“Do you really think we’re not gonna play that before we leave tonight?” asked Gabe Saporta to a packed crowd at NYC’s Terminal 5 on Friday (Sept. 9). Before breaking into the second song of their encore (“Guilty Pleasure”), Cobra Starship had to quell the audiences’ adoring chant of “Snakes On A Plane! Snakes On A Plane!” Of course, that was the next — and final — song, which was complete with cameos from William Beckett of The Academy Is… and Gym Class Heroes‘ Travie McCoy-an apt ending to both the show and the Fueled By Ramen 15th Anniversary concert series.
Video: “Snakes On A Plane,” Cobra Starship (Live at Terminal 5)
Celebrating its 15th birthday, the famed pop-punk label Fueled By Ramen took over NYC’s Terimal 5 for two nights: The first show featuring fun. The Stereo, The Swellers, This Providence and headliners Paramore; while Friday’s line-up included VersaEmerge, A Rocket To The Moon, The Academy Is…, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship.
Though there were plenty of congratulations and thank yous to go around, the performances were the biggest pat on the back the artists could offer. VersaEmerge kicked off the evening, followed by the slightly country-folk tinged alt-pop of A Rocket To The Moon, who swooned through fan-favorites like “Dakota” and “Baby Blue Eyes,” which they ended with a neat little coda of the chorus of Nine Days‘ “Story Of A Girl.”
Next up were Fueled By Ramen stalwarts, The Academy Is… who came out guns blazing, as frontman William Beckett grabbed the mic stand during the opening song — “Attention” — and flipped it in the air. Other highlights included blistering renditions of “Slow Down” and “Classifieds,” the latter featuring some guest vocals from Mr. Saporta as well.
Taking the stage a little after 9 p.m., Gym Class Heroes took the audience through a career-traversing set (and almost in chronological order, no less). Though they opened up with “Live A Little” and “Peace Sign/Index Finger” from 2008’s “The Quilt,” they quickly returned to their beginnings with “Taxi Driver,” the first single off their FBR debut The “Papercut Chronicles” EP — and an appropriate one too, as the song references everyone from Death Cab For Cutie to Fall Out Boy, and Fueled By Ramen even gets a shout out.
Video: “Taxi Driver,” Gym Class Heroes (Live at Terminal 5)
Throughout their set, Gym Class Heroes hit all the checkpoints, sending the crowd into a frenzy with their early smash, “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast In America,” two-stepper “Guilty As Charged,” “Cookie Jar,” and a rousing performance of McCoy’s solo hit, “Billionaire,” which ended in a massive sing-along. Appropriately, Gym Class Heroes closed out their set with their new single, “Stereo Hearts,” from their upcoming record, “The Papercut Chronicles II.”
Toward the end of Cobra Starship’s headlining set, Saporta stopped the show and explained how he’d always wanted to break a world record. Because their new album is called “Night Shades,” why not shatter the record for most people wearing sunglasses inside at one time? So with everyone tossing on their free Cobra Starship shades, Saporta pointed out the Guiness World Record representative — and made sure to flirt with her just a little.
Two massive shows celebrating 15 years, all capped off by a new World Record: Happy 15th, Fueled By Ramen.