It's not very often that fans so loyalty stick by their favorite bands anymore, let alone their favorite record labels. Fueled By Ramen, the label responsible for most of the bands on your most beloved high school mixtapes, has managed to not only keep their fans for the past 15 years, but after tonight's Fueled By Ramen 15th Anniversary Concert: Paramore Live, it's likely that they've gained even more.
Half of Seattle alt-rock outlet This Providence kicked off the anniversary show to a packed house at New York City's Terminal 5 with a sweet acoustic set that had everyone hugging their BFs and GFs. (And dads. I definitely saw some dad hugs.) Check out their live performance of "Letdown" below, and have your Kleenex handy. Kicking it up a notch, Michigan-based indie act The Swellers were on next, performing to a crowd who seemed to be in a "Who has more energy?" competition. Peep their fired up live performance of "In My Head" below. Up next, the original members of The Stereo reunited for their set for the Fueled By Ramen 15th Anniversary Concert, and fans enjoyed their more subtle take on '90s pop-punk with their hit "Pay No Attention." Rounding out the lineup of opening bands were NYC natives fun., who lived up to their name on all accounts (Horns! Pianos! Singing without shoes on!). Check out their hand-clappy live performance of "Walking The Dog" below.
But the show wasn't called Fueled By Ramen 15th Anniversary Concert: Paramore Live for nothing. Headliners Paramore closed the show (which was also their last of 2011), and I've never seen more energy come out of someone so small. I'm referring to frontwoman Hayley Williams, who, along with bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York, had the entire crowd at Terminal 5 in the palm of their hands (even the dads!). Listening intently to every word and every instruction from Hayley's mouth, the rowdy audience (so many crowd surfers) jumped when she said "jump," danced when she said "dance," and started singing their songs even before they were cued. Sporting her usual bright red locks, this time with matching pants, Hayley led the eager audience through fan favorites such as "That's What You Get" and "crushcrushcrush," as well as newer Paramore songs including "Monster" and an acoustic version of "In The Mourning."
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After faking out the crowd with a bogus "closing" -- Why do bands always do that?! We know you're coming back! -- Paramore returned to the stage for their encore. They performed a brand-new song they'd never played before (!!!), "Renegade," and followed it with "Brick By Boring Brick," which you can watch the the crowd practically hijacking below. Paramore finished their set with the show's real closer, the nonstop, dynamic "Misery Business," which we have the live performance of below. I'm not saying it was a great live performance of one of my favorite songs ever, but I'm saying it was THE GREATEST live performance of one of my favorite songs ever! Hayley called one lucky fan up on stage to sing her heart out during that famous verse ("Just watch my wildest dreams come true/Not one of them involving you"), and whoever she was almost stole the show. Then orange and yellow confetti fell from the ceiling (like a Hayley Williams hair dye party), people were cheering at the top of their lungs, and there might have even been some baby-making going on in the crowd (I made that up... at least to my knowledge).
Not only was the Fueled By Ramen 15th Anniversary Concert: Paramore Live show a "Thank you" from Paramore to their record label and their fans, but it was also Fueled By Ramen's way of thanking not only the fans, but all of the rad bands that have kept them at the top of their game. Basically, it was one big lovefest. Hugs all around, guys!
Watch full-length live performances from This Providence, The Swellers, fun. and Paramore at Fueled By Ramen 15th Anniversary Concert: Paramore Live below.
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