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Paramore lose two members

Paramore has suffered a loss, with lead guitarist Josh and drummer Zac Farro announcing that they are leaving the band.

A statement that has been posted on the band’s website, claims that the remaining members supported the Farro brothers in their decision:

A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday. None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn’t seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore. We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn’t here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere.

As we look back, and now as we look with excitement to the future, in all of this what truly matters are the good times. The pictures of us with our arms around each other, the long van rides, your faces while you sing along as we play. Thank you for getting us right here to this very moment. We look forward to our best times. And we hope you will go there with us.

Love,
Hayley, Jeremy & Taylor
Paramore

There is no word on who will replace the pair, but the remaining band members will continue on as Paramore and have promised to South America in early 2011 as planned.

Update: Josh and Zac have issued their own statement: “After a lot a prayer and counsel Zac and I came to the decision that it was time to leave the band. We truly feel that God is leading us elsewhere and is going to do great things with us. The intention of this statement was not to belittle or disgrace the rest of the band, it was simply to clarify our decision for leaving and our desire to finally tell you guys the truth. We are still hoping to work out a friendly way to leave our part of Paramore intact with the remaining band members, including Hayley.” [The full 1400 word statement, detailing the trauma of the breakup is included in the thread below.]

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Captain Smashed

Captain Smashed said on the 20th Dec, 2010

now all they have to do is lose three more and we'll all be happy.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 20th Dec, 2010



Yes, because we all think the exact same way as you.

Dipshit.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Dec, 2010

These aren't the first people who've quit Paramore are they?

I wonder why they left.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 20th Dec, 2010

These aren't the first people who've quit Paramore are they?

I wonder why they left.

No, they had a different bassist and guitarist when they released their debut album. They've had the same lineup for the past two albums, though, and the Farros have been there since the beginning.

I guess they weren't happy with where things were going with the band. You can never really tell, but I'm glad the band are staying together.

Spicy McHaggis

Spicy McHaggis said on the 20th Dec, 2010

First Short Stack-gate now this? 15 year old girls everywhere are crying themselves to sleep leading up to Christmas.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Dec, 2010

I don't know if Paramore's fan based can be pigeon-holed so easily.

I know so many guys older than me who love them. I think they just love her voice...

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 20th Dec, 2010

Lolz, I sincerely doubt any fifteen year old girls cared about the Short Stack thing.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 20th Dec, 2010

^^He's so badass, they probably like him even more now.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Dec, 2010

It'll be bigger than when the Stones got busted for weed!

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 20th Dec, 2010



I know so many guys older than me who love them. I think they just love her boobs.

fixed?

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Dec, 2010



I see your sarcasm detector is in fine and working order.

Mugga

Mugga said on the 20th Dec, 2010

now i'm more appreciative i had a meet and greet with these guys in october. kinda sucks that josh and zac are gone lol. wasnt surprised by josh, but zac? sucks to lose him too!

therat

therat said on the 20th Dec, 2010

Lets be honest, it's only a matter of time before she goes solo and the band is gone forever. Why share the cake when you can eat it allllll yourself. nom nom nom.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 20th Dec, 2010

they are a band who definitely get better with age, i think they only added the exxtra guitarist on the last record, so he hasn't been in that band that long so it wasn't a shock that josh quit but i guess bro's before ho's.

rodismdotcom

rodismdotcom said on the 20th Dec, 2010

I want a refund from the Paramore fan club now...

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 20th Dec, 2010

most people already got that after decode, you are a bit late pal ;)

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 20th Dec, 2010

I've got a member that Hayley Williams can have.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 20th Dec, 2010

afraid she is already taken by a fatman stefan.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Dec, 2010

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh.

No he di'nt!

andy_chalmers_102

andy_chalmers_102 said on the 20th Dec, 2010

Shame about Josh. He's an awesome guitarist.

Loved Brand New Eyes and AWKIF. Not too keen on Riot!, although it does have some great drumming.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 20th Dec, 2010

how did they lose them, are you sure they didn't like sparrows instead

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 20th Dec, 2010



Sorry, I prefer my men in the non-fuckwit variety.

