Concert review: Fall Out Boy, Paramore light it up at First Niagara Pavilion

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The Monumentour packed first Niagara Pavilion Thursday night with a wide variety of fans for Paramore and Fall Out Boy.

Some were there for Hayley Williams and company while others came for Pete Wentz and the rest of Fall Out Boy. Nonetheless, the crowd was boisterous throughout both bands‘‍ performances.

Ms. Williams, sporting blue hair and showing a lot of midriff, bounced around the stage and got the momentum flowing for the night. At one point, she brought an audience member on stage to sing along to "Misery Business."

The main event, however, was Fall Out Boy, which hit the stage with a high-energy set with plenty of theatrics. From the smoke machines to confetti to beach balls and pyrotechnics during “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” Fall Out Boy has its set well choreographed, which seems fitting for their latest album that’s shied away from their punk-rock-sounding beginnings.

“Are there any parents in the crowd?” bassist Wentz asked the crowd. There were indeed parents supervising their middle school children.

“My dad used to take me to punk rock shows,” he said with a laugh.

It’s funny that Mr. Wentz referred to Fall Out Boy’s show as “punk rock.” It’s hard to fathom when in the middle of the set, lead vocalist Patrick Stump and drummer Andy Hurley have a drum off to Jay Z and Kanye West’s “N---- in Paris.”

Fall Out Boy caters to the casual crowd by playing what’s basically “Believers Never Die” (the band’‍s greatest hits album) while throwing in the newer tunes off “Save Rock and Roll."

The audience gets its fix as “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and “Dance, Dance” all find their way onto the set list. “The Phoenix” and “Alone Together” also added to Mr. Stump and Mrs. Wentz’s hit-friendly performance.

It’s not that Fall Out Boy puts on a lackluster show -- far from it. It’s packed with excitement. Mr. Wentz even plays an old favorite, “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy," in the midst of the crowd. For the die-hards, though, it’s safe to say that you might want to ask Fall Out Boy to save you from this ”rock and roll,“ and please go back ”from under the cork tree.“


Ryan Petrovich: rpetrovich@post-gazette.com Twitter:@RyanPetrovich.

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