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09/10/2011

Hayley’s final tour diary entry for PaperMag

Hayley’s last entry for Paper Magazine’s tour diary has been released. Read the original version here.

The End of the Road

Well, we made it to the end of the shortest tour in Paramore history. What a journey it was. I can’t say or type “journey” without hearing the opening of “Don’t Stop Believin'” in my head. Anyhow, I’m happy to have made all the memories we have in such a short time.

The show in Hawaii was one of the most memorable times I’ve ever had on a stage anywhere. Speaking of the stage, it was really small. Much like the ones we played when we began touring seven or so years ago and not unlike the stages on the Warped Tour. From the moment the feedback rang out, I felt like I was floating up out of my body and watching the whole show happen. It was one of those shows that matters in the way that nothing really matters. All the sweat and the aches and pains from every show before are sort of pinned to you like a blue ribbon. It feels so good to let it all go. I mean, it doesn’t look too good — with my mascara running, I looked like a dang red-headed raccon — but even that part feels good. It’s like I said, nothing matters.

Not only did I have a personal connection with the stage and the atmosphere that night but the people in the crowd made the show so intimate, you couldn’t help but feel like you knew every one there. Two people at the barricade even got engaged right smack in the middle of “The Only Exception!” Try and tell me that’s not a tear jerker. At some point during every show, I get to running my mouth about what our fans mean to us and what it means that they are there to watch us. Then I say, “Welcome to our family.” I tell them that once they are in they can’t ever get out but I don’t mean it in a Godfather, creeper sort of way. What I mean is, once we’ve all been there together and experienced music in that way, we are connected. Something takes place when you experience music with other people. It’s a connection you cannot deny and that’s what I try to acknowledge every night no matter how many people we are playing for. It is a very serious honor to play music for anybody at any time. Those of you reading this who are in a band or writing your own music know exactly what I’m talking about and if you don’t.. well, wake up already.

So besides the show and all my gushing about it, we had an amazing time just being in Hawaii for the first time as a band. Most of our time was spent relaxing so hard that I barely remember much of the first day. It was one of the only vacations I’ve ever been on in my adult life. It was really chill until someone decided it’d be a good idea if we all went skydiving the next morning before the show. Sounds like a great and totally responsible decision to you too, right? Taylor was the only one that had ever been before. He was all smiles all the way to this place while the rest of us laughed nervously in the backseat of our rented Jeep. It didn’t help that once we arrived we had to sign all these contracts that said “SKY DIVING IS DANGEROUS, YOU COULD DIE!” I swear. It looked just like that… all caps and shiz. I couldn’t even decide who to put on the emergency phone number list! Needless to say, we are all still alive or else I couldn’t have possibly written this blog.

What I have to say about our experience in the sky is this: You live and die just one time. I don’t know that skydiving is how I’d wanna go… but holy cow am I so happy that I tried it once in my life. The feeling of falling through clouds and the even more satisfying feeling of looking at the ground from 10,000 feet above it is such a humbling thing. I’ve never felt more vulnerable in my life. I’m strapped into this guy and he’s pretty much spooning me on what could be the very last day of my whole life!! But I made it… and I saw the world from an entirely new perspective. When we all hit the ground, you would’ve thought we hadn’t seen each other in years All I remember is running at Jeremy as if I was going to run straight through him. In conclusion, I’ll never do it again but I’m sure glad that I grew a pair. I never thought, as a kid, that I’d grow up and do exactly what I had always dreamed I’d do, experience things that some people never get to do, and what’s more? I get to do all of this with my best friends.

Thank you guys for reading all my ramblings on. Thank you to Paper magazine for giving me the chance to write for them. See you all next year with an album full of brand new songs.

With all the gratefulness I can fit in my tiny bird body,
Hayley Williams of Paramore

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26/09/2011

Hayley’s fifth Tour Diary entry

The fifth part of Hayley’s tour diary was posted a few days ago, on PaperMag’s website. Read the original entry here. Along with the entry, Hayley also posted eigth pictures from their Singapore trip. Check them out in our gallery by clicking any of the thumbnails below!

A damn good time in Singapore

Our trip to Singapore was a bittersweet time.

This was the last show that we played outside of the United States. We really didn’t want this trip to end. I’m still not sure that I’ve fully accepted the fact that we have enough fans in this part of the world to round up and play shows for. A lot of bands skip some of these countries because honestly, it costs a lot of benjamins to get here and there’s no way to predict how it’s gonna go until you just go.

Thank God we finally got a clue. All of these places were new to us except for Singapore. We came here a year and a half ago and played to an amazing crowd of people. And I’m starting to think that that crowd is partly responsible for the fact that we were able to come back to this side of the world so quickly… and even play in new places like Hong Kong, Bali, and Jakarta. So with that being said, thank you very much Singapore!

Not only was it the last show of the year outside the U.S. but it was also the last night we would share the stage with our friends The Swellers. Look, don’t get ’em started on the subject, but for some reason we didn’t get them on the last show which happened to be in, ahem, Hawaii. I know, I know… we’re obviously the worst friends ever. Not sure what went wrong there but uh, anyway.

