Within the lead-up to Paramore’s second headline set on the inaugural When We Have been Younger pageant, frontwoman Hayley Williams shared a heartfelt letter together with her followers and supporters.
The hotly anticipated pageant – co-headlined by My Chemical Romance and described as “an epic line-up of emo and rock bands from the previous twenty years” – debuted in Las Vegas yesterday (October 22). The primary occasion was initially set to go down on Friday (October 21), however was cancelled an hour earlier than gates opened resulting from climate warnings.
For all three of its dates, Paramore are closing out the pageant’s Pink Stage, performing an hourlong set at 9:40pm. Reflecting on the band’s journey thus far, Williams opened up concerning the significance of Paramore’s billing in a handwritten letter shared to her Instagram Story. “To develop up on this scene was not a easy factor,” she wrote. “To be celebrating it (and to be celebrated by it) just isn’t a easy factor. Nothing about this life – for you, me, or anybody – is straightforward.
“We fell in love with this subset of post-punk and hardcore possible as a result of nothing else moved us. We didn’t match elsewhere. To be a younger lady in love with this scene was to have the hope that I’d discover my very own option to belong. It took years to seek out that belonging. It’s taken a number of unlearning. A number of untangling knots I didn’t even know had been there.
“What I did know was that for each ‘Take off your high!’ or snarky punkzine evaluate… For each dramatic headline pinned on my title, or any season of self-doubt… Nobody was going to outline Paramore however Paramore.”
Williams went on to rejoice Paramore’s “legend” standing within the rock and various scenes, noting: “Practically 20 years later, we discover ourselves a pillar of the very scene that threatened to reject us. And me.”
She famous that the band “by no means banked on tendencies”, “nostalgia” or Williams’ personal star energy, remaining staunch on their ethos of solely following “precisely what we knew was actual for us”. She continued to claim that as Paramore geared as much as headline a pageant interesting to their precise demographic, she’s “celebrating the truth that, as a scene, we’ve come a good distance – with a lot additional to go”.
She added: “Fuck those who doubted! Hugs to those who watched on and even kind of believed. Younger ladies, queer children, and anyone of any coloration… We’ve shifted this scene collectively, messily, angrily, heartbroken, and decided. Tonight, for me no less than, is about celebrating all of the aspects of what punk music really represents. All of the issues it wasn’t allowed to be once we had been younger. Can’t wait to see everybody tonight.”
Take a look at Williams’ full letter beneath:
Following tonight’s (October 23) version of When We Have been Younger, the pageant will probably be held – with the identical line-up – once more subsequent Saturday (October 29). It’ll then return to Las Vegas subsequent October, with its 2023 invoice headlined by Blink-182 and Inexperienced Day.
This yr’s pageant comes amid Paramore’s long-awaited return, with ‘This Is Why’ – their first music in 5 years – arriving on the finish of final month. It’s the title observe to their forthcoming sixth album, which is due out on February 10 by way of Atlantic. In a four-star evaluate, NME’s Ali Shutler referred to as the only “a defiant music scuffling with paranoia that champions protected areas”.