New york, New york, New York. to say everything I want about this place in one post would turn extremely long winded haha. so i’ll start with the show in this one.
We drove from Boston to New York with the coolest bunch; Dani, Kyle and Shannon. Was lots of fun, even though we slept most of the way ;) thankyou for getting us there safety kyle :)
To site see a little we walked from our hostel to the venue - roughly an hour and 20min. was worth it, even in the heat, we fell inlove with NYC right away, our kind of place. The line was huge when we arrived at 4.30pm. We were lucky enough to get another meet and greet after Sass missed out on the one in Salt Lake (so thankyou Paramore management for allowing that!). Finally finally got to meet Catie, I was very excited about this, girl you are amazing, i almost cried when I left you that night, ill be back to new york for sure :)
so the MEET AND GREET:
The meet and greet was held in the actual GA area of the venue which was kind of cool. Catie, Renee and Myself were front of line. Paramore came out, catie talked to them about the PFC situation, for everyone wondering they didnt even know that email was sent out, Taylor send he found out by fans “being very upset online” (obviously though they knew about the changes) and said it does suck and they were still having meetings etc about it. We chatted to Hayley and Taylor first. Taylor asked if I was okay in Boston - The Night Before i was totally mangled and squished and he saw and i gestured to him like “help” and he mouth “what” but didnt getting just made an awkward face expression haha - so was nice he rememebered, I explained to him that my legs and arms were in a million different places and was being squished by multiple people. Hayley complimented my orange nails which was flattering. We chatted a little bit about the tour and taylor said it warms his heart every time he see’s us in the crowd (he gestured to his heart and made an adorable facial expression), but its funny he wonders why were are always separated, told him we both basically just bolt for barrier and end up where we end up. Hayley was SO stoked on Renee’s My Heart tattoo she took a photo of it :). Jeremy Hi fived me “hey girl, whats up, how has the travel been treating ya”. We chatted about how its weird that tours go so fast but seem slow at the same time, he totally got what I meant and said it is strange how much work goes into the stage production, set lists etc and then you wake up and its over (YEP TOTALLY get that). We talked about how I should be taking my vitamins every day haha Hayley also said the weather change is always a massive factor of them getting sick, we said toronto weather sucked, she agreed. She said we should like NYC the day after the show because it would be hot “yeah you guys would like that” (Guess being aussie and all… ;) haha). Jeremy also then complimented Renee’s tattoo, we then chatted to him about getting tattoo’ed, glad we arent the only one’s who hate getting white done, he said he cringes every time, yes Jeremy we do too :P Kim then came over to cutely move him along because he takes so long, she said she wished she brought her electric fly swatter because he is too chatty, haha she’s so lovely. We then had our photos done and headed to barrier. Because they were running behind schedule they opened the doors while paramore were finishing the meet and greet photos, it was hilarious they were RIGHT THERE but everyone coming in was so worried about barrier they totally were oblivious to the band standing right there. They then snuck out without anyone fan girling in their direction.
The show was insane. Just overall mad mosh pit, crowd surfing, energy onstage - all of it. By the way to that crazy (for lack of a better word), childish girl who ripped my hair our because it was in your face, Paramore says no.
Poor taylor also fell and tore ligaments in his ankle, trooper grossly popped it back in but looked like he was in pain the rest of the set. Beautiful Catie finally got her chance on stage with the band, along with Scottish fan Ross. Was amazing seeing them up there.
After the show a bunch of us when to Shake Shack for some food and hangs, was so great having a big group coming together because of paramore (PFC represent always <3 )! I miss New York the most because of these people - so THANKYOU from the bottom of my heart for making new york one of my favourite shows, I love you all.
Miss Williams #paramore #paravan #nyc #hammersteinballroom #hayleywilliams #paramorebox #whoa #concert #giglife … photo credits to @lozzierocket
Boston friends ❤ @istillloveparamore #usa #paravan #paramore #show10 #boston #cold (at House of Blues Boston)
Heading into Chicago Renee and I were super excited.
we were greeted by another paramore fan Dan, who was amazing and let us crash at his house, we can not thank him and his family enough for their hospitality, we had so much fun with you guys :)
First night we just hung around the mall near dan’s house, i bought a paramore belt from Hot topic, and some of my Kat von D perfume. We then headed over to the movie theatre to see Iron Man 3, it was okay, really long though. We then went back to Dan’s house, spooned his cat and fell asleep :P
Because the show was all seating we finally had the chance to hang out and see a city. Dan was our tour guide, we went to the House of Blues for lunch, which was super cool, Dan ordered a caesar salad and received three pieces of lettuce, great value for money… We then walked along the lake which was pretty, we ended up at the beach, it was cold but kind of cool to see a beach pretty much in the city, fairly different to beaches in Australia but still has the sand and water. From here we headed to The Bean, a giant silver bean - Much like the Malls Balls for all you South Aussies haha. Our last tourist stop was the Sears Tower, you can see the whole city and more from up there. I had a bit of Anxiety heading up the hundred stories in one minute but i survived. The city was gorgeous from that high up but almost looked fake! I also refused to go out onto the glass boxes, no thankyou.
