Monumentour Fall Out Boy, Paramore, New Politics
PNC Music Pavilion
July 23, 2014
The “Monumentour” rolled into Charlotte Wednesday night at the PNC Music Pavilion to an almost sold out show and put on what can only be described as a spectacle.
Despite the crippling heat and humidity, hardcore Fall Out Boy and Paramore fans pressed into the outdoor arena and rode through an almost three hour show by feeding almost exclusively off of the two bands' energy. Denmark-based newcomers New Politics offered an appetizer to tide fans over until the main event, but the question remained: which of the two top charting bands would be the real “headliner” on this co-headliner tour?
But the best part of Paramore is that the band don’t use effects as a way to distract its audience from mediocre playing. In fact, even though there have been lineup changes over the years, Paramore's members have honed their craft finely over their 10 years as a band. They’re truly better live than they are on their albums. And the streamers? Well, they just add to what’s already a huge party.
The set was a bit shorter than usual, thanks to the co-headlining nature of the show. So, Paramore skipped staples like the anthem “Now” and “Playing God.” However, the band played a few rarities and avoided only playing the hits.
When the last pieces of confetti fell, Fall Out Boy (Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley) took the main headlining slot seemingly through circumstance. Someone had to go first/last, right?
Though last year’s album, Save Rock and Roll, was technically considered a comeback album for Fall Out Boy, the band played the majority of its tracks for a show punctuated by pyrotechnics, fireworks and an impressive moving LED screen display.
Truth is, both headliners on this tour completely stole the show: just in different ways. There’s not a clear standout between Paramore and Fall Out Boy, but only because both of them rock so hard in the first place and connect with their fans on such a level that live shows are explosive to be around.
The Monumentour continues through August as it crosses the nation and if you missed the Charlotte show? You should probably see if there's another nearby show; this is a rare opportunity not to be missed.