Fate Misunderstood


Paramore Brand New Eyes Tour

Sorry guys, it’s been a really long time since I’ve kept up with this blog.  My fault.  Turns out though, that I do have a few things to discuss! 

Let’s talk Paramore, shall we?  As a Paramore Fan Club member (stop laughing…) I was able to get pre-sale tickets to the brand new eyes Tour with Paper Route and The Swellers at The Norva in Norfolk, VA.  I’m currently in the Northern Virginia area, so in order to see Paramore, my options were to travel to Philadelphia, PA or Norfolk, VA (both are about 3 1/2 hours away).  I decided I’d rather stay in-state, so Norfolk it was.  The show, of course, was well worth the time it took to drive down.  It was a sold-out show, and boy, did it feel like it… it was super sweaty after the show. 

The Norva is a really great venue to see bands.  It was our first time there, but what I really appreciated about the Norva was that because the stage was high enough, there really wasn’t a bad spot to stand.

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Paramore had a really great setlist.  Below are the songs they performed for our show:

Intro (check out my video of the Intro below)
Ignorance
I Caught Myself
That’s What You Get
Looking Up (short clip below)
Emergency
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Turn It Off (short clip below)
Here We Go Again
Careful
Conspiracy
Where The Lines Overlap
Decode

Encore:
Misguided Ghosts
Misery Business
Brick By Boring Brick

I’ve read that in other tours, the end with Miracle/Outro, but they didn’t play that for us at Norfolk.  Not sure why.  I’ve looked for the Miracle/Outro, and really liked it – I wish they did play it (check it out below).

Overall, the show was awesome.  It was such a great feeling being around other superfans like me, who knew every single word of every single song.  Hayley sounded so good live.  I’ve only gotten to see these guys twice (one other time on the No Doubt tour this summer – when I also got to attend a meet and greet), and each time I’ve seen them, I’m SO so impressed with Hayley’s enthusiasm, professionalism, and talent.  Not to mention the girl can seriously sing so well, AND headbang and jump around the whole time.

Whenever I see a band and the lead singer is off key, or out of breath, or just has no energy up there, it’s such a disappointment and I feel like I’ve wasted my money going to see them live.  But that’s never come close to happening with Paramore.  Seeing Hayley up there helps me realize that Paramore really does have so much talent, and they’re NOT an over-editted, over-produced band that only sounds good on an album.  They’re musicians.  And often, they sound BETTER live.. how amazing is that?

My favorite songs they sang were Conspiracy, Turn it Off, the Intro song, and Looking Up.  The whole show was phenom.

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I also have to say, The Swellers and Paper Route really really surprised me.  I went into it not knowing anything about the bands, and left a fan.  Kudos guys!  Check them out if you haven’t already.  Really, they’re both great bands.  Don’t say I didn’t tell you about them. 

Have you guys seen Paramore or the other bands before?  What were your thoughts if you’ve been able to see them on this tour?  Let me know in the comments.

Intro Song  

Looking Up 

Turn it Off 

Outro video

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Atreyu – Congregation of the Damned Out October 27, 2009

Well, it’s about darn time! Sheesh, these guys have really milked the last album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, dry.  They’ve also made some really interesting music/tour/marketing/PR decisions in the past two years, which I can only guess is attributed to their new record label deal with Hollywood Records, who is owned by Disney and – by the way – also supports pop icons like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and The (freakin’) Jonas Brothers!  I’m not even kidding.  Take a look for yourself here.

I think the general concensus/question from Atreyu fans is: What the heck happened to the bad-a$$ band we fell in love with that wrote masterpiece albums like Deathgrip and Curse??  And furthermore, WHY are they headlining a tour with Hollywood Undead?!

I’ve gotta say, the long awaited new Atreyu album that they will be coming out with in October, is no longer on the top of my purchase list.  But, according to Alex Varkatzas, he says that the record is a “mix of everything we’ve ever done. For every song that’s more melodic or rock-driven there’s a total shitkicker, and I think that’s what makes us a well-rounded band.”

One, I hope he’s right, and two I can’t believe Disney let him say “shitkicker”.



AAR New Video – I Wanna

The All-American Rejects released a hot video for their newest single “I Wanna” (one of my favs from their new album When the World Comes Down).

I love it.



