This week I just want to gush over the gig I was at last week; Paramore at the Usher Hall.
I first saw Paramore seven years ago in Newcastle, when I was 14, and seeing them again last Thursday at 21 years old shows not only how much has changed in my life, but how much the band has changed. I've seen them a few times now and that's the first show I've been to where they didn't play a single song from the first album. And as sad as that is, it also shows how much they've grown and progressed, swapping out songs like Pressure for ones like Rose-Coloured Boy which has an energy that can only be believed when you experience it live.
The band in general has an energy that is unrivalled by lots of the other bands I've seen, and it only takes one or two songs before you absolutely understand why they are performing headline slots at festivals and selling out tiny venues like the Usher Hall in less than a minute.
They played the classics like That's What You Get and Misery Business (with a guest appearance from Lauren Mayberry from CHVRCES) which were amazing as always, but it was the new material that stood out, and songs like Turn it Off from the third album that you don't usually get to hear live. My personal favourites were Fake Happy, Playing God (because I forgot allll about how much I love that song) and their cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Everywhere', which has been stuck in my head for the last week.
Paramore, you are a band I have loved for a long time, and a band I will hold dear for the rest of time. Thanks for an incredible night, and welcome back.
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