Paramore Joins Fall Out Boy for Summer Monumentour

Paramore Joins Fall Out Boy for Summer Monumentour

Paramore and Fall Out Boy have just revealed that they’re planning on embarking on a co-headlining tour this summer.

The announcement came as part of a string of Twitter updates from Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams after the news had been leaked by some “bonehead.” The Twitter updates looked like this. They still look like this:

“Yes. It’s happening. Us & FOB coheadliner. Sucks some bonehead leaked it. We wanted to surprise you guys. Surprise, I guess! #MONUMENTOUR

“Anyway. The same bonehead that already leaked the vid will surely be reposting it at it’s INTENDED time pretty soon. So look out for dates.”

“Lastly, thank you to both FOB & Paramore fans for begging us for years to make this tour happen… ‘Bout damn time. This is monumental.”

Fall Out Boy bassist and frontman Pete Wentz also got in on the Twitter party, posting a picture of a cat wearing a brown paper bag, with the caption “cats out of the bag-the rumors are true. Not the way it was supposed to go down-  tons more info bright & early tom.”

The ‘Monumentour’ tour kicks off on June 19th in Hartford, Connecticut, and will see the bands make stops in Toronto, Buffalo, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Tampa, Atlanta, Phoenix and Denver, among other places, before wrapping up on August 17th in Concord, California.

Prior to their dates with Paramore, Fall Out Boy will embark on an arena tour of the UK in March, starting at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, and visiting, among other places, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow, with a show at London’s Wembley Arena on March 20th. The band announced their reunion early last year, releasing a new album called Save Rock and Roll. Speaking to Rolling Stone about the album, Wentz said:

“We wanted something that was really raw. We still needed something where people felt the same feelings they had when they first listened to Fall Out Boy, but the music couldn’t sound like the same music we’d done before. We’ve never been a band that plays it safe. We could have probably written “Sugar, We’re Going Down” five times, but we never did.”

How Hayley Williams Became Emo’s First Heroine

How Hayley Williams Became Emo’s First Heroine

Previously an almost exclusively male domain, the emo-pop scene became blessed with its first true female icon in 2005 when Tennessee quintet Paramore arrived with their debut album, All We Know Is Falling.

Armed with a neon orange and yellow hairstyle, a feisty girl power attitude and a perceived dominance over her four teenage boy bandmates, Hayley Williams was the type of frontwoman that men wanted to be with and girls wanted to be, a position which she has effortlessly continued to hold on to ever since.

Born in 1985, Williams moved from her hometown of Meridian, Mississippi to Franklin, Tennessee following her parents’ divorce, and although she was initially bullied at her new school, she eventually found solace in the shape of brothers Zac and Josh Farro and Jeremy Davis, the latter of whom she briefly played with in funk covers band The Factory.

Aged just 14, she was discovered by Atlantic Records A&R men Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams, promptly signing to the label whilst she was still at school. Initially intended to be marketed as a solo pop artist, Williams first displayed the kind of no-nonsense attitude she would later become renowned for when she insisted that she wanted a band behind her to play alt-rock music instead.

Teaming up with her school-friends, Paramore were then shifted to the Fueled By Ramen label in an effort to appear more credible and first unleashed their melodic brand of pop-punk on the wider public with an appearance on the Warped tour.

Although Williams has recently claimed that she has no interest in a solo career, she wasted little time in making herself the focal point of the band by appearing in the video for New Found Glory’s “Kiss Me” and contributing vocals to the likes of October Fall’s “Keep Dreaming Upside Down,” The Chariot’s “Then Came To Kill” and Say Anything’s “The Church Channel.”

And by the time 2007 sophomore Riot! had peaked at No.15 on the Billboard charts, Williams was already challenging Evanescence’s Amy Lee in Kerrang! magazine’s annual Sexiest Female Poll, a title she would later go on to win for four of the next five years.

Unafraid to embrace her Christian faith, Williams’ no drink, drugs or swearing policy might not have been typical of the whole punk ethos, but it undoubtedly made her the kind of rock singer that parents were happy to have their children idolize. A role model for a whole army of misfits, Williams has indeed revealed in interviews that she has received many letters from troubled youngsters who claim her music has helped in their battles with depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Williams’ comfort at being more Miley Cyrus than Courtney Love also endeared her to a more commercial pop audience, with 2009’s Brand New Eyes debuting at No.1 in the UK and No.2 in the US. Whilst alongside statements of admiration from superstars Pink and Lady Gaga, hit single, “The Only Exception,” was even covered by the all-singing, all-dancing Fox spectacle, Glee.

However, after continuing to court the mainstream with a guest solo on B.o.B’s UK chart-topper, “Airplanes,” an appearance in the Guitar Hero World Tour game and the band’s support slot on No Doubt’s US tour, the wheels of the new Gwen Stefani’s career faced falling off.

In 2010, her squeaky-clean image suffered a setback when a hacker published a nude photo online which had been sourced from her mobile phone. Whilst at the end of the same year, the Farro brothers released a stinging attack on Williams and their former record label following their acrimonious departure from the band.

