Paramore’s Tour Two is just around the corner…
By: Mel Gerbeau
Following the release of their fifth album, After Laughter, Paramore will embark on their six week North American tour, entitled Tour Two. Along for the ride in a fortnight are rock duo Best Coast for support.
Whilst Paramore are most certainly in the spotlight, let’s not overlook their support act, Best Coast. With hit tracks and catchy melodies inspired from 60s and 90s alt-rock such as “Boyfriend,” “Bratty B,” and “Feeling Ok,” the rock duo from Los Angeles pair with Paramore perfectly.
Paramore will be kicking off Tour Two in Jacksonville, FL at the Moran Theatre on September 6th. Seeing as After Laughter was the first album recorded in Paramore’s beloved hometown of Nashville, it would only make sense to end the supposed final leg there. Tour Two concludes at Nashville’s iconic venue, the Ryman Auditorium, on October 17th.
If that’s not enough, they then cross the pond once again in January 2018 for a UK tour named Tour Three, allowing fans worldwide to experience their favorite songs live. The album’s tour cycle began in Europe, so the return to the UK will be a homecoming of sorts.
Formed in 2004, the pop-rock trio are known for hitting the road for long periods of time and putting on awesome and memorable shows. No matter what goes wrong (see Reading Festival 2014) The trio ensure that the show must go on and that their fans are having the best time. High kicks, flips over band mates, and tons of head banging are all staples at a Paramore show. Whether it’s on a stage in front of thousands or on a windy cruise ship, Paramore know no limits to putting on a must-see set!
In terms of their age and style, Paramore have definitely matured since the days of All We Know Is Falling and RIOT!, and have experimented with a variety of sounds since. We would expect “I Told You So” and “Hard Times,” both from this year, to be very fun live as they both have a dance-rock feel with the energetic beats and heavy bass.
Being able to rock out to the classics “Misery Business” and “That’s What You Get,” especially with original drummer Zac Farro back involved again, will certainly make Tour Two a tour to remember. After a sore dismissal along with brother Josh after the BNE tour cycle ended, the future of Paramore was dicey. During their time apart from the band, Zac formed a band under the moniker HalfNoise. Fast forward eight years and Zac is back in the band, as commemorated by a t-shirt, and the band is on good terms with Josh. Regardless of lineup changes, heart break, and growing pains, Paramore love music too much to let hard times stop them from sharing it with the world. In a more recent interview with Zane Lowe, the band opened up about what the last few years looked like for them. On a few separate occasions, the future of Paramore was almost non-existent due to a number of factors, though the mental health of Hayley Williams and Taylor York seemed to be number one.
I think it’s safe to say we’re ecstatic that York and Williams found a way to mold those hardships into After Laughter. Songs like “Rose-Colored Boy,” “Fake Happy,” and “Caught In The Middle” have found their way onto the setlist during Tour One, along with a few songs from Paramore, Brand New Eyes, and Riot!. And, as a nod to Zac rejoining the band, they’ve been performing a cover of HalfNoise’s “Scooby’s In The Back” off his last EP “The Velvet Face.”
Look out for our coverage at the Ovens Auditorium gig in Charlotte, NC and if you’re rocking out at Tour Two this fall make sure you tweet your experience at #twitfromthepit.
Full tour dates below:
6 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theater+
8 Miami, FL Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater+
9 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts+
11 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
13 Washington, D.C. MGM National Harbor Theater
15 Detroit, MI The Fox Theatre
16-17 Chicago, IL Riot Fest *
19 Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theatre
21 Denver, CO BellCo Theatre
22 Orem, UT Utah Valley University Events Center
24 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
26 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
27 Phoenix, AZ Comercia Theatre
29 Houston, TX Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land
30 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
2 Atlanta, GA The Fox Theater
4 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
7 Boston, MA Boston Opera House
10 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
12 Montreal, QC St. Denis Theatre
13 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
15 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
17 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium