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Two Members Leave Paramore

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Wow, this is unfortunate.

Guitarist Josh Farro and his brother, drummer Zac Farro, have left Paramore.

The band posted this announcement on their official website on Saturday:

"A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday [December 12, at the House Of Blues venue]. 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."

Members Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis, and Taylor York remain in the band and explained that they will not be splitting up. "We never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind," they wrote. "We really hope that you can be encouraged by the fact that the three of us who are still here are ready to take on another chapter of our journey together."

The band still continues to tour South America in February and March 2011.

Wowsa. They're not even sugar-coating things. Inneresting.

We're a little shocked. What do U think, Paramore fans?

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69 comments to “Two Members Leave Paramore”

  1. 1

    WHAT THE HELL. My life is over.

  2. 2

    This sucks!

  3. 3

    I'm devastated!! I love Paramore so much and the Farros were the only original members along with Hayley. This is pretty much like Evanescence's story even though Ben and Amy fought really bad and until now it seems like it wasn't that messy with Paramore.. It's just a matter of time before Hayley becomes a solo artist. I still support them!

  4. 4

    Paramore has turned into the Hayley Williams show. And I pretty much lost all hope right after Misery Business…. I don't know why she hasn't just gone solo. I remember them when they were a little band that played at Warped and since then, things have changed, a lot. They obviously weren't happy with the band and the direction they were headed. Good for them.

  5. 5

    no one cares about the dudes in this band. it's all about Hayley.

  6. 6

    I hope they can find new members. Id hate to see her go solo. I love women in actual bands so hope they can pull it together !!

  7. 7

    this is sad but we have to move on!
    Hayley, Jeremy and Taylor still with us and i love them to death!
    paramore will always be my favorite band and Hayley i love you more then anything

  8. 8

    another step closer to 'paramore' becoming 'hayley williams and the two musicians who couldn't make it on their own' :|

  9. 9

    WHO? The only people we know are Haley and….HALEY. She's the only one that interviewers talk to while the other guys just stand in the background. I'm sure they left because they wanted to actually do something that gave them acknowledgment.

  10. 10

    Re: the squirrel – I completely agree with you and everything you said. They probably weren't happy with the music they were playing and how Paramore is essentially, as you said, the Hayley Williams show. I listened to them about five years ago, and I never even imagined they'd become as mainstream as they have. I'm sure the money's good, but something must not be working since the two brothers have left. Something's not working for me either, because I ceased listening after the first album.

  11. 11

    Well this was sort of unexpected and unfortunately i can't blame the Farro's for leaving though. Their record label and whoever else is making it about (no offense to her) about Hayley. I just hope they don't end up like much bigger bands than Paramore have in the past. I hope the band doesn't break up/go on hiatus.

  12. 12

    i'm completely and totally gutted about this. josh farro was the principle writer for paramore and so now what? he gave us the music we love.

  13. 13

    The cutest guys are gone. Dang!

  14. Jules says – reply to this


    im sure they left due to not being happy for some reason, but try to make it in the real world now with a 9-5 job and then well see how "happy" they are!

  15. 15

    I'm crying rivers

  16. 16

    What?! The Farros were originals :( Josh was really overrated, but Zach was an amazing drummer. :(
    TBH I think Jeremy is really annoying.

  17. 17

    It is unfortunate to see Josh and Zac go; however, that really is how the band world works. Members come and members go. If they weren't happy with the direction of the band, it is good that they left. Creative expression can't be shown when there is disagreement. Hayley is just like any other lead singer of a band that got super famous. The lead singer gets all the credit, but the real fans know the whole band. I wish the two of them the best of luck, and I hope Paramore will continue to bring it. I've followed them since album number one, and I've never been disappointed. Bands change.

  18. 18

    hayley and the rest of the band doesn't even seem sad about the matter….. they leave all their shocked and tearful fans without a shoulder to cry on ( so much for caring for the fans:(

    Paramore will never be the same:…(

  19. 19

    This is horrible. Paramore is my favorite band and favorite music everything. And I love the Farro brothers. Many people do not know them but the true fans do. I will miss them mucho mucho :(

  20. 20

    TOLD you paramore was done when Haley Williams made fun of Britney Spears

  21. 21

    If I can post a picture it would picture of the worlds smallest violin.

  22. 22

    Re: markie.wright – Before we go saying they "left fans without a shoulder to cry on" I think we should think about this from both perspectives. The brothers left because they weren't happy. The rest of the band may feel betrayed by it. They've been a band for a very long time. They said they wish the brothers nothing but happiness. They also said they've known for a long time that they were leaving. Therefore, they've had plenty of time to move on from the incident before making the announcement.

