Watch Paramore Perform "All I Wanted" Live for the First Time
Published Oct 24, 2022The first day of Las Vegas's ill-fated When We Were Young Festival may have been called off due to high winds on Saturday (October 22), but Day 2 seems to have gone off without a hitch — and emo-alternative fans who did get to attend got their money's worth at Paramore's performance, with the band playing runaway hit "All I Wanted" live for the first time ever on the festival stage.
The track — whose popularity has seen recent reinvigoration thanks to TikTok — was originally featured on 2009's Brand New Eyes. The band opened their set with the song, going on to perform other fan-favourites like "Still into You," "Ain't It Fun," new release "This Is Why" and closing with newly out-of-retirement 2007 classic "Misery Business" [via NME].
Ahead of the fest, bandleader Hayley Williams shared a handwritten statement about the legacy of emo and the band's place within it. You can read her full statement below, where you'll also find fan footage of "All I Wanted."
To grow up in this scene was not a simple thing.
To be celebrating it (and to be celebrated by it) is not a simple thing.
Nothing about this life — for you, me, or anyone — is simple.
We fell in love with this subset of post-punk + hardcore likely because nothing else moved us. We didn't fit in other places.
To be a young girl in love with this scene was to have the hope that I might find my own way to belong.
It took years to find that belonging. It's taken a lot of unlearning. A lot of untangling knots I didn't even know were there.
What I did know was that for every, "Take off your top," or snarky punchline review… for every dramatic headline pinned on my name, or any season of self doubt… no one was going to define Paramore but Paramore.
Nearly 20 years later, we find ourselves a pillar of the very scene that threatened to reject us. And me.
I do my best to stay humble. What good is a bloated ego? But beyond the intense devotion of Paramore fans around the world, the reason we made it this far is us. What I really mean to say is — we never banked on trends. Or nostalgia. Or even me, alone. We only did exactly what we knew was real for us.
(And sure, I leaned into spite as needed.)
Tonight, while we're running through the lengths of our discography and I'm refraining from singing the word "whore," know that, inside, I'm celebrating the fact that, as a scene, we've come a long way. With much further to go.
Fuck the ones who doubted! Hugs to the ones who watched on and even sort of believed. Young girls, queer kids, and anybody of any color… WE have shifted this scene together. Messily, angrily, heartbroken, and determined.
Tonight, for me at least, is about celebrating ALL the facets of what punk music actually represents. All the things it wasn't allowed to be when we were young.
Can't wait to see everyone tonight.