Exclusive: Paramore Plotting ‘The Tour That Changed The Game’

'This is a tour we've been dreaming of,' Hayley Williams says of Paramore's just-announced dates.

Earlier this week, Paramore announced a run of North American dates set for October. And if you’re wondering why they waited a full six months after the release of their self-titled fourth album to take their show to big venues from Atlanta to Uncasville, well, Hayley Williams has the answer:

These are the shows they’ve been working towards the entire time.

“We always want to outdo whatever we’ve already done. That being said, yes, this is a tour that we’ve been dreaming of for a little while and we’re really excited to make it happen,” she wrote in an email to MTV News. “I want to remember this tour as the tour that changed the game for us in terms of being a live band.”

And that means reimagining Paramore’s entire live show, beginning with the setlist and running all the way through the production, which, Williams said, is being handled in part by the band’s bassist, Jeremy Davis.

“The major thing for us is remaining a rock band and pulling off a show that is about that rather than relying solely on production. However, we’re pretty excited about the tour ’cause we’re going to be adding a lot of production elements that we’ve never tried before,” she wrote. “Jeremy is actually manning that ship and coming up with most of the staging and production with a guy who’s one of the best in the business. The whole thing is going to be new for us, so I know it’ll feel new to fans no matter how many of our shows they’ve been to.”

So for those who have caught Paramore in the past, the “Self-Titled Tour” — which kicks off October 15 in Seattle — represents the first chance to see the band operating at the peak of their powers. And though they’re playing large venues and arenas, Williams said they’re not about to shrink away from the size of those spaces. Quite the opposite, in fact.

“Honestly, we love theaters and we jump at any chance to get back into a sweaty club, but I think our music and our show is cut out for bigger places,” she wrote. “The challenge is to constantly keep the people in the very back at the forefront of your mind. In a sense, you’re really playing for those people even though you aren’t looking straight into their eyes like the ones up front. … We’re going to put in a lot of work to make the show fill up these venues and be really special.”

Paramore’s ‘Self-Titled Tour’ Dates:

» 10/15 — Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
» 10/16 — Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
» 10/18 — San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
» 10/19 — Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
» 10/22 — Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
» 10/23 — San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
» 10/26 — Dallas, TX @ Grand Prairie Verizon Theatre
» 10/27 — Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
» 10/29 — Kansas City, MO @ Independence Events Center
» 10/30 — St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theater
» 11/1 — Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
» 11/4 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
» 11/5 — Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
» 11/8 — Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
» 11/9 — Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
» 11/11 — Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
» 11/13 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
» 11/15 — Boston, MA @ DCU Center
» 11/17 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
» 11/18 — Montreal, QU @ Bell Centre
» 11/20 — Toronto, ON @ Theatre at Air Canada Centre
» 11/21 — Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
» 11/23 — Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
» 11/24 — Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
» 11/26 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
» 11/27 — Atlanta, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center