This weekend marks 7 years since I first saw Paramore live. I remember the day they announced their two-thousand-and-ten arena tour. I’d just got home from school and the first thing I always did was check my emails (you know, just in case a certain band were to announce a tour) and sure enough, the email was there. I RAN upstairs to tell my little brother the amazing news- he couldn’t care less- before ringing my mum, begging her to let me go.
The only issue was, they hadn’t announced a Manchester date at the time. The closest date was in Sheffield which isn’t too far away, it was only one day off school and I gave a pretty good speech on how much it would mean to me. Thankfully, my mum agreed and all that was left to do was wait for the tickets to go on sale.
About a year prior to this, I’d joined the legendary PFC. It cost around £30ish a year and gave you access to pre-sale tickets, meet and greet opportunities and every so often, a member of the band-usually Hayley-would pop into the live chat room for a bit.
I’d made a pretty great group of friends from the PFC and the old Twitter days so we would always make an effort to chat on there as much as possible. A few times, Hayley would come on the chat and we’d be like “stop messing about pretending to be Hayley hahahahah!!!” and she’d be like “Guys…it’s me…” and we’d make her do stuff to prove it- like follow the Paramore fanbase Twitter account I’d created that’d racked up a whopping 10K while my personal account holds a measly 2K…past Emma, teach me your ways!
Ticket sale day came along my mum managed to bag me two tickets to their Sheffield show. November finally rolled around and I knew from seeing the process for previous tours that this meant meet and greet sign ups were going to be released imminently. At the time, this worked so that the first x amount of people who signed up for a meet and greet got one and by some sort of miracle, I GOT ONE!! Now you can imagine what I was like the day I found that out, I couldn’t stop crying and I felt like the luckiest girl on earth as not only was I going to see my favourite band live, I was going to meet them too!
Less than two weeks later, the day was finally here. Not long after we had arrived in Sheffield it was time for me to head off to the meet and greet queue. I was super super nervous but ridiculously excited at the same time.
After a short while, Paramore’s management came out to sign us in and led us through to the backstage area of the arena for the meet and greet. We were asked to stand in a line while as the band came in and went down the line, speaking to us all one-on-one for a couple of minutes. I was so nervous being face-to-face with them, I only ended up complimenting Hayley on her hair (it’s even more magical in real life!) and spoke to Jeremy about the weather, like the true Brit I am.
We then went one by one to get a group photo before being took into the main area before the general admission. I managed to bag a spot centre barrier.
The support act was B.o.B and I loved his songs back in the day, so I was pretty excited that he would be performing. Plus, the 2010 jam of the Summer was “Airplanes” so that was obviously going to be part of the set list with an appearance from Hayley.
After B.o.B, it was time for the main event. As it was the Brand New Eyes tour, they were going to play quite a bit from their 3rd album and I was completely okay with this.
Along with lots of hits from Brand New Eyes, we were also treated to bangers from Riot! and All We Know Is Falling.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing Paramore live, you’ll know that they put on a brilliant show. Hayley’s vocals are second to none and it really is quite hard to believe just how good she is until you hear her sing live.
When I saw the band back in 2010, the band’s line-up was a bit different and there were five members as opposed to three. Taylor York was now an “official” member of the band as the rhythm guitarist and it was easy to see why, with his phenomenal skills that were not just limited to the guitar. During this tour and the tours to follow, fans also witnessed his skills on the drums, keyboard and as a backup vocalist.
Jeremy Davis played bass at the time and had a wonderful stage presence. He really knew how to get the crowd going and the iconic “Pressure flip” during All We Know Is Falling‘s hit song ‘Pressure’ was something that fans really looked forward to each show.
One of my favourite drummers has to be Zac Farro, who puts on a powerful performance each and every time. After departing the band, Zac pursued the now-solo project HalfNoise, releasing two studio albums. After much speculation, it was announced that Zac would be re-joining Paramore as their drummer ahead of the band’s fifth studio album which was released earlier this year, After Laughter, while continuing with HalfNoise.
The other half of the Farro brothers, Josh, seemed a little disinterested during the 2010 tour, which is now understandable as it was only a matter of weeks later when he would announce his departure from Paramore. There was quite a bit of controversy surrounding this, but sources say there is no longer any bad blood between Farro and the other members of Paramore.
Fast forward to 2017, the line up currently stands at Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Zac Farro and the three-piece will be touring UK arenas in January 2018.
Paramore are a band I have grown up with from first hearing their music at 14 years old to now, at 23 years of age, writing this post. Paramore have kept me inspired and motivated, helping me get through my hellish time at sixth form. Paramore helped me meet new people that I still call very good friends to this day. Paramore have helped me grow as a person with their inspiring lyrics. Paramore have given me so many memories that will last a lifetime.
We’ve both gone through a lot of changes over the past 9 years, but one thing that will never change is the love I have for Paramore.