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.
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.
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.
Paramore - An array of stars attended the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014 at MGM Grand Garden Arena and were photographed as they arrived at the even in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 20th September 2014
Paramore, Taylor York, Hayley Williams and Jeremy Davis - An array of stars attended the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand and were photographed at the event in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 21st September 2014
Fall Out Boy and Paramore kicked off their "Monumentour" this week - what's the verdict so far?
When looking back on the history of Fall Out Boy and Paramore, it’s a little hard to believe that the two acts have never toured together. Both bands were labelmates on the record label Fueled By Ramen, and they also stormed the Top 40 and Billboard charts with their respective singles and albums over the years. Now, with both bands arguably at the highest points of their careers both musically and commercially, it only makes sense that they join forces and play some shows. Dubbed the ‘Monumentour,’ Fall Out Boy and Paramore will be taking out newcomers New Politics on 43 dates across the United States, with the tour having kicked off on June 19 in Hartford, Connecticut and ending on August 31 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Fall Out Boy and Paramore's tour started this week in Connecticut
“This tour will be different for us as a band because it is our legitimate first co-headline in a long time, if ever. You get limited by that and the bar is raised by that,” Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz said of the tour. It’s a different atmosphere for sure, because Fall Out Boy is no longer the clear powerhouse playing every night. Their last outing, the “Save Rock and Roll” tour, featured supporting acts such as Panic! At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots. However, for “Monumentour,” Paramore will be trying to prove exactly why they’re at number one on the Adult Pop song charts with their current hit, “Ain’t It Fun.” It isn’t a competition, of course, but one band has to outperform the other, right? With two shows as of this writing already in the books, whose been the clear standout so far?
Continue reading: A Look At Fall Out Boy and Paramore's "Monumentour"
The ex-My Chemical Romance Frontman Will Play His First Live Shows At The Historic UK Festival
The latest additions to this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced and amongst the fresh batch of acts is the former My Chemical Romance frontman, who will play his first live shows as a solo artists at this year’s dual mega-event. Gerard Way’s iconic band had recently become defunct after mutually deciding to lay the group to bed. The multi-million record selling giants of emo rock recently released a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You but have failed to announce any farewell tour dates, much to the chagrin of their huge and loyal fanbase.
Gerard Way Is Heading to Leeds and Reading
His Reading and Leeds performances will herald a new chapter in the singer’s career as he puts the finishing touches on an eagerly-awaited solo album, the direction of which is still shrouded in mystery. The musician and prolific comic book artist has directed fans to his new website, which features a brief snippet of an as-yet unnamed song.
Continue reading: Leeds and Reading Festival Line Up: Gerard Way Among The Additions
Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 are all heading to Reading and Leeds.
The final headliners for Reading and Leeds have been announced and for the first time ever festival goers will be treated to four headline acts over the weekend. Yes, joining the already announced Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 is both Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore, who will share headlining duties. So now we know the full lineup lets take a closer look at this year’s headlining acts.
The Arctic Monkeys at this year's Brit Awards
Voodoo Festival will hit New Orleans' City Park at the beginning of November - get your timetable ready!
The fourteenth annual Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is swiftly approaching and we can now reveal the day-by-day schedule of the event's exciting line-up.
The first day of the festival (Friday, November 1st) sees the main Ritual stage host the likes of BET award-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at 7:15pm, just ahead of Pearl Jam's exciting headline spot, while Macclesfield trio The Virginmarys will be bringing in the earlier crowds around 3:45. The Le Plur stage will feature electronic producers Boys Noize and Calvin Harris at 6:15 and 7:30 respectively, while the soulful tones of Allen Stone and ZZ Ward will be resonating over on Flambeau. The Carnival stage will also have some interesting sounds emanating from it over the first day, with Nashville rock 'n' rollers Those Darlins appearing early on in the afternoon ahead of California 6-piece Youngblood Hawke and chiptune band Anamanaguchi closing the stage at 8:15.
Continue reading: Stages And Times Announced For Voodoo Music And Arts Experience 2013
Blues veteran Dr John joins The Cure, Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails for the 14th annual Voodoo Music Festival.
New Orleans' favourite Halloween festival the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is back in its fourteenth year bringing you the true meaning of rock 'n' roll plus a special appearance from one of the city's favourite music veterans.
Voodoo Fest hits City Park every year on the weekend closest to Halloween which this year is November 1st - 3rd. It made its debut in 1999 with the likes of Wyclef Jean and the Refugee All-Stars, The Roots and, of course, New Orleans' own blues pioneer Dr. John - aka The Night Tripper - who makes a grand return to the event this year only months after landing his sixth Grammy award for his album 'Locked Down'. Long may he remain the epitome of the city's spectacular music scene!
