Paramore crushes the stage after two years


Rachel Maxwell

For their album After Laughter, the rock band Paramore toured the world and provided their audience with good times and upbeat tunes.

Rachel Maxwell and Nati Duron

Reaching the 16th stop of their tour, the band Paramore performed on Monday, October 2 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Eager to watch the iconic band perform, people of all ages gathered at the iconic venue.

The rock band, originally from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. They released their first album, All We Know Is Falling, in 2005, but did not gain large amounts of exposure until 2007 when they released their second album, Riot. Following the release of their latest album, After Laughter, the band decided to tour the world. Paramore divided the tour into part one, two, and three, tour two consisted of the United States.

The rising band Best Coast, originally from California, kicked off the night before Paramore performed. Throughout the tour, numerous special guests made appearances to open the show, including: Best Coast, Julian Baker, Paris, Flor, and Bleached.

Zac Farro, Paramore’s drummer, took over the stage to perform one of his own songs, “Scooby’s in the Back” by his own band HalfNoise. The rest of the band and the crowd danced and sang along to the funky tune.

The stage resembled a record player. The flashing colorful lights and patterns added to the aesthetic of the band.

The show took an emotional turn when the band paused from their upbeat performance to honor the lives of those who died in the tragic Las Vegas shooting the previous night. Lead singer, Hayley Williams, expressed her opinion on gun reform in America before continuing the concert by singing “26,” a track from their latest album.

The lyrics of “26” relate to the tragic events happening in the world today. Williams sang about holding on to hope in hard times; fans waved their phone flashlights in the air to the beat of the song. During the song, the already emotional crowd broke into tears. Williams lightened the mood by telling her audience to “cry hard, dance harder.”

When the band performs one of their most famous songs, “Misery Buisness,” they traditionally pull fans from the audience on stage to help sing. Williams typically brings one fan onto the stage to help her sing and dance to finish the song off, but after saying Atlanta remains her “home away from home,” she decided to choose  three people to accompany her on stage.

“It was amazing. It’s a feeling of freedom when you get to sing and dance freely without anyone judging you,” Cameron Hartsfield, a concert attendee said.

The night ended with the rock band performing the song “Rose Colored Boy,” the second track of the latest album. After the show Williams wholeheartedly tweeted, “Thank you ATL. Tonight was a heavy one. Thank you for holding us up and dancing harder than ever. Hope that tonight was what you needed,” adding a red heart to the end.

After years of touring, Paramore plans on making more music and inspiring people to embrace their individuality and emotions. They never fail to create a happy atmosphere within their fanbase.