Gig preview: Paramore, Usher Hall

Paramore will perform in Edinburgh tonight, following the tenth anniversary of their breakthrough album, Riot!

The gig comes just days after the Nashville rockers performed one of their biggest headline shows to date at London’s Royal Albert Hall, during which they played songs from Riot! and their latest album, After Laughter.

Frontwoman Hayley Williams recently sat down for an in-depth interview for popular web series Behind the Brand, during which she discussed the band’s turbulent rise to fame (there has been multiple lineup changes), her life and her bold hair dye company, goodDYEyoung.

During the honest interview, the 28-year-old admitted she had considered quitting the band in the past.

She explained: “We’ve had so many success and these great achievements, but that shouldn’t be the fuel to keep going. To be really honest, two years ago I was ready to quit. I’d been through a lot personally, the band had been through a lot, and I doubted if I could write a record that I loved as much as our self-titled record.

“I just thought, I’ve been stressing this for 13 years. I’ve been working my ass off for 13 years, since before I had a car…anything that was mine.

“The only thing that was mine was this music. I really felt like maybe it was time to hang it up and find out what other things I could be good at, whether that’s starting a family, doing hair dye…whatever it was.

“My Dad always said ‘if you’re not happy, just hang it up.’ But, I have been unhappy, and I didn’t hang it up, and I’m so glad that I didn’t.”

She continued: “It’s good to see what you’re made of. I have been finding that out more recently, I think.”

Paramore, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Thursday 22 June, 7pm, £36.50, 0131 228 1155.

Words: Amy Anderson

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