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Fall Out Boy play 'national anthem' at Leeds Festival

Pete Wentz and co cover Journey during Main Stage slot

Fall Out Boy played an alternative 'national anthem' during their Leeds Festival set this afternoon (August 30) on the Main Stage.

Watch a video interview with bassist and singer Pete Wentz by clicking on the right.

The US emo-rockers, playing at 5:30pm (BST), covered Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' as part of their set – tee-ing the song up by joking that they were going to pay homage to their home country.

"For the past eight years we've got a bit of a reputation, with George W Bush," Wentz told the crowd. "So we'd like to play our national anthem."

The speech prompted boos, but they quickly turned to cheers when the the crowd realised that the band were playing the cover version.

"Thank you for standing out in the rain for us," Wentz had earlier told the crowd as it began to drizzle. "You look very good wet."

The band dedicated 'I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me' to New Found Glory, who played on the stage earlier, then closed with 'Saturday'.

"This song is the last one we're going to play in the UK for a long time," Wentz said before launching into the closing number. He then added: "We were worried you didn't like us anymore. You've been an awesome crowd."

Fall Out Boy played:

'Sugar, We're Going Down'
'Thriller'
'Last Good Part Of Town'
'Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet'
'This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race'
'I Don't Care'
'I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me'
'Thanks For The Memories'
'Don't Stop Believin''
'Dance, Dance, Dance'
'Saturday'


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