Kamis, 07 Mei 2015

Paramore to Set Sail Again on Parahoy! Festival at Sea in 2016

Paramore will once again lift anchors when they embark on their second Parahoy! Festival at Sea next year. The floating concert will take place March 5th - 9th and travel round-trip from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico. Paramore will perform twice during the fest, which has yet to announce the rest of its lineup.

The festival, which will take place on a boat called the Norwegian Pearl, will also feature meet and greets, a Q&A and "Paraoke" with the band and other activities which have yet to be announced. It will also include DJ sets, theme nights, sets by stand-up comedians and "much, much more," according to the fest's website. The fest is currently running a presale that includes a photo with the group and a Parahoy sailor's cap.

The group will hand-pick the artists who perform on the fest. Last year's Parahoy festival featured sets by Tegan and Sara and New Found Glory.

But before the festival, Paramore still have plenty of tour dates to play this year. Earlier this year, frontwoman Hayley Williams told Rolling Stone that she viewed the tour as a victory lap, since the group recently won the Best Rock Song Grammy for their Paramore tune "Ain't It Fun," an LP that hit Number One.

"We never in a million years thought we would win a Grammy, or any of the other crazy things that happened along the way," she said. "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."

Source: RollingStone

Paramore's 'Writing the Future' tour comes to Borgata Friday

Life in Paramore couldn’t be much better than it is now. The group is following a major tour of outdoor amphitheaters last summer with Fall Out Boy with a headlining tour this spring.

Meanwhile, the group — which already has had a platinum album (“2007’s “Riot!”) and a gold album (2009’s “Brand New Eyes”) — has seen its latest album, a 2013 self-titled effort, top the Billboard magazine album chart and “Ain’t It Fun” has become its biggest single to date. The song topped both the Hot Rock Songs and Adult Top 40 charts. A previous single, “Still Into You,” went Top 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 and Hot Rock Songs charts.

Less than a year after the summer tour with Fall Out Boy, Paramore will stop in Atlantic City 9 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for their “Writing the Future” tour.

“Everyone seems to be pretty excited about what’s going on with Paramore and that makes us feel awesome,” says Paramore singer Hayley Williams during a teleconference interview.

The success of the self-titled album is more than enough reason to savor the moment as it is. But Williams’ feelings are even more understandable, considering the events that preceded the album.

In December 2010, guitarist Josh Farro and his brother drummer Zac Farro, quit the band, throwing the group’s future into question. While the remaining trio of Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis quickly made it clear that Paramore would continue, Josh Farro had been Williams’ main songwriting collaborator.

Clearly, there was a void to fill in the creative engine of the group and the remaining trio was going to have to find a way to reinvent itself as a band.

The not-so-easy process began with realizing that the trio needed to reconnect as friends before anything else could happen.

“That alone, before we even got to writing music, that took time,” Williams says. “And it took us making a really valiant effort to get to know one another again as people. So Jeremy and Taylor and I would hang out, usually at Jeremy’s house, because he lives way out in the country. And we would just kind of, like, watch tons of movies or cook a meal. I remember one day there was a crazy snowstorm and Jeremy’s friends built this couch sled and we spent the whole day sledding down this massive hill on a couch, which was wild. It was important for that stuff to happen before we got into a studio.”

Along with bonding as friends, the trio also decided to do a couple of tours — that included guitarists Jon Howard and Justin York and drummer Josh Freese filling out the lineup — before getting to work on the self-titled album. The songs didn’t just start pouring out.

“I remember going over to Taylor’s house, which he has a little studio in his place, a few times where there was just no electricity,”Williams says. “There were a lot of times where Taylor and I would leave really discouraged. Then it happened. Once the first song sort of came out — I think the first song we finished was called ‘Proof,’ which made it to the record — that was the spark that we needed. And they kept rolling out.”

In writing for the album “Paramore,” the band made a key decision not to be defined by the punky, pop-rock of its earlier CDs or any outside expectations for how a Paramore album should sound.

“Ain’t It Fun” may be the best example of the group’s willingness to explore new territory. The rocker has a strong bit of funk to go with its bouncy melody. But there’s also poppier slant to “Daydreaming” and “Grow Up,” and a pensive quality to “Last Hope.”

“I actually feel like we redefined ourselves in the sense that there aren’t as many, what’s the word, it’s not as narrow of a path,” Williams says. “I feel like we’ve broadened our horizons a little bit. We’ve broken through whatever feeling was there before and we’ve kind of discovered that we don’t have to be or meet anyone’s expectations.”

The continued success Paramore is having is creating one complication when it comes to the group’s live show. Choosing a setlist is becoming a challenge.

“It’s crazy when you get into a place where you’re having to fit so many songs into a certain amount of minutes and you’re thinking, like, how are we going to play, first of all, all of the singles, (and) how are we going to play all of the songs that please all of our old-school fans?” she says. “I think it’s going to be really exciting for whatever kind of Paramore fans might be at the show. I feel like we’re hopefully going to make all of them happy.”

