July 28, 2010 | Drew Bartlett
Well, to be honest, I’m not even sure what to say. There’s no way possible I could put all the energy, passion, power, and sights into this review. I’m going to flat out admit that this was hands down the best concert of my life to date.
Let’s start off with Kadawatha. They were a very interesting band with lots of emotion and good stage presence. They played about a 5 song set and were a good show opener. I wasn’t into their music that much mostly just because I was so anxious to see paramore. Either way, they did a pretty decent job.
Next up was a special guest Relient K. Originally Tegan and Sarah were supposed to be playing but we had the pleasure of seeing Relient K instead. They put on about an 8 song set and I really enjoyed them. They played songs such as “Be my escape” and “Who I am hates who i’ve been”. I really enjoyed their set and the crowd had a very positive reaction to them. I had actually been wanting to see them live so this was a nice treat and I’m glad I was able to watch them perform.
Shortly after Relient K was New Found Glory. The crowd was pretty calm prior to them coming out but that changed very quickly. I was soon crammed up against hundreds of people struggling to move as you’d expect in a pit. Everyone jumped and screamed and put their hands up as they played songs like “It’s All Downhill From Here”, “My Friend’s Over You”, “Kiss Me”, and many more. During one of the songs the lead singer Jordan Pundik came down right in front of the crowd and touched everyone’s hands and he grabbed mine at one too which gave me some bragging rights for my friends. New Found Glory definitely got the crowd pumped up and ready for what Paramore had coming next.
Finally, after a long wait the lights dimmed, the crowd roared, and a large black sheet was put in front of the stage. Suddenly Zac started off playing the drums followed by Jeremy on the bass, and Josh and Taylor on guitars. Meanwhile you couldn’t see them but you could see their shadows through the sheet. After an intense intro they went right into “Ignorance” and man did it get crazy. Everyone around me was jumping in the air and pushing each other and screaming at the top of their lungs to the song. Hayley had an interesting outfit on as usual. This time it was a yellow tank top with a skirt that had a sign on the back which said “Let’s Be Freaks”. Needless to say she still looked very good. As the concert went on the crowd’s energy never went down. There was constant jumping, screaming, and going crazy during every song. Paramore played so lots and lots of songs which of course, I loved all of them. Some of them included “For a Pessimist…”, “Emergency”, “Pressure”, “Careful”, and “Playing God”.
After a few songs Hayley and Josh played an acoustic cover of “You Ain’t Enough Woman” by Loretta Lynn. During this, a red couch was with a lamp, a chair and a small drum set was set up on the stage. The rest of Paramore came out on stage and sat on the couch, chair and of course, drum throne. They talked and played a few acoustic songs like “Where The Lines Overlap”. The concert was almost wrapping up by this point but neither the band or crowd was ready for it to end. Paramore played two more songs and claimed them to be their last but we all knew they were coming out for an encore.
The show was coming to an end and the last songs were about to be played. First was “The Only Exception”. This song seemed to keep getting interrupted overtime they started playing. The first time was because Josh’s guitar was out of tune and the second time a fight broke out and Hayley asked the security guards it they would kick them out. The last song of course was “Misery Business”. I along with the rest of the Comcast Center went crazy and had screamed every word. As the song played and reached the bridge, Zac and Taylor switched instruments, Zac to guitar and Taylor to Drums. Taylor surprisingly seemed to know what he was doing but unfortunately Zac didn’t know how to play the end of the song. Regardless, the song was amazing from start to finish.
I am very glad to have attended this concert and I will definitely be seeing Paramore next time around for sure. I felt tired, achey, and just plain exhausted after the concert was over but I would have done it a million times over again. Paramore’s Honda Civic Tour was the best concert I’ve ever been to!