On paper, the pairing of Fall Out Boy and Paramore makes a lot of sense.
Each has a punk-rock sensibility, an energetic live show and charismatic members who step to the fore.
That said, each band is definitely in a different stage of its career (the FOB guys are considered emo elder statesmen, while Paramore is arguably in its chart-topping prime).
This joint headlining tour, which brings both bands to Dallas on Tuesday, is a rarity: an instance where the two bands complement each other, and provide a nice balance along with plenty of bang for your musical buck.
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Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and Paramore’s Hayley Williams spoke with reporters in two separate June teleconferences. What follows are edited excerpts from those conversations.
Williams on the success of single Ain’t It Fun : “It should always be a surprise, I think. I don’t think you should ever assume a single is going to be your big hit or be a success. This one by far has shocked all of us. It’s so much fun. … This album [2013’s Paramore] has been really a cool journey for us, because we’ve been able to reconnect with a lot of old fans, but also do new stuff. At the moment, it’s my favorite song to perform. … It’s the kind of song I always wanted to sing in Paramore.”
Williams on touring with Fall Out Boy: “Everything so far has been very collaborative. The Fall Out Boy guys are so great, and so fun to hang out with. … It’s nice that we get to share this tour with people who we know are going to put on an amazing show as well. I feel like that alone, with our two bands on the same tour, it’s going to be so much fun for both Fall Out Boy fans and Paramore fans.”
Williams on the musical “reinvention” of Paramore after the 2010 departure of Josh and Zac Farro: “It was definitely a lengthy process. … It took a really valiant effort to get to know each other again as people. … Once we lived life together as friends, did a few tours together, it was time to do the record. And that, too, was baby steps. There were a lot of times where [guitarist] Taylor [York] and I left discouraged. It was so important to keep encouraging one another and feeling that fire 10 years ago when we first started playing music.”
Wentz on new music: “We haven’t officially started working on any new music. In the conversations we’ve had, since we went away and came back, music moves so quickly now … you’re able to do … tons of different things, as long as those things are authentic to you. We’re far more open to doing something outside of what people would consider our genre. To me, [what Fall Out Boy is working on presently] sounds different from anything else we’ve worked on.”
Wentz on touring with Paramore: “There’s certain similarities we share. … We just came up at different times. The cool thing about having it come together now is … it’s different enough that our fans have been asking for it for a long time. To finally get it together is a big deal for both of us and both of our fan bases. … It’s our first legitimate co-headline tour in a long time, if ever. You’re both limited by that and the bar is raised by that. We share the stage equally, both time-wise and what we put on the stage. The bar is raised, because you have an act out there that could definitely close the show on its own.”
Wentz on Fall Out Boy’s creative evolution: “I think when you start, you listen to whatever bands you’re into, you create things that are homages to them, before you figure out your own sound. … We’ve always been interested in reaching a little beyond what people expected.”
MONUMENTOUR: FALL OUT BOY AND PARAMORE
7 p.m. Tuesday
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas