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Paramore & Fall Out Boy Kick Off Monumentour Tonight, Hayley Says, "It's a Long Time Coming"

Image courtesy of Fueled by Ramen/Crush Management (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Fueled by Ramen/Crush Management (via ABC News Radio)

Paramore and Fall Out Boy both straddle the worlds of pop and rock, have similar fan bases and have known each other a long time.  That's why it makes perfect sense for them to team up for the Monumentour, a big joint arena summer tour that gets underway tonight in Hartford, Connecticut.  Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams says that for her, the match-up is "a long time coming."

"Our bands really did grow from the same scene and we share a lot of the same fans, yet we still do kind of exist separately with two individual fan bases,"  Hayley told reporters during a conference call.  "But I think what falls in between us is why this is gonna be so perfect."

Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz agrees that the fans turning up to see them this summer will be an interesting cross section. 

"I feel like it could be all over the place as far as that stuff goes, which is always interesting for a tour," he tells ABC News Radio. "But the fun thing is...we can hopefully win over some of their fans and vice versa."

For Pete, the concept of Monumentour came from iconic summer tours he remembers from his youth. 

"We were thinking about -- when we were coming up with the idea for the tour -- how there's a history of rock bands kind of coming together and putting everything on the line for one night, every night, in the summer," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I think it's been a while.  Like, I remember Guns 'N Roses and Metallica doing it. Growing up, it was an important thing, and we kind of want to instill that in this generation."

Hayley says coming up with the perfect setlist for the show was very important to her, because the band has had so many big hits recently, like "Ain't It Fun" and "Still Into You," but longtime fans want to hear the older stuff. 

"We're thinking, like, 'How are we gonna play all the singles, how are we gonna play all the songs to please our old-school fans?'" she told reporters.  "I'm really pumped about what we came up with, though, and I feel like it's going to be explosive and I think it's gonna be really exciting. Whatever kind of Paramore fans might be at the show, I feel like we're hopefully gonna make all of them happy."

But even more important, says Hayley, is making a connection with the fans, emotionally.  "For us...if we're not connecting with people, looking them in the eyes, making them feel known, then we're missing the point of why we're a band," she says. "Our job is to just make sure that our fans know, and the people coming out to our show know, that they are seen and they are heard and they are important to us."

As for whether the bands will perform together, Pete says, "It'd be cool to do something...[but] I feel like those things are always better when they're spontaneous."  In the past, Fall Out Boy has brought Hayley out to sing with them, so it's a possibility.  

Hayley, meanwhile, is making sure she has everything she needs to be comfortable on tour: candles to remind her of home; a blender, to create healthy smoothies and juices; and, of course, sunscreen. "I am the palest person on the face of the planet!" she laughs.

Monumentour is scheduled to wrap up August 31.

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