Concert Review: 'Writing the Future' With Paramore

The second night of Paramore’s month-long Writing the Future Tour, which kicked off on Monday it Atlanta, GA, was sold out show held in Clearwater, FL at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Opening for Paramore was Copeland, a band from Lakeland, FL. During their forty-five minute set, the crowd enjoyed hearing songs both old and new. It was fitting to have Copeland open for Paramore for this tour as the roles were once reversed. Lead singer Aaron Marsh explained Paramore’s first show ever in Nashville, TN where they opened for Copeland. He described Hayley Williams as a “pint sized girl with fiery red hair” as she took the stage along with the rest of Paramore, who at the time was nameless. He praised the band by stating that they had already won the audience over before Copeland even began playing, and were thankful to be able to join them again for Writing the Future.

The crowd didn’t have to sit in too much agony as they waited for Paramore to come on. Once the lights dimmed again, everyone was on their feet and cheering. As usual, the band brought on full throttle energy with their sound filling up the room and bouncing off the walls. Lead singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York showed their passion through their liveliness and interaction with the audience as they jumped around and head banged their way into each song.

Paramore began their set with "Daydreaming," a track off of their 2013 self-titled album Paramore. Right after the song ended, Hayley kicked off her shoes, commenting that they hurt, and spent the remainder of the show bouncing around in her socks.

Further into the set, Hayley went on to say that this tour was something the band had been discussing ever since they were recording Paramore. As she also stated, it is meant to be set at a different pace, which was presented in the theater setting the show was held in and the fact that the band played songs never heard live from Paramore before. The tour is also the end to an era of the band’s career, the “self-titled life” they have been living ever since the release of Paramore.

The set list included tracks from each of the band’s four studio albums, as well as the B side song "Tell Me It's Okay" and their two tracks off of the Twilight soundtrack, "Decode" and "I Caught Myself." They also played three acoustic songs, "Misguided Ghosts, "Franklin," and "The Only Exception." Their diverse song choices were enjoyable for fans who have been following the band from the beginning, fans who had never been to a Paramore show, and fans who had never heard some of those songs live before.

The crowd sang along to every tune, throwing hands in the air, holding up signs for the band to see, and clapping along where it was necessary. During "[One of Those] Crazy Girls," Hayley made sure to include all the guys in the room as she took turns having the girls sing “Now I’m one of those crazy girls” and then had the guys sing, arousing laughter from the crowd.

Paramore played their Grammy winner "Ain't It Fun" as their “last” song, but everyone knew that the band wasn’t done just yet. After a few minutes of cheering and clapping, they made their way back onto the stage to play "Future." Just as the song goes, they started off slow and low-key. Then it picked up, transitioning into the instrumental piece. Different colors were flashing: blue, green, yellow, pink. There was a spot during the song where it went from loud, to soft, and back to loud again. And it was obvious that each member of the band was fully absorbed in the song by their dynamic, nonstop energy that didn’t end until the last note was played.

Paramore will be touring until the end of May before they close the “self-titled life” chapter and begin yet another adventure together.

Sabtu, 21 Maret 2015

Hayley Williams says she has 'no idea what is next for Paramore

Paramore singer Hayley Williams has cast doubt on the immediate future of the pop-punk band, stating that she has "no idea what is next" for the group.

Writing on Paramore's official website, Williams reflected on the two years that have passed since 2013's self-titled LP, as well as the decade that has followed since their debut 'All We Know Is Falling', which came out in 2005.

"At one point, I thought I could never do better than ['All We Know Is Falling']… and then the guys and I went on to write three other ones that made me more and more proud with each one," Williams wrote. "That’s the feeling that keeps me hopeful and inspired."

However, Williams also stated that the band's future isn't set in stone. She continued: "Even though it’s a little bit sad to have to leave some parts of your life behind you, it’s crucial. There’s more to do. You’re needed in the future, where a newer, stronger version of you is waiting. Ugh, I have no idea what is next for Paramore but I can’t wait to find out."

The singer went on to say that she'll instead shift her focus to non-musical projects, as she prepares to launch her own hair dye company and host an internet beauty show called 'Kiss-Off'.

Williams said of the show: "The show is NOT a show about “how to get pretty” or “this is how you should look!”. It’s really about encouraging people, especially young people, that perfection is not what makes beauty. Getting to know yourself through your inspirations, painting your personality across your face, and enjoying the process of self-expression… that’s what is beautiful."

Meanwhile, Williams concluded the blog post by suggesting that she's currently "wedding planning", alluding to her recent engagement to New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert. The pair announced that they had got engaged on Christmas Day 2014.

Messages of congratulations started flooding as soon as Williams and Gilbert had made the announcement, with Taylor Swift and Katy Perry among those sending their best wishes.

Paramore's fourth album 'Paramore' was released in April 2013.

