Paramore, Best Coast to embark on North American tour in the fall

Paramore’s fifth studio album hit stores last week and now, it looks like the band is ready to take the new tunes on tour. On Monday (May 15), the Tennessee-founded band announced plans to hit the road this fall. The tour, which has been named “Tour Two,” will kick off on Sept. 6 at the Moran Theater in Jacksonville, Florida and conclude almost a month and a half later on Oct. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium in the band’s hometown of Nashville. Best Coast will open for Paramore for most of the excursion with the exception of all three Florida stops (Jacksonville, Miami, and Orlando).

For fans ready to purchase tickets, there will be a total of three pre-sale options. The first pre-sale option is AT&T’s priority pre-sale which begin on Thursday, May 18, at 10 a.m. local time. More information about that option can be seen here. The second pre-sale option available is for Citi® card members. Those who qualify will get the opportunity to purchase tickets beginning Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. More information about that option can be seen here.

The third and final pre-sale option comes directly from Paramore. Like many bands hitting the road this year, Paramore has joined forces with Ticketmaster to combat bots and scalpers. Fans who are interested in purchasing pre-sale tickets through the band will need to register and become a verified fan. Those who register, and are verified, will receive a unique code on Wednesday, May 17, two hours before the tickets go on sale. Once they get to the pre-sale page to purchase the tickets, they will need to enter the unique code which will guarantee them tickets. Registration to become a verified fan is currently available here and will end on tonight at 10 p.m. PST.

Once all the pre-sales end, general admission tickets for the tour will begin next Wednesday, May 24, at 10 a.m. local time. For more information about the tour, head on over to Paramore’s website here.

In support of After Laughter, Paramore has revealed that they will make several live television appearances. On Wednesday, May 17, the group will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! while on Wednesday, May 24, they will perform on The Late Late Show with James Corden. After a few months away from live television, the band will return to the small screen on Friday, Aug. 25, when they hit the stage as part of Good Morning America‘s 2017 “GMA Summer Concert Series.”

Last week, Paramore announced that they will once again set sail for their third annual PARAHOY! cruise. The 2018 incarnation of the cruise will take place during the weekend of April 6-10, 2018 and will include a roundtrip journey from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas ,and back to Miami.

For now, the complete itinerary for the Paramore’s “Tour Two” tour can be seen below.

PARAMORE’S ‘TOUR TWO’ DATES:

Sept. 6 – Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theater+
Sept. 8 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater+
Sept. 9 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts+
Sept. 11 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
Sept. 13 – Washington, DC – MGM National Harbor Theater
Sept. 15 – Detroit, MI – The Fox Theatre
Sept. 16-14 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest*
Sept. 19 –  Sioux City, IA – Orpheum Theatre
Sept. 21 – Denver, CO – BellCo Theatre
Sept. 22 – Orem, UT – Utah Valley University Events Center
Sept. 24 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
Sept. 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
Sept. 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Comercia Theatre
Sept. 29 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land
Sept. 30 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Oct. 02 – Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theater
Oct. 04 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 07 – Boston, MA – Boston Opera House
Oct. 10 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Oct. 12 – Montreal, QC – St. Denis Theatre
Oct. 13 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct. 15 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre
Oct. 17 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

+ Best Coast not performing
* Festival appearance

Watch: Paramore cruises in new music video

A couple of weeks after releasing their first new song in nearly four years, Paramore has returned with another new tune. On Wednesday (May 3), the Tennessee-founded band unleashed the second single from their upcoming new studio album, After Laughter. Instead of just releasing the audio of the new song, the group debuted the music video for “Told You So” which was directed by Aaron Joseph and the group’s drummer, Zac Farro.

The video begins with frontwoman Hayley Williams who appears to be locked inside of a house all alone. While Williams is in the house, Farro and guitarist Taylor York are cruising around in a cheesy green screen graphics appearing through the back window. As the video progresses and it appears as nighttime has fallen, Williams looks like she escapes the house into the middle of a street as headlights illuminate her. Before we know what happens, Williams has joined York and Farro in the car. Watch the complete music video for the new funky song above.

“Told You So” will join lead single “Hard Times” on Paramore’s impending fifth album, After Laughter. After Laughter is set to be released on May 12 through Fueled By Ramen. Pre-orders are currently available on the band’s website. For those who purchase the album ahead of time, they will receive instant downloads of both “Hard Times” and “Told You So.”

In support of the new album’s release, Paramore is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, May 17. The group will reportedly perform lead single, “Hard Times” during their appearance.

Paramore announces release of ‘After Laughter’

After what felt like weeks of teasing, Paramore has finally unveiled what they had hiding under their sleeves. On Wednesday (April 19), the Tennessee-founded band announced that they will be releasing their fifth studio album next month. The new album, which has been titled After Laughter, is set to be released on May 12 through Fueled By Ramen.

