Whether we like to admit it or not, we all went through that emo phase in our adolescence.
Thick black kohl eyeliner, snake-bite piercings, energy drink running through the veins… being emo was pretty cool back in the day.
But it turns out, being emo is still pretty cool, and it’s about to make its biggest come-back yet.
3 of the biggest names in the emo music genre have announced a huge mega-tour and it’s going to be wonderfully nostalgic for all of us emo kids out there, so keep scrolling to find out more…
Whether that was dying neon pink strips into your hair, over-doing the liquid eyeliner, or wearing spikes as jewelry – being emo defined many individuals and it was a way of life.
Emo stands for “emotional,” and despite the stereotype of emos being depressed all the time, people who identify as emo are generally very happy and loving people.
Emo has an entire music genre that is still pretty popular to this very day.
The first wave of emo music began in the 1980s, with it tracing back to the hardcore-punk scene.
According to NME, it was the infamous punk-rock band The Rites of Spring who made a call out against it, with singer Guy Picciotto saying in an interview: “I’ve never recognized ’emo’ as a genre of music.”
“I just thought that all the bands I played in were punk-rock bands. The reason I think it’s so stupid is that – what, like the Bad Brains weren’t emotional? What – they were robots or something? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
The skate magazine Thrasher renamed the genre emo-core, in which Ian McKaye from Embrace branded it as “the stupidest f****** thing I’ve ever heard.”
As NME outlined, it’s an era that captured the hearts and minds of global youth, with a generation of teenagers quickly becoming enamored with emo’s woeful sound.
The third wave of emo was when things really exploded…
By the time the Millenium came around, the boundaries of emo had been pushed even further.
It became intertwined with pop-punk with the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Saves the Day, and Brand New – but it is MySpace that we truly have to thank for the rise in emo music.
This is when the emo giants made an appearance with their poker straight hair and skin-tight jeans.
My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and Paramore were amongst the many large bands that quickly dominated the emo music scene.
Newspapers such as The Daily Mail declared that it was a “cultural crisis point” and to many, the sound of emo music certainly came across this way.
Bands such as Fall Out Boy, Green Day, and Weezer became iconic faces in the emo music scene.
The true faces of emo…
All 3 bands have been around since the late 1990s through to the noughties and have each made their own impact on the world of emo music as we know it.
Green Day has been off the road since their Revolution Radio tour in 2017, as have Fall Out Boy with an exceptionally quiet year apart from 3 one-off festival dates.
Weezer, however, has been extremely active since their cover of Toto’s “Africa” went viral and became a huge hit… weirdly.
The 3 bands have recently announced a combined tour in 2020 to officially bring emo music back.
The Hella Mega tour will kick off June 2020 in Paris…
Fall Out Boy, Green Day, and Weezer will be truly joining forces to bring us the best of emo.
They will begin the European leg of the tour in Paris before moving onto North America the following month.
The first U.S date is the 17th of July 2020 at Seattle’s T-Mobile park and the tour is wrapped up at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia on August 29th.
Billie Joe Armstrong, the vocalist of Green Day, spoke to Rolling Stone and said: “We talked about how we weren’t really wanting to do stadiums and do something that was like a throwback to the Monsters of Rock Tour,” in reference to a series of metal tours in the 1980s and ’90s.
“There was, of course, Fall Out Boy and Weezer, and now we’re stoked,” he went on to say.
Especially for Green Day and Fall Out Boy fans, who haven’t had the opportunity to see their favorite bands live for a few years, fans all around the world cannot contain their excitement for the Hella Mega tour.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale at 10 am ET on Friday the 20th of September and can be purchased on their website.
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