Paramore Shows Off Their ‘Brand New Eyes’

House of BluesChicago, IL
October 10, 2009Paramore House of Blues“One time, we sold more records than Mariah Carey did,” lead singer Hayley Williams of Paramore proudly announced after performing new song “Turn It Off.” Before launching into the classic dance track “Here We Go Again,” Williams told fans, “We’re gonna play another old one for you.” The song is off the band’s debut album All We Know Is Falling and happens to be one of my personal favorites out of Paramore’s entire repertoire of music. Hearing the Franklin, Tennessee (near Nashville) fivesome play “Here We Go Again” live in concert is always a unique experience. This is because Paramore performs the song with an extended and/or alternate ending not heard on the original album recording. If you don’t know, or want to know, what I’m referring to, make sure you check out Paramore when they play a city near you on the ‘Brand New Eyes’ tour. The band always performs “Here We Go Again.” It is by far a staple of their live set.

More photos of Paramore after the jump!

Set List / Chicago



Caught Myself

That’s What You Get

Looking Up


Crush Crush Crush

Turn It Off

Here We Go Again



Where The Lines Overlap




Misguided Ghosts

Misery Business

Brick By Boring Brick

Paramore House of BluesJeremy Davis (bass)

Paramore House of BluesHayley Williams (lead vocals)

New song “Careful” off Paramore’s third studio album Brand New Eyes received an introduction from Williams that “Just because I have a mic stand, does not mean this song is slow.” Another new track “Where The Lines Overlap” had Williams informing fans that “This next song is about how awesome I think life is with these guys right now.” The recently turned platinum blonde (a Gwen Stefani influence perhaps?) frontwoman was of course talking about her four bandmates as “these guys.” This particular track may just be my favorite selection off Brand New Eyes. “Where The Lines Overlap” also proved to be the one song that made guitarist Josh Farro smile on stage. I am not kidding here people. My friend Sarah and I noticed that not once did Josh crack even a remote semblance of a smile on stage. However, that was until the performance of what I consider to be the most honest, grateful, thankful, and optimistic musical composition Paramore has written to date.

Paramore House of BluesTaylor York (rhythm guitar)

As expected, Twilight fans freaked out when lead guitarist Farro began playing the first two notes of “Decode.” If you didn’t know already, Paramore contributed a song to the original motion picture soundtrack to the blockbuster hit film Twilight. The final song “Outro” before Paramore’s encore had Williams down on her knees front and center in front of the 1,400 people lucky enough to get into the sold out show this past Saturday in Chicago. “Misguided Ghosts” kicked off the grand finale three-song encore with guitarist Farro, bassist Jeremy Davis, and Williams sitting themselves down at the edge of the stage. The three band members were then two feet away from front row fans clinging for dear life to the barricade. Keeping with the original version of the Brand New Eyes track, “Misguided Ghosts” was performed acoustic at Chicago’s House of Blues. Truth be told, this was the most intimate musical scenario I have seen Paramore in since August 2006. That being when I was one of about 30 kids watching the then foursome play an in-store appearance at the old Tower Records. “And just for the record, I might forget the words to it. It’s been known to happen,” announced Hayley when introducing “Misguided Ghosts.” After the campfire sing-along, Williams told the audience, “You sounded gorgeous!”

Paramore House of BluesFollowing “Misery Business,” Williams remarked that “It’s date #2 on the ‘Brand New Eyes’ tour. Thank you for helping us kick it off right.” Leading into the last song of the night “Brick By Boring Brick,” Hayley let fans know that, “This next song is our new single. We just shot a video for it.” To my utter shock and disappointment, Paramore did not include “Pressure” in their set. What was up with that?! “Pressure” happens to be the one song that made me fall head over heels in love with this band back in June 2006. Upon hearing the song from beginning to end just once in my friend’s apartment, I was hooked. I then proceeded to spend the rest of the day playing “Pressure” on repeat, driving my friend crazy with my new obsession. I have since seen Paramore live in concert every time they have played in Chicago for the past three years and not once was “Pressure” not a part of the set. My heart broke a little when I first glanced at the set list before the band walked out on stage. I held out hope that at the last second, Paramore would break out an impromptu performance of the song, but no such luck. Before I knew it, the show was over and I didn’t get to sing my heart out to “Pressure” until losing my voice.

Paramore House of BluesZac Farro (drums)

Paramore House of BluesJosh Farro (lead guitar, backing vocals)

Click on thumbnails to enlarge images:

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…

[Read more…]

GRAMMY Soundcheck w/ A Fine Frenzy

A Fine Frenzy
Schubas – Chicago, IL

A Fine Frenzy Schubas

I had the opportunity to sit back and watch A Fine Frenzy run through her soundcheck at Schubas in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. Then I had the chance to sit down with the lovely Alison Sudol and ask her anything my heart desired. Pretty cool, huh? You may be asking yourself how I did this. Well, I am a member of GRAMMY U, which is an organization for college students around the country to be a part of The Recording Academy. We all know the Recording Academy best as being the organization behind the annual GRAMMY Awards. All I have to do is join GRAMMY University while I am student at Columbia College Chicago, and I get to meet up and coming artists such as A Fine Frenzy and have a real discussion about the music industry with an artist living in the biz every day! How cool is that?! Pretty dang cool if you ask me…

A Fine Frenzy Schubas

I honestly had never heard of A Fine Frenzy before seeing her sound check a couple of days ago. All I knew was that one of my favorite bands, Paramore, had posted a blog saying that she (Alison Sudol) was all they were listening to while on tour in Europe. Paramore fans apparently took the band’s advice and checked out A Fine Frenzy’s music that same day Paramore posted their blog entry where they name-dropped her! About 15,000 Paramore fans read that blog and hit up A Fine Frenzy’s site to hear her music and find out what all the buzz was about. Lo and behold, Alison Sudol actually resembles Hayley Williams quite a lot in that she also has the same fire-engine red hair, pale white skin, and delicate bone structure as the leading lady of Paramore.

Back to sound check. I did not know what to expect since I had never heard the music of A Fine Frenzy, but when I saw an old off-white baby grand piano sitting up on stage, I knew I was in for a treat. Being a piano player myself, I could tell I was going to like what I would hear. I couldn’t helping wondering if this new chick on the scene was going to be a mini Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, or even Vanessa Carlton. More indie/folk than alternative/pop/rock, A Fine Frenzy is the perfect soundtrack for any coffeeshop’s background music. During the chatting portion of the afternoon, I was surprised that Alison did not mention any of the above female pianists as influences in her life, music, or career. She did, however, mention that Coldplay is one of her favorite bands and would love to tour, write, and perform with them one day. This did not surprise me since I absolutely love Coldplay too!

Now it is my turn to say “Go check out A Fine Frenzy at or at now!”