We Are Paramore!

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL
July 11, 2009


Hayley Williams (vocals, keyboard)

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

Misery Business



That’s What You Get

Let The Flames Begin


When It Rains


More photos of all five members of Paramore after the jump…

Paramore First Midwest Bank AmphitheatreJosh Farro (lead guitar, backing vocals)

Paramore First Midwest Bank AmphitheatreJeremy Davis (bass)

 Paramore First Midwest Bank AmphitheatreZac Farro (drums)

Paramore First Midwest Bank AmphitheatreTaylor York (rhythm guitar)

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  1. Sarah says:

    Those are awesome photos! Man, I wish I would have went to that show! …aaah poverty lol

  2. Charliese says:

    Best. Night. Of. Life.
    They really do know how to put on a show with their head banging and Hayley’s grooves. I took so many videos from their performances and pretty sure I fell in love with them all over again. Their performance of “Ignorance” was amazing!! I actually liked it better than the album version.

    Can’t wait til they headline a tour! (fingers crossed)

    P.S. Pics are fab.

  3. Anita says:

    Love Paramore Love the Pics SO wish i was there. Never wanted to be in Illinois more than i do now. Such Great Concerts that you review.

  4. Vilmarie R says:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. SO glad I got to see them. Made my life complete. I’m pretty sure if it were legal, I’d marry Hayley…. just saying lol. Great pics!

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