I just wanted to let you all know, that I will be leaving for a trip tomorrow and will be back in the beginning of July. Tomorrow I’m seeing Paramore live for the first time at Provinssirock Festival (Finland) and meeting & greeting them after the show, which is gonna rock! Cheers!
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thanks to everyone on the birthday wishes for RIOT!
it’s so hard to believe the record’s been out for a year and a day. we’ve been able to experience so much within one single year… it makes my head spin. we never thought the record would do what it’s done. we have you to thank for all of it!
before i get into what we’ve been up to on our off day. i wanna say a few things about yesterday. [edit: read it slowly if you don’t wanna get dizzy.]
i woke up in a Swedish forest. hahah. it was so crazy. i looked out my bunk window to find that i was surrounded by seemingly mythical trees. straight up Treebeard status!!! we had a crazy amount of press/promotion which turned out to be a lot of fun due to the fact that there were a lot of fans hangin out for most of it. then, our buddies in Jimmy Eat World showed up mid-way through the day and we got to chat with them for a bit. (we are so lucky to have toured with them!!!) after that, we were introduced to a man who’s written at least a million of your favorite songs from your kid-hood, Max Martin. (google him, now!)
when the time came to play, we made our way to the stage and were met by Tom Morello – coughRageAgainstThe Machinecough. he’d seen us back in the AWKIF days at the 2006 Warped Pre-Party at the Key Club and he’d come out to see us play again! that’s a stand up fella. he watched the majority of the set, which of course inspired us to be even rowdier than usual and then he left to prepare for Rage’s set.
i caught a few songs from JEW’s set before running over in a fine frenzy to catch Rage. they were incredible. so much larger than life. to keep this from getting any longer, Tom came toward us during “Sleep Now In The Fire” and applauded us, saying he enjoyed our show… which was only topped by the fact that he did this all while still playing his parts perfectly. stupid good. check out some pics of their set from sidestage on paramore.net (in the mobile stream section). all in all the night was incredible. we met some incredibly talented people (oh, i forgot to name drop Anti-Flag… Mr. Justin Sane – best dude ever… ok, name dropping complete), we played a great show, and hung out in a forest while on tour. awesome.
this is the part where i apologize. no, not for that…… just FOR NAME DROPPING SO MUCH UP THERE.
wow, this is so long. but i’ll keep going anyway.
we spent today in Oslo, Norway. hangin out with trolls and vikings and doing things that trolls and vikings do.
like search for a vegetarian restaurant for an hour before giving up and going to Friday’s. (aaron and i thought we could eat better for the remainder of the tour and i was attempting to look out for my throat a little better by cutting dairy as well). unfortunately, we haven’t run into many options in the way of vegetarian/vegan so we have chosen to resign. i’ll start over when i’m home and can get to Sam and Zoes!!! if you live in the Franklin/Nashville area, check it out.
i bought some sweet Norwegian souvenirs; just little odds and ends for a friend who’s birth father was from norway. she was actually in the TWYG video, pulling aaron away from his girlfriend, jenna? (who, by the way, really is his gf in real life… woohoo). and tonight all of us – band AND crew – had a nice family dinner at the local hard rock cafe.
so, next stop: the Norwegian Wood Festival! this is our first trip to norway, so we’re really looking forward to meeting some fans and introducing ourselves to a brand new audience.
so… i’ve decided to do this. it was only half thought out but i’m doin it anyways.
i saw that post someone made about the “handwritten book” on ebay. yes, it’s mine. hahah. i don’t remember being a sad child but i definitely loved horror films at a really young age. i guess that was reflected in this particular assignment. anyway, that’s not exactly what i’m posting about. i’m actually posting about the seller of this item. it happens to be my ex-stepfather. who is… well… insane, hence the reason he is my EX-stepfather. so, while i can laugh at the fact that a bit of my past has surfaced, i have to admit i felt like throwin shit when i saw the username. to be honest, i’d love to post his full name. where he works. possibly a phone number??? then all of you could show him what it feels like when your personal life is out there for everyone to put their hands on. fortunately for him… living with him for 7 years wasn’t quite enough to make me turn out just like him… or was it?
don’t buy it. i’m gonna buy it. hahaha.
Here you can see the book. Please, don’t bid for it, Hayley wants it.
