Fueled by Ramen Celebrates the First Night of Its 15th Anniversary

September 8th, 2011

Fueled by Ramen – Terminal 5 – September 7, 2011

Although it started in humble beginnings in 1996 by Less Than Jake’s drummer, Vinnie Fiorello, and a business partner, over the last 15 years, Fueled by Ramen has turned into a pop-punk and emo powerhouse of a label, releasing debut records for many great bands that have since gone by the wayside, as well as some of the genre’s most current recognizable faces. Night one of the celebration This Providence, the Swellers, the Stereo, fun. and headliners Paramore.

Both the Swellers and the Stereo had one of the harder tasks of the night—filling the large Terminal 5 stage with their four-man lineups. The Swellers did exceptionally well, led by guitarist Ryan Collins scissor-kicking and jumping as the band played a set of modern pop-punk gems that included “Fire Away” and “2009” from their acclaimed FBR debut, Ups and Downsizing, and “The Damage” and “The Best I Ever Had” from this year’s album, Good for Me. The Stereo, one of FBR’s pop-punk bands from yesteryear, broke up in 2004, and although last night’s young crowd didn’t seem to know such songs as “She Would Never,” “Tell Your Football Dad,” “1994” and “You’ve Got Some Nerve,” one industry vet looked like he was having the time of his life as he danced and sang along onstage to set-closer “New Tokyo.”

Paramore is the current poster child for FBR, having had both 2007’s Riot! and 2009’s Brand New Eyes blast onto the Billboard charts. Although the band went through some turmoil earlier this year, losing two founding members, such a glitch wasn’t even noticeable as the group played through its hits, with the pint-sized firecracker Haley Williams running the show. Paramore closed its set with “Misery Business,” Riot!’s superpunky, stellar first single that instigated the band’s success. —Kirsten Housel

Photos courtesy of Lauren Glucksman |

(Don’t miss the second night of Fueled by Ramen’s 15th anniversary when Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is…, A Rocket to the Moon and VersaEmerge play Terminal 5 on Friday night.)