Paramore at the Fillmore Auditorium 5-7-13 (photos, review)By Evan Semon | May 8th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Just two songs into Paramore‘s show at the Fillmore Auditorium Tuesday night, singer Hayley Williams was out of breath. Huffing over the microphone, her first interaction with the crowd was an apology for having to cancel the band’s show in Salt Lake City the night before. But Williams promised that the show in Denver would be better after a night off.
In an attempt to heal the wounds in Utah, Williams said, “There aren’t many things I regret more than letting our fans down. But, give it up for Salt Lake City!” She then led the crowd in a chant of, “S-L-C! S-L-C! S-L-C!”
It was a genuine gesture in front of the Denver crowd, and one that rang true through Paramore’s entire performance. Fan loyalty is an important ingredient to the Paramore formula and one of the reasons the band’s new self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s top 100 in the U.S. and in other countries around the world.
Perhaps seeking chances to rest her recovering voice, Williams would capitalize on her most popular songs by holding the microphone over the audience’s head to trade verses. It worked and the audience knew all the words, even to the new songs.
Highlights from the show were high energy versions of “That’s What You Get” off the album “Riot!” (2007), the ballad “The Only Exception” off “Brand New Eyes” (2009) and filling the stage with fans from the audience for a screaming version of “Anklebiters” off Paramore’s new album.
The show concluded with the new single “Still Into You” in a two song encore ending with “Brick by Boring Brick” through a sea of confetti and streamers.
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.
Tina Hagerling is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. Check out more of her concert photography.