We decided since Singapore was going to be our last stop together we’d go all out. In other words, we’d visit the Night Safari on the night before the show, eat french fries on the trolly that drove us past such majestic creatures as “the bearded pig”, and volunteer Anto (Swellers’ bassist) to conquer his fear of snakes by holding the biggest, largest, hugest snake that I’ve ever seen in my whole life. I mean, I wouldn’t have done it. Ever.

The day of the show was even better. It just so happened that on this day, out of all the other days, a comic book convention was in Singapore. Being that we too were in Singapore, there was clearly no other option than to attend. When I say that this was one of my favorite on-tour extra-curricular activities, you best believe it was one of my ALL TIME favorites. We stayed for a few hours, trying our hand at Japanese manga, taking pictures with Stormtroopers and Predators, and basically forgetting our adulthood altogether. How will we ever top this? We probably won’t top it. That’s the bitter part. The sweet part, however, is the fact that we had a killer show. The Swellers ruled as usual and I was so stoked to hear the crowd singing along to them as we were getting ready. By the time we took the stage it seemed like the whole place was about to explode. We’re talking about a pretty big place too. In fact, I never got to express how good it felt to play the “Indoor Stadium” in Singapore. So let me just say it felt good. Damn good.

–HAYLEY

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08/09/2011

Videos from the 15th anniversary concert of FBR!

Careful

For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic

That’s What You Get

Ignorance

Emergency

Playing God

Decode

In The Mourning/Landslide (HD)

My Heart (only the whoa-ending)

Crushcrushcrush

Monster

Here We Go Again + outro

Pressure

Looking Up

The Only Exception

Renegade (HD, filmed by RTMorasonMD)

Brick By Boring Brick
Coming soon.

Misery Business

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08/09/2011

Tour Diary, Part 4: “Playing To Paramore’s Biggest Fans, in Jakarta”

The 4th part of Hayley’s tour diary for PaperMag is online now! Read the original entry here. View the pictures in the entry below by clicking the thumbnails, it will take you to our gallery.

For three years, I’ve been told that the biggest Paramore fans in the world are in Jakarta, Indonesia. My Twitter was constantly flooded with messages and mentions (every day for THREE YEARS) from people there who were begging us to come. It never seemed to fit into our touring schedule, and meanwhile, all our friends had played multiple shows in Indonesia and raved about it. We kept bugging our booking agents to make it happen and I guess they eventually got sick of hearing our whiney voices.

We made it official earlier this year when we announced the show in a video update on our website. You would’ve thought that it rained gold coins or something the way our fans reacted. Around 6,000 people showed up for the ticket pre-sale. What?! If that weren’t enough, the promoter of the show decided to put on this big festival in our honor. He was all, “We shall call it Parafest.” The idea was for it to feel like a pre-concert concert.

So at this Paramore Festival — it almost sounds silly! — they held a battle of the bands, a graffiti art competition as well as other games where you could win meet and greets for our show; they even had musical fireworks! We should talk about these fireworks…

Earlier this summer, I was sitting up late one night when I came across a video from the festival. I had heard that they were going to be having it but wasn’t sure when or what it was going to be like. The video had this still image of fireworks in the air before you pressed play so I immediately became a six-year-old at a 4th of July barbecue. I watched the whole thing twice and I cried like a baby the second time. The fireworks were perfectly timed with our song “Careful.” What an interesting choice that they picked one of our heavier, darker songs to do the show to! It really hit me hard. The whole time I was watching all I could think about were the things we’d been through last year; how I wished that all five of us could have been watching that fireworks show together, because when we started the band we never believed anything like this could ever happen. Here were these amazing people all the way across the world we’d never met before, and they knew our songs and who we were and they cared. We’re blessed.

Now, the three of us have finally taken the stage in Jakarta and witnessed with our own eyes what our Indonesian fans had been telling us all along. The crowd was more passionate and aggressively into it than just about anywhere we’ve been. A kid came on stage during “Misery Business” and two-stepped with me! He was smiling so big and had his arm around my neck like we were old friends. The way those people made us feel on that stage was beyond comprehension. There was something amazing in the air and it wasn’t the weird smell coming from catering.

I couldn’t say or type enough about our experience in Jakarta. What I will say is this: it won’t be another six years before we go back.

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22/08/2011

Paramore in Singapore & Jakarta, Indonesia

We have pictures of Paramore arriving to Singapore. These pictures were taken by some fans at the Singapore Changi International airport.


And below we have live shots from Jakarta, Indonesia and Singapore. Hayley invited some fans on stage at both shows and seems like they had the time of their lives!

8.19.2011 Jakarta, Indonesia

8.21.2011 Singapore, Singapore

Our staff has been busy with updating the gallery with some older photoshoots. Please check those out!

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17/08/2011

Paramore in Bali, Indonesia!

Paramore performed in Bali, Indonesia today, and it was their first time playing a show for their Indonesian fans! Their next show will be in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the day after tomorrow.

Below is their setlist from Bali:

And as always, we have pics from the show in our gallery! There is also some pics that belong to the people who got on stage with the band. Taylor took a sip from his water bottle, threw it into the crowd and accidentally hit a boy right in the face! As an apology, they brought this guy and his girlfriend along with a bunch of other Indonesian fans on stage during Misery Business!

There are no videos from the show on YouTube yet, but when there are, we’ll post about those – enjoy!

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