WORDS BY: JEANETTE LEBLANC
On the wet and rainy Wednesday June 25th, 2014; the Monumentour made it’s way to the Molson Canadian Amphitheater in Toronto, bringing with it some of the biggest names of the Millennial generation, Fall Out Boy and Paramore, with support from New Politics.
New Politics made for a fun and fitting opener. It was clearly evident that they had a strong fan base there that were excited about their set as everyone sang and danced along.
Finally after the rain left and came back and left again, the time came for Paramore to take over. With this being such a close co-headline tour, fans were equally as excited to see Paramore perform as they were for the nights main act. Screaming and demanding them onstage, Paramore jumped out with a bang and confetti as they opened with “Still Into You”.
Vocalist Hayley Williams looked adorable and fun as ever with her bright blue hair and matching eye-shadow. Her fashion sense alone has been inspiring youth for years. Tons of the girls in the crowd had crazy colored hair and “Hayley inspired” crop-tops and wild patterns. With her infectious smile and energy, it comes as no surprise to see why people love her so much, this girl is a positive role model and has the whole package!
Hayley even took her role model attributes one step further by inviting a lucky fan up on stage to sing “Misery Business” with her. This is something that Paramore have been known to do and it was amazing to see someone experience the rock-star life for the first time in front of thousands of on-lookers- it truly was a surreal and feel-good moment.
Paramore played everything that fans wanted to hear, and left the crowd wanting more – even the troopers getting soaked on the lawns! “WE ARE PARAMORE!”
Paramore’s Set List:
Still Into You
That’s What You Get
For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic
The Only Exception
Let the Flames Begin
Ain’t It Fun
Finally, the rain came back with a vengeance, which just helped to create an even more intense build-up toward their powerful opening bang of fireworks as the time came for Fall Out Boy to take over. Opening up with “The Phoenix” off of their come-back release Save Rock and Roll, FOB sounded amazing.
Vocalist Patrick Stump was tons of fun to watch as he nailed every note and ran around the stage. He took the serenades from electric guitars, piano, acoustics, to a killer drum solo! The man is talented.
The stage set-up and over-all production was perfect for their image, sparks were literally flying and the televised projections were perfect. Bass player Pete Wentz took the time to talk about how awesome it is to have made it where they are now, mentioning how they used to just be a couple of punk kids playing shows for pizza in Chicago, and if they can make it, then anyone else in that crowd could too.
Fall Out Boy performed their biggest and most crowd pleasing tunes, including brief covers of Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You”.
All in all, the Monumentour stop in Toronto was a nostalgic punk-rock filled evening that will be remembered by all who made it out.
Fall Out Boy Set List:
I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me
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
Hold On, We’re Going Home
What a Catch, Donnie
20 Dollar Nose Bleed
I’m Like a Lawyer with the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)
Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy
Just One Yesterday
I Don’t Care
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
Save Rock and Roll
Thnks fr th Mmrs