Fall Out Boy have tapped New Found Glory, the Early November, and Permanent Me to open their behemoth tour, “Friends or Enemies.” Meshing the sunshine melodies of blink-182 and the molten energy of Sum 41, Long Island’s Permanent Me dutifully drove through tunes from After the Room Clears, including “Allison,” “Until You Leave,” and other sentimental odes to ex-girlfriends that were surprisingly unsappy.
The Early November had little sap to add to the scene, too, as vocalist Arthur “Ace” Enders reflected on the time they had a gun pulled on them in Denver and confessed he’s secretly afraid of the city. Still, the New Jersey quintet worked the crowd into a feverish frenzy. And pop-punk mainstays New Found Glory followed suit, driving through tunes off Coming Home like they were headed back to Coral Springs, Florida, their hometown.
But it was Fall Out Boy’s show, and the mega-platinum foursome were feeling high about it in various ways: They previewed tunes off upcoming album Infinity on High and Pete Wentz introduced one song obscurely with a tale about how he joined the “Mile High Club” on a Warped Tour stop through Denver. During the set, Joe Trohman replicated his razor-thin guitar riffs, rifling past Patrick Stump’s rapid-fire delivery. New single “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” closed the night along with TRL favorites “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and “Dance, Dance,” to which the crowd responded with sweetly emphatic singing and moves of their own. BRIAN KENNEY / PHOTOS BY SOREN MCCARTY
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