Hayley’s energy exuded from her before the music even started. Kicking things off with “Still Into You”, the band then promptly broke out four tracks from their other three albums. High kicks, backflips, huge LED lighting displays and confetti galore, Paramore truly owned the stage. It was clear off the bat that this Paramore is new, this Paramore is different, but this Paramore has taken time to understand their past, and they’re better because of it. Hayley took time out of the set to mention to fans that this summer marks the bands tenth anniversary. Emotionally speaking about the challenges they’ve faced in this decade, she acknowledged that despite their ups and downs, she believes there is still work to be done. She pointed out how many familiar faces she saw in the crowd, and how amazing it was to see people still here despite the changes of the last few years. Before charging into “Last Hope” (which she dedicated to Robin Williams), she told the audience “we’re all a part of something bigger, you are a part of something bigger. Remember that.”
Last night was the first time all summer I found myself understanding Hayley’s strange stage outfit for this tour. Dressed in oversized boxing shorts and knee pads, her outfit is a metaphor: she’s dressed like the fighter she is. Paramore has certainly changed, but they’ve grown with their fan base without entirely uprooting themselves. Ms. Williams has stayed committed to the people who’ve helped them rise to the top, and has both literally and metaphorically kept swinging. Cheers to another ten years, Hayley. You’ve got it in you, and you’ve got us all at your back cheering you on. - Maddie
*Public Service Announcement that the App Shazam doesn’t work on live music. Soundhound sometimes does. But STILL. Don't do that at shows. Facepalm.