Source: NME

Why Did Paramore’s Grammy Win Make Them A Little Sad?

Hint: It's not because it wasn't shiny enough.

Paramore won their very first Grammy the other week — Best Rock Song, for “Ain’t It Fun.” In the process, they also kind of make rock history, in that they became the first female-fronted band since 1999 to take home that trophy.

Appropriately enough, it was Paramore’s dedicated fan base that informed them of that fact on the big night.

“I didn’t know that until fans were tweeting ‘congratulations’ to us,” Hayley Williams told MTV News before their Hilton@PLAY gig in New York this week. “I was pretty much being updated by our fans all night.”

That isn’t to say that the band wasn’t aware that they won the shiny trophy — Williams celebrated via a few heartfelt tweets, while bassist Jeremy Davis hung out at Grammys parties and kept the joy inside, waiting to tell his co-partiers about his win until later in the night. Very chill, Jeremy. I feel like there’s some study that says that keeping good news inside is good for the complexion, but I could just be making that up.

As for the rather bittersweet news that the band made music history with their win — sweet because, well, they won, bitter because no woman has won in YEARS — Williams was kind of torn.

“You don’t even know really how to feel because it’s kind of sad on one hand, because I think there’s been so many incredible female songwriters that are in bands — that have written very meaningful songs or political statements, social statements and things that really matter — that haven’t been recognized in that way,” she said. “Ultimately, it just feels nice that I was able to write from my point of view about life and how I saw it and the things we were going through. To be a woman in a rock band feels awesome anyway. I feel very empowered by that alone.”

“I hope it’s not that long before another girl comes along and has something to say and that it gets recognized,” she added, echoing the sentiments etched into our very souls over here at MTV News.

Speaking of souls and etching, it’s primed to be a big next couple of years for Williams, who recently got engaged to Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, her boyfriend of six years. Seeing as how the two are in bands, we couldn’t help but ask what the playlist would include at the decidedly pop punk union of souls. All New Found Glory? All Paramore? All “Electric Slide” remixes? Check out Williams’ answer below: 

Source: MTV

Kamis, 29 Januari 2015

Taylor Swift slams hackers, thanks Paramore's Hayley Williams

Taylor Swift’s team quickly wiped away any trace that her social media accounts were hacked earlier today, but the singer couldn’t resist making fun of those who threatened to release nude photos of her.

As previously reported, two tweets appeared on Swift’s Twitter page this morning, urging her millions of fans to follow users named @veriuser and @lizzard. It turns out that the @lizzard handle is run by the Lizard Squad, the same group that hacked XBox Live and Playstation Network on Christmas Day.

The hackers threatened to release nude photos of Swift, which she said would be impossible. They would have to photoshop them “cause you got NOTHING,” she wrote.

Swift, who hadn’t tweeted herself since Saturday before today, also thanked Paramore singer Hayley Williams for letting her know about the hackers. The “Blank Space” singer called Williams the real “MVP of the day.”

“Here's to the proof that you can win an MVP award for just basically sitting on the Internet for too long,” Williams replied.

So it looks like Swift will have material for a new verse for “Shake It Off.” Williams will have to provide some backing vocals.

Source: TheCelebrityCafe.Com

Minggu, 25 Januari 2015

Paramore Announces Intimate U.S. Spring Tour

Paramore will hit the road this spring for a month of intimate theater shows, kicking off April 27 in Augusta, Ga.

The 17-date trek called "Paramore: Writing the Future" also includes a play at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. and will see the Tennessee trio hitting venues such as New York's Beacon Theatre, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak). See the full dates below.

"It feels right to bring the Self-Titled era to a close," said singer Hayley Williams in a statement, referring to the band's eponymous 2013 LP. "We've had a very personal and hugely triumphant journey with this one."

Williams clarified the band is not actually referring to this as a "tour." Rather, each night will be a "little event" -- a "celebration."

"What wouldn't feel right is saying goodbye to this time in the band's career and not celebrating it with our fans in some special way," she continued. "So we've decided to do one last little run with it. Smaller shows, beautiful theaters.... As we acknowledge the past few years (and more) of everything we've been through together, we're also looking forward together at all there is to come."

Joining Paramore on the non-festival dates will be Copeland, who Williams credited for helping the band greatly early on by bringing the new act on tour almost 10 years ago.

Tickets will go on sale for the tour Monday, Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. for the band's email subscribers, and then to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30.

"Paramore: Writing The Future" Tour Dates:

4.27 Augusta, GA @ Bell Auditorium
4.28 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
5.03 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
5.05 Boston, MA @ Citi Wang Theatre
5.06 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
5.08 Atlantic City, NJ @ The Borgata
5.09 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
5.11 Baltimore, MD @ Meyerhoff Theatre
5.12 Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
5.14 New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
5.15-5.16 Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
5.17 Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
5.19 Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
5.20 El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
5.22 San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
5.23 Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
5.25 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Source: Billboard