Band refer to last night's power cut before playing 'The Only Exception'
The band took top spot over co-headliners Queens Of The Stone Age in Leeds, while QOTSA (pictured) closed the Main Stage in Reading.
The Tennessee group opened with the poppy ‘Still Into You’, as an LED screen flashed the name ‘Paramore’ behind them in bright white light. A burst of coloured ticker tape fired onto the crowd at the song’s climax.
Frontwoman Hayley Williams – sporting blue hair and a black leather jacket – led the crowd in a singalong during the opening verse of ‘That’s What You Get’. She later jumped around the split-level stage, which saw Williams and bandmates Jeremy Davis and Taylor York on the lower tier and a drummer, bassist and guitarist up top.
‘For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic’ followed, during which Williams boxed the air. After, she talked to the crowd for the first time. “Leeds, how you feeling? You look warm,” she said. “I have one thing to say: Queens Of The Stone Age are the best live band that I’ve ever witnessed, please give it up for them, oh my god.”
She continued: “We’re so lucky to be here at all, much less a the top of the bill. Thank you for getting is to that point. I guess I had two things to say, but that’s alright.”
Later, Williams referred to last night’s technical difficulties before playing ‘The Only Exception’, one of the songs that was cut from their set. “Last night we tried to play this song and a lot of things went wrong, but we made the best of it,” she said.
Williams last week told NME that their Reading and Leeds sets gave them the chance to prove doubters wrong. She said: “One of my favourite things to do is to play a festival and prove people wrong and show them ‘Hey, no matter what you think, no matter if you’ve never seen our band before, no matter if you thought you didn’t like our music, you actually probably do. ‘Cos we can really play and we really put on a show and we make it our business to be a great live band’. I’m excited to win over some new fans and I’m excited to show it to the old fans.”
Despite the problems in Reading, the band still tweeted their appreciation.
Absolutely unreal, Reading. Thank you for singing along & making us feel welcome once again.. But somehow, more than ever. #RandL14
— PARAMORE (@paramore) August 22, 2014