hirth­ler, 2) Craig Whit­moyer, 3) Ken Eck­ert Jr., 4) Brian Mady, 5) Dy­lan Swine­hart, 6) Ryan Beltz, 7) Dean Bach­man, 8) John McGovern, 9) An­drew Kries, 10) Billy Os­mun III, 11) Mark Kem­merer, 12) Brad Grim, 13) Mike Kell­ner, 14) Nate Klinger, 15) Jim Hous­worth, 16) Brian Hirth­ler, 17) Louden Reimert, 18) Mike Lisowski, 19) Cale Ross, 20) Brad Arnold, 21) Lex Shive, 22) Mike Mam­mana, 23) Ryan Higgs, 24) Ryan Lil­ick, 25) Jesse Lan­dis, 26) Brad Bright­bill.


Fall Out Boy per­formed at Her­shey­park Sta­dium on Sept. 1. Sub­mit­ted photo by Pamela Littky

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