  23. 23

    I love you hayley

  24. 24

    NOOOOO!!!!!11111!!!!! :'(

  25. 25

    i wasn't suprised with josh leaving, he's getting married so he probably wanted to start a whole new life in a way but zac as well was unexpected. you'll be missed xx

  26. 26

    not happy.. Not happy at all! I loved them.. they helped MAKE and founded Paramore! this is devastating news

  27. 27

    Who? NO idea who these people are. Chances are they were broke and failing at life for these two to dump them. Chances are high the chick was too much of a controlling btch to be around that they'd rather work at McDonalds says a LOT.

  28. 28

    Like others already said it's all about Hailey now..

  29. 29

    Re: Nathiestx – BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. 30

    I can't believe this! I always gave them so much credit for being a band that goes through struggles but works it out and stays together for the fans and the music. I hope they know they'll never be in a band as successful as Paramore. I'm devestated.

  31. 31

    shit , i hope they're happy finding another job. i know i would never give up that kinda gig, shit pays man

  32. 32

    This is sad news! Paramore is my favorite band (tied with Incubus), and Josh and Zac are the ones who really bring the sound of the band. I hope they find just as talented people to replace Josh and Zac. I especially love Josh's beat.

  33. 33

    Re: murphz – Isn't he marrying some waitress???

  34. 34

    Re: jesyrene – Just what I was thinking! And for those of you who say "Oh its just the Haley Williams show, the guys never get recognized." What band is out there where it isnt just the main singer who gets all the attention, thats just how it is. The rest of the band should know that, its not Haileys fault.

  35. 35

    Re: evancalo – Uh no. Jeremy was in the band before they recorded AWKIF. He left before they recorded the album. They asked him to come back to the band in 2006.

    Either way this is so sad. I've loved Paramore since 2005 and I've grown up with this band. Seen like 14 times and each time was awesome. It's going to be so weird to see them without Josh and Zac. But I'm glad they are doing what makes them happy.

  36. 36

    she's a diva, no wonder they left

  37. $k33z says – reply to this


    Re: JustCataRe: JustCataRe: JustCataRe: JustCataRe: JustCataRe: the squirrel – you honestly have no idea what you're talking about… give me one example of her acting like a diva that you have seen? oh right there aren't any. so shut the fuck dumbass.

  38. $k33z says – reply to this


    for everyone saying that paramore became a "hayley show" you guys are idiots. It didn't become a Hayley show. Just because she's "the only one that talks" doesn't mean that she didn't respect the guys or anything like that. They have always agreed that she would be the one to do the talking, even then there are interviews where it would be Josh talking or even Jeremy. It just urks me that people say that when it's not even true.

  39. 39

    those guts are dumb for quitting. we'll nvr see them again. I've already forgotten their names.. I love paramore!

  40. 40

    not really that suprising. theyve had issues for years. taylor isnt even an original member of the band hes a replacement and he played with them for like a year before they even officially "excepted" him into the band. theyve been together touring since they were teenagers people grow up and want different things

  41. 41

    I'm not surprised. Josh and Hayley used to date. I saw them holding hands before a concert around the corner from the venue 3 years ago. They probably went though a rough break up and Josh has been wanting to leave for awhile. Of course if Josh is leaving Zac isn't gonna hang around, its his brother he's going to leave with him. All I'm going to say is the sound is going to change A LOT because Josh is the one that writes a majority of the music!!

  42. 42

    I'm not surprised. When people think of Paramore, they think of Hayley Williams.

  43. 43

    Re: JadedGemy – Josh is already married, so I'm not too surprised that he left.

    And I remember WAY back in the day Zac said he wouldn't want to be in a band without Josh. Whether that had something to do with him leaving or not, I do not know.

  44. 44

    sadface so apathetic

  45. 45

    Who even cares about this shitty band to begin with??

  46. 46

    a shiteous band who is riding off the popularity of Twilight…a shiteous movie.

    so in other words…who gives a fuck?

  47. JCPR says – reply to this


    i like their music but all i know about paramore is hayley. she can replace any of them anytime since shes the voice of the band.

  48. 48

    who and who?? lol

  49. 49

    The lead singer of bands are always the center of the show I mean look at Maroon 5 other than Adam can you name anyone? It's unfortunate but true that Hayley is the main attraction and if the rest of them couldn't take it oh well!

  50. 50

    Vamos a ver!!! Oh Hayley, you wench!!! They were onto you…and now have ran far away!!! GOOD for them!!! You are a Bruja for sure! Stew in it!!! :(

  51. 51

    chill out guys, everyone knows that when two members of a fueled by ramen band that the rest of the band goes on stronger and more successful than ever, i mean look at panic! at the disco…oh wait.

  52. rmcl1 says – reply to this


    Hayley Williams basically is Paramore now, if I was one of the guys, I would'a left a long time ago.

