Night Two of Fueled by Ramen’s 15th-Anniversary Party

September 12th, 2011

Fueled by Ramen – Terminal 5 – September 9, 2011

Over the last 15 years, Fueled by Ramen has turned into a pop-punk and emo powerhouse of a label, releasing chart-hitting records for many great bands. Night two of its anniversary celebration welcomed VersaEmerge, A Rocket to the Moon, The Academy Is…, Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship to Terminal 5. Chicago’s The Academy Is… played its debut full-length record for FBR, Almost Here, in its entirety, much to the delight of the fans on the crowded floor. Almost Here garnered a number of singles on the Billboard charts, including “Checkmarks,” “Slow Down” and “The Phrase That Pays.” For the record’s title track, heartthrob frontman Bill Beckett jumped up to the barricade and sang with a smarm of swaying fans.

Gym Class Heroes, the band that introduced the world to Katy Perry in its “Cupid’s Chokehold” video, played through its hits, including “The Queen and I” and “Cookie Jar,” and performed a new single, “Stereo Hearts.” Led by Travie McCoy and the group’s hype man, the group also included the first single off McCoy’s debut solo album, “Billionaire,” to a sea of swaying hands.

Cobra Starship, with a new album, Night Shades, not only played a slew of hits, including the new single “You Make Me Feel…,” but also went one step further than the other bands in attempting to break the world record for most people wearing sunglasses in the dark. Although I’m not entirely sure the record was broken, the NYC band’s high-energy, often tongue-in-cheek set was a great way to end a stellar two-day celebration for an exceptional label. —Kirsten Housel

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