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Fall Out Boy never dies on tour
Music » Night of pop-punk at Saltair because of packed bill.

By David Burger

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published April 11, 2009 6:00 pm
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There's a good reason Fall Out Boy is calling its current tour the "Believers Never Die, Part Deux" tour.

"Led Zeppelin wouldn't have called their [second] album 'Led Zeppelin II' if the first wasn't successful," said FOB guitarist Joe Trohman, referencing Led Zeppelin's debut self-titled album and a previous tour his band embarked on.

"I guess we liked that tour," Trohman said in a Tribune interview. "We had a lot of fun on that tour."

The second iteration of the tour will bring along a bevy of supporting acts, necessitating the Magna show to have a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. Monday. The opening acts will be Metro Station, All Time Low, Hey Monday and Cobra Starship.

Band members from FOB, Metro Station, All Time Low and Hey Monday all talked to The Salt Lake Tribune about why "deux" is better than one.

Fall Out Boy » The Illinois pop-punk band has seen mainstream success since its 2005 major-label debut, "From Under the Cork Tree." That's in part because of the band's literate, clever lyrics that accompany major-chord emo anthems, and in part because lyricist and bassist Pete Wentz is a tabloid mainstay, whether it's nude photos of his genitals spreading virally on the Internet or his recent marriage and child with pop princess Ashlee Simpson.

The band came out of the northern suburbs of Chicago and a competitive local music scene. "They breed some intelligent people, but a lot of people determine themselves by their financial wealth," Trohman said. "There weren't too many grounded people there."

The quartet became disillusioned and wanted to be in a more positive atmosphere, Trohman said.

Wentz attracted a lot of attention with his ironic, personal lyrics in interestingly titled songs such as "Sugar, We're Goin Down," "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me,' " This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," "The Carpal Tunnel of Love" and "I'm Like a Lawyer With the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off." His recent songs include "Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet" and "America's Suitehearts."

Many of the titles, and lyrics themselves, defy easy deciphering, but Trohman claimed that unlike other bands -- such as Nirvana bandmates who admitted they never knew what Kurt Cobain was singing about -- he understand his band's songs. "I know what a lot of them mean," Trohman said. "When you hang out together for nine years, you learn what the references are."

Metro Station » Like Fall Out Boy, Metro Station is equally famous for its members as its songs. Lead singer Trace Cyrus is Miley's brother, and band member Mason Musso is the brother of Mitchel Musso, a star of Miley Cyrus' TV show, "Hannah Montana."

The Los Angeles-based quartet released its first album in late 2007 and two singles that merited little interest. It was only after radio stations started playing an album cut, "Shake It," that the band found itself selling copies by the bushel. "It wasn't a song that we thought was going to be a hit," Cyrus said.

The young band has toured with Good Charlotte and Panic at the Disco, but Cyrus said it was "blown away" by watching FOB's current set.

Hey Monday » The Florida-based band follows a formula that No Doubt has used to great success: Have a cute frontwoman in a male band, then write and record catchy pop-punk.

Cassadee Pope is the lead singer and one of the primary songwriters. Pope said an appearance on the MTV reality series "The Real World: Brooklyn" boosted the band's popularity. (In the episode, the band was interviewed by Salt Lake City native Chet Cannon, an aspiring TV personality.)

"We got a ton of hits on our MySpace site after the show," Pope said.

Pope said the young band is still new at playing arenas on this tour. "I'm never going to get used to" performing in front of thousands, she said. Pope said she shrieked when her band received a present: a tour bus to use for the duration.

All Time Low » The Maryland pop-punk band is like Pope in that the low-key musicians say they are appreciating the niceties of a big tour. "We don't have that luxury normally, but when you tour with Fall Out Boy, you have that luxury," lead singer Alex Gaskarth said about the niceties that have come his band's way.

The band will be playing in the Vans Warped Tour later this year, and is awaiting the release of its sophomore album, "Nothing Personal," out in July.

One of the highlights of this tour, Gaskarth said, is getting the chance to meet 50 Cent, who will appear on this tour on several dates (but not in Salt Lake City).

Fall Out Boy

When » April 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Where » Saltair, 12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna

Tickets » $36 to $150 at SmithsTix

Opening Acts » Metro Station, All Time Low, Hey Monday, Cobra Starship



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