In addition to updating fans on the name of the impending release, giving them the 12-song track listing, unveiling the album art, and confirming the release date, the trio has also premiered the music video for its lead single, “Hard Times.” The over-three-minute clip features the band performing in a technicolored world that gives some serious 1980s vibes. As for the song itself, it doesn’t quite sound like what Paramore fans were expecting. At first listen, it doesn’t quite seem to make an impression, but after several listens, it does sound like something you can blast through your speakers and dance around to all summer long.

Watch the music video for “Hard Times” above.

Pre-orders for After Laughter are currently available on Paramore’s website and will include an instant download of the new tune. After Laughter marks the band’s first new set of songs since the release of 2013’s Paramore.

The record will also mark the first album to feature the band’s new lineup of Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro. Last year, rumors began to circulate that Farro was returning to the band after a slew of images posted by the other Paramore members made their way onto social media. For months, his status with the group was unknown, but in early 2017, things changed when the band confirmed that Farro was once again an official member of Paramore.
For now, check out the track listing for After Laughter below.

AFTER LAUGHTER TRACK LISTING:

01. “Hard Times”
02. “Rose-Colored Boy”
03. “Told You So”
04. “Forgiveness”
05. “Fake Happy”
06. “26”
07. “Pool”
08. “Grudges”
09. “Caught in the Middle”
10. “Idle Worship”
11. “No Friend”
12. “Tell Me How”

Paramore and former bassist in legal dispute

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It looks like Jeremy Davis’ departure from Paramore wasn’t completely amicable after all. On Friday (March 4), an article published by the Tennessean reported that the former bassist is being sued by Varoom Whoa, the business entity that owns Paramore. The lawsuit filed by the company is on the premise of whether or not Davis was an employee or partner in the business aspects of the band. If he does end up being classified a partner in Varoom Whoa, then it means that he is entitled to a split of all revenues even though he is no longer in the band.

The company, which is full owned by Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams, filed the suit back in February. According to the band’s contract with Atlantic Records, Williams is the only one signed to the label meaning the band members are paid as employees, or as the online publication writes, “she pays her band members as employees.”

“Nevertheless, because she wanted to foster a feeling of camaraderie within the band, at her direction, the band members’ salaries included a portion of Williams’ earnings,” the initial lawsuit says, according to the Tennessean. On Friday, Davis filed a counterclaim on the basis that Paramore began as a partnership that he and Williams founded. Prior to officially joining the lineup, guitarist Taylor York was classified as an employee before becoming a partner when he became a permanent member of the band.

“Davis, Williams and York shared equally in all net profits generated by the partnership, from any and all sources, including but not limited to the Atlantic agreement,” claims Davis in the counterclaim. In addition to that, Davis claims that he was responsible for various duties in the band outside of performances such as hiring musicians and crew, making decisions for the band, and creating and managing staging and lighting. Davis officially left Paramore back in December of 2015, with the remaining members advising their fans about the departure. Davis’ 2015 departure was not the first time the bassist left the band. Back in 2004, around the time the band was first forming, he left the group for about six months for “personal reasons.” He was soon asked to return to the band, which he did, and stayed with them until the end of 2015.

The counterclaim from Davis came a day before Williams and York were scheduled to hit the high seas for the 2016 incarnation of their PARAHOY! cruise alongside New Found Glory, Lights, CHVRCHES, and more.

Paramore Part Ways with Longtime Bassist

Guess Paramore is no longer into their bassist. On Monday evening (Dec. 14), the band took to Facebook to inform their fans that longtime bassist and co-founder, Jeremy Davis, had left the band. In the lengthy post, the band which now consists of frontwoman Hayley Williams and Taylor York, begin the letter by reminiscing about the “Self-Titled era” and how it was the “most fulfilling moments” of their lives.

Then, things take a turn for the worse when they reveal that the post had been “written and re-written [this] countless times.” They follow it up by ripping the bandage off and revealing that Davis had left the band. There is no exact reason given as to why Davis decided to leave the band, but it does sound like he may have another project in the works. Read Paramore’s complete Facebook post below.

“These last few years have held some of the most fulfilling moments we’ve had yet… as people, as friends, and as a band. The Self-Titled era was one that we knew would be important for us but also one we’d eventually have to move on from. In moving forward, there is growth, pain, and change… and sometimes the change is not at all what you hoped for. We’ve written and re-written this countless times and there’s just not a good way to put it… Jeremy is no longer going to be in the band with us. To be honest, this has been really painful. After taking time to consider how to move forward, we ultimately found that we really do believe Paramore can and should continue on. And so we will.

