Paramore embarked on its third edition of Parahoy! on April 6, 2018. The cruise is a four day trip to paradise with Paramore. Accompanying Paramore on the cruise was: mewithoutYou, Local Natives, Judah and The Lion, Mija, Halfnoise, and Now Now. Comedians include: Jordan Rock and Ryan O’Flanagan.
Once I got onto the cruise ship, I put my belongings in my cabin and walked around until my safety briefing. After the briefing, I waited in the Spinnaker Lounge, located on Deck 13, for my group to get merchandise.
After waiting over an hour, I got to the merch store on the boat and bought two Parahoy shirts and a Paramore sweatshirt that says “Low Key, No Pressure.”
I went to eat at the Garden Café on Deck 12 then waited on the Pool Deck for Paramore to take the stage. Paramore performed at 8:00PM once the boat was out at sea.
Here is the setlist:
1. Looking Up
2. That’s What You Get
5. Fake Happy
7. Here We Go Again
9. Let The Flames Begin
10. Last Hope
11. Hate To See Your Heart Break
12. Brick By Boring Brick
13. (One Of Those) Crazy Girls
14. Misery Business
15. Turn It Off
16. Grow Up
17. Told You So
18. Rose Colored Boy
During my time on the boat, there were a variety of performers and activites to get involved in. I saw the comedy show, Local Natives, Judah And The Lion, MewithoutYou, and Halfnoise perform at different times on the cruise. At the end of Local Natives set, I asked for a drumstick and setlist from members of the group and crew and I got them!
In addition to the concerts, I played bingo, tanned, played shuffleboard, visited the casino, and more. Paramore performed a mini-acoustic set while on board, and there were no cameras, videos, or audio recordings allowed of the small set. Here is what was performed at the mini-set I attended.
- Passionfruit (Drake Cover)
- Caught In The Middle
- Misguided Ghosts
When I went to the Bahamas, I visited Blue Lagoon Island and hung out on the private island with fellow Parahoy cruisers. The weather on the entire trip was in the 80s and sunny. When leaving the Bahamas, there was a sun shower but it cleared as Paramore took the stage.
Here is Paramore’s second set:
2. Crushcrushcrush x beat it mash up
3. Still Into You
5. I Caught Myself
7. Never Let This Go
8. GRUDGES *FIRST TIME TO PLAY*
9. When It Rains
10. Playing God
11. Idle Worship
12. No Friend (with Aaron Weiss of MewithoutYou on stage)
14. Caught In The Middle
15. Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
16. Ain’t It Fun
18. Hard Times
Paramore had activies they were part of. One of the most memorable experiences was when Paramore had a Question and Answers session. During Paramore’s Q&A session, everyone on the cruise was informed that Paramore’s song “Hard Times” has been certified gold. Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro were blown away when we were all informed. It was an amazing moment I was able to share with Paramore.
While on the cruise, I met a variety of individuals including: members of mewithoutYou, Local Natives, and Brian O’ Connor, Hayley’s hairstylist/ business partner/ friend.
The biggest takeaway of the cruise is being patient. Often times, you have to wait on line (to get on and off the boat, waiting for merch, waiting to get food, etc.) In addition, it’s important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.
I would highly recommend a Parahoy cruise or a cruise with a band you like. It’s such a unique experience to go on a cruise and in addition hear live music everyday from bands you know or learn to know. This was my third Parahoy cruise, and each cruise was different from the last. Each cruise the boat would take us to a different location. I got to see different bands perform and discover new music. Each cruise was memorable with performances and personal memories. Each cruise had a different lineup with some joining Paramore on the voyage again. The lineups each cruise was awesome.
If you are interested in learning more about other cruises Norwegian and Sixthman has with bands, learn more on their website https://www.sixthman.net/.
In other news, Beartooh released a statement that Taylor Lumley left Beartooth, Sorority Noise dropped from The Wonder Years tour, Movements dropped from an Australia tour with Moose Blood, Paramore announced an additional support for Tour 5, and Breaking Benjamin released Ember.
Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!