Performing to a near sell-out audience of young (ish) devotees (after all, the band are all now in their 30s), the foursome used all the rock gig gimmicks at their disposal.
Columns of flame at the back of the stage were employed early in the 90 minute set, followed by indoor fireworks during Alone Together, one of four tracks on offer from their 2013 album, Save Rock and Roll.
Imaginative lighting effects complemented the high definition images projected on a big screen behind drummer Andy Hurley. There was also a screen above the band which displayed images from the stage for the benefit of those at the back of the vast arena.
On stage in Birmingham: Fall Out Boy
With a setlist of songs from all six studio albums the gig was nicely balanced, although the performance moved up a gear during the second half, triggered by the high octane This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race.
It was always going to be difficult to follow as it took the show to a whole new level of excitement so the band simply moved in the opposite direction.
Singer/ guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz and guitarist Joe Trohman left the main stage and decamped to the centre of the arena, near the mixing desk, for a brace of acoustic songs.
Immortals, from latest album American Beauty/ American Psycho and Disney film Big Hero 6, and Young Volcanoes offered a different perspective on FOB's material and it's a pity they did not play one of two more acoustic numbers.
Acoustic: Fall Out Boy
Back on the main stage a drum solo morphed into Dance Dance, then it was a rollercoaster ride to the end.
The latest album's title track was accompanied by giant balloons being dropped on the audience, a cover of Michael Jackson's Beat It had everybody singing (and dancing) along and Uma Thurman, one of the stand-out track on American Beauty/ American Psycho, is becoming a live favourite thanks to its infectious guitar riff.
Sold out: The Birmingham crowd awaits the arrival of Fall Out Boy
Anthems were now demanded and Fall Out Boy obliged with Thnks fr th Mmrs, complete with Vegas-inspired backdrop, I Don't Care, featuring Goldfrapp-style electronic pulses, and main set closer Centuries.
They were soon back for more. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) saw the appropriate return on the columns of fire and traditional show closer Saturday, from first album, Take This To Your Grave, sent the hordes away happy.