Teenage riot

Fist-pump­ing, head­bang­ing, an­them-sing­ing rock ... wel­come to the wild world of Paramore.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By IAN YEE

Maybe I’m still a bit buzzed af­ter their killer show in Kuala Lumpur on Tues­day, but I think Paramore’s jour­ney from be­ing emo-rock out­siders to rock he­roes is now com­plete.

There are con­certs, and then there are rock shows – Paramore don’t do con­certs. They do fist-pump­ing, head­bang­ing, an­them-sing­ing rock shows that make you feel alive.

and I know their rock cre­den­tials haven’t ex­actly been uni­ver­sally ac­cepted, given that they started the band six years ago as teenagers from Ten­nessee, the United States, play­ing a genre of­ten dis­missed as pseu­dorock; but they have grown into a band of ac­com­plished song­writ­ers, mu­si­cians and per­form­ers that can get any sta­dium or arena full of young peo­ple rock­ing out with them.

That’s ex­actly what their Malaysians fans did through­out the band’s 90-minute show at the bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium. a huge crowd of fans were al­ready lin­ing up out­side the sta­dium hours be­fore the show even started, and they were mostly teenagers and young peo­ple.

by the time the band kicked things off with their trade­mark open­ing at 8.30pm, the free-stand­ing area in front of the stage was al­ready jam packed and scream­ing out for Paramore.

a huge black drape dropped down and cov­ered the stage while the band, singer Hay­ley Wil­liams, lead gui­tarist Josh Farro, drum­mer Zac Farro, bassist Jeremy Davis and rhythm gui­tarist Tay­lor york, took their po­si­tions be­hind it and started play­ing some riffs.

When the drape fell to the ground to re­veal the band and Hay­ley in cen­tre stage giv­ing her best rock pose, the 9,000-strong crowd just went in­sane.

The band im­me­di­ately burst into a fu­ri­ous ren­di­tion of Ig­no­rance, fol­lowed quickly by Feel­ing Sorry, be­fore wrap­ping up their open- ing set with crowd-favourite That’s What You Get. It was some pretty pow­er­ful stuff. The younger of the Farro broth­ers, Zac, was a mon­ster on the drums, while Hay­ley was her usual fire-cracker self, pranc­ing and danc­ing around the stage and bang­ing that or­ange­haired head of hers. She was play­ful, sexy and cool all at once, and the crowd was lov­ing her ev­ery move.

Hay­ley was quick to re­turn the com­pli­ment, say­ing: “I can’t be­lieve it’s out first time here. The way this looks, we should’ve been here a long time ago! If only amer­ica can see this. This is sick.”

They went through other hits like Emer­gency and De­code be­fore set­tling down on a white sofa for an acous­tic set.

From scream­ing and wail­ing dur­ing the full-out rock sets, Hay­ley still man­aged to pro­vide the sweet stuff for the acous­tic ver­sions of When It Rains, Where The Lines Over­lap and Mis­guided Ghosts, and the rest of the band sound­ing re­ally good too.

af­ter that they were back to their usual posts, and Hay­ley asked the crowd to dance along with her as they played Crushcrushcrush, Pres­sure and Look­ing Up.

but prob­a­bly the best moment of the con­cert was when ev­ery­body got their cell­phones up in the air and sang along for The Only Ex­cep­tion.

af­ter that, it all de­scended into one big party on stage dur­ing the en­core, when Hay­ley in­vited open­ing act y2K back on stage, and she picked some­one from the crowd to join them. She even gave the guy a mi­cro­phone to sing along with.

“I re­ally love you, Hay­ley!” the guy screamed once he got the mic. He didn’t get a sin­gle note right on Mis­ery Busi­ness, but no­body re­ally cared. ev­ery­one was too busy jump­ing and hav­ing fun.

about a half hour af­ter the show was over, the crowd was still buzzing and scream­ing out­side the sta­dium, much like it was dur­ing my first Paramore con­cert in Singapore ear­lier this year.

and that’s when you know you’ve had a re­ally good rock show.

Fire cracker: Paramore’s lead vo­cal­ist, Hay­ley Wil­liams, per­form­ing dur­ing the band’s con­cert in the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium on Tues­day.

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