Paramore - London o2 Arena
Tonight I was in Greenwich at the o2 Arena for Paramore’s second night of thier latest visit to London. On my journey there it was obvious who the Paramore fans were a mile off, with their brightly coloured hair and high on excitement.
Initial support came from an energetic bunch called Fun, a pop rock band from New York who had previously opened up for Paramore on their spring tour, and although I had never heard them before, I found them to be entertaining and a good start for a highly anticipated evening.
Second support was from R 'n' B star B.O.B. Coming on stage in a rather strange looking jacket and aviator sunglasses, he started his set list off with 'I See Ya', followed by 'Satellite'. Although his music is not the kind of thing I've seen live before, B.O.B is definitely a performer and made a real connection with the audience. For 'Bet I' he was joined by rapper Playboy Tre and for his last song, 'Airplanes', Hayley Williams joined him on stage.
For the headliners, the stage was hidden by a black sheet - something that seems quite popular at gigs at the moment. The front row behind me were cheering, but also complaining, as there was a lot of pushing and people getting crushed before the band had even arrived on stage, with many having to be pulled out.
With the sheet still in place, the lights dimmed along and all you could make out was Hayley Williams' silhouette. As the sheet dropped the band broke into 'Ignorance' from their album Brand New Eyes, Williams showing off her newly coloured pink hair. Only two songs in I could see large numbers of people being pulled out from the crowd by security, and upon leaving the photo pit the medic area was filling up quite early on into the show. This was a high energy affair, although in the middle of their set they treated the fans to an acoustic set. B.O.B came back for a version of 'Misery Business', after which the well-satisfied crowd brought the evening to a close with a round of 'Happy Birthday' for the birthday boy.
Setlist: Ignorance / Feeling Sorry / That’s What You Get / For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic / Emergency / Playing God / Decode / Never Let This Go / When It Rains / Where The Lives Overlap / Misguided Ghosts / Crushcrushcrush / Pressure / Looking Up / The Only Exception / Brick By Boring Brick / Misery Business