Fall Out Boy and Paramore - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 8/8/2014
Melissa Fossum Paramore and Fall Out Boy performed at Ak Chin Pavilion last weekend. Full slideshow here.
The Monumentour was an apt name for bringing together pop-punk behemoths Paramore and Fall Out Boy for a mega-co-headlining concert. The veteran bands, both more than 10 years old, showed off their greatest hits for an audience who had mostly grown up with them at Friday's Ak-Chin Pavilion show.
Considering the dominant radio success Paramore has seen in recent years compared to Fall Out Boy, it was surprising the band took the stage first. Also surprising, their set, while fun and energetic, didn't win out against FOB. Paramore singer Hayley Williams may have worn knee pads and an ultra-cute boxing outfit on stage, but this round went to Fall Out Boy.
Paramore packed punches with five showers of streamers and confetti, a light-up marquee background and a stage flip by bassist Jeremy Davis, but their set felt melancholy, with a string of low-tempo songs that filled up much of the second half of their performance. With a repertoire as large as theirs, they could have made things more upbeat as openers.
Even more disappointing, despite stellar jams on their current self-titled album, such as "(One of Those) Crazy Girls," "Fast in My Car" and "Grow Up," the band omitted those in favor of the downers. Sure, Williams was spunky half the time, but the rest, with the band bathed in moody lighting, the atmosphere was a little down.
Williams did pay homage to fans, bringing one up to sing "Misery Business" with the band, reminiscing about when the group started out in a 12-passenger van being driven by her dad, and expressing gratitude, saying things such as, "I hope that you feel like you're a part of something, because you are." She got personal, talking about how when the band played the same venue five years ago with No Doubt, they were at their lowest point. "I'm so happy to say we're here five years later better than ever," Williams said, expressing even without two founding members, the group remains confident.
Still, more upbeat songs would have made the difference between a good and a great set.
The audience stuck around for Fall Out Boy, who, like Paramore, played about an hour and 20 minutes. The foursome brought fireworks, fire, and six video screens for some stage dazzle. They barreled through hits spanning the past 13 years, and included some new tracks from their current album, Save Rock and Roll, like the title track and "Young Volcanoes."
Bassist Pete Wentz did his usual pontificating, giving out self-esteem advice, like, "Change rarely comes when people are sitting around waiting for it to come. Change comes from hard stuff. ... You are the one person in charge of your own fucking happiness," before the band played newer song "Miss Missing You." Singer Patrick Stump showed off a lot of personality, swiveling his hips and leading hand claps in-between showing off his musical chops, going beyond singing powerfully and playing guitar to a "99 Problems" remix drum battle with drummer Andy Hurley and tickling the piano keys during a cover of Queen's "We Are the Champions."
Fall Out Boy commanded the crowd to dance and sing along and proved, despite a breakup in 2009, they're still as strong as ever. They closed the show with a bang and proved themselves as a worthy final act.
See next page for Critic's Notebook and set list.