Paramore took the stage today on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which marks their first TV performance of the After Laughter album cycle. The band performed 4 songs and the crowd sang along to every song word for word. The show airs tonight May 17th!
You can see new photos from the show in our gallery, there’s lots of HQ photos too.
We have also added lots of photos of Hayley at the backstage, see those here.
The bands setlist and few videos from the show can be seen below.
Ain’t It Fun
That’s What You Get
Told You So
Another TV performance has been confirmed for Paramore! They will be performing on the Late Late Show with James Corden on May 24th. The taping is sold out but you can watch it on TV next week.
Here are the time zones so that you can watch it –
PST- 12:30 AM
EST- 3:30 AM
CST- 2:30 AM
Today is the day! After Laughter is officially out and to celebrate Paramore went down to a local record store called Grimey’s Too and hosted an album signing. The album signing was completely sold out!
We have added lots of new photos from the signing, see them all in our gallery.
As you can see from the photo above the band also met Doug the Pug at the signing, you can watch a short video of the meeting below.
Entertainment Weekly’s Ariana Bacle interviewed Hayley about After Laughter, Zac’s return and why did she change her hair color from neon to blonde. You can read the interview below. A version of this interview also appears in the newest issue of the magazine, out today.
Hayley Williams explains how Paramore stayed together after band turmoil
Paramore’s last album cycle was a good one. After releasing a self-titled record — their fourth total — in 2013, single “Ain’t It Fun” topped the charts in a way no previous Paramore song had done prior. It broke the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and later won the band a Grammy for Best Rock Song. But soon after, things went south when bassist Jeremy Davis left the band in 2015.
Instead of saying goodbye to Paramore, though, frontwoman Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York rallied. Along with founding member Zac Farro, who rejoined the band after seven years away, they used everything they had been through as fodder for After Laughter, a fierce comeback album that includes ’80s-inspired tracks that still retain Paramore’s emo-pop sound like “Hard Times” and “Told You So.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First things first: Can you explain the album title, After Laughter?
HAYLEY WILLIAMS: It means that look on a person’s face when they laugh really hard and then there’s this moment where they come back to reality — I like watching for it. Maybe I’m a little bit of a creep. [Laughs]
It’s been four years since Paramore released an album, and a lot has changed — this is the first record without cofounding bassist Jeremy Davis, who left in 2015. What’s it been like?
Anytime you grow up in a group of friends, you’re going to fight about things, and that’s really no different than our situation. We have to live some of that stuff out, and unfortunately, there’s no way to do that gracefully. It was embarrassing, you know? It still sucks. It’s life, though, and sometimes life is really painful.
The single “Hard Times” is an uptempo rocker. But there’s a dark undertone, with lyrical allusions to the band’s struggles. How did it come together?
I realized I didn’t have to match every feeling I have to the music. Maybe the fact that I can put some of my sadness to these sounds that make me want to dance and move a lot is a good thing. Maybe that’s going to help me get through it. And it was true for all of us. We needed a place to put the feelings that are hard to talk about. These songs helped us. I think they were a musical therapist, in a way. [Laughs]
At any point did you consider calling it quits?
There were many talks over coffee with [bandmate Taylor York]. We thought, “Maybe we should start something new.” But Taylor said to me, “If we start another band and people call it Paramore, you’re gonna be so mad. So you might as well just be Paramore.” I actually think I could have been happy if we kept creating together and never put out a record, but the fact that we created an album and people can hear it — I’m still pinching myself.
On a happier note, drummer Zac Farro, who left Paramore in 2010, recently rejoined.
It feels like I’ve gotten a part of myself back! I’ve got one of my best friends in the world back, and I can’t wait to be on stage in front of people and turn around and see him again.
You and the band were just teenagers when Paramore’s debut album came out in 2005. What’s it like to grow up in the spotlight?
It’s like that scene in Bridesmaids: “I think if you’re growing, then you’re changing.” [Laughs] I always think about that scene, but I also still feel so much like that 16-year-old who got in the van and took off with my dad at the wheel. We were babies.
You’ve changed your trademark orange hair to platinum blond. Why the switch?
The hair thing is so emotional for me. About a year ago, I called my colorist and was like, “I’m going through so much emotionally. I need a reset. I need you to bleach my hair.” This has been really important for me, as a 27- and 28-year-old, to show myself every morning when I get up that I’m not someone who is going to live in the past. When it’s time for Neon Hayley to come back to life, she will. But right now, this is me.
Paramore just announced the third Parahoy! cruise, which is set to travel from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas on April 6-10, 2018. The cruise will include two pool deck performances by Paramore, Q&A with the band, Paraoke and also other activities hosted by each member of the band. The guest performers of the cruise will be announced later.
You can register for the pre-sale here. Parahoy 2016 and 2014 guests are automatically included and do not need to register. If you book during the pre-sale you get access to an acoustic mini-set by Paramore. More info available here.