What a year. And it’s only March.
I’m trying to understand how it could be that 3 years have gone by since we wrote and recorded the Self-Titled album. How is it that we are near the end of our time with this album? I remember at the beginning of 2006, some of our team started to ask what we were thinking about the next album and if we’d begun writing what would later become “RIOT!”. I’ll never forget that conversation and how sad it made me. Things had only begun to heat up for us with “AWKIF” and I was feeling like it still had a ton of life in it. We were on Warped Tour that summer and when the tickets for our first headlining tour went on sale, I could feel myself becoming more and more satisfied with the life that we gave our 1st album. We gave that album what it deserved, with a pretty-much sold out tour, after it gave us what would become the foundation for our entire career.
When Paramore announced dates for their Writing the Future Tour in January, they made it clear this run of shows wasn’t just a tour, but “a celebration” of the success they found with their Grammy-winning self-titled album. But that doesn’t mean they’re slacking on the pre-show preparations.
“We’re driving to rehearsals right now in Jeremy [Davis’] Jeep!” frontwoman Hayley Williams says, laughing. “We’re a band that needs rehearsal, after all. We can’t just show up.”
Still, the sentiment behind the “Future” trek – which kicks off April 27th in Augusta, Georgia – is clear. This is both a thank you to the fans that stuck with Paramore through the dramatic departure of two founding members and a victory lap for everything that came after: a Number One debut for their 2013 self-titled album, two platinum-selling singles and the band’s first-ever Grammy Award, for Best Rock Song.
“Hell yeah, it does feel like [a victory lap],” says Williams. “We never in a million years thought we would win a Grammy, or any of the other crazy things that happened along the way. So we’re thinking of each show as an event, as a way to celebrate our relationship with fans, to celebrate the album and to celebrate the past two years of this band.”
Hence the rehearsals. Williams also says these shows will focus as much on the past as the present, relying on older songs to close the book on Paramore’s most successful period.
“When we were making the album, we had that song ‘Future,’ the last track on the record – it brought in some of our earliest influences, made us feel like we were back in Jeremy’s living room,” she says. “It brought us full circle. Then fast-forward two years, and we did the Parahoy! cruise, and night number two was like the most intimate that a Paramore show has felt in years. The first night we purposely put a lot of singles in the set, and we wanted to second night to feel like we were weaving in and out of all the albums, playing songs that fans haven’t heard in a long time.
“So we always wanted to bring that vibe to a theater setting,” she continues. “No matter all the amazing things that happened with this album, we’re still a band; we still have the same influences and there’s still a feeling that we never want to go away. So it’s sort of our way of digging back into that, hoping that our fans new and old will want to go back with us.”
And while Paramore won’t be using the “Future” shows to test new material – “We haven’t even discussed covers yet,” Williams says. “I was just thinking this morning, ‘I wonder what we should do?'” – they are hoping the momentum will carry them into their next chapter: writing the follow-up to their self-titled album.
“We needed some time off after Monumentour, to process everything that we were able to do, but also a lot of amazing personal things happened as well,” Williams says. “Now we’re so ready to get on the road, to be with our fans. That’s going to light a fire under our asses to get into what we’re going to do next. I can just feel it. And that’s exciting.”
Paramore is here to remind you… that women rock the hardest. The band won Best Rock Song for their jam “Ain’t It Fun,” making Hayley Williams the first woman to score that honor since Alanis Morissette in 1999.
This is the band’s first Grammy, although they have been nominated several times in the past, as Williams pointed out in a tweet earlier this week. They beat out Beck for “Blue Moon,” the Black Keys for “Fever,” Ryan Adams for “Gimme Something Good,” and Jack White‘s “Lazaretto.”
For those asking, the guys and I won't be at the Grammy's this weekend but we WILL be crossing our fingers to win our 1st. Either way… ->
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) February 5, 2015
It's an honor to be able to say we have been nominated for something for every album we've released since '07! This nom means most though.->
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) February 5, 2015
“Ain’t It Fun” comes off of the act’s self-titled fourth studio record — the first since the departure of Josh and Zac Farro — an album that Williams and Co. said redefined Paramore as a band.
“The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band and as friends,” they wrote in a release. “It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people…. This album is us.”
Despite not making it to the actual awards show, rest assured that Paramore are celebrating the success of their reinvention full-force — at least according to Williams’ Twitter.
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) February 8, 2015
So, apparently, is eternal cheerleader Taylor Swift. History is being made tonight, guys, and the real show hasn’t even started yet. We’re guessing even more women will be kicking ass and taking names as the night wears on.
The tour is expected to consist of an intimate night of music, hence they are playing in smaller venues than their usual arena shows.
Paramore will be making stops in the tri-state area in the East Coast. They will be playing at New York’s Beacon Theatre on May 6, followed by a show at The Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 8, and at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 9.
For their fans in the country music home state of Tennessee, they will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry House on May 17 in Nashville. The band will also be playing in multiple spring festivals such as Gulf Shores and Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival.
