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Review: FAU Students Rock Out to Paramore Monday Night at the BB&T Center

Photo courtesy of Fueled by Ramen
Photo courtesy of Fueled by Ramen

Paramore rocked a packed arena with a 20 song set list that left FAU students astonished on Monday night.

“I thought it was absolutely amazing,” senior communication major Cameron Davies, who attended his first concert ever Monday night said. “The energy was great, the crowd was really into it, it was a blast.”

The rock band brought The Self-Titled Tour — which is about halfway through its American leg — to the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., in promotion of their latest album titled “Paramore.” The show dazzled with synchronized laser lighting, thumping beats, fog and music that fans had been waiting three years to hear live since the band last visited the area.

The BB&T Center, located adjacent to the Sawgrass Mills Mall, was flooded by a sea of fanatics who all came to see Paramore and their popular opening acts Hellogoodbye and Metric. According to one BB&T Center worker, there were people lining up as early as 3 p.m. for the show that started at 7 p.m.

Even though the doors opened 15 minutes later than expected due to security checking, it did not take away any excitement from nearly 20,000 fans that eagerly entered the arena.

Photo courtesy of Fueled by Ramen
Photo courtesy of Fueled by Ramen

Hellogoodbye, an indie-pop band and the first band to take the stage at the arena, played a total of five songs that enthused audience members as they waited for the show’s headliner.

“I really liked [Hellogoodbye]. They were very energetic and they really amped me up for the rest of the show,” sophomore biology major Adrianna Lebron said.

Hellogoodbye played a mix of new and old songs, which kept the crowd energized and applauding throughout their entire set.

The second band to take the stage was Canadian new-wave band Metric. Despite having more recognition than Hellogoodbye, they did not keep fans as enthralled.

“I didn’t know who they were and I couldn’t hear the words to the songs,” said sophomore secondary education major Lea Durst. “I kinda just tuned it out.”

It was not until the band performed “Help I’m Alive” did the crowd begin to respond with excitement and cheers.

The band thanked Paramore for inviting them onto the tour before they finished their set list with “Gold Guns Girls,” a clear crowd favorite.

After a brief break, the show’s main attraction–Paramore–finally took to the stage and were greeted with a roaring applause.

“The moment that big black curtain dropped and they came out I was so excited that I screamed,” Lebron said.

The band kicked off the show with “Grow Up,” a song from their latest album. The song was complemented by a fascinating stage show that was made up of three large screens, emerald laser lights and a feisty Hayley Williams singing lead that kept everyone entertained from start to finish.

The show, which was separated by three interludes, reached its first climax when they performed their past Billboard Hot 100 charting singles “That’s What You Get” and “Crush Crush Crush.”

“I always love hearing the bridge of ‘Crush Crush Crush’ live,” Durst said. “The bass line hits me right in the heart and it feels exhilarating.”

The band showed no signs of losing energy as they steamed forward through their set list.

Energetic and playful Williams interacted with the crowd in between songs and countlessly thanked the thousands of fans who had come to see the band.  Williams even invited one lucky fan on stage to sing “Misery Business,” a song that peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

“I want you guys to make him feel like this is his stage,” Williams said to the crowd. Applause and cheering came from every direction of the arena as the fan sang.

“I was so excited and a tad jealous of the guy who was brought up on stage,” Durst said. “It was awesome that she did that for the fans.”

Photo courtesy of Fueled by Ramen
Photo courtesy of Fueled by Ramen

Paramore continued to wow the crowd when they brought up Fort Lauderdale High School’s choir to accompany them during “Ain’t It Fun,” another track from their new album. The crowd cheered on the students as their faces lit up in response to the massive applause as if they were headlining their own show.

“It was so cool how they had those high school students on stage with them. I know that must have been a moment those kids will never forget,” Lebron said. “I would have been crying if I had the chance to go on stage like that.”

Half way through the set, the band slowed things down by playing some of their popular ballads and even covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”

The crowd, while waving their brightened smartphones in the air, sang so loudly that Williams stepped away from her microphone and stood back in awe of all the people singing.

“That’s beautiful,” she said when she came back to her mic.

After a full hour and a half of music and a spectacular showcase of talent, Paramore finished the show with their latest Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Still Into You.” During the song an abundance of balloons and butterfly-shaped confetti fell from the ceiling onto the dancing fans below.

“The finale was incredible,” Lebron said. “It was so awesome to be dancing in a sea of balloons while Paramore played my favorite song.”

After bowing and saying thank you one last time, the band fled off the stage, leaving behind a cheering and dancing crowd that these FAU students happily found themselves apart of.

“It was the most amazing experience of my life,” Davies said after the show.

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Alexander Adams
Alexander Adams, Staff Reporter
Alexander joined the UP in the fall of 2013. He has written various pieces including concert reviews, lists and other miscellaneous stories. Currently, Alexander remains an active member and is taking on an internship at WishClouds, inc.