Again WOW!! I knew what I was getting
I warned all participants about the Pit at the WAMU Theater!!!
Cindra, Ray & I got there an hour and a half before the
doors opened and there was already a line-up of two to
fans. The next two young girls getting in line had to ask us "Is
this the line for the Paramore concert?" :))
came the announcement before they opened the doors: "All
men can go to a
separate line for pat downs". I told Cindra I'd
text her from inside and scrambled to the front!! When
they opened the doors, Ray's ticket wouldn't scan and the
ticket taker said, "It must be because you're too old!",
and the night began.......
We were able to scoot right up
to the center of the stage and then the rest of the fans
started pouring in. I texted Cindra and told her we were in
the front center stage. I was feeling
bad that we were separated and was wondering how Cindra
could get to the front, then walla she appeared from the
front of the stage! She had managed to "excuse me"
all the way to the
I've been following Paramore for the past few years and first saw
them with No Doubt and The
Sounds last summer in the Mosh Pit at the Whiteriver
pictures & review here).
In 2002 vocalist
Hayley Williams met brothers Josh Farro
(guitar and vocals) and Zac Farro (drums) plus
bassist Jeremy Davis in Franklin, Tennessee. Friend
Taylor York joined the band for the RIOT!
Paramore's songs "Decode"
and "I Caught Myself" were featured in the first
Twilight movie and they also
had a very successful FINAL RIOT! tour with a CD
and DVD. "Paramore unplugged"
on MTV & Palladia is a real treat. Their 3rd
critically acclaimed album "Brand New Eyes"
was released in 2009.
Hayley currently is featured with B.o.B on "Airplanes".
I love this band and am excited to see what the future
sounds will bring!
That's when the pressure cooking
started in the pit. The pit swayed back and forth
and the push from behind started increasing. The
temperature inside started climbing too. We were
at times a few people from the front and the next
second stage left.
veteran Mosher, I hydrated heavily before going, drank
plenty of Gatorades, pumped up on Vitamin B's and took my
Centrum Silver (lol), but it still didn't prove to
the concert started just after 7pm,
entered the stage. They are a new band that sounded very
good. Midway during their set Hayley joined the
group for a few sets!
After fun. the jockey for the front of
the stage continued to increase. Many kids were
pulled from the pit as many could not take the
pressure anymore. It was well over a 100 degrees at
this point and the sweat was pouring out.
K has been around for a few years and have a
repertoire of many good songs. They are billed as a Christian rock
band and crossover into mainstream frequently. They play the Vans
Warped Tour every couple of years. They sounded
real good!! The Pit was the worst during this
time and it was crushing to the point of not being able
to breath at times. Crowd surfers were all abound... Cindra
couldn't stand it and pulled herself out of the pit midway through
Relient K and was able to meet up with Ed and his
girls outside the crush of the pit.
It took forever for Paramore to get on stage
and it took everything I had to conserve energy. A few
water bottles were passed around and one stopped at
Ray soon after it was opened. I had my hand around it
too and assumed
Ray would just give it to me after he
had his gulp..... and before I knew it he gave it to
someone else!! I was so anticipating a gulp of
water and then there was none.... :)) Ray
said he wasn't thinking about anything else but
drinking some water and didn't even realize it was my
hand on the bottle. The crowd
control guys up front were continuously pulling
people out of the pit! When Paramore
started, the crowd backed off a bit but it was still
boiling hot! The dancing increased and surfing
Everyone in Paramore genuinely was having fun
on stage, Hayley mentioned several times this was the
biggest best crowd of this tour ending in 3 more
stops. Her voice was perfect
from the soft acoustical numbers though the hard
rock. She really has one of Rock'n Rolls great
female voices and it gets better each year!! I
knew the whole set list and each song had some sort
of audience sing-a-long. Hayley really appreciated
the Seattle fans singing! Josh's guitar and Zac's
percussion made the case of them being some of the
best in the business too!
Song after hot hit song Paramore played each song faithfully, as
Hayley energetically jumped all over the stage and
with each note she gave more energy to the audience.
The last three songs were killer: Brick by Boring Brick
and the encore songs Decode & Misery
the end after
a bit of audience bantering Taylor sat in Zac's drum
set and then Zac grabbed Taylor's guitar and the two
change instruments. They just goofed around...
I was feeling pretty dehydrated by the end of the set
but held on to the end and am glad I did!
The whole experience was worth it! After exiting the
pit we headed for the nearest water fountain. It was
the best water in quite a while! In the car I downed another
couple waters! After a nice top down ride home I
removed all my clothes and set them in a pile for
laundry... the next day they were still all
wet!! Good weight loss program!!
There is such an incredible high being so close to
the performers especially for a high energy concert
as this one was!
Enjoy my pictures below as much as I did taking them!