Paramore earned a 2015 Grammy nomination for their hit single “Ain’t It Fun,” which is vying for “Best Rock Song.” It reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, becoming the group’s first Top 10 hit and their highest-peaking song to date, and it has been certified platinum, for sales in excess of one million units. “Ain’t It Fun” garnered a rave review from Digital Journal.
This year, Paramore’s lead singer, Hayley Williams, was honored as the inaugural winner of Billboard’s “Trailblazer Award,” for being able to break barriers in the industry, as well as for paving the way for new artists. This impressive award was presented last month in New York during the Billboard Women In Music Awards.
Paramore singer Hayley Williams received quite the Christmas Day gift when New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert popped the big question. The 26-year-old and her longtime love of six years shared the news Wednesday of their holiday engagement with fans on social media.
The musicians used an photshopped image of their faces superimposed on a bride and groom’s body. ‘Hey guess what?’ Hayley captioned her Twitter engagement photo announcement—leaving fans to draw their own conclusions. Meanwhile her fiance Chad shared the same photo on Instagram, writing, ‘Popped the question on Christmas Day! #MicDrop.’
Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Pete Wentz and Zedd were among their fellow musicians who followed up with well-wishes after the announcement.
In an interview with Fuse in September about his band’s album Resurrection, the guitarist opened up about how his music helped him through relationship woes with the Ain’t It Fun hitmaker:
‘Hayley and I, we’d been dating for six years, and we hit a rough patch in our relationship, and it was great, being able to get that out in these songs. ‘It made things better for us, you know what I’m saying?’
The Still Into You songbird shared with Spin magazine last year that touring placed challenges on their romance, but it was something they understood as artists. ‘That’s our life. We always, always tour,’ she explained. ‘But honestly it’s great. We both love what we do and we both support each other and love that we’re doing the thing that we enjoy.’
The Billboard Women in Music 2014 Trailblazer honoree on fronting a rock band, how 2014 ranked and which female artists she learns from.
Hayley Williams turns 26 on Dec. 27, which means she has fronted Paramore for more than a third of her life. Long enough that on her first Warped Tour in 2005, the then-teenager was the only female performer. “It was very lonely,” Williams says over the phone from Nashville, where she’s visiting her grandparents. “But I don’t think I understood it would be nice — and also motivating — to see other girls out.”
Nearly a decade later, women dominate pop, but not rock. Yet Williams, who lives in Los Angeles, still matters — more than ever. She is a dye-punk heroine who can pass for an electro-house diva, as she did by lending her voice to Zedd‘s “Stay the Night,” which wrapped up 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart in February. She also is a post-emo veteran who maintains her base with adventures like this past spring’s four-day Paramore fan-cruise to the Bahamas, Parahoy!, and this summer’s co-headlining tour with a reunited Fall Out Boy. And she’s an all-ages singer who can introduce Minecraft kids to guitar music, as Paramore did this year with “Ain’t It Fun,” its first Hot 100 top 10 hit. “If young kids listening to the radio hear guitars and decide to pick up one — in five or 10 years, they’re the ones changing the world.”
IT’S OK TO CALL PARAMORE “FEMALE-FRONTED” NOW
“I’ve always been like, ‘I don’t want you to call Paramore a female-fronted band. I just want to be a band.’ But I make the distinction now because I grew up not really placing much value on the strong women I was listening to.”
It’s been four months since the Civil Wars came to a close — not with a peaceful truce, but with a sad ceasefire prompted by problems that the duo wouldn’t announce (and couldn’t resolve) — and bandmate Joy Williams has a found a new duet partner… even if it’s just for one song.
Williams recently teamed up with Paramore‘s powerhouse vocalist, Hayley Williams, for a harmony-heavy version of “Hate to See Your Heartbreak.” Originally released on Paramore’s self-titled album in 2013, the power ballad was re-recorded earlier this year at the Village in Santa Monica, California, where groups such as the Eagles, the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac once tracked their own harmonies. The revised version hits shelves today as a bonus track on Paramore‘s deluxe release. [Watch the pair’s studio performance of the song above.]
Although the two aren’t related, Joy and Hayley certainly sing like sisters, their voices rising and falling in parallel lines. The two Tennessee residents have been friends for more than a decade, with Joy acting as a sort of mentor to Hayley during her pre-Paramore days. Although Hayley recently told NPR that the pair’s tag-teamed version of “Hate to See Your Heartbreak” is meant to be an ode to the “close friendship between women who share their stories with each other, and who lift each other up and understand one another,” the song also functions as a sort of farewell letter to Joy’s former duo partner, John Paul White. When she joins Hayley during the final line of the bridge — “Let the pain remind you hearts can heal” — Joy could very well be singing to the estranged bandmate who, during the course of four whirlwind years, helped her create some of the best-selling folk music of the 21st century.