We’re really thankful for the people who have helped see us through hard times before and what we’ve discovered is that those people are just as much a part of this as we will ever be. We’re hopeful for Paramore’s future and we’re also excited for what Jeremy’s going to do next. Thank you all for your support and your belief in us. It’s kept us going. We will see some of you really soon on Parahoy. If you’re not coming on the cruise, we will still see you in 2016.”

Davis’ recent departure is not the first time that the bassist has left the band. Back in 2004, around the time that the band was first forming, he left the band for about six months for “personal reasons.” He was soon asked to return to the group, which he did, and stayed with them until his departure on Monday.

This, of course, isn’t the first major lineup shake-up from the Paramore camp. In 2010, co-founders/lead guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro both left the band though, as we all know, it was not on good terms. Since then, the Farro brothers have been doing their own thing in the music world with Josh recently releasing new music under the monkier, Farro.

As for Paramore, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be slowing down any time soon, at least according to the letter. While there is no mention of new music, the band will be heading out on the second voyage of their PARAHOY! Cruise which was announced back in October. The four-day excursion will feature performances from Paramore, X Ambassadors, LIGHTS, mewithoutYou, Vacationer, New Found Glory, and CHVRCHES. Passengers, and the bands alike, will also get the chance to visit Miami and Cozumel, Mexico during the trip.

Paramore Announce Second Annual PARAHOY! Cruise Lineup

All aboard the second annual PARAHOY! cruise.

On Wednesday (Oct. 28), Paramore announced the lineup for the second voyage of their now-beloved cruise. Taking to Facebook, the band posted a video revealing the 2016 lineup. The video features frontwoman Hayley Williams (and her pooch, Alf) pulling out a notebook and writing the names of the acts joining Paramore on the four-day trip.

Heading out on the Caribbean cruise alongside Paramore will be X Ambassadors, LIGHTS, mewithoutYou, Vacationer, New Found Glory, and CHVRCHES. The announcement that CHVRCHES will be joining the trio on the cruise comes a couple of hours after footage of Williams joining the Scottish trio on stage for their song “Bury It” in Nashville surfaced.

The four-day excursion will kick-off in our hometown (and New Found Glory’s, kind of) of Miami on March 5, 2016. From Miami, they will head to Cozumel, Mexico and then return to the port in Miami on March 9, 2016. Sadly, tickets for the cruise have been sold out since May, but there is a silver-lining. The band announced there is currently a wait list going on the PARAHOY! website for those who might want to test their luck a little bit.

The inaugural PARAHOY! cruise took place back in March of 2014. Due to the band’s full touring schedule earlier this year, the group wasn’t able to bring their touring fun to the high seas.

2015 Alternative Press Music Awards Winners

After so much publicity and posts from artists that we admire and listen to on a daily basis, the second annual Alternative Press Music Awards have called it a day (or night).

Leading the pack with the most wins at this year’s award show were the guys from All Time Low, taking home the awards for “Best Bassist” (Zack Merrick), “Best Drummer” (Rian Dawson), and “Most Dedicated Fans” (Hustlers).

In addition to the typical best whatever categories, legendary punk band X was given the Icon award while Corey Taylor from Slipknot presented Rob Zombie with the Vanguard award,

Check out the complete list of winners below.

2015 ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS:

Artist Of The Year – Issues

Album Of The Year – Black Veil Brides – Black Veil Brides

Artist Philanthropic – Taking Back Sunday, American Cancer Society

Best Live Band – A Day To Remember

Breakthrough Band – PVRIS

Song Of The Year presented by Epitaph Records – Sleeping With Sirens (“Kick Me”)

Best International Band – The 1975 (UK)

Best Music Video – Bring Me The Horizon (“Drown”)

Best Fandom – 5 Seconds of Summer

Most Dedicated Fans – All Time Low (Hustlers)

Best Underground Band – Being As An Ocean

Best Vocalist – Hayley Williams (Paramore)

Best Guitarist – Tony Perry (Pierce The Veil)

Best Bassist – Zack Merrick (All Time Low)

Best Drummer – Rian Dawson (All Time Low)

As soon as they become available, we will upload all the live performance videos from the show which included Panic! at the Disco, Weezer, Pierce the Veil, the return of Sum 41, and even Metro Station getting booed off the stage.

Rock Band 4 Track List Unveiled

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It’s the return of the music-centric video games!

Hot on the heels of Activision’s announcement that they would be relaunching their once great video game franchise, Guitar Hero with Guitar Hero Live, another musical instrument video game has announced its return; Rock Band.

Though the announcement that the video game would be coming back was actually made a few months back, the people behind Rock Band 4 have now unveiled part of the track list for the upcoming game. Bands like Paramore, the Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Aerosmith, and the Cure will be part of the 1,500 tracks that will be available for download at the Rock Band music store when the game is released in the Fall.

“With Rock Band 4, we’re doubling down on the energy and excitement of playing music live with your friends,” says Harmonix (the developers of the game) Chief Executive Officer Steve Janiak.

