Hayley Williams tells Islington Academy audience about huge December show
Hayley Williams of Paramore revealed the Tennessee band would play a massive gig at Wembley Arena to a crowd of die-hard fans during last night’s (September 7) sold-out Islington Academy show.
The one-off show was held at the first UK venue the band ever played, and saw the singer announce that the band will return to the capital on December 18 as part of a full UK tour – the dates of which are below.
“London, England – how you feeling?” said frontwoman Williams after the band played ‘Pressure’. “It’s so good to be playing Islington Academy… Was anyone here when we played three years ago in 2006?”
She thanked the fans for sticking with the band, adding, “If you’re just joining the family, that’s good too”, before pointing out a sign in the venue which said simply read “Sex”.
After playing ‘Conspiracy’, which Williams told the crowd was a request someone had made to her outside a radio station a day earlier before, she compared the show to a “family reunion”, declaring she recognised people in the crowd and had played with support band The Blackout in the UK before.
As well as playing two new songs from their forthcoming album ‘Brand New Eyes’ – ‘Ignorance’ and ‘Brick By Boring Brick’ – the band also played a cover version of Phoenix’s ‘Long Distance Call’.
Williams, who was reading the words to the song from a piece of paper, said they were practising the track so they could perform it the next day on a French television programme called Taratata.
The band finished their set with ‘Decode’, their song from the soundtrack to the hugely successful film Twilight
‘For a Pessimist’
‘Long Distance Call’
‘When It Rains’
‘Where The Lines Overlap’
‘That’s What You Get’
‘Let The Flames Begin’
‘Brick by Boring Brick’
Paramore will also be playing a full UK arena tour as well as the Wembley show. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday September 11.
Paramore will play:
Glasgow SECC (December 10)
Birmingham NIA (11)
Dublin O2 Point (12)
Cardiff International Arena (14)
Manchester MEN (16)
Brighton Brighton Centre (17)
London Wembley Arena (18)