Meanwhile, Joy Williams has been revving up her solo career. A popular Christian artist during her teens and early twenties, she later transformed herself into a folk-pop singer-songwriter, releasing a string of independent EPs before meeting White and tackling a more rootsy, Southern sound with the Civil Wars. Representatives from her camp have been tight-lipped about the direction of Joy’s newest material, but they did announce that her album will be released during the first half of 2015.
Source: Rolling Stone
Paramore tonight (August 23) headlined Leeds Festival for the first time, with lead singer Hayley Williams bringing her younger sister on stage for the occasion.
The set began in triumphant fasion with yellow and blue streamers exploding from the stage during opener ‘Still Into You’. That was shortly followed by ‘That’s What You Get’ and ‘For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic.’
As an LED screen flashed the name ‘Paramore’ behind the band in bright white light, they put the emphasis on stagecraft – bassist Jeremy Davis jumped over guitarist Taylor York as they played ‘Pressure’.
Taking her first opportunity to speak to the huge audience watching on, frontwoman Hayley Williams – sporting blue hair and a black leather jacket – jokingly said, “You look warm,” before praising co-headliners Queens of the Stone Age. Williams said, “We’re honoured to play here at all, never mind so high up the bill” before shouting the band’s “We. Are. Paramore!” catchphrase.
Later on in the set, Williams addressed her band’s rise up the Leeds Festival bill over the course of their career, saying: “Was anyone here two years ago? And who has never seen us before? It’s nice to meet you, where have you been? You’ve only had ten years!”
Prior to playing ‘The Only Exception’, Williams also referenced the technical difficulties the band endured during their set at Reading Festival last night. “We tried to play this last night and it went horribly wrong. I don’t know if you heard, it was all over the internet. Well, we’re going to do it the proper way now.”
As has become tradition at Paramore gigs, one fan got on stage with the band as they played ‘Misery Business’. The girl, who was called Ellie, was invited onto the stage to sing the bridge of the song using a golden microphone and dance to the track as it came to a close. “Listen Ellie, they’re cheering for you” said Williams as she left the stage.
Another guest arrived on stage during set closer ‘Ain’t It Fun’, in the shape of Williams’ sister Erica. Speaking about her sister earlier in the set, Hayley said: “Today has been a great day. I got to meet an idol – Brody Dalle and watch Jimmy Eat World with my sister, who has come to England for the first time.”
Speaking to NME last week, Williams revealed that her sister has just finished high school and “loves music more than I do”.
‘Still Into You’
‘That’s What You Get’
‘For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic’
‘The Only Exception’
‘Brick By Boring Brick’
‘Let The Flames Begin’
‘Ain’t It Fun’
Hayley Williams has said that co-headlining Reading & Leeds Festivals with Queens Of The Stone Age will give the band the opportunity to “prove people wrong.”
The two US bands will headline the festival this weekend, with Paramore topping the bill in Leeds and Queens Of The Stone Age closing the stage at Reading.
Speaking in the latest issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally, Williams says she is excited to play in front of an audience who might not necessarily be fans of her band going into the performance.
“I think Queens Of The Stone Age are incredible and I’m really excited that our bands are very different,” she says. “I like that we’re both going to be bringing different people to the show. And so we’re both going to be playing to different crowds, but they’re all going to be in one big crowd, so it’s going to be nice.”
She continues: “One of my favourite things to do is to play a festival and prove people wrong and show them ‘Hey, no matter what you think, no matter if you’ve never seen our band before, no matter if you thought you didn’t like our music, you actually probably do. ‘Cos we can really play and we really put on a show and we make it our business to be a great live band’. I’m excited to win over some new fans and I’m excited to show it to the old fans.”
Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will headline Reading and Leeds Festivals 2014, which take place between August 22-24. It will be both Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore’s only UK festival appearances of the summer.
Four years ago, when Paramore lost founding members Zac and Josh Farro in a bitter public split, singer Hayley Williams was sure the band was over. “I thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s like the end of Stand by Me,'” says Williams, 25. “Not everything lasts forever. I’ll find something else that I’m good at.” Instead, the group went on to make last year’s Paramore as a trio – and scored one of this year’s biggest rock hits with the sharp, hooky single “Ain’t It Fun.” “I absolutely feel vindicated,” Williams says. “For all the people who believed in us, we’re saying, ‘You haven’t gotten tattoos of our lyrics for nothing. We’re going to keep going.'”
Your bassist, Jeremy Davis, recently gave himself a hernia on your summer tour with Fall Out Boy. Are you concerned that you might actually be rocking too hard?
I’m starting to accept that 25 is not 16. Seven or eight years ago, we would go to Taco Bell, grab a bean burrito and run onstage. Now, getting ready for a show takes two hours – Jeremy and Taylor [York, Paramore’s guitarist] have to wrap their ankles, and I have to do stretches so I don’t hurt my neck from headbanging. I’m loving it, but I definitely might collapse at one of these shows.
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