PaulPaulPaul

PaulPaulPaul said on the 20th Dec, 2010

right on captain, nice avatar

Captain Smashed

Captain Smashed said on the 20th Dec, 2010

mab, only my friends and family call me dipshit and fuckwit. but you did also call me a man- albeit it in a roundabout sort of way. must we do this, really? i made a comment you didn't like and you called me a dipshit- a term i haven't heard in years. i said fuck you and you sent me another cracking reply. now i am here responding when i could be doing more important things like looking at morning-time porn or editing justin bieber's wikipedia page to say he was born with a vagina. see you round. merry christmas mabaroni.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Dec, 2010

Your friends and family call you dipshit and fuckwit?

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 20th Dec, 2010



I honestly came to this thread to say that and only that, and you beat me to it :(

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 20th Dec, 2010



sounds like a type of pasta that wouldn't agree with anyones stomach.

Captain Smashed

Captain Smashed said on the 21st Dec, 2010

yes berlinchair101, yes they do. you should see a christmas in my household. crazy.

hedonism gibbon

hedonism gibbon said on the 21st Dec, 2010



woulda been a funny church christening!!!

scottyk82

scottyk82 said on the 21st Dec, 2010

who cares if paramore loses talentless douches. as long as the ginga singa keeps gettin em owwwwwt

Jaytime

Jaytime said on the 22nd Dec, 2010

he's a damn great drummer! thats the only real loss in this situation.

grattan

grattan said on the 22nd Dec, 2010

So it looks like the Farros have a slightly (massively) different take on the band's split - this seems to be real...

Josh and Zac's Exit Statement

Hey guys,


Let me start by apologizing to you for the way everything went down on Saturday. I had a statement typed ready to post to you guys but Hayley released one without my permission. We were not going to issue a statement until we worked out our exit agreement with Hayley. I wish it didn’t have to happen that way, Zac and I wanted to be the ones you heard it from. I want to be honest with you guys about how this band formulated from day one. I did not think Hayley’s version told the whole story, at least from our perspective and hopefully this will explain a bit about why we are leaving.

Zac and I had a garage band in high school with the intentions of just making music for the love of it. We met Taylor and our friend Jason Clark at our school and found out that we shared the same musical tastes. So, we asked them to join our band. It was some of the greatest times of our lives playing music in Taylor’s basement with them. We obviously needed a lead singer and one day Zac met Hayley. We asked her to come try out and eventually to join the band.

Months down the road things changed and this band became all about Hayley. She had a manager at the time that controlled her every move along with her parents. They didn’t like the idea of Hayley being in a rock band so they forced her to leave wanting her to pursue a solo career.

Hayley went off to write and record her solo demos while the four of us continued on without her. A couple of months later Hayley came and asked us if she could use the song “Conspiracy” that we had all previously written together. We agreed that that would be fine. I got a call a while after that from Hayley telling me that her manager said that Zac and I were invited to be back in the band (the band we started), but not Taylor and Jason because they weren’t good enough in his eyes. Hayley brought in Jeremy and our first rhythm guitarist Jason Bynum as the other two members.

We travelled to LA a few weeks later for a showcase and it was a nightmare. Hayley’s manager would tell the band to be in the lobby of the hotel at a certain time, but he and Hayley wouldn’t show for hours. We found out that they had been meeting with record label executives all morning without us, which is totally weird given that this wasn’t simply a solo artist, but we were a band. The band was in the dark the whole time. After many meetings between Hayley, her manager and the labels they decided to sign her to Atlantic records. We didn’t understand why Hayley was the only one signing the contract since we were told this was a “band”, but we were too young to grasp all of this. So far, Zac and I haven’t signed with another label, although I guess our part of Paramore sure could. Next thing we knew we were having a signing party for Hayley.

Our next move was to rerecord her solo demos with our own music rather than studio musicians to make it sound more genuine. Meanwhile, we tossed around band names. I wrote out a list of names, including “Paramore”, a name my old band with Taylor and Jason Clark had thought about using. Obviously, we settled on that name. The label received the rerecorded demos and once again tried to fire the entire band, saying we were terrible. Thankfully Hayley and I had been writing some new songs together (Hallelujah, Here We Go Again) that the label was pleased with so that acted as leverage for the band to stay. The label and management then decided to build our band up the grass-roots route. They put Hayley on Fueled by Ramen not making it known she was signed to Atlantic as well. All the while we still questioned whether or not we were an actual band, but Hayley continued to insist we were, despite our being ignored and pushed around by the label.

