Opening the show tonight we have Philadelphia’s mewithoutYou. Theirs chilled out melodic sound comes across well in a big setting with frontman Aaron Weiss’s poetic, almost spoken-word vocals blending seamlessly with the full band. Although their style isn’t really one to get everyone jumping around, they are well received by the ever filling venue.
The lights drop and Paramore takes to the stage, starting things off with a drum jam and then into lead single “Hard Times” from their most recent release “After Laughter”. Things are stepped up a notch when they launch into “Ignorance” from 2009’s “Brand New Eyes” with the whole crowd going wild.
Tonight’s set is heavy on new material from “After Laughter”, which is to be expected when the tour is for that album. If we’re being honest the new songs blend in well with the old and overall the set is fantastic. “Fake Happy” is a definite highlight and sounds huge life and is followed by the amazing “That’s What You Get” which throws things back to the 2007 “Riot!” days.
mewithoutYou’s Aaron Weiss makes an appearance to perform his part in “No Friend” which then leads into the anthemic “Misery Business” from 2007’s “Riot!”, with frontwoman Hayley Williams describing the latter as “a word vomit of a song” and stating they are not the same people that wrote this song and neither are you, so let’s play and sing it together and enjoy the fact we’ve all grown up. The track is finished off in usual Paramore style, with Hayley bringing four audience members on stage to take over on vocal duties (one who is the double of Hayley herself!)
The main set is then finished with the huge “Ain’t It Fun” from 2013’s self-titled “Paramore” album, before the band head off stage.
It’s not long though before they’re back for an encore of “Grow Up” followed by a cover of Zac Farro’s band Half Noise’s “French Class”, which leaves us slightly wondering why this is in the set when another Paramore song could be in its place.
The night is rounded off with a superb run-through of “Rose-Colored By” which includes a snippet of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, and leaves the audience flowing out into the cold Scottish night singing in full voice.