I still haven’t written about the Vans Warped Tour, but Momentour was so much fun (and I got some really excellent pics!) that I wanted to share this quickly.
First off, I have to thank my friend Chad who was able to get us some seats for the sold-out show. My kids wanted to go (and I did, too!) but there were a couple of circumstances that prevented me from getting tickets earlier. I don’t ask favors too often, but I really wanted this to be my kids’ first show at Red Rocks, and we were able to go! *bows to Chad*
Full disclosure: our tickets were reserved seats but got there early enough that there were good General Admission seats open, so we sat in GA instead. Yep. We were those people.
|Søren Hansen of New Politics|
They were having a great time, the singer was actually also an incredible dancer. They even brought Lolo out for a small detour into Panic! At the Disco’s “Miss Jackson.” (Not surprising, considering that New Politics, Lolo, and Panic! are all three on Pete Wentz’ newly relaunched DCD2 label.) The energy was infectious for us and the whole amphitheatre. Really enjoyed their set.
Up next was Paramore, but before then we had the treat of watching a little game of Pong:
Too fucking cool. 🙂 The crowd was pretty well primed for more music, and it seemed there were a lot of Paramore fans there. I had heard some of their music over the years, but my recent interest was piqued early one morning last year. I have an exercise routine recorded on TiVo, so when I wake up at 5:30am I turn on the TV and quickly turn the volume all the way down so as not to wake everyone else in the house. TiVo must have recorded a show on MTV and the channel hadn’t changed yet, so what I saw this particular morning were the images in the video for their song “Now“:
I was so taken by the imagery that I backed the video up on our DVR and turned the volume up a little to hear the music associated with the visuals. Turns out, I really liked the song, too. I showed my kids the video later that weekend and they liked it, and soon were buying other Paramore tracks off iTunes.
Hayley Williams (Paramore’s lead singer) greeted the crowd and the band started into the first song of the night, “Still Into You.” I heard Hayley missed two shows in Texas before the Red Rocks show, but she was showing no signs of illness this night. I’m glad she was feeling better.
|Hayley Williams of Paramore|
They played a lot of high-energy songs up front and slowed down for a couple of songs in the middle of the set.
|Paramore’s Jeremy Davis|
|Taylor York – Paramore|
They also did something I haven’t seen many (any?) bands do lately – during two songs, Hayley brought someone onstage. First was a girl with dyed-red hair named “Anissa” (that’s my best guess at the spelling) to “help” Hayley sing the last chorus of “Misery Business“. It was really cool of the band to do that, and they all were very welcoming to Anissa, jumping around with her as she sang. She really nailed it.
The second stage guest was toward the end of the show, Hayley brought up a young girl during the final parts of “Ain’t It Fun” to dance onstage. Turns out, the girl knew the words to the song! SO very cute. I have video of both performances that I’ll try to post soon. And Anissa – if you find this and want the raw video file, let me know.
Paramore didn’t play “Now,” but I didn’t care. Hayley was so fun and engaging and the band was having so much fun that I lost track of what they played and just was along for the ride.
Up next, the band I knew best, Fall Out Boy.
In 2005-06 I had a job that required me to drive around quite a bit and I had acquired From Under The Cork Tree somehow. I later bought the album, but I just had some MP3s on a cd and would tool around the high plains in my white ’91 325ix blasting the record. I loved Patrick Stump’s voice and the lyrics brought me back to somewhere around high school. Plus the video for “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” was delightfully lo-fi and weird.
The show started out with a video and audio montage that culminated in Joe, Patrick, and Pete rising up from the stage set behind Andy Hurley. A little theatrics, a little pyrotechnics, and we were off!
|Light ’em up, Patrick|
Of course the band played “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and lots of other hits – “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me’,” etc.
|Let’s play “find Joe Trohman”!|
Of course there was banter from Pete. I was really pleased to hear his positive messages. It’s cool when bands are encouraging to their young fan bases, which also included a lot of bands on the Warped Tour.
|Just Pete Wentz|
It was pretty funny, Pete asked how many people were here for their first Fall Out Boy show and a large portion of the crowd erupted in cheers. As the noise died down he humbly added “Thanks for sticking around and checking us out.” As big as Fall Out Boy is, they didn’t really seem to be acting like some arena rock band, strutting around on the stage. Well, maybe a little.
After a drum-off between Andy and Patrick,
the set continued with Pete and Joe having sneaked out into the middle of the crowd to play at the sound board.
At another point, Patrick rose up from the stage set playing piano and led the crowd in a great cover of Queen’s “We Are The Champions.”
|Patrick at the Piano|
From there, he did his best Elton John impression on “Save Rock And Roll.”
The sign of a really good show is when you leave happy and spent, and that’s how we left the Momentour. I would happily see any and all three of these bands again. We drove home by the light of the waning Super Moon, constantly reliving the show in our stories. It took a while to wind down, as it should from a night like that. With a ringing in my ears, I smiled as my head hit the pillow.
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