On Tuesday, June 12, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosted electronic pop-punk band Paramore with guest Foster The People as their North American “After the Laughter Summer Tour (TOUR 5)” kicks off in St. Augustine, Florida.
Following their massively successful “Tour Two” last fall, GRAMMY Award-winning band Paramore today announced their 2018 North American “After Laughter Summer Tour (Tour 5).” Foster The People will join the summer amphitheater and arena tour with stops across the U.S. and Canada including Toronto, Brooklyn, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles and more. The 26-city trek will wrap on July 24 in Morrison, CO at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The tour is in celebration of their acclaimed fifth studio album After Laughter, which was released May 2017 through Fueled by Ramen.
Hardcore Paramore fans started lining up earlier than a normal show at the Amphitheater, which opened the place up early for the super fans at 8am in the morning, and that is just what they did with anticipation to see the band that knows how to put on one amazing of a show.
Literally from the moment Paramore hit the stage until the lights came on, every person in that theater was on their feet. The energy was amazing everybody was ready to dance. The show started out with “Grudges” and “Still Into You“…Hayley sounded amazing and the band sounded even more amazing… I must say, I was not a major Paramore fan going into this concert. I actually am a HUGE fan of Foster The People. Anyway, Paramore played a total of 22 songs !! For being on stage, far away from many audience members, Hayley Williams did a magnificent job of getting the audience involved. It makes the concert that much greater when you feel like you’re getting some one-on-one time with the artist/band. The energy was like no concert I’ve ever been to before. INCREDIBLE ENERGY from front to back, the opening acts, and even the audience. I’ve got to say, Paramore fans are intense and really know how to enjoy a show.
The whole set was perfect, they had a couple small intermissions to give the fans and the band a little breather, and believe me, they both needed them. After the first short intermission, the band came out and did a real intimate acoustic set that just made for a great break for all, Haley talked about her and the band sitting around playing ping pong and listening to Drake, which led to them doing “Passionfruit” which the crowd went crazy over. They played two more broken down songs “Misguided Ghost” and “26“. They went off stage for another small break and came back out with the same energy they started the show with. Haley even mentioned that this day was a special day, it was 12 years to the day that their album Riot was released and they were celebrating and went on to end the show like no other I have seen or heard ending the show with a three-song encore that just blew everyone’s mind with “Told You So“,” All That Love Is” (Halfnoise Cover) and “Hard Times” to end the show of a lifetime!
Leaving this concert, I then went and downloaded all of their 4 albums. Now a fan 😉 I would totally go see them in concert again if given the opportunity and you should do the same.
Go to their website to see if they are playing anywhere close to you http://www.paramore.net/
Foster The People hit the stage before Paramore and set the stage on fire! They came out to warm the crowd up and did that and even more. They came out swinging for the fences from the first song ” Pay The Man” all the way through their set that includes their super hit “Pumped Up Kids” and the ender “Sit Next To Me“. The guys had great energy and the fans were really getting into the music, cheering and screaming!!
Soccer Mommy opened the night, to a fairly nice crowd and did a fantastic job and I’m sure they made a few new fans. They had a short but set but made the best of it in the hot Florida heat. Their sound is very indie and was a perfect way to start the show!