For their third-to-last U.S. date on Tour 5 in seemingly endless support of 2017’s After Laughter, Paramore brought their always charismatic and sometimes melancholy dance party to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on Saturday, July 21.
Kicking off the night’s festivities at 7 p.m., Oakland, California’s Jay Som took the stage, with frontwoman Melina Duterte donning sunglasses to combat the late-day rays in her face. With her band’s cool brand of indie rock setting off the show, fans began filling their seats to a guitar-heavy jam session with standouts like “The Bus Song.”
Los Angeles’ Foster The People set the tone for the night with their indie-pop dance-inducers, backed on stage by a large neon sign sporting the title of their most recent album, 2017’s Sacred Hearts Club. Frontman Mark Foster’s 1950s bad boy look and stage-stealing dance moves were the focus during their set, though, which included singles “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Houdini,” and an impressive cover of the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” that really shocked some life into the venue.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Paramore took the stage to a full eruption from the packed crowd, with Hayley Williams – truly popping in a loose-fitting fuchsia pantsuit – stating, “This song goes out to Paramore.” With a supercharge of energy and charisma, Williams quickly owned every inch of the stage that wasn’t already occupied by her fellow bandmates, including core members Zac Farro and Taylor York. With her forever-entertaining, wavy dance moves, high kicks, and beaming smile, Williams was in her element and it was something to behold.
The band opened with After Laughter‘s “Grudges” and quickly worked their way into a career variety with Riot! hits and their self-titled release’s “Still Into You.”
“The good news is that for the next two hours, we don’t have to worry about nothin’,” Williams said to the crowd before going into “Fake Happy.” “Will you all take a deep breath with me? This is your family tonight. You are safe here. And in case you don’t know, we’re Paramore.”
Another four songs were performed with ostensibly boundless stamina before the band finally took a breather as a message appeared on the screens above the stage: “We’ll be back in a sec. Love, us.”
After a momentary break and some colorful block seats placed onstage, the band returned for a stripped-down interlude of sorts, performing their popular cover of Drake’s “Passionfruit,” as well as “Misguided Ghosts” and “26” – a section of songs that had the entire amphitheatre aglow with cell phone screens and lighters, and elicited a sing-along from thousands and thousands of fans.
Following a quick stage reset, Williams and Co. were right back at it with three more After Laughter tracks and two crowd favorites in “Misery Business” and “Ain’t It Fun” – both of which included Williams bringing fans onstage to participate. For the former, Williams invited a handful of random people from the crowd to help perform the final section of the song, giving them each various roles: vocals, tambourine, etc. The young fan whose vocal lead kept the energy levels up was rewarded with a massive “Happy Birthday” sing-along, led by Williams, for her special night.
Before closing out the show, Paramore continued with After Laughter single “Told You So,” which was then followed by a “surprise” as drummer Zac Farro came to the front of the stage to take the lead as the band performed “All That Love Is,” a single from Farro’s other band, HalfNoise. With much of the crowd appearing perplexed or less interested, the band performed with the same level of enthusiasm, with Williams alternating between backing vocals, bongos, and percussion.
And finally, the infectious and fully expected closer, “Hard Times,” in all its glory. With a still-packed venue at full attention, eating up every moment, the night had gone off without a hitch and ended with Hayley Williams perfectly splicing the chorus of Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass” into the ending of one of Paramore’s most monstrous hits. Now cue the traffic.
Paramore Setlist – July 21, 2018
“Still Into You”
“That’s What You Get”
“Passionfruit” (Drake Cover)
“Caught In The Middle”
“Ain’t It Fun”
“Told You So”
“All That Love Is” (HalfNoise Cover)