There is nothing quite like people-watching at the Boyz of Zummer Tour, the intersection of Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy fans existing in incredible harmony. It's also something of a love fest. (If you find your new significant other there, you can thank us for the heads up.) Many of the conversations we overheard were kids yelling about how happy they were that school's out and, of course, illicit substances: "I'm so drunk!" and "I smoked, like, seven joints." (They weren't, and she didn't.) Gotta love the youth!
I am completely positive this is the one and only instance El Paso punks At the Drive In and their Relationship of Command single "One Armed Scissor" will play before Wiz Khalifa takes the stage. For many of the attendees (mostly in their teen years) it's probably the first time they've ever heard the tune, save for a Paramore cover (and that's only a 'maybe').
Here's the thing about giant shows like these, especially with such a diverse lineup: Ladies outnumber the gents, or at least it feels like it. Their summer attire of choice is the crop top (we probably have Taylor Swift to thank for that one) and there are. so. many. Get the uniform, go to the show.
The thing that makes this weird lineup less awkward is recognizing the thematic similarities between Wiz and Fall Out Boy. Both acts spent the majority of their sets championing the audience. Wiz started a chant of "work hard, play hard," reinforcing ideas that these kids in the crowd could become/accomplish whatever they want. Pete Wentz mirrored the concept, introducing "Centuries" with: "At shows like this I look out and I see what could be described as outsiders," concluding with a line about strength in being different.
There were many teens smoking illicit substances at the gig, some who felt so confident they moved across the stadium to better seats. When they sat in a densely populated dad-and-daughter row, they weren't so lucky. This gig might be for the ladies, but father still knows best.
When Wiz isn't skateboarding around the stage discussing the power of positivity, he's lighting up. When it came time to perform his Snoop Dogg collabo, "Young, Wild and Free," inflatable joints were tossed into the crowd. You sense a theme here, right?
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