So Paramore finally made it to Malaysia :). 6 years on tour and they have arrived. As Hayley says, it won’t be another 6 years before they come again. She’s careful with her words and like her gig in Singapore, she never really committed to coming again. Clever girl.
Y2K Bandit was the opening band. Erm, top marks for effort but they weren’t really doing it for me. Good to have some punk music once in awhile though.
The crowd in KL is on average older than the ones in Singapore. I was told there were more than 8k people in attendance. Awesome since it was an outdoor gig. I had reservations for the sound setup as no organiser in Malaysia is good with outdoor gigs and with Paramore, you had to be loud.
At 8.25pm, the convoy of cars turned up at the stadium. Crowd went mental. 8.30pm or thereabouts, curtains down, band starts playing. Cute little silhouettes of the band and Hayley starting to rawk away appeared in the lights. Start your engines ladies and gentlemen, here we go!
As usual for their current tour, Paramore kicks the night off with Ignorance. They continued to plow through songs from Riot! and Brand New Eyes and even their debut with the highlights definitely being That’s What You Get, All We Know and Decode. I think the heat was getting to Hayley a little bit as her rawking out was reduced compared to Singapore when she was headbanging throughout the whole night.
Acoustic sessions came on and Paramore played When The Lines Overlap, When It Rains and Misguided Ghosts (well half of it). Sound problems interrupted Misguided Ghosts. Grr. Damn you Phatboys, the organisers.
The band came back stronger and played Pressure the song that really got them noticed from their debut, Crushcrushcrush and other tracks from Brand New Eyes, finally ending with No Exception. Encore time.
Paramore came back on with Brick By Boring Brick and ended the night for real this time with Misery Business. Before the night was up though, Hayley pulled a fan up on stage and even took a picture with him. She got Y2K Bandit on stage and finished up the night with some serious headbanging. Nice touch.
Overall, I thought this concert was starting to feel better than the Singapore gig but with sound problems, it was a mood killer so, sorry Malaysia, Singapore trumps you.