“Focusing on the core experience that our fans have told us they love allows us to evolve established gameplay in meaningful ways that we can’t wait to share with everyone later this year.”

Check out some of the track list below.

Aerosmith: “Toys In The Attic”
Avenged Sevenfold: “Hail to the King”
Benjamin Booker: “Violent Shiver”
The Cure: “Friday I’m In Love”
Dream Theater: “Metropolis Part 1 – The Miracle And The Sleeper”
Elvis Presley: “Suspicious Minds”
Fleetwood Mac: “You Make Loving Fun”
Foo Fighters: “The Feast And The Famine”
Jack White: “Lazaretto”
Judas Priest: “Halls Of Valhalla”
The Killers: “Somebody Told Me”
Live: “All Over You”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars: “Uptown Funk”
The Outfield: “Your Love”
Ozzy Osbourne: “Miracle Man”
Paramore: “Still Into You”
Queens of the Stone Age: “My God is the Sun”
Scandal: “The Warrior”
Spin Doctors: “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”
St Vincent: “Birth In Reverse”
Van Morrison: “Brown Eyed Girl”
The Who: “The Seeker”

Earlier this week, Harmonix had revealed that gamers will now be given the opportunity to freestyle guitar solos as they play. The game will now allow players to be more flexible in their playing, so instead of having to hit that note at the right exact place at the right exact time, the game will allow the player to follow some general guidelines. During the freestyle, you will still be scored, but apparently, you can’t fail either.

Check out a video directly from Tech Crunch who got the chance to play int his new mode.

Rock Band 4 is set to be released on Oct. 9.

Paramore to Head Out on Intimate “Not Tour” Tour

Good news Paramore fans, the band have just announced they will be heading out on a new tour beginning in April.

Unlike the “MONUMENTOUR” they went on with Fall Out Boy last Summer, this tour is going to be a little different; it’s going to be an intimate event. (Intimate shows seem to be a theme this year.)

In a message to their fans, the band reveal they will close out the “Self-Titled Era” by performing at a different type of venue than they have been doing for the past three years. Instead of big arenas and amphitheaters, they will be visiting smaller capacity venues like theaters.

But they do ask one thing of fans; not to call it a tour. Instead, they will be referring to these dates as “little events” or “celebrations.” Heading out on these little celebrations will be the recently reunited Copeland.

Check out the full itinerary for the celebration dates, or should we now say celebration dates, below as well as the full message from the band.

It feels right to bring the Self-Titled era to a close. We’ve had a very personal and hugely triumphant journey with this one. What wouldn’t feel right is saying goodbye to this time in the band’s career and not celebrating it with our fans in some special way. So we’ve decided to do one last little run with it. Smaller shows, beautiful theaters…and we’re not calling it a tour, by the way. Each night will be a little event, or as we said just a few seconds ago, a celebration. As we acknowledge the past few years (and more) of everything we’ve been through together, we’re also looking forward together at all there is to come.

Another way we want to celebrate our journey thus far, is to bring out a band who helped us in our most humble, playing 500 beats faster than we should, terrible hair, beginning. We might’ve never gained any traction on the road had they not allowed us on their tour almost exactly 10 years ago. So if you’re coming to one of these shows make sure to get there early for Copeland.

Lastly, thank you to anyone and everyone who made this album a milestone in Paramore’s career and in each of our lives. We started this journey 3 years ago, desperate for any sort of future at all! Now we are standing taller, more confident, knowing that we are the ones who write our own future. This means you too.

-Hayley, Jeremy & Taylor

PARAMORE/ COPELAND LITTLE “CELEBRATION” DATES:

04/27 Augusta, GA @ Bell Auditorium
04/28 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
05/03 Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
05/05 Boston, MA @ Citi Wang Theatre
05/06 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
05/08 Atlantic City, NJ @ The Borgata
05/09 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
05/11 Baltimore, MD @ Meyerhoff Theatre
05/12 Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
05/14 New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
05/15-16 Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival*
05/17 Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
05/19 Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie
05/20 El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
05/22 San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre
05/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
05/25 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

* without Copeland

New Found Glory Welcome Guest on Stage

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New Found Glory are currently across the pond in Europe on the European leg of their current tour. During one of their stops, the band brought on stage a special guest to contribute vocals to their hit song, “My Friends Over You” from 2002’s Stick and Stones.

The special guest on hand was Paramore frontwoman, Hayley Williams.

For those who don’t know or follow any of the band and band members’ social media accounts, Williams has been hanging out with the band which feature her boyfriend of several years, Chad Gilbert.

Check out the fan shot video of Williams on stage with New Found Glory.

New Found Glory recently released their eighth studio album, Resurrection which was released this past October through Hopeless Records.