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Review: Paramore and Fall Out Boy @ Molson Amphitheatre

10 July 2014 / by Luke Williams (author)
Fall Out Boy at the Molson Amphitheatre (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)  (photo: Carmen Chui (carmenchui on flickr))
Fall Out Boy at the Molson Amphitheatre (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) / (photo: Carmen Chui (carmenchui on flickr))

On Wednesday night Franklin, Tennessee’s Paramore and Willmette, Illinois rockers Fall Out Boy took the stage of the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre as part of their co-headlining tour titled the “monumentour.”

Paramore was first to take to the stage and they played a 14 song set that mixed some of the bands back dated gems from their decade long history which included a beautiful rendition of their classic acoustic song “The Only Exception.” Singer Hayley Williams donned a glitzy set of boxing attire and fought here way around the stage all performance long.

However, I did have one big concern with this show. This is not my first time seeing Paramore live…more like my fourth time in ten years and I really can’t stand it when bands do things again and again. Paramore fired off several blasts of confetti throughout the set, which is something they have done each of the previous times I have seen them. Williams also brought up a girl in the audience to sing the break down of  “Misery Business.” It was something that I had seen before and it felt canned. 

All and all Paramore was great musically but I really feel like they need to change up their performance a bit. I mean there is a point where confetti just becomes a dull waste of paper.

On the flip side Fall Out Boy changed my view of how you do a big time show entirely.  I had seen them previously at smaller venues like the Opera House. Fall Out Boy utilized the large amphitheatre and sold out crowd in one of the greatest performances I have seen to date.

It started with a line of fireworks and a white curtain dropping to reveal the four band members in a tight embrace, and the theme from the Rocky film franchise playing over the PA. The band then launched into their song “Phoenix” which saw singer Patrick Stump chant “Put on your war paint” as columns of fire rose behind the band. The band played another 18 songs plus 2 encore songs, which mixed old favourites like "A Little Less 16 Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'", "Sugar, We're Goin Down", "Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy" and several songs from the bands 2013 comeback album Save Rock and Roll. 

The band also joked about occasions where parents bring their kids to concerts like this and know none of the songs or really care to listen so they dedicated to them the first verse and chorus of Queen’s "We Are the Champions."

But for me the highlight of the set came halfway in when the house lights were turned off and the music stopped. An announcement came over the speakers saying that the music would continue but first a demonstration from the rhythm section. As the houselights came back up Stump and drummer Andy Hurley rode out out on motorized drum sets that drove to the front of the stage and the two launched into several drum covers and then had an amazing drum battle.

I have not seen a show like that in a while. Each time the columns of flames exploded upwards I could feel the heat of them from the 200’s section so I can only imagine how hot they were on stage but the band showed that the could still kick out the jams.

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