REVIEW: Paramore live at Sydney's Allphones Arena
Kicking off their second gig from the Australian leg of their self-titled tour at Allphones Arena on Saturday night, Paramore teamed up with You Me at Six and support act Twenty One Pilots to get the party started.
Upon entering the arena, thousands of fans had already firmly secured themselves a spot in the mosh. Twenty One Pilots certainly got the crowd warmed up, pleasing with their energetic vibes and impressive aerial maneuvers.
By the time You Me at Six took to the stage, the arena was nearly full. Opening with ‘Reckless,’ the boys kept their set relatively simple, however engaged the audience with their super cute British accents and one liners like, “England, Australia forever.”
Hit songs ‘Loverboy’ and ‘Liquid Confidence’ saw the crowd sing along word-for-word, while their brand new song ‘Fresh Start Fever’ from their forthcoming album also seemed to be a winner.
Towards the end of their performance, lead singer Josh Franceschi got more inclusive with the audience (literally), by singing from the front barrier and allowing adorning fans to grapple at his body. Had their not been a security guard holding him back, the crowd looked like they would have swallowed him whole.
Wrapping up with our favourite ‘Underdog,’ You Me at Six had the audience on their feet clapping along to the beat. It was potentially the highlight of their show. Once the boys left the stage the crowd started chanting for water, suggesting they were still in a hot haze after copping a feel of Franceschi (obviously).
Nonetheless, by the time Paramore exploded onto the stage fans were raring to go. As a black curtain fell to reveal the trio standing on a two-tiered stage lined with blue LED lights, screams roared through the stadium.
Opening with ‘Grow Up,’ Hayley looked every bit the rocker babe dressed in black high waisted spandex tights, a white singlet and leather jacket. The fluorescent haired rocker, along with bandmates Taylor York and Jeremy Davis, jumped around the stage with seemingly effortless enthusiasm and energy.
Paramore continued to head-bang and high kick their way through a couple of new songs, including golden oldie, ‘That’s What You Get,’ before slowing things down for firm favourite ‘Decoder,’ AKA the ‘Twilight’ song.
While at times their moves felt a little predictable, the band were quick to remind us of how euphoric their stage presence can be. "I want you covered in somebody's sweat that you never have before," encouraged Hayley before the band played 'crushcrushcrush.' Paramore then went on to play their new song, ‘Ain’t It Fun,’ which was every part what the song entails, fun! The atmosphere in the room amplified as a choir accompanied Paramore onstage to join in with some of the melodies.
'Only Exception,’ saw a sea of iPhones light up the stadium in which Williams praised as “insane,” while ‘Misery Business’ had us on the edge of our seats as the 25-year-old rock goddess scoured the audience for someone to join her onstage.
At one point in the show things got extremely intimate as the band took a trip down memory lane. "Our band has had a lot of ups and downs, but I don't think we'd have it any other way," said Hayley before apologising for “rambling a lot.” It was an extremely humbling moment that drew "Paramore" chants and cheers from the audience.
Closing their set with 'Still Into You,' it was the finale that really stole the show. We could have easily mistaken the concert for a dance party as confetti and balloons showered the audience, and judging by the squeals throughout the arena, it was undoubtedly the song fans had been hanging out to hear. In full party mode nearly the whole arena joined in for one last sing-a-long and boogie before Paramore called it a night.
— Paige Ahearn