Finally after nearly 3 years away, Paramore made their return to Chicago. Their tour made it’s stop in Chicago on Thursday May 9th at the sold out Chicago Theater. Paramore is a 3 piece rock group based out of Tennessee comprised of Hayley Williams(vocals), Taylor York(guitar) and Jeremy Davis(bass). The band recently set out on their tour supporting their 4th studio full-length album simply called “Paramore”. On this tour they have a single opening act, a band from Los Angeles named “Kitten”. You can find more tour dates on the Paramore website.
Kitten is a 5 piece synth rock group based out of Los Angeles, California. Blending together a seamless mix of UK synth pop and classic post punk, provides an endless source of energy. Frontwoman Chloe Chaidez, at only 18 years old, is a vocal powerhouse with a range rivaling Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Harry(Blondie) in their prime. The stage show provided by Chloe is sure to hook everyone in the audience, constantly dancing and running around the stage, and even on occasion venturing out into the crowd. Admittedly I knew nothing of Kitten before seeing them this night, but from the 1st song I knew they had something special. Give this band 1 more year and they will be doing their own sold out headlining shows. Check out their video for “Cut It Out” here.
After a small break for the stage to be set Paramore came out to a sold out crowd, the erruption of cheers was nearly deafening. Opening with “Moving On” off of their new album the crowd was instantly hooked by Taylor York playing the Ukulele. From the moment that the first word left Hayley Williams mouth it was apparent to everyone in attendance that this would be the show that they had been waiting for for so long. The amount of emotion and energy that Paramore puts into their live show is something that most bands can only hope to duplicate. Performing songs from their entire catalogue ranging from the new album all the way back to their first album ever. During their song “Pressure” there comes a point where Taylor takes centerstage while Jeremy moves to one side, and as they both continue to play their instruments Jeremy runs towards Taylor who bends over and allows Jeremy to perform a roll across his back.
When any band takes an extended leave from touring it is always interesting to see how a city reacts to their return. The reaction of this show is that Paramore never left. The fan base that they have grown over the years has literally stood by them the entire time and continues to show up and support them to the fullest. Hayley makes 1 minor reference to some of the unfortunate drama that had struck the band nearly 3 years ago. Simply stating “We have had our ups and downs. Maybe you know about it and maybe you don’t.”. There are a few songs in the set that once they begin to play you can see the fire in Hayley begin to grow as she performs.
In short if I had to sum up the show in a single sentence it would be this; Paramore is back and has not lost a single step, they have the passion and drive of a new band with the stage presence and showmanship of a band has been around for 10 years. This is not a show that you should pass on. If you have the opportunity to make it out to one of these shows you will not be disappointed. I have seen Paramore a few times over their career and I can say with absolute certainty that this lineup is the strongest it has ever been, and this is the best version of Paramore you are likely to ever see.
If you want to get out to one of their upcoming shows check out their tour schedule here. If you have been out and seen any of the shows on this tour leave a comment below and tell people what they can expect.
Interlude: Moving On
For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic
Ain’t It Fun
The Only Exception
Let the Flames Begin
Fast in My Car
That’s What You Get
Still Into You
Brick by Boring Brick