Basically, the story behind the free tickets goes like this: my ex-journalism teacher purposely didn't want to give me the free Monumentour tickets because she had already given me the free Paramore tickets, ugh. So she decided to have a school raffle to whomever would fill out a Royal Courier online quiz. Psh, I still won them! Well, actually I personally didn't but I gave multiple people in every grade all the correct answers to win them for me. Blame it on my selfish punk side.
I ended up taking a friend of mine who is the queen of pop punk/alternative rock music last minute, as in like I told her the day of. She knows every band that is signed with Fuel by Ramen Records (basically the best of the best). The record label was actually founded right here in Gainesville, Florida before relocating to New York. I honestly feel really blessed to have resided in the same state as Fuel by Ramen Records for a few years. Since I'd love the be in Entertainment Law some day if I don't make it in screenwriting. But mainly, because they have motivated some of my favorite artists: Sublime with Rome, Jimmy Eat World, Panic! At the Disco, and of course... Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and New Politics. Confession: I had NEVER heard of New Politics until this past Monday and I have to say they are so amazing for a recent come up band (2010) and definitely worth your time if you're into this kind of music, of course.
If you, like me, had Fall Out Boy as your Myspace song when you were 13, you were probably wishing you were at this concert last night. But the truth is, it's been five years since their last album and you either forget they were still band or can't find solace with the band's new mainstream sound. I completely get it. They're new album Save Rock and Roll (2013) is milestones apart from Folie a Deux (2008), which is French for "A Madness Shared By Two" by the way (Pete Wentz is such a romantic).
Any way, this was my first time watching Fall Out Boy live and they opened up with a song from their Save Rock and Roll album, "Phoenix". The first personal favorite song of mine they played was "A little less sixteen candles, a little more touch me". If you went to high school with me and saw my Name That Tune segment on LTV you know that this song was originally named "A little less Molly Ringwald, a little more Samantha Fox". Call me old school but my favorite songs of the night would have to battle between "Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy" and "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race". I was really really sad they didn't play "I'm Like A Lawyer (Me & You)" after I even requested it on Twitter but it's fine because I played it enough times on the long ride home to convince myself it was okay.
While I was really trying not fangirl over Pete Wentz, it got really hard when he got on the microphone and said, "remember when you were younger and you would play our songs when your parents drove you around and they said 'what is this garbage you listen to' and you were like 'moooommm, you don't understand me'". Wow, talk about story of my middle school life. I almost cried of relief that those days were over and I can freely jam to Fall Out Boy at full volume in my own car all day every day. The power of adulthood.
I'm sorry I keep talking about Fall Out Boy considering Paramore and New Politics played too. I know people will argue that Paramore AND Fall out Boy were both headliners of this tour but personally Fall Out Boy just touches the soul way deeper than Paramore ever will.
This was my second time seeing Paramore live and Hayley Williams still gave me goosebumps. She is SO AMAZING live. Her voice is indescribable on the mic. Seriously, she could probably be sick and still sing the highest note in "Still Into You" perfectly. She might even be better live than she is on radio edits. It's great to see her energy rise as Jeremy Davis and Taylor York kill it on the guitar next to her. Of course, I was late to the concert, because I can never be on time to anything!! I missed the tailgate. I missed New Politics. I missed Still Into You. I left my tickets at home 1/3 of the way to West Palm Beach, which is quite a distance from Doral during rush hour. So I walked in as Paramore was playing "Ignorance". My favorite Paramore song of the night was "Brick by Boring Brick", which I think is such a chick rock song, but I'd never heard it live. As always, they chose someone from the crowd to sing the chorus of "Misery Business". I have to admit, the first time I saw this live, at their We Are Paramore concert, I was nostalgic about it for about a week. The guy they chose looked like he had been practicing it his whole life. He ran around the entire stage and even rubbed backs with Taylor York as he belted out the song. It truly looked like a life changing experience. They finished off with "Ain't It Fun", which totally fit because there's nothing like hearing a crowd of rockies just like you say "ain't funnn being one of usss"... yes, yes it is fun. It's freakin' great.
Overall my Monumentour experience was great because I didn't miss Fall Out Boy, which was all I really wanted. It didn't rain, even though it was thundering all night. I got great general admission lawn seats next to three beautiful Venezuelan boys to my right and a beautiful rock couple to my left, whom actually inspired the title of this post because the girl had a tattoo on her bicep that read: Tonight, We Rock. Lastly, I got lost on the way home and ended up in Pompano Beach but it was all part of the adventure as we were caught up in reliving the whole concert through our iPod on the long way back.
Here are the Monumentour setlists, hope you enjoy as much as I did :
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