So, its zac. hello friends! we are in Germany, chillin at the Rock im Ring festival. All the stages are so far away so everyone is just sitting on there computers refreshing there myspace pages every 30 seconds to see if anyone has commented them. I have to say mines not doing so awesome. ha wow im bored.. I had such a fun time in Nottingham, so did the other dudes. Yall were awesome!
But the REAL reason i am writing this is to say a big Thank you to everyone who said happy birthday to me, got me presents and brought me cakes! it was awesome! so THANK YOU! we have the best fans!
Well its almost time to play, so i gotta start my stretches! Later Yall!
here it is :) as promised. hope everyone has had (or is having – if you’re in the US) a great day. so last night was a great show!!! thanks to everyone who came out and had a good time with us. it was a really special night. no reason in particular other than it just felt really awesome. we did play an outro to “Miracle” which i noticed you guys were talking about in the community. we started writing that right before the Jimmy tour. in fact, we spent an entire day of supposed practice just jamming on that song and improvising. it feels good, you know? we don’t ever play it live but after playing “Miracle” last night, i guess josh just felt like doing it so he started and we sorta chimed in :) it’s always fun to do that sorta thing in shows. it keeps us from getting stuck in a certain way of doing things. keeps us fresh. glad to hear you guys liked it! the whole show was so much fun. i took my in-ears out for “Misery Business” just so i could hear everyone and i swear i thought i was gonna go deaf. the crowd was so intense and so loud. we had a blast. also, thanks to everyone who waited around after the show to hang for what few seconds we got to talk and sign.
backtracking just a little bit, Dublin ruled. our first trip to Ireland couldn’t have been any better. 6,000 people? are you kidding me? it was huge for us. we also were presented with gold records for RIOT! YES! we went gold in Ireland! definitely a really cool night for the guys and i. can’t wait to go back!
cologne, germany i gorgeous. you can see a few pictures that i took on our mobile stream on paramore.net of the cathedral. it was so crazy… we walked all the way up the spiral-y steep steps to the top by the bell tower. we basically walked to the clouds, if you’re wondering how high it was. my legs started hurting pretty bad but it was so worth it! when we got to the top i started thinking about how 5 years from now, i won’t even remember the climb up as being anything but amazing because it got me to the view at the top… and that’s how life can be. any struggle or pain you experience just gets you to the top. and you can’t get there without making the climb. a few years later, you won’t remember exactly the way the pain felt or how long it took, you’ll just remember the view from the top. in fact, you might smile at the fact that you had to work to get there. so yeah, my tourist experience today was pretty enlightening.
and again, you can check out a couple pics on paramore.net – in fact, you better! those picture emails are gonna cost me so much from overseas haha. what was i thinking!?!? oh and by the way, for those of you wondering why i’m the only one that’s been posting… the guys don’t have their regular phones and their Europe phones aren’t set up to make the mobile posts. they’ll be back!
see you at Rock Am Ring!!!
Today is Zac’s 18th birthday!. We hope he has fun today at Portsmouth, and enjoy his second birthday here in Europe haha.
Anyone on Paramore.net last week heard the big news – Paramore is heading out on tour again this Summer! This time they’ll be taking out their friends in Jack’s Mannequin, Phantom Planet and Paper Route on THE FINAL RIOT! Paramore Summer Tour ’08.
In addition to The Final RIOT! Summer Tour ’08, Paramore will also be playing a few dates on the Vans Warped Tour 2008 (check Paramore.net for dates), along with two shows with the one and only John Mayer on August 19th and 20th!
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H20’s new record Nothing To Prove came out today! Go get it!!!!!!!!!!
Time off has ruled but I cannot wait to fly to Dublin on Saturday. Why am I using capital letters in this entry? I never do that… I’m on my sidekick. I don’t really like posting from here but its extremely nice being able to update from my car. (I’m not driving… no worries). I’m excited to live in a bus again… live out of a suitcase again. What am I saying, I haven’t even unpacked from last tour.
Well, I will try to update again soon. This isn’t the easiest way to do it… that’s what she said. Who loves The Office?
By the way, we are very sorry about the dates or lack thereof for the summer tour. We are trying to figure out anything we can do to fix it or make it up to you guys but obviously we can’t just make up time if we don’t have it. Bear with us and we will keep you posted. Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the summer. Stoked!!!
See you guys soon ;)
…okay now… go pick up the new H20 record. (My favorite song on it – at the moment – is “Unconditional”, check it out!!!)
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