Finally it was time to head to the venue, where dan would have his meet and greet and we would sit in a coffee shop watching the rain waiting for doors. We were lucky enough to have amazing seats, Renee and I were practically touching the stage, right on the side again near taylor, we cant decide if its creepy that we just happen to keep ending up right infront of him always haha. The surrounding people we talked to were lovely and all PFC fans which made me happy, was great meeting you all :)
Kitten was awesome, not as full on as usual i suppose because she didnt have a massive mosh pit to crowd surf over. After kitten I finally got to a merch table, I didnt buy paramore merch, personally not a fan. I did however buy all of kittens CD’s and my now favourite tee - that is also Kittens. Dan and I waited outside for a bit so we could meet Kitten, they were lovely and very humble. We ran back with 5 minutes to spare.
Hands down the best show yet. We had so much fun, i think because we had so much space to dance around it gave us alot more freedom. The band were crazy, you could tell hayley is back to 100% health and so happy about it. The band was basically on top of the first two rows, it was really cool seeing them THAT close up, with no barrier or restriction to them reaching out to their fans. The encore was my favourite part, when the confetti came down during Brick i just started spinning around in circles ting myself get covered in blue and yellow paper. It is one of the shows i got most hot and sweaty, which is funny because we had no one around us I just jumped around and acted like a total maniac the whole time.
Photo Credit - Renee Sass (Please dont take these photos)
The Set was the same as usual, they put renegade back in which made me happy.
So far Chicago has been my favourite place to visit AND my favourite show. Will definitely stick in my mind for a while
AND Dan we miss you so much D: thanks for being such an amazing friend.
Favourite shot of the tour so far @yelyahwilliams pointing to @sassnslide ain’t it fun 👌#hayleywilliams #paravan #paramore #paratour #chicago #music #love
These guys. #denver #paratour #paravan #tayloryork #jeremydavis #music #paramore #love #spring #lookingup #usa photo credit - Laura McGill
So I am a little behind on updates and I have missed a few shows so i apologise. Renee and I really enjoyed San Francisco, its a really nice city, kind of like home a little bit.
When we arrived we literally dumped our stuff and headed to the venue, there was probably a little over 70 people when we got there, which surprisingly wasn’t much for 2pm in my opinion. We werent stressed because our aim anyway was to get second barrier just behind the mosh pit. Renee waited inline while i went to scope some food. The walk was very interesting, the area the warfield is in was a little bit seedy so i kept my head down a lot, the buildings were pretty but the streets a little dirty. When we had mostly finished eating some cray woman ran up to my half eaten fries and Coke and just sat down and started eating it and muttering to herself, safe to say that was NOT a pleasant experience. The line overall wasnt too bad, except it was FREEZING and we were not prepared for that. We got to finally meet Martin, alot of you PFC people would know him, he is an awesome guy and we are glad we got to chat - he also did a very short interview with me so maybe look out for that, or maybe not its probably terrible on my behalf haha.
When doors finally opened it was super easy for us to get where we wanted everyone had filled up most of the main pit as to be expected. The view from here was actually awesome, for anyone who is like us and has only experienced paramore on barrier maybe next time you are going to a few shows find somewhere back a little its super cool watching the crowd and having a eye level / full view of the stage. Kitten yet again were sensational, i think they are getting better every night, and may have changed their set just slightly? During paramore you couldnt tell too much that hayley was sick, but she did get us to help sing more than usual, and may have almost vomited on the front row (so she says) haha. Was super cute Justin caught my eye from where were were and did a little wave whilst still trying to play guitar, always makes me feel good when they acknowledge the fans. The most stand out part of their set was anklebiters, because they had to cancel the meet and greet due to illness hayley tried to get as many people with meet and greet wrist bands on stage as she could id say there was about 15 people haha was hectic to say the least.
The next day was awesome. Martin showed us around the city, helped us find awesome food and coffee and we got to do the tourist thing and see the bridge. Thankyou again Martin for your lovely hospitality. We appreciated the whole day and hope to come back some day :)
we flew straight to salt lake and went to bed, only to wake up to the news the gig was cancelled. More concerned than disappointed we changed all our flights etc to fly into denver early to get a good sleep for tomorrows show… We really hope hayley feels better, not only to put on an epic rock show tomorrow night, but also for her wellbeing, i really hope she doesnt push herself she totally needs to rest up and we fully back her on that.
i will leave with a few san fran photos and try and update soon :)
Some Photos of our time in Los Angeles