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Fall Out Boy, Paramore finally unite for Monumentour

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Fall Out Boy is, from left, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump and Andy Hurley.
Fall Out Boy is, from left, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump and Andy Hurley.

Pete Wentz and Hayley Williams know an unofficial rule of show business — “Give the people what they want.”

Fall Out Boy and Paramore on the same stage? It’s coming in the summer “Monumentour,” which hits Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Tuesday.

“I guess it was due to timing more than anything else,” said Wentz, bassist and main lyricist for Fall Out Boy, as he explained the long wait in a recent conference call interview. “Our fans have been asking for it for a long time — to finally get it together is a big deal for us and for both of our fan bases.”

Williams, the exuberant, redhead lead singer for Paramore, agrees.

“The whole tour, for me, is a long time coming,” she said, in a separate conference call. “Our bands really did grow from the same scene and we share a lot of the same fans. . . . This is going to be so perfect, to just really celebrate where we’ve come from and where we’re going.”

Monumentour: Fall Out Boy and Paramore, with New Politics

WHERE: Saratoga Performing Arts Center

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

HOW MUCH: $89.90-$36.50

MORE INFO: www.spac.org, LiveNation.com, 1-800-745-3000

Danish rockers New Politics will open the show.

The tour begins tonight in Hartford, Conn., and continues through late August.

range of styles

It’s a great time for both outfits and their wide-ranging styles, described as alternative, pop rock, power pop and pop punk.

Fall Out Boy, which formed in Illinois in 2001, scored with 2013 album “Save Rock and Roll,” which gave the band a second career No. 1 and yielded the top 20 single “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up).”

“Save Rock and Roll” also became an Internet darling, with songs serialized in individual videos as the “Young Blood Chronicles.” The finale put Elton John behind a piano in a white suit; it also put a pail full of stage blood all over the one-time “Rocket Man.” A limited DVD release is scheduled for July 14.

Fall Out Boy landed a national gig earlier this year, performing at halftime of the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

Paramore’s 2013 self-titled fourth album debuted in the top spot on the Billboard charts in the United States and took No. 1 in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

The 10-year-old band also has generated heat with “Ain’t It Fun,” the funk, soul and new jack swing-influenced tune that has become Paramore’s highest-charting single to date.

longtime goal

The 35-year-old Wentz said a Fall Out Boy-Paramore coupling has been a goal for a while.

“We played some radio shows together over Christmas break and got to hang out and talk about what the tour was going to be,” the Fall Out Boy bassist said. “At that point, it really became a collaboration. I think [bassist Jeremy Davis] from their band came up with the name ‘Monumentour.’ ”

Williams, 25, has packed sunscreen, candles and a juicing blender for summer travels.

“It’s going to be very explosive and I think it’s going to be really exciting for whatever kind of Paramore fans who might be at the show,” she said.

Wentz said new Fall Out Boy music is coming, from him, guitarist and lead vocalist Patrick Stump and guitarist Joe Trohman. But the guys haven’t compared notes yet.

“I think more than anything, we’re trying to figure out what the vibe of the next thing is that we’re going to do,” Wentz said. “It’s kind of a strange place for us to be as a band because I’m not exactly sure who our contemporaries are. I think we came from a very specific scene or music and now that doesn’t seem to exist. As everything revolves, it’s a different thing.”

Wentz may be a little vague about the vibe but he’s vivacious about the video. “The Young Blood Chronicles” became a fun project for Fall Out Boy, and Wentz especially liked meeting and working with Elton John.

He said the veteran singer was charismatic and witty — and kept his cool after the unscheduled bloodbath.

“We had to be there for that shot,” Wentz said. “Right before the shot, the first assistant director was like, ‘Don’t get any blood on his face, that’s the one thing.’ And then there was blood on his face. I remember when it happened, everybody was like ‘Oh, this is going to be so explosive.’ And he just laughed about it all, took a shower and left.”

new faces on scene

Wentz will get to know new musicians this summer. He likes what he’s seen of New Politics.

“When I saw New Politics at first, it was something that was raw and different than I’d seen before,” Wentz said. “I think seeing David Boy’s kinetic energy on stage was really interesting. I think being able to create a song like “Harlem” now, a rock band having a song that can go on multiple formats, is like a really big deal. No small task.”

Wentz is also happy that the tour will help an up-and-coming band.

“I always feel it’s really important to help these artists who are just emerging,” he said. “To me, taking rock bands under your wings, there’s no tutorial that we can offer. I think New Politics does fine on their own . . . the least we can do is give them some kind of platform to express themselves, amphitheater or whatever it is, then we can hang out at catering and hear whatever stories.”

Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124 or at wilkin@dailygazette.com.

 
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