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Two for the close Fall Out Boy, Paramore co-headline final 2014 Montage summer concert

August 22, 2014

By Josh McAuliffe, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.



Aug. 22--Fall Out Boy and Paramore have achieved considerable fame for their high-energy brand of pop rock. So the fact that they've joined forces for a co-headlining tour shouldn't surprise many.

The two bands will close out the summer concert season at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain when they bring their Monumentour to town Sunday, Aug. 31.

The show begins at 7 p.m. with up-and-coming opening act New Politics. Tickets are $26 to $71, plus fees.

Alumni of Montage perennial concert event the Vans Warped Tour, Fall Out Boy and Paramore have recorded numerous catchy hit singles over the past decade.

Consisting of veterans of Chicago's hardcore punk scene, Fall Out Boy first hit it big in 2005 with the pop punk anthem "Sugar, We're Goin Down." From there came a flurry of other hits, among them "Dance, Dance," "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" and "Thnks fr th Mmrs."

Sabbatical

The band went on hiatus in 2009 and didn't return until the release of its 2013 album, "Save Rock and Roll," which yielded the hits "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" and "Alone Together."

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz believes the band's sound is continually evolving.

"We're far more open now to doing something that's probably outside of what people consider our genre," Mr. Wentz said during a recent conference call with media outlets. "To me, it sounds different to any of the other stuff we've worked on in the past.

"Part of your deal as an artist is you have to play music and create art that your audience is going to enjoy, but at the same time you have to push the envelope in directions maybe your fans aren't comfortable with."

Mr. Wentz said that technology has allowed people to consume music now in a way that bands can get away from the traditional record-recording cycle. For instance, he cited Fall Out Boy's recent "Young Blood Chronicles," a musical film consisting of videos revolving around the songs from "Save Rock and Roll."

"As long as you do things that are authentic to you, you can do whatever you want," he said. "We're focused on the curation of ideas, as much as creating albums."

Mr. Wentz acknowledged that Fall Out Boy and Paramore share "similar DNA" in terms of sound and fan bases.

Pop appeal

Formed a decade ago in Tennessee, Paramore's music has come a ways, too. Fronted by singer Hayley Williams, known for her various dyed-hair configurations, the band built its reputation on songs infused with melodic punk energy, like "Misery Business," "Crushcrushcrush" and "Decode."

Following the departure of two members, Paramore, like Fall Out Boy, took an extended break before releasing 2013's self-titled album. So far, it's produced two huge radio hits, "Still Into You" and "Ain't It Fun," a funky R&B workout that sounds like it could have been recorded in the early 1990s.

Ms. Williams said she didn't anticipate the song's success.

"It should always be a surprise. You should never assume a single is going to be a big hit. But this is a shock to all of us," Ms. Williams said during a recent media conference call. "It is by far my favorite song to perform at the moment. It's the kind of song I always wanted to sing in Paramore."

No doubt, fans will hear that and all the band's other hits at Montage next weekend, Ms. Williams said.

"It's going to be really explosive and really exciting. Setlists, I agonize over setlists every tour," she said. "For us, we just have to put on the best Paramore show ever."

Contact the writer: jmcauliffe@timesshamrock.com, @jmcauliffeTT on Twitter

If you go

Who: Fall Out Boy and Paramore's Monumentour

Where: Pavilion at Montage Mountain

When: Sunday, Aug. 31,

7 p.m.

Details: Tickets are $26 to $71, plus fees, and can be purchased at the pavilion box office, local Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.livenation.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.

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