Posted on their official blog, the duo claimed that Paramore only really existed to serve Williams as a solo artist, that they were nothing more than a manufactured product and that her tour manager father had regularly threatened to pull the plug on the whole band if they failed to stop complaining about their unfair treatment.

Williams vehemently denied the accusations that she was a major label puppet but refused to retaliate, instead focusing on the band’s upcoming self-titled fourth studio album. And the fact that lead single, “Now,” has been hailed as one of their best, suggests that the bitter fall-out hasn’t dampened any of her fans’ enthusiasm.

Paramore Set to Rock Arenas on Fall Concert Tour

Paramore Set to Rock Arenas on Fall Concert Tour

Paramore will continue to celebrate the April release of their latest album throughout the rest of this year with a newly announced fall tour.

Dubbed “The Self-Titled Tour,” the arena trip will kick off with a show at the KeyArena in Seattle on October 15, and will continue through a November 27 show at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia near Atlanta. Other cities on the North American trek include San Diego, Houston, St. Louis, New Orleans, Orlando, Toronto and Nashville.

Canadian group Metric and California pop act Hellogoodbye will provide support throughout the tour. The New Orleans date will actually be an appearance by Paramore at the Voodoo Music and Arts Festival, which takes place on November 2-3.

As you might guess from the title of the tour, the title of the band’s most recent album is Paramore. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums charts, the first of the group’s efforts to do so. The record is the fourth studio album from the group, and also is the first after the departure of co-founding brothers Zac and Josh Farro.

Before the tour kicks off, the band will appear on Fox’s Teen Choice 2013 awards to perform the song “Still Into You” on August 11. Additionally, Live Nation, the organizer of the tour, has hinted that more dates are still to be released, so if you don’t see your town on the schedule, there’s still hope.

The band went on a much more brief North American tour earlier this year in late April and early May. You can read our review of their performance at Atlanta’s Tabernacle. That was the first major U.S. trek the group went on without the Farro brothers.

The new self-titled album is the first from the group since 2009’s Brand New Eyes. That album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, though it took the top spot on the charts for Alternative Albums and Rock Albums.


Paramore Concert Review at Tabernacle in Atlanta

Paramore Concert Review at Tabernacle in Atlanta

As the photographers were making their way to the photo pit, the Tabernacle’s media coordinator reminded us that, contrary to popular belief, there were other band members onstage besides Hayley Williams. It was said as a tongue-and-cheek comment, but it’s actually a real concern. Hayley monopolizes your attention when she is onstage. What is it about this girl next door turned emo rocker that magnetizes you so?

When the band rolled into Atlanta’s Tabernacle Tuesday night, it marked the final stop of Paramore’s current U.S. tour. They’ve been on the road since April, supporting their self-titled fourth album that released the same month. The band will spend the summer globe trotting, playing in Europe and South America before returning stateside for an appearance at Voodoo Experience in New Orleans.

Opening the evening was Kitten. Kitten wasn’t a complete foreign entity to me since I’d marked them as a band of interest on our hulking SXSW program. Unfortunately, the week in Austin got away from us, and we weren’t able to coordinate us and them in the same club at the same time. Kitten may seem like a soft and cuddly group from its deceptive name, but it’s far from it. Eighteen-year-old front woman Chloe Chaidez isn’t afraid to torch a song as she spirals around the stage. She’s been making music since she was in middle school for goodness sake. Doesn’t anyone go to high school anymore?

Kitten may be young, but their sound has a maturity that stretches beyond their years. They released an EP Cut It Out last year which has a very interesting sound, heavy on the synth. Chaidez’s vocals are fluid and inviting. The band live has a much sharper edge than you’d initially expect. They dig into the guitars as Chaidez slings her head around like a serious rock chick. After the first song, she paused to put on her necklace, throwing a sly smile at the photographers saying, “don’t take my picture without my lucky necklace.”

For 50 minutes, Kitten showed why they were the perfect fit to fill out the Paramore bill. I don’t see how Chloe wasn’t on the brink of collapse after what she left on the stage. Keep an eye on Kitten. This band could be going places.

When Paramore took the stage, the sold out Tabernacle crowd had packed in tight. It was filled with late-teens to early-twenty somethings, skewed slightly female. Williams arrived in spandex pants, a cutoff Johnny Cash t-shirt where he’s giving the finger and some kind of out of control mascara that made her look like Rocky the raccoon. I’m not a fan of the Rocky look, but Hayley has always beat to her own drummer.

The band opened with “Interlude: Moving On.” The spotlight zeroed in on a duet between Taylor York on ukulele and Haley. It was a mood setter to introduce the band before the rock started caving in from the rafters. Once the first notes of “Misery Business” chimed forth, the stage came alive with a rich rainbow of spotlights, pillars of smoke and this massive dose of crazy energy from Haley, Taylor York (guitar) and Jeremy Davis (bass). Jeremy was doing roundhouse kicks with the guitar and the occasional barrel roll over Taylor. Do you think these guys are having fun on stage?

