Paramore rocks Auburn Hills

Dakota Phillips ‘15
News editor

 

The Palace of Auburn Hills was rockin’ on November 21 when Paramore brought its self-titled tour to Michigan!
The audience was warmed up for Paramore by opening acts HelloGoodbye and Metric. Then the lights went out and the curtain dropped to reveal Hayley Williams (lead singer), Jeremy Davis (bassist), and Taylor York (rhythm guitarist). The crowd stood on their feet and cheered as they performed a collection of songs dating back to their very first album, “All We Know Is Falling,” as well as their sophomore album, “Riot!”, their junior album, “Brand New Eyes,” and their newest self-titled album that debuted last spring.
Paramore opened the show with the song “Grow Up,” from their newest album. Williams’ vocals were extremely impressive – she never missed a beat. Her spot-on vocals were matched with her quirky dance moves as she jammed out on stage. Her spunky attitude did not fail to get the audience involved.
“Detroit, I have one question,” Williams said as her bandmates transitioned into their hit song “Crush Crush Crush,” “Will you dance with me?”
The crowd fired back with loud screams of excitement. The entire arena sang along with Williams as she jumped around the stage singing and having a blast. She even picked a fan to come on stage and sing the bridge to one of their most popular songs “Misery Business.” The girl Williams picked seemed star struck as she interacted with the band. Williams also thanked everyone for coming to their concert.
While introducing their song, “Last Hope,” she explained how the band had gone through various struggles over the last couple of years, but now they are proud of their new music and super happy to be back on tour doing what they love. “Last Hope” was written when the three were at one of their lowest points, and did not seem to have much hope. They pulled together as a band and got back on their feet to create new music. They are extremely proud that they made it through their dark times and got back to what really matters to them.
Paramore has a very diverse style of music varying from pop-punk to rock to slow interludes, all of which sounded even better live than on audio. One of my favorites was when they played their single, “In the Mourning,” which flowed into a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic song, “Landslide.” Singing such a well-known appreciated song could have backfired if it was not done well, but it sounded beautiful with Williams’ vocals along with York’s acoustic guitar playing.
Williams appeared tiny with the colossal drum set behind her in the center of the stage. York occupied the right side of the stage while Davis had the left. The crowd went ballistic when Davis did his famous flip over York’s back during one of their last songs, “Pressure.”
The bright green laser lights moved in every direction, illuminating the crowd as well as the stage. During the slower songs, the lights dimmed in on Williams, Davis and York, giving the arena a more calm feeling. Williams’ bright orange, signature hair looked fierce underneath the bright lights.
Balloons fell from the ceiling and confetti was released as the band performed its last song, “Still Into You.” It was one of the most energetic songs of the night. After the band thanked the crowd again and exited the stage, the arena’s energy died down as people started to leave.
In all, the concert was such an amazing experience. Even if Paramore is not your favorite band, they are entertaining and fulfilling for any person who is simply looking for a show to enjoy.

The always exciting Paramore performs live

The always exciting Paramore performs live