w/ Best Coast
The Ryman Auditorium; Nashville, TN
October 17, 2017
Less than six months ago, we witnessed Paramore‘s return to stage after the longest touring gap of their career, days before the release of their triumphant fifth album, After Laughter. Also the group’s live reunion with founding drummer Zac Farro, the intimate affair took place in front of a few hundred friends and fans at Exit/In, mere steps from where they played their first show ever 13 years prior, at adjacent dive The End. Though unique and inspired, and certainly a show we won’t soon forget, that performance felt more like a necessary and cathartic need to return to their roots, something of an open practice surrounded by a communal support system, before embarking on bigger, more-involved tours that have taken place since.
It seems fitting, then, that Tour Two (the North American leg of their After Laughter run, following a Tour One in Europe over the summer) would wrap back home, bigger, but still intimate by Paramore standards, in the legendary and perfectly-suited Ryman Auditorium, where the group last played in 2009 (and mind you, they’re not home for long, with festivals in Mexico and South America, winter one-offs, Florida makeup dates, and a European Tour Three all on the horizon). After recently getting a taste of part of this show outside at Chicago’s Riot Fest last month, we were eager to see the current tour from beginning to end in its full glory, and couldn’t have asked for a more magical space in which to witness it. Below, check out our full coverage and photos from Paramore’s epic homecoming!