Paramore @ Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ

Review & Photography by: Valerie Rudland

Paramore has never been a band to disappoint with their live shows. As soon as I walked into the venue, the setup on stage had a huge backboard with circles of lights on it and you knew they were going to have some amazing lights going on. They started their set with Hard Times and everyone immediately abandoned their seats to stand and dance along. Hayley is the perfect frontwoman dancing around the stage with more energy than I could ever imagine having, while still hitting every note perfectly.

The lighting throughout their set was a show in itself with spiraling lights and artsy projections onto the board the lights were all attached too. However, during the song Hate to See Your Heart Break, they left the lighting up to the audience and their sea of phone lights swaying.  The band followed this with an acoustic version of 26 which she claimed might be her favorite song they’ve ever written. Many of their newer songs were played throughout their set as well as the old classics like Misery Business which she brought a couple fans from the crowd on stage for.

They wrapped up the night with a 3 song encore; Caught in the Middle, Scooby’s in the Back, and Rose Colored Boy. Scooby’s in the back was Zac Farro’s song that he stepped away from the drum set for to sing lead on with the rest of the band on harmonies and Hayley hopping on percussion for a bit. Before their last song, Hayley made sure to give the whole band proper introductions and applause and say her thank you’s to everyone coming out. It was great to see that even after all the years, they seem just as thankful for their fans as day one.

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