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Rolling Stone interviewed Hayley over the phone about the upcoming Writing The Future Tour, you can read the whole interview below.
When Paramore announced dates for their Writing the Future Tour in January, they made it clear this run of shows wasn’t just a tour, but “a celebration” of the success they found with their Grammy-winning self-titled album. But that doesn’t mean they’re slacking on the pre-show preparations.
“We’re driving to rehearsals right now in Jeremy [Davis’] Jeep!” frontwoman Hayley Williams says, laughing. “We’re a band that needs rehearsal, after all. We can’t just show up.”
Still, the sentiment behind the “Future” trek – which kicks off April 27th in Augusta, Georgia – is clear. This is both a thank you to the fans that stuck with Paramore through the dramatic departure of two founding members and a victory lap for everything that came after: a Number One debut for their 2013 self-titled album, two platinum-selling singles and the band’s first-ever Grammy Award, for Best Rock Song.
“Hell yeah, it does feel like [a victory lap],” says Williams. “We never in a million years thought we would win a Grammy, or any of the other crazy things that happened along the way. 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.”
Hence the rehearsals. Williams also says these shows will focus as much on the past as the present, relying on older songs to close the book on Paramore’s most successful period.
“When we were making the album, we had that song ‘Future,’ the last track on the record – it brought in some of our earliest influences, made us feel like we were back in Jeremy’s living room,” she says. “It brought us full circle. Then fast-forward two years, and we did the Parahoy! cruise, and night number two was like the most intimate that a Paramore show has felt in years. The first night we purposely put a lot of singles in the set, and we wanted to second night to feel like we were weaving in and out of all the albums, playing songs that fans haven’t heard in a long time.
“So we always wanted to bring that vibe to a theater setting,” she continues. “No matter all the amazing things that happened with this album, we’re still a band; we still have the same influences and there’s still a feeling that we never want to go away. So it’s sort of our way of digging back into that, hoping that our fans new and old will want to go back with us.”
And while Paramore won’t be using the “Future” shows to test new material – “We haven’t even discussed covers yet,” Williams says. “I was just thinking this morning, ‘I wonder what we should do?'” – they are hoping the momentum will carry them into their next chapter: writing the follow-up to their self-titled album.
“We needed some time off after Monumentour, to process everything that we were able to do, but also a lot of amazing personal things happened as well,” Williams says. “Now we’re so ready to get on the road, to be with our fans. That’s going to light a fire under our asses to get into what we’re going to do next. I can just feel it. And that’s exciting.”
BuzzFeed interviewed Hayley through email for their article about Fueled By Ramen and how the label has stayed relevant for 20 Years. You can read Hayley’s part below and the whole article here.
“I remember meeting with John (Fueled By Ramen Founder) at a Cheesecake Factory, I was with our manager Mark, and doing some acoustic shows at Taste of Chaos 2005. We talked about the scene and where I saw Paramore fitting into it. I was so happy to be hanging with a label guy who got it. He didn’t see me as some answer to Avril Lavigne’s success. He just always understood what Paramore was. Who we were. That sort of thing means a lot to a 15 or 16 year old kid.”
“There have been plenty of changes, and I know that’s pretty normal in the industry, but we’ve never had a reason to want to leave FBR. We like the history that’s there. They have always believed in our vision for the future and they also know our roots. It’s having so many people on the team who we grew up with. We like the reminder of where we came from. It’s nice to share stories and say ‘remember when?’ with some of those people. Not to mention FBR actually have put out so many cool punk rock records and they’ve been a part of so many kids’ experience with the scene. Whether it’s someone else’s idea of punk or not, to me, the fact that two punk fans built a label out of their college dorm means something, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”
Hayley also talked about the label on her Twitter earlier. You can read her tweets below.
Hayley attended PTTOW!’s Music Summit in Beverly Hills, CA earlier this month. She was a keynote speaker at the event and talked about the importance of fans and how Paramore always thinks about fans when making decisions:
“Consider your consumers as fans. My barometer is.. What will Paramore fans think?” “At the heart of this we are all people. Not consumers…We are all fans.” “The fans are the barometer for the many decisions we make as a band.”
She thanked PTTOW! on Twitter for having her and promised to bring Taylor and Jeremy for the next summit.
Unfortunately there’s no video footage from the event, but you can see new photos in our gallery.
You can read more information about PTTOW! on their website.
Hayley was at New Found Glory’s ‘One More Round’ music video shoot in Los Angeles yesterday. Go to our gallery to see few new photos from the shooting. Below two new videos of Hayley, Chad and other New Found Glory members with Lloyd Kaufman on the set of the video.
On Air with Ryan Seacrest interviewed Hayley over the phone this morning. They talked about her engagement, Taylor Swift’s Twitter hack and Paramore’s Grammy nomination. You can read and listen the whole interview below.
Being on Twitter so much paid off for Hayley Williams earlier this week when she was the first to notify Taylor Swift that she had been hacked by a group called the Lizard Squad. Soon after Taylor regained control of her account on Tuesday, she gave the Paramore singer a shout-out, calling her “the MVP of the day.”
“It’s really a terrible award to win,” joked Hayley about her self-confessed Twitter obsession when she called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Friday morning. “At first, I was like, ‘I don’t know, maybe she’s just being extra kind to this person that has zero followers.’ And then I was searching that person’s profile for a second — as I do because I’m the queen lurker — and it was really weird. Some of the stuff they were saying I knew there was no way Taylor would promote this or that. So I texted her, ‘Unless you have a best friend Lizard or something …’”
Another award she (and the rest of Paramore, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis) may soon win: a Grammy for Best Rock Song for “Ain’t It Fun.”
“I’m so pumped!” gushes Hayley of the accolade. “We’ve had nominations before, but this one, man, I’m so psyched we got a nomination for this album … It’s been just a really special time for the guys and I. “When the Grammy announcements were happening, I was in Italy,” she continues. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, there’s no way we’re getting a nomination. Like, I just feel like I would have heard something.’ And then I found out on Twitter — because, again, I’m always on Twitter — and I flipped out and we celebrated. I was with my boyfriend, fiancé now. We had lasagne … It was such a cool day.”
Hayley is probably going to have a lot more days like that now that she’s set to marry her boyfriend of seven years, New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert. He proposed over the holidays and the two dropped their big news on New Year’s Eve with this amazingly-Photoshopped announcement:
Although it took seven long years before they decided to make it official, Hayley reveals she knew Chad was The One almost immediately.
“I would dare to say I knew pretty early on, but you know, life happens,” she explains. “And I feel it’s been really good for us to go on tour, continue our careers and work really hard and do what we love and support each other for the last seven years. I really feel like I know him 100 percent. I was telling my family the day after we got engaged, I just had such a peace. There was no weird doubting or questions because we’ve known each other for a really long time now. It’s very rewarding to be at this point now in my life and to have him and our relationship.”
Hayley visited her sister’s school (Hibbett Middle School) last November. With her sister McKayla, Hibbett 6th grader, she filmed a video and they also took some photos for the school. You can watch the video below and see more new photos in our gallery.