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Nariece Sanderson 16th Nov 2010, 16:59, said:
(4.00 / 5 overall score)
An excited atmosphere floods the O2 arena. Paramore are back in London for a second performance… and it doesn’t show. Before the curtain drops, through a crack you can see pink – haired front woman Hayley Williams exploding into life on stage.
At first, you wouldn’t assume the O2 arena to be staging a rock show after soft sounding band ‘Fun’ performs, entwining piano and a very ‘James Dean Bradfield’ (Manic street preachers) sounding lead singer. The band try their best to get the audience going, but sadly fall flat, gaining not much of a response to a Queen cover of ‘Radio Ga Ga’.
Following in support is B.O.B who surprises quite a few members of the audience. The rapper plays his hits, and at one point wields an electric guitar, topping off his set with ‘Airplanes’, a duet with Miss Williams. The crowd, as far as I can see, love it.
Paramore smash into their hit ‘Ignorance’ with energy - and the feeling lasts the whole show. After one or two songs, the band let loose more of their faster hits, warning the audience “Not to kill themselves”. The sound of the likes of ‘For a Pessimist I’m Pretty Optimistic’ is loud and proud, and pretty much straight-to-cd perfect. The crowd moves, interaction levels are high and even security is dancing. Huge screens are filled with video sequences and live footage so everyone can see what the band are up to. For a few tunes, the band play acoustically, Josh and Hayley seated on a sofa that had literally just been pulled up from backstage. “It’s squishy.” Hayley chuckles about the furniture. Before talking appreciatively to the fans and welcoming new comers ‘to the family’. You realise how much this show must mean to Paramore. The band then announces their newest album ‘Brand New Eyes’ has gone platinum in the UK. Is it really a shock? All five members in a line playing some great songs, which soon return to the fast tempo of tunes such as ‘Brick by Boring Brick’ and of course ‘Misery Business’ (with a moment of ‘Happy Birthday’, sung to B.O.B). It seems a pity to end the show…
All in all a lively, excellent and sentimental gig.
JessMessy 9th Feb 2010, 14:38, said:
(4.33 / 5 overall score)
The Paramore concert at the NIA (National Indoor Arena) was absolutely amazing. Located in Birmingham UK 11th December 2009 Paramore were a great hit. Paramore are a popular pop rock band whose Birmingham NIA concert among others sold out quickly. The concert consisted of three support acts and then, of course, Paramore. The first two acts were unfortunately not entertaining and soon a deadly mosh pit had started in front of the stage, this involves all those standing in a crowd pushing and shoving each other. Luckily this calmed down when the final and support act came on, ‘You and me at six’. The crowd cheered but not as loud as when Paramore set foot on the stage. Hayley Williams, the lead singer, stepped on stage and announced they were on National Television, the roar from the crowd doubled in loudness.
As Paramore played their many famous songs the loud continued to yell, scream and squeal at the top of their lungs. Even those who weren’t in the mosh pot were bouncing up and down on the spot. The atmosphere was unbelievable; the excitement at a rivalry football match would be nothing in comparison. It was surprising the audience did not pass out from all the screaming however many were pulled by security out of the mosh pit as the crowd went on hyper overdrive.
Several songs in Hayley Williams spoke to the crowd and the crowd are screaming once more as she speaks. “Wow, I can’t believe how many are here tonight,” she gasped panting having just been jumping around the stage and singing. Paramore exited the stage and even though it was half time people called after Paramore telling them to come back. When they returned for a brief acoustic piece Hayley Williams laughed, amused by the audiences reaction to their return as the roars began again. When Paramore finished and crowd stopped jumping up and down there was a definite buzz in the air. With ears ringing everyone was chatting enthusiastically about the event.
Paramore are a US band with three outstanding albums. They are also famous for their song ‘Decode’ which was released for the Twilight Soundtrack alongside another song for the soundtrack ‘I Caught Myself’. They are currently touring in Japan and will hit Australia afterwards but it is a guarantee they will be amazing. Paramore is a definite must-see.
Lexi 1st Nov 2007, 11:54, said:
(5.00 / 5 overall score)
Gave my friend water whe she thought she was going to faint.