Continue reading: New Orleans Welcomes Back Dr. John At Voodoo Music & Arts Festival 2013
The 2013 Teen Choice Awards, held last night (11th August) saw the likes of the Twilight cast; Pretty Little Liars; The Vampire Diaries and Glee taking home a full sized surf board as a trophy.
The 2013 Teen Choice was held last night, Sunday 11th August, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. The event was star studded with attendees photographed on the red carpet including Selena Gomez, Lucy Hale, Brittany Snow, Michelle Rodriguez, Chloe Grace Moretz, Cher Lloyd and Naya Rivera.
Selena Gomez on the red carpet.
The Teen Choice Awards are an annual event held to celebrate what teenagers think deserves recognition from the world of film, TV, fashion and music. It was first held in 1999 and has gradually grown increasing popular with the passing years. This year, according to the Teen Choice Award Website, over 150 million teenagers voted on the various categories.
Continue reading: 2013 Teen Choice Awards: On The Red Carpet And Highlights
The radio personality known as Kidd Kraddick has died aged 53 suddenly at a charity event. We look back on the likeable presenter's career.
Radio and TV host David 'Kidd' Kraddick has died aged 53 from a reported brain aneurysm whilst at a New Orleans charity golf event, as reported by the LA Times. In tragic, untimely news, the host who many will know as the energetic "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" host passed away In a statement issued by YEA Networks upon learning of Kraddick's death, it was said: "All of us with YEA Networks and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning crew are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader. Kidd devoted his life to making people smile every morning, and for 21 years his foundation has been dedicated to bringing joy to thousands of chronically and terminally ill children."
Hear A Clip From Kidd Kraddick's Morning Show:
Although current speculation cites a brain aneurysm as the key cause of the father-of-one's death, his publicist Ladd Biro has stated that the cause of his death will be disclosed "at the appropriate time" whilst reassuring saddened fans: "He died doing what he loved. His final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him."
Continue reading: David 'Kidd' Kraddick Dies At Charity Golf Event: A Career Remembered.
A host of new acts have confirmed appearances at this year's iTunes Festival
Kings Of Leon and Vampire Weekend have rounded out the lineup for this year’s iTunes Festival. The two bands will rock Camden’s Roundhouse during the September festival. Kings of Leon are set to perform on the 11th, while Vampire Weekend will take the stage on the 15th, according to NME.
Some other acts, who confirmed their appearances today were Paramore, Rizzle Kicks, Sigur Ros, and composer Ludovico Einaudi – a varied lineup, if ever there was one. The iTunes Festival is typically known for showcasing artists and bands across a variety of genres and this year’s mix is no different. Justin Timberlake, Jake Bugg, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack Johnson, Primal Scream, Phoenix and Jessie J have already been announced as the first batch of headliners for this year's iTunes Festival.
Continue reading: Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend And More Confirm iTunes Festival Gigs
The Radio 1 Big Weekend became a star-studded event with performances from some of the biggest chart toppers.
Rudimental at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend was just that - a BIG weekend! With a huge range of hit artists, the radio station left no genre uncovered over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (May 24th - 26th 2013).
Day 1 saw performances from Dizzee Rascal as he promotes his upcoming fifth album due out later in the year; Rudimental, whose debut album 'Home' has had some remarkable reviews and a number one spot on the UK album chart; Rita Ora who is also working on a new album; and her platinum selling boyfriend Calvin Harris. Saturday brought in an equally impressive line-up with Ellie Goulding who is in the UK before she embarks on a lengthy US tour later in the summer; The Saturdays minus Rochelle Humes who is still recovering from the birth of her first baby Alaia-Mai; and Iggy Azalea whose debut album release is imminent. As for day 3, it certainly wasn't a day of rest as hitting the stage in Derry, Northern Ireland were alt-rock threesome Paramore, BRIT award nominated Jessie Ware and Grammy winning Bruno Mars who's set to kick off a major world tour in the summer spanning through 'til March 2014.
Good reviews greet first LP in four years
With Paramore finally getting their act in gear and releasing their first new album in four years it’s clear that in the eyes of the critics absence has made the heart grow stronger, with a slew of good reviews coming out for the band’s self-titled fourth album.
Hayley Williams and co will be hoping to go one better than their 2009 LP Brand New Eyes, which took second spot in the US Billboard album charts (though their biggest selling record was actually 2007’s Riot!, which sold nearly 1.5 million copies Stateside,) and if the reviews are anything to go by they’ve got a good chance of that. “A sprawling, 17-song, 64-minute monster that is without a doubt the finest music these three artists--vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis--have ever made” so said The Alternative Press. Drowned In Sound commented “Paramore feels far more human and honest than anything the band have committed to tape to date, and even at its most intense, the record feels intimate (or at least like a gig happening in the back corner of your mind).”
Paramore's Hayley Williams could have plenty to smile about come the end of the week
Continue reading: Critics Backing Paramore For Success On Fourth Album Return