It was the duo from Columbus, Ohio, Twenty One Pilots who got things started. Consisting of lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun on drums, they certainly seem to have their fans here, as the screams greeting their arrival on stage would attest. Seemingly cramming as many genres as possible into their energetic, half-hour kick-start to proceedings, both Tyler and Josh did their utmost to get the crowd fired-up, with green gimp/Spiderman masks, acrobatics off the piano, and a cool drum duet at the end all in a day’s work for these guys. Car Radio, off their album of last year Vessel was my highlight, with the EDM moment towards the end sending the young punters right off. Tyler’s certainly a talented lad, singing, rapping, playing piano, ukulele etc, and it would appear that the young girls think he’s a bit of all right, so it will be interesting to see how things progress for them from here.
And so, the lady everyone was waiting for, and her band from Franklin Tennessee made their way out on stage to a frenzied welcome. It was all too much for one poor girl who had to be carried out before they even appeared, all distressed and dishevelled-like. The air con seemed to be working well but it was like Beatle-mania I would imagine. I wasn’t there. I’m not that old! Anyway, I hope she recovered sufficiently in time to see the show. Starting out with a couple of new tracks off Paramore, Ms Williams got into her stride straight away, carting her pint-sized self all over the stage and was very determined to make sure her adoring fans enjoyed themselves to the utmost. She seems like such a nice girl although she doesn’t mind the occasional spit on stage I noticed, could be a Southern girl thing. Guitarist Taylor York didn’t seem too troubled by his ankle injury from Sunday’s Melbourne gig (apparently he was on crutches!), although I’m sure he was hurting. Highlights of the set included a cool green laser show to accompany Decode, big all-in sing-along for The Only Exception and a whole church choir coming out for newbie Ain’t It Fun. But, the biggest highlight for me was ultra-fan Shaylee Parawhore (maybe not her real name??) getting up on stage to help Hayley finish off Misery Business, which was the last song before encore. Shaylee rocked! Kudos to you girl, you certainly made my night!
Much to the chagrin of the fans, it was all over, and they were soon back out in the furnace getting picked up by their parents, and heading home with I’m sure, gladdened hearts after the show… I’m sure glad they were there and more glad I was there to witness all three bands – a real treat!
Review by Paul Chivell
Photos by Melissa Donato. Full gallery can be found here