In the Spring of 2006 Paramore toured the UK and I really, really, wanted to go. Sadly, my parents didn't think this was a good idea since I was 16 years old. Then in the Fall they came to the UK again. I was 17 by then, but still not allowed to go.
On June 5th 2007 Paramore finally came to the Heineken Music Hall in the Netherlands. I waited for this for over 1.5 years. They opened for My Chemical Romance and Billy Talent. This was the best thing ever at the time! Even though they only played for approximately half an hour and no camera's were allowed in the venue. There were some other Paramore fans there (maybe 7 or so) and we started talking to them. Later I found out that they actually arranged to meet up with the band after they performed. I'm still sad that they didn't ask us to join them. It's not like two more people could've done any harm.
Then RIOT! happened and they blew up in the US. When I went to New York City I figured I could plan this around the time Warped Tour was there on August 4th 2007, so I did. The crowd was crazy! But I loved that they played At the Drive-In's One Armed Scissor at the end of Here We Go Again and I was the only one that was singing along where I was standing.
Not long after, they came back to The Netherlands for a headlining show at 'kleine zaal' (=small room) at the Melkweg on the 30th of August 2007. This was great, since this venue holds about 700 people. However, there were lots and lots of screaming young girls. Which was and will always be annoying. In my opinion, it's great to cheer on the band and sing along, but actually screaming is the worst. Unfortunately, I went here by train and I had to catch the last one back home, so I still wasn't able to meet them.
In between I became a member of the Paramore fan club, which gave me access to pre-sales and such.
Early 2008 Paramore returned to Europe. I really wanted to go to to Cologne, but when I finally convinced my parents (still 17 here) it was sold out. So then I decided to go to Hamburg. I made all the arrangements and then they unfortunately postponed this and other remaining shows of the European tour.
Luckily, not long after they came back to catch up on the missed shows and decided on different venues that were actually closer! I went to Brussels on June 9th 2008. This was probably the best Paramore show I ever went to. I was all the way up front and I met the band afterwards. They were all so nice and especially Josh talked to us for a long time.
A few days later, on June 17th 2008, I went to the Melkweg again. This time they were playing at the bigger room (The Max) that holds about 1500 people. This show was great as well. Again I was in the front and met them afterwards! Except for Zac, who didn't come outside.
Then came the long wait. In the Spring/Summer of 2009 I seriously wanted to go the the North American Paramore/No Doubt tour with a friend. But we didn't have enough money to pull this one of. So the waiting continued.
In the Fall of 2009 they did another European tour. I went to the show on December 6th 2009 in Cologne and won an official meet and greet at this one. Because there was another meet and greet group besides the official fan club one, we were let into the venue to late and weren't able to stand in the front. Still a fun show though.
Two days later, December 8th 2009, they performed in The Netherlands again at the 013 in Tilburg. This venue holds about 2200 people. It was freezing cold and we waited in line forever. We were not in the front, but had a good view. Afterwards we didn't hang around to wait for them, cause again, it was freezing cold and we had to catch the train back home.
In the Spring/Summer of 2010 they did some European festivals and a few shows, but unfortunately these were all to far away. And then in the Fall of 2010 some UK shows, which I also couldn't attend. And then again in the Summer of 2011 and 2012 they did some festivals and shows in Europe which were all pretty far away.
But now, after not seeing Paramore live for over 3.5 years, they're finally coming back again! First I will see them at Pinkpop on the 14th of June. Then I bought early entry tickets for Amsterdam and Bremen. I'm most excited for Bremen, since this is a smaller venue and this will be my 10th Paramore show.
And here I return back to my main point, venue sizes. My ideal venue holds about 500-1500 people. Enough people to party with, but not to much to get lost in the crowd. (Un)fortunately Paramore outgrew this by 2008/2009 in Europe. Again, I wish them the best and biggest music career, but wouldn't it be great if they'd play some smaller shows here and there? Like they did in London a couple of weeks ago.
I would love for any band (not just Paramore) to play at venues that are just the right size. Where you can hang out with the band afterwards (if they want to) to let them know how much you appreciate them and their music. What do you guys think about this? What's your favorite music venue? :)
As I briefly mentioned, not just the venue size is important, but also the kind of people that show up. So another question would be what kind of people do like at your ideal show? People who sing along, or not, who like moshpits, or not, who are 12, 20, 40 or anywhere in between?