It’s just a spark

Grace S.

Assistant Editor

This is not your grandmother’s ordinary concert; no, it is better. Over the past summer, thousands upon thousands of fans have been racing to see the once in a lifetime tour created by the bands Paramore and Fall Out Boy. The two rock groups performed at both cosmic arenas and other striking venues.

The history of both bands has been quite rough due to either almost splitting up or going on hiatus. Paramore and Fall Out Boy have both reinvented themselves in the music industries with new albums such as, self-titled Paramore and Save Rock N Roll.  These bands have worked their tails off in order to prove to other fans that the music they create is even better than before and is worth listening to.  The Monumentour tour was created in the hopes of bringing fans together to see the bands in a new, refreshing way that could only be experienced firsthand. Another reason the tour was started was in honor of Paramore’s tenth year as a band; its members consist of vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and funky bassist Jeremy Davis. The tour marks Fall Out Boy’s reunion after the hiatus (2009-2012); members include vocalist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

One of the beautiful venues on the tour just happened to be Georgia’s hot spot for summer concerts, Aarons Lakewood Amphitheatre. On July 30, fans headed out during the early hours of the morning. The music lovers who waited outside the gate seemed to have a great time meeting new people and becoming friends with each other.  Fall Out Boy fan Abigail Gutierrez-Ray said, “I’ve never really felt such an electric connection with other people than I do at Paramore and Fall Out GS 4Boy concerts.” She was right. Upon observation and questioning, it seemed that many of the online fan club members of Paramore met up to hang out, laughing and hugging one another as if they had not seen each other in years.

The gates flooded open, people hit the gas and literally sped into the venue, trying to get to the front of the ticket line. The VIP package holders gained access to the meet and greet where each VIP purchaser was able to talk to his or her favorite band for as long as he or she wanted to.  Person after person came out of the meet and greet either crying with joy or completely giddy. If fans brought presents, the rock group members were quick to say thank you. In fact, I gave Paramore bracelets and a necklace, which was worn on stage by lead singer Hayley Williams.

Longtime fans of each band packed together like sardines on the pit floor with anticipation for the performance to start. New Politics was the first band to play, and they rocked the house. The crowd seemed to sing like no tomorrow when New Politics played their cover of “Miss Jackson,” which was originally a song written and sung by Panic! At The Disco.

Afterward, it was Paramore who played a glorious set; the reinvented band trio even brought up a fan to sing old favorite “Misery Business.” Through each song, viewers were really able to experience what it was like to see this band live. As a band, Paramore was energetic and delightful on stage; the group was jumping around and head banging to their tunes. Front woman Hayley Williams had such a rare quality of talent that no other artist can compare. Taylor York and Jeremy Davis are the real show stoppers with their back flips during the fan favorite “Pressure,” while still playing the sweet music of the guitar and bass. What really caught the viewers’ attention, however, was the brilliant backdrop of Paramore’s set. There was a giant screen with hundreds of light bulbs always changing various colors through each song, not to mention the bright disco balls arranged in the iconic Paramore bars logo. Callie Schweiger, a former WHS student who is now a freshman at KSU, said “I was really entranced with the lighting because there was all the vibrant colors, and along with the music, I almost felt like I was in a dream.” During the last song of Paramore’s set, “Ain’t it Fun,” giant red, white, green, and blue balloons dropped from the ceiling. Paramore certainly knows how to put on a show and create lasting memories for their fans.

The reigning group Fall Out Boy closed out the show with their lengthy set. The crowd went wild with excitement, and as soon as the lights went down, screams were echoing around the venue. Once Fall Out Boy took the stage, there was no stopping them. The band played fan favorites such as “The Phoenix,” “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race,” “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” and “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs.”  Throughout the set, there was a continuous use of pyrotechnics as well as a giant wall of screens behind the whole band, flashing various images.  At the end of their set, giant black balloons also rained down from the ceiling. GS 3

All in all, the entire concert was a success. Each band performed its heart out and gave all concert-goers in attendance the time of their lives. Never has there been a better concert where people from all walks of life gather, no matter who they are, to become one big family. Hopefully in the future, there will be another concert just like Monumentour, where Paramore and Fall Out Boy will play together once again. If one has not been to one of their shows yet, quickly go buy a ticket to one of these bands’ upcoming shows so a once in a lifetime experience is not missed.



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