Unlike many artists who focus solely on channeling the music, Hayley makes a special effort to talk to the audience throughout the set. At one point, she said, “I think we really have something special here.” She spoke of the album vaulting to number one and how Paramore has the best fans, gushing over them. Audience interaction is a critical piece of a Paramore show. Hayley wants hands-a-clapping. She wants a spontaneous sing-a-long to break out. If a jig hits you, you’d better be dancing.

The setlist did favor the new album while tapping into the old mainstays as well. Hayley proclaimed their favorite song from the new album to be “Ain’t It Fun,” and I have to agree. It’s got a slick rhythm that reminds me more of R&B at times than a traditional Paramore track, but it works amazingly well.

So back to our original question – what exactly is it about Hayley Williams? When she is onstage, she is exactly what I’d imagine she was like in her bedroom at thirteen, playing rock star with the hairbrush. She kicks, thrashes her head wildly in the air, does a little air guitar and holds the microphone out to the singing crowd. She’s the relatable rock star. As the evening drew to a close, she said she looked out at the audience and saw herself. Anyone can look at Hayley and see themselves wowing a sold out crowd. She is one of them. She talks to the audience like they are her best friends. Williams creates a unique bond with her fans that few musicians I’ve seen really achieve. It’s genuine and a special thing. These fans know it, and that’s why you can’t take your eyes off her.

I think it’s safe to say Paramore didn’t collapse with the departure of the Farro brothers. The remaining members stepped up to fill the considerable void and have created an engaging pop-punk album. They are maturing past teen band status and are cracking opening the next chapter of their musical adventures. They are a treat to see live. Just remember to occasionally take your eyes off Ms. Williams because, even though she is its epicenter, this is a great band in its own right.

Paramore Tabernacle Setlist
Atlanta, GA : May 21, 2013

1) Interlude: Moving On
2) Misery Business
3) For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic
4) Decode
5) Now
6) Renegade
7) Pressure
8) Ain’t It Fun
9) The Only Exception
10) Let the Flames Begin
11) Fast in My Car
12) Ignorance
13) Looking Up
14) Whoa
15) Anklebiters
16) That’s What You Get
17) Still Into You
18) Proof
19) Brick by Boring Brick

New Look Paramore Takes to the Road with Kitten

New Look Paramore Takes to the Road with Kitten

Paramore will head out on the road this spring to support their upcoming album, and the Tennessee group will be taking Kitten on the trip with them.

As of now, there are only 12 North American dates listed on the band’s itinerary, but more dates will be announced soon. The first concert we know of at this point will be held at the Bayou Music Center in Houston on April 25, and the tour will continue at least through May 16 when the band plays the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. In between those dates, the group will visit Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto and Boston.

Kitten is a pop rock group from Los Angeles currently working on its first full-length album, which will likely be out later this year on Elektra Records.

Paramore just released the new single “Now” last week, and the song will be included on the group’s self-titled fourth album that is scheduled for release just before the tour starts on April 9. The album will be the first for the group since 2009’s Brand New Eyes, and also will be the first since original members and brothers Josh and Zac Farro left the band. The group will continue as a trio, but typically brings along additional touring members.

Brand New Eyes debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart when it was released, and hit number one on the albums charts in a number of countries, including the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

The band’s new album is available for pre-order now, and a deluxe box set available on the group’s website includes a 12-inch vinyl, a 7-inch vinyl with exclusive b-sides, a hoodie and a photo book that details the making of the new record.

John Mayer Sets Sail on 2nd Annual Mayercraft Cruise

John Mayer Sets Sail on 2nd Annual Mayercraft Cruise

On the inaugural cruise of the Mayercraft, John Mayer had so much fun that he had decided he will do it again.

On March 27, 2009, the four night cruise, called Mayercraft Carrier 2, will be leaving Long Beach and then spend one day in the city of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. According to the website for the event, this party on the sea aboard Carnival Splendor’s cruise ship will include theme nights, contests and non-stop music. Guster, the alternative rockers, is the first act to be announced. Many more will participate.

Prices per person start at $849 based on double occupancy. The cabins are on sale currently and details for the event are available on the website for Mayercraft Carrier.

Mayer is currently in Europe until the end of this month. On July 2 he will be launching his summer tour of North America at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Brett Dennen and Colbie Caillat will be joining him for the first leg of the tour, which will visit US cities across the county through early August. Mayer will also be in Toronto.

On August 19 the second leg will be kicking off in Charlotte, NC. Through the end of August the trek will focus on the East Coast. On that run Paramore will be opening a few shows, then OneRepublic will be taking over.

In addition Mayer is gearing up for the release on July 1 of his set “Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles.” It was filmed at Nokia Theater last December. This two DVD/CD as well as Blu-Ray package is comprised of three individual sets, a performance featuring the full band of Mayer, a John Mayer Trio set featuring Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan, and an acoustic performance.

The live collection is a follow up to “Continuum,” the Grammy award winning set from 2006. The album spawned “Waiting on the World to Change,” the No. 1 adult contemporary single. The latest single from Mayer, “Say,” is making waves currently on the mainstream, adult and pop charts. The song is streaming on Mayer’s MySpace page.