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Young Fans Embrace Paramore

October 19th, 2009

Paramore – The Wellmont Theatre – October 16, 2009

Paramore - The Wellmont Theatre - October 16, 2009
At the beginning of the month, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams lost her voice and had to walk offstage in Pomona, Calif. The band postponed the next few shows while she rested. But seeing her fly around the stage on Friday at The Wellmont Theatre made it hard to believe her voice was ever bothered. Playing to a sold-out crowd at this old movie theater, Williams belted out the group’s hits without issue and showcased much of their new album, Brand New Eyes.

After a surprisingly brooding intro, Paramore burst into “Ignorance,” the first single off Eyes. With Williams’ voice showing no signs of trouble, they followed with older hits like “That’s What You Get,” “Emergency” and “Crush Crush Crush,” all while the whole band swayed and headbanged with KISS-like synchronicity. The highlights of the set were the call-and-response moments seemingly built into Paramore’s songs, specifically for their live shows. In the middle of new song “Where the Lines Overlap,” Williams sang, “I’ve got a feeling if I sang this loud enough/ You would sing it back to me,” to which the mostly teenage crowd loudly obliged.

By the time the Twilight soundtrack smash-hit “Decode” rolled around at the end of the set, The Wellmont’s mezzanine level was literally bouncing up and down along with the fans. And after setting up campfire style for the acoustic “Misguided Ghosts” to start the encore, Paramore busted out megahit “Misery Business,” showing once and for all that Williams’ stunning voice had no ill effects. Openers Paper Route and the Swellers then joined the band for the last song, capping the night with one last audience sing-along. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com