Fall Out Boy:
One of the most influential American pop punk bands of the new millennium is Fall Out Boy. The group achieved mainstream success with their 2005 album, From Under the Cork Tree, which was followed by some of the most popular tour dates in recentyears. Fall Out Boy continued their rise to fame with singles like "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," "Dance, Dance," and "Thnks fr th Mmrs." There are no tour dates in 2011 for Fall Out Boy, ever since the band went on hiatus in 2009; but fans are anxiously awaiting the announcement of a reunion in the near future.
The secret origins of Fall Out Boy began at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, where Pete Wentz and Joe Trohman went to school. Trohman met drummer Patrick Stump at a Borders Books after Stump heard him talking about the band Neurosis, and Stump was invited to join as the lead singer. T. J. Kunasch was hired to play rhythm guitar and Mike Pareskuwicz was brought on to play drums, thus completing the band's initial lineup. Utilizing their collective punk influences, the band began playing concert dates around Chicago. Fall Out Boy released a demo and quickly followed it up with a split EP with Project Rocket in 2002. Fall Out Boy also released a short debut LP, Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend, in 2003.
After the debut album's release, Kunasch and Pareskuwicz left the band; Stump took on the guitar in addition to vocal duties and Project Rocket drummer Andy Hurley joined the group. Fall Out Boy also signed to Fueled by Ramen, which released Take This To Your Grave two months after their previous album and sent the new line-up on many a tour date. The record was the first to gain Fall Out Boy commercial and critical success, with most of the reviews being very positive. Any success Fall Out Boy had achieved prior to 2005 would increase exponentially after the release of From Under the Cork Tree, which has gone platinum twice since its release. The album was supported by a number of hugely popular singles, including "Sugar, We're Goin Down" and "Dance, Dance," as well as headlining tour dates around the world. The group followed up their successful album with Infinity on High in 2007. The album showcased an evolution from pop punk to an edgier rock style and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Fall Out Boy's latest studio release is the 2008 album Folie à Deux. The album was well received by critics and featured a number of special guest vocalists, including Debbie Harry, Elvis Costello, and Brendon Urie. Despite even more musical experimentation and the favoring of an alt-rock sound, the album went gold in just over a month and the single "I Don't Care" received heavy airplay. In late 2009, the members of Fall Out Boy announced that they needed some time off and were going on an indefinite hiatus. While comments from the band's members have left the band's future vague, fans can expect no new albums or tour dates in 2011.
Panic! At The Disco:
The Las Vegas bandmates were only in their teens when they signed to Pete Wentz's Decaydance label in 2004. In fact, some of the band members were actually still in high school when they left Sin City to record their debut album, subsequently introducing the world to their eclectic mix of rock and emo. The Panic! at the Disco concert schedule 2011 has the band playing more than seventy shows throughout the spring and summer at venues right across North America and Europe.
The boys inked the deal with Wentz after submitting a two song demo. At that point the band had never even played a live show! Wentz saw immense talent and creativity in those two songs and drove out to Vegas to meet with the high school kids. Wentz, whose band, Fallout Boy, was riding a wave of commercial success, promoted his newly signed band everywhere he went and shipped the boys out to Maryland to record their debut album. Recorded over five weeks, what became known as A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, was released in 2005, debuting at a mediocre #112 on the Billboard 200. However, the release of Panic! At the Disco's smash hit breakout single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, sparked mass interest in the album. Eventually, the record began to rise up the charts and was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA. Panic! At the Disco's creative lyrics and fresh style, transcended into their music videos which soon became staples on MTV. The single, "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies," went on to win Video of the Year at the 2006 MTV VIdeo Music Awards. That same year, Panic! at the Disco tour dates were booked at the Reading Festival and the band headlined the "Nothing Rhymes with Circus Tour." The journey from high school students to rockstars was complete.
The rise to fame wasn't easy on the band who went through lineup changes and even scrapped material from their sophomore album in order to start fresh with a different approach towards their lyrical content. By 2008, Panic! At the Disco was ready to get their sophomore set out to the public. They released, Pretty. Odd. in March and the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 139,000 copies in its maiden week. In support of the album, Panic! at the Disco tour dates were booked as the headlining act on the 2008 Honda Civic Tour where they toured with Dashboard Confessional. The band continued to produce artistic and visually creative videos to compliment their new sound, and this time they were lauded by even the toughest of alt-rock music critics.
The following year, the band went through more lineup changes, ultimately downsizing to a duo with Spencer Smith on guitar and Brendon Urie as vocalist. In 2009, Panic! at the Disco toured with Blink 182, and entered the studio in 2010 to record their follow-up. Vices and Virtues, was finally released On March 22, 2011, debuting at # 7 on the Billboard 200. The first single, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa," was accompanied by a video in heavy rotation on MTV - proving this band's stickability.
The Panic! At the Disco concert schedule has the band touring North America and Europe throughout spring and summer 2011, accompanied by Foxy Shazam and Funeral Party who will open at each tour date. Don't miss out on the lyrically provocative and musically diverse stylings of Panic! At the Disco: use Eventful as your source for Panic! At the Disco tour dates and concert schedule updates.