On Feb. 12 American Express partnered with Turner Sports and the NBA to give basketball fans at NBA All-Star 2015 the ultimate music meets basketball experience by hosting two concerts as part of American Express All-Star Live at Hammerstein Ballroom. The venue was hardly recognizable with the red and blue lights and the crowd of people dancing to DJ Nice. The venue was elegant and beautiful, but the perfect arena to party during quarters of the kick off game.
The game was playing on multiple TVs throughout the area, but the biggest screen was projected onto a screen large enough for everyone to view it. The music was the perfect mix of oldies (but goodies) and top 40 radio songs. Everyone enjoying themselves, restless to hear Fall Out Boy come on during halftime. Sportscasters were broadcasting live on TNT. They were the extremely nice to the crowd before they went onto the air. Shaquille O’Neil took pictures with fans, making funny faces for them to post onto their snap chat stories. They introduced the halftime show, and everyone ran to the stage to be front and center to see Fall Out Boy.
The crowd that evening was very diverse. When FOB came out, the screens all went to black showing only the iconic logo of Fall Out Boy, as they started to play “Centuries” to pictures and clips of the all star games with players such as LeBron James and Chris Paul. With a friendly introduction and a thank you to the NBA for asking them to perform, lead singer Patrick Stump announced that they would start off with their older songs such as “Sugar, We’re Goin' Down” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs” which had the whole crowd jumping up and down. Easily the best moment of the night was hearing everyone sing along with the band to “Light ‘Em Up.” The party continued into the early ours of Friday morning.