By: Mustafa Mirreh
24 June, 2017, 18:00
Whether you’re a die-hard fan, or recently got into their music, or even just reliving your favourite childhood band growing up – tonight’s show at Colston Hall couldn’t be more anticipated as Paramore return to UK with their fifth studio album After Laughter.
After many changes and struggles, the band are back with a new lease of life. Hayley Williams, as fiery, stylish and confident as ever, leads the charge with fellow members Taylor York and Zac Farro on their new direction – 10 years on from their breakthrough album Riot!. Gone are the teenage punk rock anthems and into something more pop and current, but still retaining the very core essence of Paramore. As we take our seats in the melting venue (30+ degrees heat!), we’re not sure what to expect – will they be playing their new album in full? Or mix it up with some of their classic hits?
Hayley and co come on stage to a huge rawr of cheers. All our predictions go out the window as we stand ready for the band’s hour and a half set. Paramore kick off with new song ‘Told You So’ and straight away we’re pulled in by their incredibly catchy hooks and surgery choruses. Suddenly, we’re flipped back into the past with ‘That’s What You Get’ (yes!!!). The feels here as we sing “that’s what you get when you let your heart win”, and even more so to the fans downstairs as the crowd erupts into a frenzy. Paramore have truly returned and we’re loving every second of it.
‘Still Into You’ is next, followed by ‘Caught In The Middle’. It’s like a tug-of-war between the new album and classics, an influx of different sounds and styles that just works. ‘Decode’ and ‘Hate To See You Heart Break’ spring up, once again satisfying our inner-child as we reach the half-way mark. But putting songs aside, it’s Hayley Williams that truly wins the crowd over from the very start. Rocking her blonde hair, red top and chequered trousers, she sings, kicks, punches and dances around with so much energy, going back and forth from one side of the stage to another. Everyone soaking it up as they sing and dance along whenever Hayley points her microphone to them – a testament to her both as an artist and performer.
As we mentioned, fans old and new are here this evening to witness Paramore’s return. Hayley speaks up about the band starting out 10 years ago and progressing to where they are now. It’s truly great to see them back and making music again. The love and energy around the venue is evident as people up and down the country travelled to Bristol, and no matter the changes that happened with the band, we’re all 100% behind them.
Back on with the second half of the show and songs ‘Rose-Colored Boy’ and ‘Ain’t It Fun’ flourish among a stream of rainbow-coloured lights representing pride and equality. We even get a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’ – hitting everyone emotionally once more.
Now the big question for us, will Paramore perform their breakthrough hit ‘Misery Business’? And bang! The band do so in the most epic way, as we all surpass the heatwave to sing our hearts out. What happens next, we’ll never forget as Hayley suddenly picks two fans from the audience to participate in their performance. One fan goes over to Taylor and plays a solo piece on the guitar, while the other fan joins Hayley to sing the chorus to a thunderous applause. We’ve seen fans come on stage before, but this is on a whole another level. Love and solidarity – a real level of respect on all parts.
After the explosive finish, Paramore return to thank everyone for celebrating their tour, their new album and 10 years of Riot! “WE ARE PARAMORE!” everyone screams in appreciation as the band sign off with ‘Hard Times’ – putting everything behind them and coming out stronger than ever.
New songs, old songs, cover songs and so many emotions. Paramore blew all expectations to produce one of the best live performances of 2017. Welcome back!