The summer-concert season came to an impressive conclusion Aug. 31 as the “Monumentour” rocked The Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
The mountain was overrun with tweens, teens and the occasional adult as co-headliners Fall Out Boy and Paramore brought the sounds and energy of alternative rock and punk to Scranton. After two-and-a-half months and more than 40 shows, Sunday’s performance was also the last of the tour, and the two bands, plus opener New Politics, were all in celebration mode.
New Politics, a dance-rock trio comprised of lead singer David Boyd and guitarist/singer Soren Hansen, both from Denmark, and drummer Louis Vecchio (from New York City), got the party started with “Give Me Hope” from the band’s 2010 self-titled debut.
Following “Fall Into These Arms” from most-recent album “A Bad Girl in Harlem,” the group played an electronic instrumental as Boyd wowed the crowd with break dancing, a back flip off the drum riser, a few head stands and various other impressive feats.
The band, which is signed to Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy’s Decaydance Records, then played its latest single “Tonight You’re Perfect,” and brought out label mate Lolo as it segued into Panic! at the Disco’s “Miss Jackson” (reprising her role from the original version).
New Politics then ended strongly with its two most successful singles, “Harlem” and “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” making it clear why the group is slated for its first headlining tour in the fall.
Paramore, the trio of Hayley Williams (lead vocals), Taylor York (guitar) and Jeremy Davis (bass) fleshed out with three touring members on guitars, drums and backing vocals, then took over for a stunning 75-minute set, starting with “Still Into You” and following with “That’s What You Get.”
Lead singer Williams, who has been fronting the band since she was 15, had lime green hair on Sunday and wore what looked like boxing trunks. She was a bundle of energy from the start, running all over the stage as she sang songs such as “For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic,” “Ignorance” and “Pressure.”
The band brought down the tempo nicely for “The Only Exception” and “Last Hope” (with Williams sitting at an electric piano) before revving up again with “Emergency” as red confetti showered the crowd.
Williams pulled a diehard fan out of the pit to help her sing “Misery Business,” then the main set came to a close with a pair of songs (“Part II” and “Proof”) from the band’s self-titled fourth album.
“I can’t believe this tour is over,” Williams said after “Proof.” “This might be our longest tour since that first Warped Tour that we did (2006).
“We played here on that Warped Tour,” she said to a huge roar. The band then crushed it with its latest single and first Top 10 hit, “Ain’t It Fun,” bringing its set to a close with white confetti and huge white balloons.
Fall Out Boy – vocalist/guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley – stormed the stage through an array of pyro and flash pots and launched into “The Phoenix,” the second single from latest album “Save Rock and Roll.”
The band with a penchant for long song titles then continued with “The Take Over, the Breaks Over,” “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More ‘Touch Me’,” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race.” Unfortunately the band didn’t find time on Sunday for other gems such as “I’m Like a Lawyer with the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)” and the group’s ode to Pete Rose (the all-time MLB hit king banished from baseball for betting), “Head First Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet.”
“This is by far the most fun we’ve had on tour,” Stump said after bringing out Paramore’s Williams for “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down.”
Wentz and Trohman played “Dance, Dance” from a mini stage in the back of the amphitheater before rejoining their band mates on the main stage for a superb version of “Young Volcanoes.”
Stump played a grand piano for a cover of Queen’s “We Are The Champions” that led nicely into the band’s own “Save Rock and Roll,” then the band headed down the home stretch with “I Don’t Care.”
A high school marching band appeared for an exuberant version of the group’s recent Top 20 hit “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” which brought the set proper to a spectacular finish.
Fall Out Boy then capped Sunday’s concert and the tour with its 2007 hit “Thnks fr the Mmrs” and “Saturday” from its 2003 debut album “Take This to Your Grave.”