Paramore at the Dodge Theatre Last Night

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Luke Holwerda
Paramore at Dodge Theatre

Paramore
September 15, 2010
Dodge Theatre

Hayley Williams is quite the little firecracker.

Physically, the Paramore singer sort of looks like a firework, with her bright red hair and ruler-straight body. Personality-wise, she's a dynamic burst of energy. At her show at the Dodge Theatre last night, she ran around the stage, igniting the crowd by jumping up and down, whipping her hair around and giving the audience pep talks to get more energetic.

She even singled out audience members who were sitting down in the theater, telling them if they wanted to sit down they could have stayed at home on their couches. But this was a rock show, and if people wanted to get their money's worth, they would become involved with the party she seemed to be hosting.

But she didn't want things to get too wild. When a fight broke out in the crowd, the feisty 21-year-old called the pugilists out: "Security guy, just push them out. Don't listen to them...If I see someone fight again, I'm going to punch myself in the face until I bleed, and then you're going to feel guilty."

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Luke Holwerda
Paramore at Dodge Theatre

She led the band as they played songs off their three albums, with the majority coming from their most recent, Brand New Eyes. Following a killer performance at this past Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, the band was energetic and put just as much effort into this concert as they did that performance, though it was evident Williams' voice was a little hoarse during the set. Her vocals got drowned out a bit because there were three guitars, a bass and drums, but the packed crowd sang along to every song and gladly helped sing when she threw the microphone out.

While she impressively sprinted across the stage while  not missing a beat vocally, she sounded best during the acoustic songs. The band paid homage to their hometown of Nashville with a cover of Loretta Lynn's "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)", and they brought out a couch and lamp on-stage to create a living room vibe for a string of their own acoustic originals.

After that, it was back to rocking out, though. While the band utilized props such as dangling light bulbs a la their "Ignorance" video, plus a couple cute new videos made for the tour, the show relied on Williams' crowd interaction, both during the performances and between songs. She made fans laugh constantly, such as when she reminisced about when the band was first starting out and toured in a van.

"It smelled like Taco Bell and farts all the time," Williams said, "but it was awesome."

She may be only 5"2 and wore a Girl Scout sash, but Williams managed to be a commanding force to be reckoned with, spouting off on everything from her new shoes to the way she feels about music.

Fireworks sprinkled down from the ceiling before the encore, a fitting cap to the show. For the closer "Misery Business," Williams invited three fans on-stage to help her sing. One young man kissed her on the cheek, but ever the independent woman, Williams declared, "Never kiss a girl unless she says she wants you to," before sending the guy to the other side of the stage.

Then huge bursts of confetti flew into the sky, and no matter how many people may call the band boring, they proved they can still throw one heck of a party.

Personal Bias: This was the third time I saw Paramore, and I own all their studio albums.

The Crowd: High school and college age kids, with a good mix of boys and girls.

Overheard in the crowd: "I feel old," by a woman in her late 20's.

Random Notebook Dump: Sara Quin, of openers Tegan and Sara, makes a really good boy.

Set List:
Ignorance
Feeling Sorry
That's What You Get
For a Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic
Emergency
Playing God
Careful
Decode
You Ain't Woman Enough (Loretta Lynn cover)
When It Rains
Where the Lines Overlap
Misguided Ghosts
Crush Crush Crush
Pressure
Looking Up
The Only Exception

Encore:
Brick by Boring Brick
Misery Business

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19 comments
hayleygivesgoodhead
hayleygivesgoodhead

anyone who willingly went to this "show" deserves to be punched in the face! :)

somethinggnn
somethinggnn

You guys are weird, Hayley williams and Paramore are the best, get over yourselves!!

MomInPeoria
MomInPeoria

I have to say it was an amazing concert.This is the 2nd time I have seen them and they keep getting better. Hayley Williams is a very talented singer and I have loved Paramore for many years. I did not feel old there and I am a 41 year old mom that had my 11 year old daughter and two nieces in their 20's with me. One of the opening acts, New Found Glory was great and when my daughter went to meet them they were so kind. They all signed her converse shoes, ticket and Jordan, the lead singer gave her a silly band. Needless to say they have a new fan. Her absolute favorite was Paramore and I loved watching her enjoy the show....A mom in Peoria :)

Jackie
Jackie

I went to their nashville show. It was absolutely AMAZING! It was the fourth time I've seen them live and it was better than the first three put together. And don't get me wrong, they've all been amazing. The last one was just that great!!

Jwsj
Jwsj

Great review! thx

LauraPB&J
LauraPB&J

Saw their Houston,TX show and they were flipping awesome!!! Love the band, love Hayley's voice, love the energy! Had a blast!!!

Blah
Blah

I was there .. The band was so good live and had lots of energy. They are great:)

Reila
Reila

I was so there, and it was AMAZING. I can't wait until they come back. I lover her personality and her energy. She was a referee, AND a hostess. A general to the Paramore Army!

s.
s.

Just because a woman is gay and has short hair does not make them "a really good boy". Or a really bad boy, even. It makes them a woman with short hair. Have some tact and respect.

thevps
thevps

williams is a tool

Yo!!
Yo!!

He didn't mention her hair or her sexual orientation. So. You just made an ass out of yourself. Clearly YOU need to stop stereotyping.

s.
s.

Eli took the words right out of my mouth, but I'll add that as a queer woman with what is traditionally a male's haircut myself, I have heard comments along those lines far too often to not know what is being talked about and implied. Yes, perhaps I took that one personally, but it is still out of place and tactless in this review.

Eli
Eli

It was clearly implied. What else would lead the reviewer (who, by the way, is a woman) to make such a comment? The way I, as well as other readers and the original commenter, read it was as an implication that a woman who is openly gay and happens to have short hair clearly must either a) want to be a boy, or b) is not a woman at all, but transgendered. And that is beyond offensive, regardless of who is being talked about.

t.
t.

oh, my friend it was implied! and YOU clearly are ignorant...

s. - re: fyi
s. - re: fyi

Ah, yes - with that placed in context it comes off as more of the roundabout compliment it was meant to be, I think. But as a reader who wasn't at the show, not knowing that made it seem like a careless, snide remark and I had no reason not to take it the wrong way. So thank you for that tidbit. I've no problem with it being commented on in good humor, but context helps.

fyi
fyi

Actually, Sara herself made the comment during the show that her new haircut made her "look like a boy". That's probably what the reviewer was referencing. Although I can see how if you weren't aware of this fact, it could be taken the wrong way.

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