Showtime

I love this time of year, when bands are recording and putting their finishing touches on their new albums and gear up to go on tour.  Here’s the beginning to my list of upcoming shows that I’ll be be going to so far (I’m sure this list will continue to expand over the next days, weeks, months):

4/18  Silverstein, Blessthefall, Before Their Eyes

The National in Richmond, VA

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5/11 Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, As I Lay Dying

Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD

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6/14 Paramore and No Doubt

Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA

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7/14 WARPED TOUR

Merriweater Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

A Skylit Drive

A Skylit Drive

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

Saosin

Saosin

Underoath

Underoath

Awesome. \m/



Hidden Tracks – UnderOATH and Silverstein

It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve done this, so you get two this time.

I can’t stop listening to these songs, they’re not new by any means but both are amazing for different reasons

UnderOATH – A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White

and Silverstein – My Heroine



Paramore – The Final RIOT! DVD
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I loved it.  Loved it from the first minute to the last.  Fueled By Ramen did a great job of allowing the band to be themselves, and not focusing the entire band’s story on Hayley Williams – a la No Doubt.

As a fan of RIOT! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but had heard that Paramore put on an insane live show.  I have watched the DVD 3 times, and can’t stop listening to the live CD that came with it.

Hayley Williams is a really talented singer and artist, and I was totally impressed with how much energy and head banging she puts into her shows and is still able to stay on key and stick to the song – with slight twists.  The guys, Josh, Zach, Jeremy and Taylor all had really likeable personalities too though, which made me love the band even more.

It’s great to hear a good, young, upbeat band with a lot of talent on their shoulders.  I’m excited for their new album and can’t wait for them to tour again!

Moral of the story: BUY THE FINAL RIOT! DVD NOW!  Buy it now!

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Avenged Sevenfold Show @ Rams Head Live 12/9/08

The Avenged Sevenfold show last night in Baltimore was quite an experience.   When we arrived at 7:30 pm, the doors had already been open for almost 2 hours.  We waited til about 8:45pm for the 2nd opener, Shift, to get on stage.  Burn Halo showed up for their very first concert as a new band at around 10pm.

All in all, Burn Halo did a great job for their first concert together.  Their best songs from their set by far, were their singles “Dirty Little Girl”, and their finale song, “Save Me”.  But I am confident that once they tour some more, and get more comfortable with their stage presence, they will gain even more fans.  Look for these guys.

When Burn Halo finished their set, there was a surprise appearance by non other than Synaster Gates, lead guitarist of A7X.  The crowd erupted when he showed up on stage, however, the news he was there to deliver was not welcomed.  Syn explained to the now drunk, impatient fans that, yes, they would be playing tonight, but that Matt was at Walter Reed Hospital from a situation that happened earlier in the day, and that they would be back on stage to perform at 11:30pm.

At that point, most of the audience had been there for nearly 5 hours, and you could tell the pit was getting restless.  There seemed to be a lot of agitation in the air, but everyone was still sticking around to see their band.

The time finally arrived, and A7X opened with Critical Acclaim.  Shadows gave us all an explanation of what exactly happened.  It turned out that when Johnny C and Shadows were at Walter Reed Hospital to visit injured troops, Shadow’s face got temporarily paralyzed.  Check out the clip below:

The set list seemed pretty standard to previous shows we’ve been to in the past year.  Overall, they performed well, I was happy with the show, but sometime was amiss.  I give the show a 4 out of 5 stars… not the band’s best.  I will say though, that the lighting and light panels on stage were a great effect.  And musically, they were spot on.  If we hadn’t waited for 5 hours to see them after the show was postponed from September, if there weren’t so many preppy kids with no pit etiquette (stay tuned for a blog entry on pit etiquette), and if the band had put a little more variety into their set list (what happened to all the songs from Waking the Fallen?? – I’ve seen them play Second Heartbeat and Remenissions…) then I would have given them a solid 5.

I love these guys, so it’s really hard for me to be a critic, but I guess I was just expecting more out of them.

*photos courtesy of Courtney and JNoyes

Check out more really great pics from the show taken by Courtney here and JNoyes here

And here is one more clip from the 2nd show at Ram’s Head Live from December 10th – singing Happy Birthday to Zacky V who turned 27!

*clips found from deathbatnews.com