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.
Last year's excellent 'After Laughter' saw Paramore embrace and fulfil an evolution that had been hinted at on their previous couple of records. Unleashed from the shackles of the emo-rock sound that brought them to the fore, it was packed with synth-influenced pop-rock anthems. Nearing the end of their European dates, next they head to Australia and Asia, before heading home for festival dates.
The return of Zac Farro on drums is reinforced by the opening of the show, which sees an extended intro to the party-inducing 'Hard Times'. A nod to their heavier guitar material comes from 'Ignorance', while 'Still Into You' is another outpouring of energy between crowd and adoring audience. Gentle moments, such as 'Forgiveness' and 'Hate To See Your Heart Break' both show off an under-appreciated side to the band, as well as giving Hayley Williams a chance to catch her breath. On the uptempo numbers, she is an enigmatic presence who commands a stage much like Jagger, never missing a beat in her vocals or steps. An expanded seven-piece on stage, the musical backing is focused and intense - there's certainly no question of the band being uncomfortable or undeserving of the arena setting.
The continued set is largely drawn from the best of their latest record - 'Fake Happy', 'Pool' and 'Told You So' - while a leaf from Green Day's book of how to provide a memorable concert sees some fans partake in 'Misery Business'. Other catalogue favourites include 'Ain't It Fun' and 'That's What You Get', and perhaps tellingly, their debut album is left unreferenced. The popularity of commemorative anniversary shows for previous albums means this could be a mistake, yet you wouldn't tell from the reaction of those in attendance. Rather than a set of nostalgia, Paramore are rightly celebrating who they are now, and it makes for a hugely enjoyable show.
Paramore to launch new album 'After Laughter' ahead of their European tour.
Paramore returns after four years with their fifth studio album 'After Laughter' this Spring, coming alongside a series of UK and European tour dates and a new single entitled 'Hard Times'. The album also sees the return of a long absent original band member.
Paramore return with their fifth studio album
'After Laughter' follows Paramore's self-titled previous album which topped UK and US charts in 2013. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and the group's own rhythm guitarist Taylor York, who previously worked on 'Paramore', the album also sees the original drummer Zac Farro return after seven years.
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The super cute couple have finally tied the knot after nearly eight years together!
Congratulations are in order for Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams who has wed her longtime love, New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, in Nashville. The couple have been dating for nearly eight years and became engaged over a year ago, before finally walking down the aisle over the weekend.
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?
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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."
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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.