On Friday (May 14), [artist id="1968732"]Paramore[/artist] took time off from their spring tour to stop by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where they performed a somber, sweet version of their current single, "The Only Exception."
The performance — actually taped Thursday — showcased Paramore's burgeoning quiet side, with frontwoman Hayley Williams singing in hushed tones, her eyes tightly shut, and guitarist Josh Farro strumming the melody on an acoustic and singing backup. The band's other guitarist, Taylor York, added dreamy flourishes on an electric. Bassist Jeremy Davis and drummer Zac Farro played it similarly tight, laying down a muted, pretty backbeat.
It was a stately, refined performance, perfectly suited for daytime TV, and at the end, the audience cheered wildly, while Williams did a triumphant jig — apparently there were some real-deal Paramore fans in the crowd, too, as Williams finished her little dance and pointed and smiled to a section of the audience — and DeGeneres herself bounded onstage to thank the band, declaring, "I love them!" She then touted Paramore's Brand New Eyes album and announced that everyone in the studio audience would be receiving a copy.
Paramore will wrap their spring tour Sunday and, after a run of festival gigs in Europe, will return to the States to headline the Honda Civic Tour, which kicks off July 23 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Kadawatha will be joining them on the trek.
Williams can also be heard singing the hook on B.o.B's smash "Airplanes," and she's already planning to shoot her cameo in the video.
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