Light it up with fireworks and pyrotechnics; Don’t go crying to your mama about your blue hair; Tonight is perfect.
Monumentour is surprisingly Paramore and Fall Out Boy’s first tour together: something Haley Williams, lead singer of Paramore, says “should have happened a long time ago.”
The show opens with Danish punk-rock band, New Politics. From the first note of “Give Me Hope,” it’s impossible to look away. Lead singer David Boyd jumps, runs and, during “Fall Into These Arms,” sprints up the stairs into the crowd inviting the us to clap and sing along with him. During a pause before “Just Like Me” he breakdances. For much of the rest of the set, he is either on his hands or on his head. He’d get my vote in Dancing With The Stars. By the end of their set, everyone is on their feet.
While the Monumentour crew sets up for Paramore, we endure a very vigorous game of pong on the band’s LED screen. The game thankfully ends as a blue-haired Williams bounds onto stage. Our ear-piercing screams introduce “Still Into You.” Williams builds on this energy by pointing her red microphone out at us, like during the first verse of “That’s What You Get,” while jumping and dancing along.
Before “The Only Exception,” Williams asks for a show of hands: who hasn’t been to a Paramore concert? She dedicates the song to those of us who are seeing them live for the first time, welcoming us to the “family.” Among the newbies are two elementary school age girls, El and Annika, who Williams brings onstage for the bridge and end of “Misery Business” (which, she claims, we messed up by singing during an instrumental break).
Paramore’s set ends with “Ain’t It Fun.” For the last line, Williams points her microphone at different sections of the audience, as we sing again-and-again, “Don’t go crying to your mama ‘cause you’re on your own in the real world.”
To red fireworks and a deafeningly loud video, Fall Out Boy, full of energy, takes the stage with “The Phoenix.” Unfortunately this high intensity does not last. They show flickers of boredom throughout the night, but luckily we were there to pick up the slack. As with Paramore, we almost drown out lead singer, Patrick Stump, with our renditions of the pre-hiatus anthems: “The Take Over The Breaks Over,” “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me,’” “This Ain’t A Scene It’s An Arms Race,” “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down,” “Dance Dance,” “Where Is Your Boy Tonight,” “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and “Saturdays.” A saving grace for this set is Stump’s versatility. He not only sings and plays guitar, but he also plays piano, as in “Save Rock and Roll.” Then, halfway through their set, following “Miss Missing You,” Stump joins the drummer, Andy Hurley, for a drum-off. Stump plays each instrument flawlessly, his vocals stronger than ever.
We beat him to the first words of “Where Is Your Boy Tonight” and are so loud he lets us sing most of the first verse on our own. On behalf of the band, bassist Pete Wentz then thanks the parents who took their kids to the concert with a cover of “We Are The Champions,” which every single person in the venue sings along to. They close their set with “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up).”
Regardless of Fall Out Boy’s emotional distance, Monumentour makes childhood dreams come true.
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