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Paramore and Fall Out Boy – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto Live Review

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Paramore and Fall Out Boy – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto Live Review

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Who: Paramore and Fall Out Boy
From: Franklin, Tennessee, USA and Glenview, Illinois, USA (respectively)
Where: Molson Amphitheatre
When: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Total Score: 9/10

Last night Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre was packed to the nines with kids seeing Fall Out Boy and Paramore’s most anticipated tour of the summer. The two pop-punk bands who reigned the emo world in the early 2000’s, are back with new sounds, and celebrating with a massive co-headlining tour. Titled the Monumentour, the two bands are travelling across North America to promote their newest releases.

Opening for them were Swedish trio New Politics. If their fast paced tunes weren’t keeping the crowd interested, it was certainly the incredible break dancing that lead singer David Boyd was doing, including back flips and hand stands which left the audience wowed.

Following New Politics Paramore came on stage. Paramore had a large set up of three massive boxed curtains rising like columns to represent their logo. Additionally, there was a massive wall of lights that happened to support the drum kit. As the lights went down an 8-bit version of the intro of the song “Still Into You” started playing, which they opened with. Lead singer Hayley Williams was like Sonic the Hedgehog as she ran around the stage, up and down ramps and doing her shuffles, keeping everyone entertained. Paramore played a lot of their more well-known songs and less of the new material and lesser known songs to accommodate the Fall Out Boy fans who may not know the other songs. During their big hit “Misery Business”, Williams brought out a young teen on stage to sing the last part of the song with her. The excited fan rocked it so well you would have guessed she was part of the band herself.

After Paramore, fans eagerly awaited Fall Out Boy’s set. As the lights went down, a video montage began to play footage that looked like something out of the Discovery channel, showing life forms and explosions on the screens. Soon after, the band rose from the bottom of the stage to cheers from fans as they opened with their hit “The Phoenix”. Like Paramore, Fall Out Boy played a lot of their most notable hits to accommodate for the Paramore fans. Fall Out Boy played many of the fan favourites including “Sugar, We’re Going Down”, “Dance, Dance”, and “This Ain’t a Scene It’s an Arms Race”. Halfway through the show, lead singer Patrick Stump and drummer Andy Hurley rose forward on drum kits initiating a heart racing drum battle.

Respectively, both bands went all out in order to make their sets stand out. Paramore had a massive light board that would go off randomly, as well as the constant use of confetti. Fall Out Boy made use of pyrotechnics several times throughout their set, practically melting the faces off the fans (no one was injured).

As exciting as the idea of this co-headlining tour is, there was certainly some unmentioned tension amongst the fans. Paramore fans were trying to get closer to the stage over Fall Out Boy fans and vice versa. It was almost as if one set of fans were trying to out-do the other. That being said, there were still many people who were excited to see these two bands tour together. This included the headlining bands, who made a note of saying they were proud of this tour and that it finally came to fruition. This goes to show that these two bands rule over the pop-punk scene is not ending any time soon.

Written by: Jessica Maxwell