Paramore's Hayley Williams performs Tuesday at DTE Energy Music Theatre. (Adam Graham / Detroit News)
Monumentour — the deliberately over-the-top name given to this summer’s joint headlining tour between pop-punk groups Fall Out Boy and Paramore — could have been the first tour to cash in on an idea that doesn’t even really exist yet: ’00s nostalgia.
But thanks to potent performances from its two stars, Tuesday’s sold-out tour stop at DTE Energy Music Theatre was far from a throwback, and was very much of-the-moment. Even though the two bands came up in the final days of the “TRL” era and faced uncertain futures around the turn of the decade, they’re currently firing on all cylinders. So sorry, ’00s fans, but the nostalgia will have to wait.
Paramore, thanks to its slow burn hit “Ain’t It Fun,” is currently as hot as it has ever been. Tuesday marked the band’s third area appearance since the release of 2013’s self-titled “Paramore” album and it was the most electrifying of the three, thanks to the boundless energy of firecracker lead singer Hayley Williams.
Williams, her hair the color of Berry Blue Kool-Aid, hit the stage dressed like a boxer and played the part, punching the air and kicking her legs up like a ska dancer at a Mighty Mighty Bosstones show. (Please forgive the ’90s reference.) The trio was rounded out by three auxiliary musicians, who beefed up the band’s sound, but it was Williams’ show, and she carried the 75-minute show like the dynamo she is.
The set covered the band’s career and was bookended by two songs from “Paramore” — “Still Into You” opened the set and the aforementioned “Ain’t It Fun” was its closer — and those two singles have made the band one of the brightest and best pop-rock outfits working today. The performance was a pure joy, and at its end Williams looked ready to go another several rounds.
Fall Out Boy closed the night with a towering rock show that almost resembled a parody of towering rock shows. There was pyro, smoke, showers of sparks, a T-shirt cannon, a drum off and even a piano that rose from beneath the stage while the band played a cover of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” But Fall Out Boy wasn’t joking around, and delivered a big time show it perhaps wasn’t capable of before its five year hiatus.
Songs like “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance” played like the middle school anthems they likely were for many in the audience, but “I Don’t Care,” from 2008’s “Folie a Deux,” exploded with a previously untapped raw rock energy. Meanwhile, songs from last year’s “Save Rock and Roll,” such as the title track, “The Phoenix” and “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ’Em Up),” came off like bona fide arena rock entries.
There is no shortage of package tours on the summer touring season, covering all eras of the rock canon. Maybe one day the Monumentour will return as a throwback outing, but for now Fall Out Boy and Paramore are making relevant music — and making music relevant — together.