Phoenix show a homecoming for fun. frontman
Nate Ruess returned home to Arizona with his band fun. on Tuesday (9/10), offering up a love letter to the Grand Canyon State.
"I owe most of my life to this city," Ruess told the sold-out crowd at Phoenix's Comerica Theatre. "It's crazy. The band started in New Jersey and we thought, 'Where's this going to work? Well, we've always got Phoenix.'"
Ruess, who grew up in Glendale, AZ, on the west side of Phoenix, first found success with the band The Format. When that band ended its pop reign, Ruess, who has since moved to New York City, founded fun.
"I've played in Phoenix now for 16 years," Ruess said during the show. "This is the largest show I've ever been a part of in this state.201190"
He urged fans not to look for his parents, but the resemblance may give them away. He said they both look like him. Guitarist Jack Antonoff quickly corrected him, saying he looks like them. Ruess also wanted to acknowledge the presence of his best friend, Sam Means (formerly of The Format), and his wife, Anita.
"Some Nights (Intro)"
"Walking the Dog"
"Why Am I the One"
"At Least I'm Not as Sad (As I Used to Be)"
"All the Pretty Girls"
"It Gets Better"
"We Are Young"
"Born to Run"
14 - St. Augustine, FL - Francis Field (Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers)
16 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
18 - Boca Raton, FL - Mizner Park Amphitheater
19 - Orlando, FL - CFE Arena
20 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena (iHeartRadio Music Festival)
22 - Whites Creek, TN - The Woods at Fontanel
24 - Charleston, SC - Family Circle Stadium
25 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheatre
26 - Charlottesville, VA - Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
28 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
4 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
4 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (with India.Arie)
5 - New Orleans, LA - Champions Square
6 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
9 - Mississippi State, MS - Humphrey Coliseum
11 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
26, 27 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre