This is the best thing i’ve ever heard
My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade - 0:00
Green Day - Good Riddance - 0:12
Panic! at the Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies - 0:24
blink-182 - What’s My Age Again? - 0:34
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle - 0:46
We The Kings - Check Yes Juliet - 0:46
Third Eye Blind - Graduate - 0:56
All Time Low - Weightless - 0:58
All Time Low - Dear Maria Count Me In - 1:07
Switchfoot - Meant to Live - 1:18
Fall Out Boy - Sugar We’re Going Down - 1:07
My Chemical Romance - I’m Not Okay (I Promise) - 1:29
Boys Like Girls - Thunder - 1:40
30 Seconds to Mars - Kings and Queens - 1:50
Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue - 1:59
Relient K - Be My Escape - 2:00
Relient K - Sadie Hawkins Dance - 2:03
Simple Plan - I’d Do Anything - 2:14
Paramore - Misery Business - 2:15
Rise Against - Savior - 2:25
Sum 41 - Fat Lip - 2:33
My Chemical Romance - Teenagers - 2:34
Fountains of Wayne - Stacy’s Mom - 2:43
All American Rejects - Gives You Hell - 2:51
blink-182 - Feeling This - 2:53
Lit - My Own Worst Enemy - 3:08
Sum 41 - In Too Deep - 3:09
The Cab - One of THOSE Nights - 3:37
Relient K - High of 75 - 3:37
blink-182 - I Miss You - 3:37
Paramore - That’s What You Get - 3:48
AFI - Miss Murder - 4:03
Good Charlotte - Dance Floor Anthem - 4:04
Cute Is What We Aim For - Curse of Curves - 4:18
30 Seconds to Mars - Closer to the Edge - 4:30
A Day to Remember - All I Want - 4:45
Mayday Parade - Jamie All Over - 4:57
Fall Out Boy - Thnks Fr Th Mmrs - 4:57
Cartel - Say Anything (Else) - 5:22
Taking Back Sunday - MakeDamnSure - 5:37
Rise Against - Audience of One - 5:47
Fall Out Boy - Sugar We’re Going Down - 5:48
I FOUND IT KEANI!!
i have never felt more high school in my life. <3
Seriously, how was everyone else able to grow out of this music except me. It’s so damn good.
Quick recap of an incredible week
In the past 8 days, I attended 6 concerts, probably the most I’ve ever been to in a concentrated week of time. Half of these were shows I never imagined I would be attending until the last minute, which is why I wanted to write everything down to remember.
- 8/16: I woke up that morning to a text from my boss that we had been guestlisted for the Monumentour featuring Paramore and Fall Out Boy that night in Irvine. I already expressed my thoughts on the show already, but this show definitely deserves to be at the top of this list.
- 8/18: Didn’t take any pictures at this show, but I went to School Night again to see K. Flay, a really cool indie rapper that I first saw at Warped this year. My friend from Boston was also visiting me that night so it was nice that I got to give her a glimpse of non-touristy LA, ironically right in the middle of Hollywood.
- 8/20: My next grainy iPhone photo is my friends in Rio Rio playing their very first LA show. I reached out to them much earlier this year, but we finally got the chance to meet in person and they snuck me into their show at the Bootleg (still bitter about how many things are 21+ in LA). They enjoyed the largest crowd of the evening and they know how to program their own light show, which is sick.
- 8/21: On Thursday, I headed back out to Echo Park again to see my favorite indie band, The Naked and Famous play the Echoplex. This venue is tiny for a band of their scale and I had bought tickets immediately when they went on sale. They killed it once again, as expected.
- 8/22: Probably the craziest night of the week, I managed to swoop my friend’s +1 into the Sam Smith/Iggy Azalea VMA’s pre-party about two hours before doors. I literally called a Lyft and headed to the Avalon right when she offered me the ticket, getting there 10 minutes before doors because of classic LA traffic. Tori Kelly opened, and even though her voice is amazing, the songs themselves were pretty weak, considering I don’t remember a single one of them. Sam Smith was by far the best performance of the night. Hearing his high range live is utterly surreal, and he played his Whitney Houston cover for the first time live. I pretty much had chills the entire performance. Iggy Azalea closed the show with way more production than the first two artists, including a DJ and four backup dancers. She’s such an enigma to me, so it was really cool to see her live, considering I never thought I ever would. Charli XCX and Rita Ora came out on stage as well (unfortunately not Ariana Grande), and it was a beautiful moment when Iggy fell offstage and got back up. Afterwards, we walked by Anna Kendrick and Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones sitting in a bar, and decided to go in there as well, summing up a pretty unbelievable night.
