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Fall Out Boy and co-headliners Paramore will join Danish openers New Politics for the Monumentour stop at Klipsch Music Center on July 9.
Moumentour will be monumental indeed. Both Fall Out Boy and Paramore have become amphitheater touring acts again after hiatus and breakup. In addition, there has been a long-time plea from fans for the acts to tour together, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz said during a pre-tour conference call.
“The cool thing about coming together now is that we have similar DNA to our legacies.” Wentz said. “But it’s different enough that our fans have been asking for it for a long time.”
Wentz said having Paramore on road with them and playing equal time will help Fall Out Boy up their game onstage and give fans an even better show. The two bands did some initial planning of the tour and played together on radio shows to promote the tour. Wentz said that they looked at past co-headlining ventures like Metallica and Iron Maiden for ideas, and that Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis came up with the monumental moniker for the tour.
Wentz said that the main reasons why New Politics was tapped to open is because Fall Out Boy respects that the band has been able to get a cross-over hit with “Harlem” and said that frontman David Boyd has great, kinetic energy onstage.
Both of the co-headliners have taken their latest albums into musical territory far from their pop-punk roots. Fans know that Fall Out Boy doesn’t do repeat performances, and that each album had a little bit of new flavor, but Save Rock and Roll was and - probably still is - a polarizing album because it was a giant stylistic leap. He also said that 2008's Folie a Deux was an 'overreach' for the band.
“I think that when our band started out we were really probably easy to label and stick into a category,” Wentz said. “But I think that we have always been interested in reaching a little bit beyond what people were expecting. I think that sometimes it really helped us, [but] sometimes it was little off.”
Wentz said that this new era for the band is about discovering themselves, and finding their place in the music industry again.
“It is a strange place for us to be as a band. I’m not exactly sure who our contemporaries are,” Wentz said. “I think we came from a very specific scene of music and now that doesn’t seem to exist, and as everything revolves, it is a different thing now. We are trying to figure out what our place in it is, what our place in rock and pop music is.”
Wentz credits Fall Out Boy’s success to growing and changing with the times. He said that today’s ‘laptop culture’ has made people less focused on genre, especially the younger generation. He said Fall Out Boy has tried to embrace this, in part, because each member has different musical tastes and that has allowed them to collaborate and make a sound that is uniquely Fall Out Boy.
“One of the things that you have to be open to as a band is adapting. Part of your deal as an artist to play music and make art that your audience is going to enjoy,” Wentz said. “But at the same time you have to push the envelope and push people into new areas that maybe they wouldn’t have known or felt super comfortable with.”
In addition to touring all summer and into the fall, Fall Out Boy is also working on new music and new projects. Wentz said that Fall Out Boy has been kicking around some ideas about what the band wants to be musically and conceptually. The Young Blood Chronicles was the band’s first foray into extra-musical affairs, but Wentz said it probably won’t be the last.
“Fall Out Boy in 2014 is as much about curating ideas as it is about making albums ..,” Wentz said. “We know that we have avid Fall Out Boy fans, die-hard fans that are album focused still and we do know that it is important for us to deliver these bodies of work. But the great thing is that you are allowed to have this extra creative energy and you are able to output it.”
Wentz said he, frontman Patrick Stump, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley are working on new music independently, but he hinted that the next album could be another surprise to fans.
“We are far more open now to doing things that are outside of what people would consider our genre or who we are,” he said. “The music we have written so far is vastly different than, to me, any of the other stuff we have ever worked on.”