They then sent us all to Orlando to rehearse and write eight hours a day for our first record. Half -way though this process, Jeremy decided to quit. We were all really upset about it. So we finished the record, replaced Jeremy, and hit the road with Hayley’s father as our tour manager/driver of a twelve-passenger van. Her dad would constantly threaten to “pull the plug” on the whole band if we complained about anything, suggesting that we were hired guns and Hayley was the real artist, when in reality we were also part of the band. We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley. It’s been obvious how her family views things.

Jeremy ended up rejoining and we toured non-stop for two and half years building our fan base, pretending to be a band that started naturally. In reality, what started as natural somehow morphed into a manufactured product of a major label, riding on the coattails of “Hayley’s dream.”

Before recording our next record, we kicked out Jeremy for his lack of work ethic and participation in things that Zac, Hayley and I didn’t agree with. At this point it was just the three of us to record Riot. Once the record was done, we needed a bassist and another guitarist. Eventually Zac and I convinced Hayley to let Taylor rejoin and she convinced us to let Jeremy back in, promising he had changed his ways.
Once again we hit the road and toured on our biggest record as a band. As you all know Hayley and I dated and broke up during this album cycle. Things then started going downhill for our band. Hayley and Jeremy’s views started changing from what we all once believed in. The band almost split after cancelling a tour in Europe, but we managed to keep it together somehow. This is when Zac and I started to consider quitting the band.

Once we finished touring on Riot, we came home for a break and started writing for Brand New Eyes. Hayley presented lyrics to us that were really negative and we didn’t agree with. For example, “the truth never set me free”, which contradicts what the Bible says in John 8:32 (“and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall sat you free”). We fought her about how her lyrics misrepresented our band and what we stood for, but in the end she got her way. Instead of fighting her any longer, we decided to just roll over and let it go.

Hayley claimed that this record reunited us as band and made us grow closer together, when in reality we were all growing further apart. Suddenly the band had spilt into two sides. Touring became more difficult since we couldn’t agree on anything. The friendships our band once had were no longer existent. Amos 3:3 says, “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction”. In addition to the band turmoil, touring had really taken its toll on us both. We left home at such a young age and missed taking part in normal teenage years. When you own part of a band and are constantly playing, you make sacrifices. Touring has taken its toll on our family members as well. I specifically remember many moments where our parents would break down in tears when we had to leave. It broke my heart. Seeing our siblings grow up so much during our absences was never easy either.

After a lot a prayer and counsel Zac and I came to the decision that it was time to leave the band. We truly feel that God is leading us elsewhere and is going to do great things with us. The intention of this statement was not to belittle or disgrace the rest of the band, it was simply to clarify our decision for leaving and our desire to finally tell you guys the truth. We are still hoping to work out a friendly way to leave our part of Paramore intact with the remaining band members, including Hayley.

We want to thank you guys for all of your love and support over the past 7 years. It’s been an honor creating and playing music for you. If music is what God calls us to in the future, we hope that you all will be a part of it.

All of the glory be to God,

Josh and Zac

emmawheatley

emmawheatley said on the 22nd Dec, 2010

Now that is just hilarious.

batdan

batdan said on the 22nd Dec, 2010

Waiting on God's reply.......

Burnt Bridges

Burnt Bridges said on the 22nd Dec, 2010

i totally forgot they were christian

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 22nd Dec, 2010

So I'm guessing they weren't into any of the Twilight stuff either, seeing as that would be praising the supernatural?

If so, then +1 to them (still on minus 1000000 though)

gomez

gomez said on the 22nd Dec, 2010

totally weak. if they truly believe it is their band the brothers should've just booted hayley out. plenty of hot female singers out there.

grattan

grattan said on the 23rd Dec, 2010

This video was pulled from youtube for "violation of YouTube's policy on nudity or sexual content". WTF?!?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoDWndy5fOM

Stuo

Stuo said on the 26th Dec, 2010

Let the media circus begin!

Demosthenes

Demosthenes said on the 26th Dec, 2010

I don't know if Paramore's fan based can be pigeon-holed so easily.

I know so many guys older than me who love them. I think they just love her voice...

"voice"? itwtcitd?