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Paramore Biography

Paramore (formed 2004)

Paramore is an American rock band from Tennessee. The line up of the band is Hayley Williams on lead vocals and keyboard, Taylor York on rhythm guitar, Josh Farro on lead guitar and back-up vocals, Zac Farro on drums and Jeremy Davis on bass guitar.

Paramore: Formation

Hayley Williams met the Farro brothers when she moved from Lauderdale County to Franklin, Tennessee, to attend private school. Initially, she played in a funk covers band along with Jeremy Davis, which was called The Factory.

The name Paramore is the maiden name of a previous bass player's mother.

In their formative months, the band played in and around Nashville, including a slot on the Vans Warped Tour. After watching Paramore perform at the Taste of Chaos festival, John Janick signed the band to the Fueled By Ramen label.

Paramore: Debut Album & Beyond

A short time before they were due to record their debut album, Jeremy Davis left the band. The remaining four members continued with the planned recordings. The song 'All We Know' was written about his departure and the album, All We Know Is Falling is also thematically based around him leaving the band.

Before touring to promote the album, John Hembree was added to the band's line-up to replace Davis. However, Davis was later asked to rejoin the band, which he did, as Hembree had left after less than five months of Davis' absence.

The director Shane Drake directed the first two videos for the band, for the singles 'Pressure' and 'Emergency'.

In 2006, Paramore were featured on the Winter Go West Tour, along with The Lashes and Amber Pacific - both Seattle bands. Later that year, Hayley Williams provided vocals for October Fall on their song 'Upside Down'. The following year, she followed this by singing on 'Then Came To Kill' by The Chariot.

Paramore covered 'My Hero' by Foo Fighters for inclusion on the Sound of Superman soundtrack.

In the summer of 2006, Paramore embarked on their first headline US tour, with support from the likes of Cute Is What We Aim For and Hit The Lights.

Paramore' second album, entitled Riot! was released in June 2007. Following the departure of the original guitarist, Hunter Lamb, Taylor York joined the line-up. The album was produced by David Bendeth, who had previously worked with Breaking Benjamin and Your Vegas. The lead single from the album was 'Misery Business'.

At the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, Paramore were nominated for the Best New Artist category but lost the award to Amy Winehouse. Early that year, they toured with New Found Glory and Kids in Glass Houses to promote the release of Riot! Following a short break to resolve differences within the band, Paramore hit the road again, this time with Jimmy Eat World.

When the film Twilight was released, two Paramore songs were included on the soundtrack - 'I Caught Myself' and 'Decode'.

A live album entitled The Final Riot! was released in November 2008.

In early 2009, Paramore were announced as a support act for No Doubt's Summer Tour.

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The Latest Paramore News

As Paramore And Qotsa Join Line Up, A Look At The Reading And Leeds Headliners

11th March 2014

The final headliners for Reading and Leeds have been announced and for the first time ever festival goers will be...

Paramore Guitarist Injures Ankle On Stage

14th January 2014

Paramore star Taylor York is on crutches after injuring his ankle on stage in Australia.The guitarist hurt himself during the...

Hayley Williams Fuming Over Paramore/fall Out Boy Tour Leak

9th January 2014

Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has expressed her outrage after news of the band's upcoming tour with Fall Out Boy leaked...

Jeremy Davis Welcomes Daughter

2nd January 2014

Paramore star Jeremy Davis is a new dad - his wife has given birth to the couple's first child.Davis and...

Paramore Axe Upcoming Concert In New Zealand

2nd January 2014

Pop punks Paramore have given fans in New Zealand a disappointing start to 2014 after cancelling one of their upcoming...

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Paramore Reviews

Paramore - Paramore Album Review Album Review

8th April 2013

The release of 2007's album 'Riot!' was the catalyst for Paramore to emerge from the...

Paramore - Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester Live Review

18th December 2009

Paramore live reviewTennessee outfit Paramore were catapulted to punk-rock superstardom on the back of their...

Paramore - The Final Riot! Album Review

15th December 2008

Review of Paramore's album/DVD The Final Riot!From one of the breakthrough acts of 2008, this...

Paramore - Decode Single Review

10th December 2008

Review of Paramore's single Decode. Though their second album was released in 2007, it was...

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Paramore Festivals

Bunbury Music Festival

11th July 2014

Voodoo Experience

31st October 2014

Voodoo Experience 2013

31st October 2014

iTunes Festival

1st September 2013

Leeds & Reading Festival

22nd August 2014

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The Latest Paramore Press Releases

Paramore Announce Autumn 2013 UK Arena Tour

13th May 2013

Grammy nominated and multimillion selling three-piece Paramore are able to...

Listen To Paramore's New Single 'Now'

25th January 2013

Paramore's new single 'Now' is available to pre-order on iTunes and released on Feb 24th...

Paramore Announce New Single 'Playing God' Plus Tour Date Details

26th October 2010

Franklin, Tennessee five piece Paramore are set to release the single 'Playing God' on November...

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DayStar*'s picture


PARAMORE rocks! I love u all. U r the best band ever. I just saw u in Pittsburg, PA. ur show was awesome especially the ROLLFLIP. I tried to meet u after the show but found out from the security guard u had a meet and greet earlier in the afternoon. I was so disappointed. I drove from Lancaster,OH to see u. My favorite songs r thats what u get, crushcrushcrush, missery buisness, and i love Decode. Hopefully u will come to Columbus, OH so i can see again and maybe get to meet u so i can tell u how awesome u r in person. I love PARAMORE!

4 years 10 months ago
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You aint no FAN LMFAO! If you was a fan you would have a Paramore skin on your phone. Well..DO YOU?! if you don't know what im talkin about check out this website --- go to musicskins.comCheck out the whole site ! YOU can skin phones, mp3 players, laptops, eettcc..oh and... U WELCOME YO -KRAVEN .. and remember ... PEEL > APPLY > PROTECT !!!

4 years 1 month ago
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dollie rawker

hey u guys r the kwlest band ever u rock i love all ur songs especially crushcrushcrush and misery business idlove 2 see one of ur concerts sometime all my love dollie rawker

6 years 2 months ago
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Hey! We all love Paramore, but where's all the pop/punk guitarists and bassists? I need one of each, so if ya know anyone, send 'em to for tunes and more...

6 years 2 months ago
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