"Monumentour" -- the summer pairing of top-shelf rockers Fall Out Boy and Paramore -- is a collaborative effort.
Fall Out Boy came up with the idea. Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis came up with the name. Both bands will play the same amount of time. They're even talking about possibly playing songs together on some nights.
But make no mistake, says Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, there will be some good-natured battling to put on the best show of the night all summer long at amphitheaters around the country, including next Saturday, when the tour stops at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.
"You're on the same team, at the end of the day, and you're both trying to win for the team," Wentz says, comparing the rivalry to '90s Chicago Bulls heroes Scottie Pippen and B.J. Armstrong. "Paramore is an awesome, huge band that has a completely different vibe than us, and I think that raises the bar for us in wanting to perform every single night."
Paramore singer Hayley Williams agrees, saying, "Any competition is friendly competition. I just feel excited for it. For us, we just have to put on the best Paramore show ever. Every single tour we think that. Everything has to top the last thing that we did."
Topping themselves is going to be a tall order for both bands, who each had a spectacular 2013 with top-selling, well-
received albums, radio hits and headlining arena tours. In this pop culture moment, only Fall Out Boy and Paramore, alongside Coldplay and OneRepublic, can legitimately claim both pop and rock success, with Paramore recently notching its biggest pop hit with "Ain't It Fun."
However, they are both aiming higher.
Wentz says the black ski masks and striking video imagery from the "Save Rock and Roll" tour will be replaced with all new looks and bigger stunts this time out, adding that the band has turned to previous rock pairings like Guns N' Roses and Metallica's tour in 1992 for inspiration. "We're able to do all the bells and whistles on this tour, being in amphitheaters, so that's awesome," he says. "I would say expect the biggest Fall Out Boy show of the album cycle."
Williams says the shows may feel bigger because of the excitement of the crowds. "Our bands really did grow from the same scene," referring to the Warped Tour alternative scene of the Aughts. "We share a lot of the same fans. It's going to be so perfect to really celebrate where we've come from, where we're going. It's amazing . . . I can't wait to see how much celebration there is between Paramore fans and Fall Out Boy fans who've watched our bands come from nothing. That to me is the most exciting part -- to celebrate that every single night."
Both Wentz and Williams say they haven't worked out all the details yet and probably won't until they hit the road this week. However, Williams says Paramore is excited about its tour set list. "It's crazy when you get into a place where you have to fit so many songs into a certain amount of minutes," she says. "You're thinking, 'How are we going to play, first of all, all the singles? How are we going to play all of the songs to please all of our old school fans?' I'm really pumped with what we came up with, though. It's going to be very explosive. . . . For whatever kind of Paramore fan might be at the show, I feel like we're hopefully going to make all of them happy."
Part of what lets Paramore keep its fans happy is that Williams, Davis and guitarist Taylor York are so happy themselves these days, after some tumultuous times in the band. Williams says recording the "Paramore" album felt liberating because the band was able to take more chances with its music than in the past. The result was unexpected successes like "Ain't It Fun," Williams says, adding, "We took a huge risk with that song. . . . We've broadened our horizons. I don't think there are any rules anymore."
Wentz says Fall Out Boy is looking at broader horizons as well, as it starts to prepare for its next project. Though Wentz, singer Patrick Stump, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley have been working on new music separately, they are still "trying to figure out what the vibe of the next thing is that we're going to do."
A few things are set, though. Fall Out Boy is interested in only adding work that will cement its legacy as a band. It also is interested in connecting its music with other art, much as the band did with "Save Rock and Roll: The Young Blood Chronicles," a video collection that supplements the album.
"Fall Out Boy in 2014 is really about the curation of ideas as much as it is about creating albums," Wentz says, adding that the idea Pharrell is curating an art exhibit of works inspired by his album is appealing to them. "Music moves so quickly now. . . . You're able to do tons of different things as long as you remain authentic to who you are as an artist."
WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. Saturday, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
More headliners in the Summer of Pairs
The "Monumentour" is only part of the Summer of Pairs, as headliners double up in hopes of sealing the deal with value-conscious concertgoers early. Here's a look at some of the other teams:
KISS & DEF LEPPARD (Aug. 6, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater): It's a mutual admiration club for the purveyors of metal-tinged rock from the '70s and '80s, respectively. No doubt, there will be rock and roll all night and plenty of sugar poured.
EMINEM & RIHANNA (Aug. 16, MetLife Stadium): Despite their collaborations on "Love the Way You Lie" and "Monster," Em and RiRi are the summer's odd couple, with styles and fanbases that don't seem like a natural fit, but they still will manage to fill stadiums.
NINE INCH NAILS & SOUNDGARDEN (Aug. 1, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater): It's only fitting that the last time these bands played together was 20 years ago, shortly before they each released landmark albums -- NIN's "The Downward Spiral" and Soundgarden's "Superunknown" -- on the same day. Now, they can celebrate the 20th anniversary together all summer long.