First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL
July 11, 2009
My first Paramore concert was at the Vans Warped Tour outside of Charleston, South Carolina in June 2006. I have since attended every Paramore show in Chicago (and some in Milwaukee) and will continue to go to their concerts for as long as they are willing to tour. More than three years after I watched Hayley Williams and Co. perform in front of around 30 people, I witnessed one of my favorite bands open for No Doubt last Saturday. I started out being the fan hugging the barricade for dear life with my feet planted dead center in front of the stage. Three years later and I am the fan who gets to photograph the first three songs of Paramore’s set from the pit between the barricaded fans and the stage.
It is the coolest feeling knowing that a band I have supported for so long has made it so far in their career. No Doubt is another of my favorite bands. I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for Paramore to open for the newly reunited No Doubt every night for three months this summer. Hayley, Josh, Jeremy, Zac, and newest member Taylor must be proud of themselves and all that they’ve accomplished with their music. They should be proud of themselves; they deserve everything they get in life. This past Saturday Paramore debuted their new single “Ignorance” from their upcoming third album Brand New Eyes. And of course, Paramore had to give their fans what they really wanted: to hear the lead single “Decode” from the Twilight soundtrack.
Set List @ FMBA
For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic
That’s What You Get
Let The Flames Begin
When It Rains
More photos of all five members of Paramore after the jump…
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