Live Review: Paramore – Singapore Indoor Stadium, 7 March 2010Posted March 10th, 2010 At 3:29 pm By MTV ASIA
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“Singapore, it’s nice to meet you!” shouted Hayley Williams to the packed Singapore Indoor Stadium last Sunday. The greeting has at least been five years in the making. For the thousands of teenage fans who queued up outside the venue as early as the night before, watching Paramore larger-than-life right before their very eyes was like, to paraphrase the lyrics from “Misery Business,” watching their wildest dreams come true.
And did the five-year wait pay off? Every single minute of it. Since their 2005 debut All We Know Is Falling to their 2007 breakthrough Riot! to last year’s Brand New Eyes, Paramore has always been a live force to reckon with. There’s no need for any elaborate setup, for the fearless Tennessee quintet have youth and high-octane energy on their side. Setting the stage on fire with “Ignorance,” Paramore ripped through their short one-hour set with ballsy, fist-pumping Riot! favorites like “That’s What You Get,” “Crushcrushcrush,” and “Let The Flames Begin,” as well as older tunes like “Let This Go” and “Pressure.” Hayley may be pint-sized, but this flame-haired siren is definitely a consummate front-woman who commands the stage like no other with her mega wattage charms and exuberance.
But the rest of the boys were no sidemen either. Despite guitarist Josh Farro’s absence (dude has to stay home to prepare for his wedding), the band were still a super tight unit with drummer Zac Farro, bassist Jeremy Davis, guitarist Taylor York and his brother Justin, who was sessioning on guitars. Clearly enjoying themselves, Taylor and Jeremy not only kicked out the jams with their synchronized head-banging moves, their super gymnastic tag-team routine where Jeremy did a roundabout flip over Taylor while still playing was simply a sight to behold. If any fans in attendance were in bands and needed a lesson in showmanship, that’s wholly a chapter of its own in the books.
The blistering teen brio workout – both on stage and in the pit where more than 20 fans reportedly fainted and had to be pulled out for safety – aside, Paramore was still able to bring on the tender moments with their last single, “The Only Exception.” Citing a massive sing-along, Hayley couldn’t help but remarked to the crowd, “You guys have got really good voices!”
After belting out more tunes like “For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic,” “Where The Lines Overlap” and the epic Twilight anthem “Decode”, the band returned with “Misery Business” for the obligatory encore segment. “This is the wildest crowd we’ve ever had!” remarked Hayley. And how could the band expect anything less from the sea of appreciative fans? As their closed their debut Singapore set with “Brick By Boring Brick,” Hayley promised that it won’t be another five years before the fans would see them again as “We are family now!” Here’s to the next round then!
That’s What You Get
Let The Flames Begin
Let This Go
The Only Exception
For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic
Where The Lines Overlap
Brick By Boring Brick