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Paramore and New Found Glory at the Birmingham Academy 4/2/08

Birmingham Carling Academy
4th February 2008

If ever there was an example of a band gaining mainstream recognition without the time to build a loyal fan base, then this show was it. Pop-punk veterans New Found Glory grossly overshadowed headliners Paramore, and the crowd knew it.

Another problem was the amount of bands playing and the lack of time. First band Conditions played as the majority of people entered the venue, to no fault of the crowd. Which meant that for the best part their set was entirely ignored, a shame as their set was good. Kids in Glass Houses received a better reception, possibly because they’ve more exposure here and their song ‘Me Me Me’ received moderate radio play.

There had also been great confusion over whether the Riot tour was a Paramore tour or a double headliner Paramore / New Found Glory. If this is the case then first headliners New Found Glory certainly stole the show. Clearly having a large proportion of fans in the crowd the atmosphere was electric. A set which ran through some of their classic songs and covers from their new album were an instant hit, including a guest performance from Hayley Williams on ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’.

Any atmosphere generated by New Found Glory was lost when a large proportion of the crowd went home and those left seemed only to be there only out of curiosity. Hayley Williams and co are certainly energetic on stage, but the atmosphere from the crowd lacked greatly – at times it felt more like watching a live performance on a large television than being there in person. Songs from current album ‘Riot’ were well received, but when Williams informed the crowd they were about to play songs from the first album there was little acknowledgement.

An odd atmosphere for a tour where the penultimate band on stage held the audiences attention more so than the main performance. Paramore aren’t bad, but that the show illustrated the entire loss of fan connection with a band that become big before they’ve earned their stripes.

*This was originally posted on my old blog*

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