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Review: Fall Out Boy, Paramore, New Politics



Fall Out Boy, Paramore and New Politics did not disappoint Indianapolis at their Klipsch Music Center performance on the Monmentour. When Paramore’s bass player Jeremy Davis named the tour he knew what he was doing, all three bands’ high energy performances jazzed the crowd all evening long.

If anyone at the show didn’t know New Politics, they left knowing their catchy tunes like “Berlin,” “Harlem,” and “Tonight You’re Perfect.” The Copenhagen band kicked off Monumentour with songs from A Bad Girl in Harlem and great showmanship. Frontman David Boyd impressed the crowd with his drum set backflips, crowd surfing and B-Boy dancing. For a special surprise, Lolo, the female voice from Panic! At the Disco’s “Miss Jackson,” came out to perform part of the song with New Politics. Lolo also performed with Fall Out Boy later on.

Paramore, the first headliner to perform, followed New Politics with another high energy performance. Davis, frontwoman Hayley Williams and guitar player Taylor York all gave energetic performances that kept the crowd going all through their hour and a half set. They played new favorites from their self-titled album as well as their old material hardcore fans love. “Misery Business,” “Ignorance” and “Pressure” were just as loud, raucous and fantastic as ever. During new song performances like “Ain’t It Fun,” and “Fast in My Car,” Paramore made it rain confetti and streamers on the delighted audience.

Beyond the music, Williams made a point of interacting with fans. She gave short speeches between songs to let the crowd get to know Paramore better. During “Misery Business” she abruptly stopped singing and walked around the stage searching for the perfect fan to who could sing the bridge. She selected a high school-age girl named Brooke who climbed onstage and gave a great solo performance before finishing the rest of the song with the band.

Fall Out Boy had the closing performance and made it one the crowd will remember for a long time. For many fans, seeing Fall Out Boy back together and in Indianapolis was enough, but Fall Out Boy literally brought the heat onstage. The performance opened with an excerpt from the Young Blood Chronicles, fireworks, fire and "The Phoenix." Fall Out Boy played several songs from Save Rock and Roll and a lot of old favorites like “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” “Sugar We’re Going Down” and the traditional closer “Saturday.”

Frontman Patrick Stump showcased not only his cherished voice, but also his talent for playing instruments. At various points he played guitar, piano, keyboard and drums. Speaking of drums one of the coolest parts of the show was an instrumental drum version of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Niggas in Paris” featuring drummer Andy Hurley and Stump.

To support the parents who were drug to the show by their high schoolers Fall Out Boy did a cover of Queen’s “We are the Champions.” Bassist Pete Wentz said during the show that this was in homage to his own dad who sternly sat through the punk shows of his youth.


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