Flew to New York from Scotland to see Paramore and this happened.
I love this picture of Hayley. It’s from Aberdeen in 2010. I’m pretty sure it’s at the beginning of Misery Business and she’s pointing at me as i made my way onto the stage to film the band. Lovely picture anyhow!
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Gotta love coming on here and seeing one of your own tweets appearing!
Pressure: Vocals Only.
This is actually amazing.
So over the weekend i attended All Time Low on Saturday night and the Kerrang! tour on Sunday night.
All Time Low are a fantastic band live and much credit has to be given for the volume of noise that came from the crowd as well. Especially during Therapy which left more than a few fans with tears streaming down their cheeks. They played hits like Stella, Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t) and Lost In Stereo in a fantastic setlist which was rounded off perfectly with Time-Bomb (my personal favourite), recent hit The Reckless and the Brave, the excellent Weightless and the crowd favourite Dear Maria, Count Me In.
For a band who didn’t quite reach the heights expected of them with their “Dirty Work” album they’ve certainly came back with a bang with recently released “Don’t Panic”. They had the crowd clinging on to every word they said, especially when frontman Alex Gaskarth spoke to the audience. They still showed signs of immaturity on stage but we come to expect that now and it reminds you a little of the way Blink 182 are when performing. At the end up this is just a bunch of young best friends having the time of their lives and living a dream. You can’t take that away from them.
On Sunday night i popped along to the Kerrang! tour because it involved one of my favourite bands in Tonight Alive. Having seen them 4 times previously i knew to expect an energetic performance and they didn’t dissapoint. Bursting through singles Breaking and Entering, Listening and Starlight they had the crowd loudly singing the lyrics back, proving that Tonight Alive’s popularity was increasing by the day. Slow song “Amelia” left many with a tear in their eye as Jenna sang passionately about her friend who passed away while she was at school. I’m struggling to think of a song that i’ve witnessed performed with more passion and heart than this one. Even if you havn’t lost a loved one or a friend, you can still feel the heartbreak while listening to Amelia.
Afterwards i got the opportunity to speak to Jenna and was treated like an old friend. At her first glance she dropped everything she was doing and came for a hug, asking how i was, and telling me how good it was to see me. She told me the tour was going amazing and that they should be back in the UK in a few months time. We grabbed a quick photograph and then she hugged me goodbye wishing me well.
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They got that headline from “Taylor was listening to Alt-J a lot” ?? ……….. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the press!
I will never stop being amazed at how music brings people together. Maybe not all of those people will be in your life forever but they are/were there for a reason… whether you know it now or not.
A lot of people have asked me what it was like being backstage for a Paramore gig. So i decided to finally write about it. It happened on the 20th of November 2010 in Aberdeen, Scotland on the final leg of their UK tour.
I woke up in the morning not quite believing what had happened the previous night. I was wondering if it was just a dream. I checked my e-mails and there they were. E-mails being sent between me and Hayley Williams. And there it was in the e-mail. I was being sorted out with backstage passes for the show tonight in Aberdeen and i was going to be on stage. ON THE STAGE. During Misery Business filming footage from the bands point of view.
I couldnt quite believe it. I kept thinking about it over and over again. “I’m going to be on stage during misery business!”. It was hard to take in.
I got the train with Ross and Babs (whom i met for the first time that day) as they too were travelling to Aberdeen for the show. Two of the nicest people ive ever met, it was a pleasure to spend that train journey with them and they made it seem quicker than it actually was.
We got to Aberdeen and i went to their hotel room with them to charge my phone as that’s what id be using that night. Once i done that i said my goodbyes as i wanted to get to the venue early. I got a taxi to it, not having any idea where the venue was and didnt realise how far away it was. Swear the taxi was pretty dear!
I got there and there was two entrances. I wasnt sure which way to go. I then spotted the box office and i walked up and said my name. There it was, an envelope with “Ross McClenaghan” written on it. I opened it up and Hayley had put not one but TWO backstage passes in it PLUS a photo pass too. “You’re a sweetheart Hayley” i thought to myself. I didnt even have anyone with me. I was all on my lonesome. So not knowing where to go i asked someone how i get backstage and they told me to get to the barrier and be allowed through. Nervously going through the crowd (i could feel the eyes staring at me) i got through and wondered where on earth to go. This was a new experience for me. Eventually Brandon took care of me and made sure i was okay. He was a genuinely nice guy. Told me to give him a shout if i needed anything which was nice of him. I realised my friend Hayley also had a backstage pass that night so i was frantically texting her asking where she was. I felt so awkward being sidestage. The first band played and they didnt seem too bad. They then came off and Fun were next. By this point my friend Hayley had turned up so i wasnt alone thankfully. It made the night more comfortable for me.
Then she appeared. Hayley walked up to us and said “hi!” and gave me a wave. I couldnt believe this was happening. I was standing casually just having a conversation with Hayley Williams. If anyone had told me even 72 hours prior to this that i’d be doing that, i would laughed in their face. I asked where she’d like me to go when im on filming and she said “aw yeah i wanted to catch up with you before we went on. You have the freedom of the stage, move around as freely as you like!”. I couldnt quite believe Hayley had just gave me freedom of the stage while Paramore were playing MisBiz.
Taylor then came out and i stood and chatted to him for a while about the tour. He remembered me from Nottingham which was cool!
Paramore then hit the stage and during Emergency their touring manager Andrew asked me to sign a sheet to authorise who i was and stuff. So i signed it and said my company was “Paramorefans.com” which it was! haha Paramore blew me away that night and i remember Hayley holding up a Scotland flag. I loved that!
“There is just one type of business that remains” i heard Hayley say. “oh my god, oh my god, oh my god” was all that was going through my mind. I’m not going to lie, i started to panic. i was so nervous. I wanted this to go right. I wanted it to be perfect. I wanted to do such a good job. I remember my friend Hayley saying “good luck!” and me replying “i’m crapping myself!”. I slowly made my way up the steps as Zac’s drum beat hit and MisBiz began. I made my way on and for the next 5 minutes i was sharing the stage in front of around 8 thousand (?) people. Hayley made me feel comfortable. She frequently came up to the camera and sang into it. They pulled a girl named Rachael up on stage (who i’m now friends with!) and while Hayley was chatting to her Zac started screaming wildly into my camera! haha Hayley then pointed at me while she was chatting to Rachael and said “Say hi to Ross!”. My heart skipped a beat. Rachael then brilliantly sang Misery Business and i ran and slid to Josh doing his solo on his guitar, capturing it magnificently. Misery Business then ended and Hayley gave me a hug saying “Thank you so much!”. I was astounded. I remember going “no no! Thank YOU so much!”. Her hug was awesome. I then made my way off stage and my friend Hayley laughed and said “you were getting right into that up there! headbanging and everything!”. I laughed and breathed a sigh of relief knowing that it hadnt gone as badly as i expected. I then said my goodbyes and dissapeared.
It was a night i’ll never ever forget.