- 8/23: To close out the week, I attended Perez Hilton’s (unofficial, I think) VMAs pre-party at the Troubadour. I hate his dumb website, but Bebe Rexha, Matthew Koma, Tove Lo, Echosmith, Kiesza, and Rixton were all playing, plus I got to go for free. Despite how annoying he is, Perez books a pretty great show. Every single act held their own, and the night was a pretty strong sampler of what’s up and coming in pop music. Both Bebe Rexha and Matthew Koma are incredibly underrated songwriters, considering they wrote “Monster” and “Clarity” respectively. Kiesza was the best act of the night with electrifying stage presence and a stunning voice. Closing out the show, Rixton also brought a very powerful performance to the stage, considering they had just headlined the El Rey literally less than an hour before.
Since attending the VMA’s has always been one of my goals in life, I’m hoping the fact that I got to attend 2 pre-parties this year is a sign that I’m getting one step closer.
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.
Monumentour - 8/16/14 - Irvine, CA
Last night, I was very very fortunate to attend the Monumentour, or Paramore and Fall Out Boy’s arena co-headliner. I would say this tour and Warped Tour were the two biggest summer lineups for me, so the fact that I got to attend both through my internship with Hopeless is just mind-blowing and I’m still in the process of absorbing how much cool shit has happened to me this summer. This show was my second time seeing Fall Out Boy and my first time seeing Paramore; it was hard to decide who I was more stoked to see.
Due to the Warped Tour-esque traffic getting into the parking lot and then an unbelievably long line to get into the actual arena, we missed New Politics, which was a bummer because our seats had the perfect view to watch David Boyd dance (as you can see in the picture I took above). On the other hand, we didn’t have to wait around in our seats long as Paramore came onstage probably only 15 minutes after we arrived. The band’s show was by far one of the best (if not the best) live performances I have ever seen. First of all, the stage production itself was incredible. I love the massive, but minimal design. The huge bar of lights was a genius idea that really boosted the energy of the show and provided so many sick photographs that I’ve seen online, where sometimes all you can see are their silhouettes. There was also tons of confetti and oversized balloons. The musicians had amazing stage presence as well. Both Jeremy and Taylor were incessantly active and had the greatest bromantic chemistry together (Pressure flip!). Aaron Gillespie was insane on the drums, unmatched by anyone (as I’ll explain later when I get to Fall Out Boy). Hayley dominated the stage most of all, as expected. I wonder how much she works out because for the entire set she was constantly moving and jumping and kicking, but never ran out of breath. Her vocals of course were on point. There was a part at the end of “Let The Flames Begin” where the stage is just bathed in red light and she’s on her knees singing and you can only see her shadow. It was haunting and the best performance of the set, even if it’s not my favorite song. The band really left everything they had on the stage and set the bar immensely high for Fall Out Boy.
The beauty of the Monumentour is that after a full set from Paramore, you still get to see an entire set from Fall Out Boy. I guess that might sound stupidly obvious in writing, but it’s an indescribably exciting feeling in the moment. The band came out literally less than half an hour after Paramore ended (shoutout to their roadies). Unlike Paramore, Fall Out Boy went for much more of a rock and roll vibe in their production. They had a bunch of moving TV screens in the back that reminded me of the backdrop of Green Day’s American Idiot musical. They also had a large tiered riser with an elevator/trap door mechanism in the back that the whole band rose out of at the beginning of the show. The dramatic entrance would be used throughout the show for Patrick’s piano during “Save Rock and Roll” and when Gabe Saporta popped out to play bass, dwarfing the infamously short band on stage while Pete played the t-shirt cannon instead. There was also plenty of pyro for the downbeats. I dug the production, but my boss/friend found it a little tacky. Unfortunately the best word to describe Fall Out Boy’s performance was lackluster. After an all-out guns-blazing performance from Paramore, the following band felt undeniably flat. They opened with “The Phoenix,” yet Andy’s drumming was pathetic compared to what you hear on the record. I feel like he must have been sick the way he sat on the set like a zombie. There was no energy or passion, he looked like he was just going through the motions. Joe just stood there most of the time, looking down at his guitar, only sometimes walking around a little or moving his in small headbanging motions. Pete also just strolled around stage and only seemed to come to life when preaching to the crowd. Patrick was really the sole member carrying the show. His voice was incredible, his movements were dramatic, and he genuinely just looked like he loved being up there while everyone else looked bored. The only truly great part of the show was his drum-off with Andy because it was cool to finally see Patrick play drums. I also never looked at Andy the entire time. In the end, I was left disappointed and confused by their set. The first time I saw them was during their initial reunion tour and I remember an energetic, fiery set, although my perception might have been skewed because I watched that one from a general admission pit in a club. So now I’m unsure if they were just sick or tired or if they really are just getting old. For the sake of the music, however, I hope this was just an off day and they’ll get their shit together and tour and perform great shows for a long time.