Best Christmas Gift Ever!
This year my roommate Katie covered Jingle Ball for the site we work for Hollywire.com. Upon hearing about the event we imedatly submitted to cover the red carpet and were accepted! Among all of the fabulous stars that night Kaite had one goal in mind. Hayley Williams of Paramore.
After living and working together for the past few months, Kaite has noticed my love of Paramore and how much I admire Hayley. Her goal was to have Hayley record this message to ME! Now as a fan this is pretty cool, but on a red carpet most stars want to answer you questions and move on — so to be honest this could have totally backfired. Lucky for Katie, Hayley is as sweet as I imagined. She gladly took the mic and made this special message for me!
I have already written an article on our site about why I love Ms. Williams — but this is the big reason why. She is amazing to her fans, even the ones she cannot physically see at the moment. I have been out in LA for a few months now and have been disappointed by some of the “stars” I have seen at events and what I have heard about them. I now feel like the past five years I have spent as a Paramore fan have been worth every moment.
I still hope to one day meet her and hopefully I will get a chance to thank her in person.
So thank you Kaite and Merry Christmas to you too Hayley!
I feel like someone just told me Santa Clause isn’t real.
Things are looking up, oh finally. I thought I’d never see the day you’d smile at me. We always pull through oh when we try. I’m always wrong but you’re never right! You’re never right!
This made me cry.
I have loved this band and what I thought it represented for the past five years. I am now confused and saddened to see it all play out like this. I know that this is a rock-n-roll tale that has been told for centuries and will continue to happen for years to come…
but either way as a fan… it just sucks.
A fan who has purchased every album, gone to shows, promoted them to friend and family and memorized every lyric that has ever found meaning in her life.
Secretly I have always wanted to sing in a band… (okay not that big of a secret if you know me - and know that I fucking love to sing and will play rock band at the drop of a hat) and I have always admired how Paramore always seemed to love to perform and write together.
Just goes to show you how much can be hidden from fans and the struggles happening behind the scenes.
I also know there are three sides to every story… your side, my side and the truth. I guess I will never know the whole truth. I don’t want there to be a strange taste in my mouth now when sing along to When It Rains or Here We Go Again. It just sucks.
I think everyone at one point or another loves a certain band. For my parents it might have been The Beatles or Dire Straights, for me it was Paramore. I wish we could all (as fans) sit in a room with them and hear the truth. I realize that will never happen… and just like fans before me I have to accept what has happened and trust that it is what is best for all of them.
I have a dear friend in the music industry and hope this sort of thing will never happen to that band…. but I know in some way one day it probably will.
Anyway, I am just wicked bumed and wish I could fix it.
I wanna be Hayley Williams’ protege like Bieber is for Usher — how can I make that happen? Need someone named bicycle to set that up.
Just happened to me.
I am going away for a while
But I’ll be back, don’t try and follow me
‘Cause I’ll return as soon as possible
See I’m trying to find my place
But it might not be here where I feel safe
We all learn to make mistakes
From them, from them
With no direction
We’ll run from them, from them
With no conviction
‘Cause I’m just one of those ghosts
Don’t need no roads
In fact they follow me
And we just go in circles
Well Now I’m told that this is life
And pain is just a simple compromise
So we can get what we want out of it
Would someone care to classify,
Of broken hearts and twisted minds
So I can find someone to rely on
To them, to them
Full speed ahead
Oh you are not useless
We are just
The ones we trusted the most
Pushed us far away
And there’s no one road
We should not be the same
But I’m just a ghost
And still they echo me
They echo me in circlessuch a beautiful song…. nice work Ms. Williams
And since I was just talking about live performances, I’m going to start in the middle - because if this song doesn’t get your pulse going on a Monday morning, nothing will.
This is Paramore performing “Born For This” live on the The Final RIOT! tour in Chicago on August 12, 2008. The show was filmed for a DVD and the whole thing’s over on Hulu if you want to watch it.
When Paramore recorded this song for RIOT!, they invited fans of the band into the studio to sing on the track. When they perform it live, “everybody sing(s) like it’s the last song you will ever sing.”
And yeah - it never fails to give me chills. You can see what the band gives their fans onstage - and you can see what the fans give the band back. For me, the true greatness of Paramore has always been their live shows. This is a phenomenal live band - and you can’t truly experience their music (in my opinion) until you see them live. They’ve made three great records, but live…they take it to another level.
But they weren’t always playing for an arena full of screaming fans…to see how they got here, you have to go back to the beginning…specifically, for me, almost exactly 3 years earlier…
Ah, amazing. “We were born for this” — yes sir!
One of the reasons I love Paramore. They are so aware of their fans and appreciate us. It has been a crazy year as a fan, but I am so so happy to see that they are working hard and making new music for us. This song is very inspiring for me (especially right now) and Hayley’s voice has become such a comfort to me over the past five years. I think I sing along with her more than anyone else …. ask anyone who knows me. I would give my left arm to tell them this all in-person but for now, You’re welcome Taylor, Jeremy and Hayley. Paramore is (still) a band. Thank God!
Paramore: 200k Members / Looking Up (Acoustic)
One of the reasons I love Paramore.
They are so aware of their fans and appreciate us. It has been a crazy year as a fan, but I am so so happy to see that they are working hard and making new music for us.
This song is very inspiring for me (especially right now) and Hayley’s voice has become such a comfort to me over the past five years. I think I sing along with her more than anyone else …. ask anyone who knows me.
I would give my left arm to tell them this all in-person but for now,
You’re welcome Taylor, Jeremy and Hayley.
Paramore is (still) a band. Thank God!
the same tricks that, that once fooled me they won’t get you anywhere I’m not the same kid from your memory well, now I can fend for myself
Nothing wrong with that…
God how much fun would it be go sing with that band #icandream
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