Written by Gabriella Nuñez
Monumentour: Paramore, Fall Out Boy, New Politics
July 25, 2014
West Palm Beach, FL
Paramore and Fall Out Boy teamed up with sidekick New Politics in effort to ‘Save Rock and Roll’ in one fully equipped concert.
Fall Out Boy recently came out of a hiatus with their latest album, Save Rock and Roll—a bit of a shock after lead singer Patrick Stump tried to establish a solo career.
Paramore has also faced their own trials and tribulations becoming a trio and having to re-establish and rebrand themselves.
And both just recently went on tour to promote their new work, so why Monumentour?
It was their last hoorah of sorts before going into temporary retreat to work on new music that their fans have so graciously received.
That’s what made Monumentour amazing.
The opening band, New Politics, can be considered the new kids on the block. This dance-rock trio put on a show with pure energy, hyping up the crowd with their hit single “Harlem.”
The most audience participation occurred during love song “Tonight You’re Perfect” when New Politics introduced Lolo on stage to intertwine a Panic! At the Disco cover of “Ms. Jackson.”
Kudos to New Politics for pandering to the audience and for break dancing on stage; the performance would have even made Brendon Urie (lead singer of Panic! At the Disco) proud.
Paramore, being the middle child of the concert, did not disappoint and in fact stole the show. Complete with lights, confetti and streamers their set was just as energetic and emotional as it was colorful.
Highlights had to include “Misery Business” when front-runner Hayley Williams brought up lucky fan Jordan Alexis to sing the third verse. Paramore lovers everywhere watched Alexis’ wildest dreams come true as she hugged Hayley Williams and sang into the golden microphone.
The real crowd-connecting moment was when Williams began to introduce “Last Hope,” reminding all of her fans that “if you just put one foot in front of another you’ll walk that wall down.”
Even the audience on the lawn behind the ampitheatre could feel the tear stream down her left cheek as her soulful vocals accompanied the piano.
Completing the set with beach balls and more confetti, it is safe to say that overpowering lights and silhouettes are the trademarks of the now ten-year-old band Paramore.
Co-headliner Fall Out Boy closed the show starting with pyrotechnics and the first song off their new album Phoenix.
The rock quartet played six songs back to back barely taking even a moment to introduce them.
Fortunately, it seemed the audience only needed two notes to determine which lyrics they would belt out next, but it didn’t fix the disconnection among the crowd.
It wasn’t until after FOB drummer Andy Hurley took on front-man Patrick Stump that the whole crowd was engaged.
All it took was some drums and a Jay-Z cover to reconnect; the audience was reawakened with new energy.
The drum-off showed that Fall Out Boy has had 99 problems but their future wouldn’t be one—no matter how much they experiment.
The set list continued, this time with introductions made by bassist Pete Wentz and more songs from Save Rock and Roll—surprising since it was, after all, their comeback album.
After going through much of the album and some old time favorites like “Dance, Dance” and “Sixteen Candles,” Wentz took a moment to give a shout out to the parents who were accompanying their children that evening with a cover of “We Are the Champions” following up with “Save Rock and Roll.”
Flames lit the show to an end during their encore which included “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and “Saturday,” a tribute to their true punk-rock days complete with Wentz’ hardcore vocals.
Each band performed with the same purpose: to show the audience and their fans that what they’ve done is great but what they have in store is even greater.
Kudos to Monumentour for making pop-rock history; one could only hope to see more bands matched this perfectly.