Hayley Williams might be one of the most impressive live singers working today, but that doesn’t mean she never gets nervous about belting certain tunes onstage. That’s why Paramore have never played their 2009 fan-favorite “All I Wanted” in concert — until last night (October 23rd) at When We Were Young festival.
Per reddit, Williams once said that she’s hesitated to include “All I Wanted” in Paramore’s setlists because she feared she wouldn’t be able to do the song justice, or even worse, that she’d harm her vocals singing that chorus repeatedly. Apparently, she’s also said that if Paramore ever did play the Brand New Eyes cut, it would likely be saved for the band’s last-ever show. Given that Paramore have a new album on the way, are still in the middle of tour, and just promised that they’d be around as long as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, we shouldn’t be worried.
As expected, Williams killed it on her live debut of “All I Wanted,” and judging by the crowd’s reaction, it seems like pretty much everyone watching the performance knew they were witnessing something very special. Later on in the set, however, Williams made the night even more special with a short speech about the history of emo and punk rock’s evolution.
“When Paramore came onto the scene, roughly around 2005, the scene was not always a safe place to be if you were different — if you were a young woman, if you were a person of color, if you were queer — and that’s really fucked up if you think about it,” she said. “I’ve had my fill of letting older people — especially older men — tell me what punk rock is and tell me what punk rock is not. Just today, there was a crusty old fuck on the internet saying that punk was supposed to be anti-establishment. Well it is. And actually, I can think of nothing more anti-establishment than young women, than people of color, and the queer community.”
Check out fan-captured footage of Paramore playing “All I Wanted” live for the first time, as well as Williams’ speech, below.
While we’re trying to curb some serious FOMO over not being at Paramore’s When We Were Young set, we did get to see them at Austin City Limits — you can check out our recap of the gig, which included the recently-revived “Misery Business.” They also have a few dates left on their North American tour before their new album This Is Why arrives in February; get your tickets at Ticketmaster.
— vale⁷ ᥫ᭡ 👩🏻🚀 (@idle_vale) October 24, 2022
Paramore's Hayley Williams: "Just today there was a crusty old fuck on the internet saying that punk was supposed to be anti-establishment… I can think of nothing more anti-establishment than young women, than people of color, and the queer community."https://t.co/m19aHhrgVn pic.twitter.com/EkFSvWpqZ0
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