Paramore 18.11.10 Annie Pennington November 18, 2010 Music Despite near sub-zero temperatures the hot sticky sense of excitement wrapped us up, and after quickly obtaining tour t-shirts, we took tour seats and an unusual set-up ensued. The virtually unheard of pop/indie band Fun., from New York, took to the stage, performing their own songs and closing with a cover of the old Queen classic “Radio Ga Ga”. After a short wait the lights dimmed and the recognisable sound of rising R&B star B.o.B. burst across the arena, he played a decent set including his big hit “Nothin’ on You”, and a rather amazing up-tempo take on MGMT’s “Kids”, that got everyone on their feet. The stage fell silent and we were plunged into darkness as the unmistakable first bars of “Airplanes” echoed throughout the arena. As the last bars of “Airplanes” flew into the sunset, Hayley Williams made a premature arrival on stage, to be greeted with hysterical screaming that mixed with immense applause for B.o.B as he left the stage. After a short break, finally… PARAMORE burst onto the stage! Opening with “Ignorance”, the realisation that the gig would be an epic one swept through the audience. The atmosphere became even more intense as the 10,000 strong crowd sang every note and hung on Hayley’s every word. Playing “Feeling Sorry”, “That’s What You Get” and, much to the Twi-Hards, in the crowd’s satisfaction, “Decode”; before settling down into a half hour acoustic set including “Misguided Ghosts”. Hayley – clearly unimpressed with the shy and polite Newcastle audience – shouted… “The seats aren’t there to sit on, they’re to catch you if you fall!” Instantaneously the crowd were on their feet. Acoustic set now over we were now on the homeward stretch with “Pressure”, “Looking Up” (a personal favourite), and closing with “The Only Exception”. Finished? NO! A short but sweet encore, that left every one on a massive high as Paramore played us out with “Brick By Boring Brick” and “Misery Business” (best till last eh?) An awesome gig that will be remembered for a long time!