  53. 53

    If you actually read the magazines and watched the channels that these guys appeal to the most, you'll see that it's not just the Hayley show, they appear in the videos, they're always around for interviews, they write the songs, they're the themes for the lyrics, they're a band! It's not the Hayley show….She's said she doesn't want to go solo…Paramore are one of my favourite bands, so I wish the members leaving well and I eagerly await some newer material

  54. 54

    If you actually read the magazines and watched the channels that these guys appeal to the most, you'll see that it's not just the Hayley show, they appear in the videos, they're always around for interviews, they write the songs, they're the themes for the lyrics, they're a band! It's not the Hayley show….She's said she doesn't want to go solo…Paramore are one of my favourite bands, so I wish the members leaving well and I eagerly await some newer material. Amen

  55. 55

    in my opinion they didnt look comfortable in the band like they just didnt want to be there.. i thought this before i heard they left and it just proves me right lol they didnt seem to interact with the others.. i prefer hayley, taylor and jeremy anyway! ha but seriously why would zac and josh leave? they must of been making loads of money in paramore ha

  56. 56

    Oh really? No Doubt and Evanescence 2.0? What a shock.

    This unfortunately always happens with a female-fronted rock band. They get a bit famous and everybody shits their pants when a woman fronts a band, and they act like she's the only one in existence. And sadly, it usually goes to their head too.

  57. 57

    Re: Wenchtits
    Agreed. This is pretty much the case with Nightwish (when Tarja was the singer) and even Taylor Momson's band (hell I don't even know the band's name!)

    It's like people have to take a shit in their pants when a band is fronted by a woman and throw the other band members aside because "oh my shit! a woman fronting a band!? Unheard of!!"

  58. 58

    Re: murphz – He IS married… for more than a year…

  59. 59

    Re: duelastar

    I had Nightwish in my mind as well, and Lacuna Coil's Scabbia seems to have developed an inflated ego too. It's so sad that they let themselves get this way.

  60. 60

    They've been having internal issues for a while now, even they have said so. I think they fact that she dated one of the brothers and that Paramore has largely become her and a "backing band" more than anything has a lot to do with it.

    She should just go solo because she's getting most of the attention now, she may as well get that and most of the money. I like the band very much before "brand new eyes" but I wasn't very fond of that album or the Hayley Williams Show the band is morphing into.

  61. 61

    I love Paramore like so many have shouted. But for some time now I noticed that band members always appeared to have unhapppy faces either in photos or during an all band member interview. I was hoping that I was imaging things but I guess not. I hate this.

  62. 62

    NO! WTF. NO.

  63. 63

    If this was an all male band nobody would be shitting on the lead singer because the media always gives attention to the lead singer, that's the way it has always been it's not Hayley's fault. And if you only know Hayley as the band then you were never a fan so I don't know why people are even commenting on a band they don't really know. People shouldn't talk about shit they know nothing about!

  64. 64

    im so sad!! paramore is amazing and they are extremely talented! one of the best bands live! i hope they pull together and show that they will still go on!

  65. 65

    Damnn.. paramore isn't about hayley.. it was about Hayley, Jeremy, Josh, Zac and Taylor..

    two left so there are three persons left.. not one person..

  66. 66

    I hate it when people say its all about hayley now, that's not how she's making it, that's how your making it. She is always wearing tshirts saying paramore is a band. She obviously doesn't want to go solo. Just because she is the most entergetic person on stage, people like her more. She puts the most effort into her fans. Zac and josh were getting really annoying towards the end anyways, they acted like they never wanted to be there. So I'm glad. Whoever replaces them better want this a lot, so it doesn't happen again. Jeremy, taylor, and hayley; thank you for staying strong :)

  67. 67

    I wonder what the next line-up will be. I have been a giant paramore fan from way back, and have loved all the members. If they weren't happy, I'm glad they didn't stay. I love the band enough, to want them to be where they want to be. I'm really mad how everyone thinks the whole band is about Hayley. It isn't, of course I would be a fan of Hayley solo, but I would still be a fan of Paramore. It is still a great band, and hopefully will still have great music and fans on their next album.

  68. 68

    As long as Haylee is still singing it doesnt matter to me Ill be a fan forever…

  69. 69

    Haha, I love how everyone is saying Hayley isn't becoming a diva. Listen, ever since she started dating Chad Gilbert from NFG she's been a completely different person. (ie. the viral picture of her tits on the internet) She's done a solo song with B.O.B. She's leaving her own band behind, and don't give me that garbage of the lead singer taking all the credit in a band. It doesn't have to be that way and it wasn't with many bands including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith. She doesn't have to suck up the spotlight, she should allow her bandmates to have a say in interviews and shit. This entire thing is upsetting but if you paid attention to the band's growth and Hayley's distance from the band, you would understand that this was bound to happen. Josh was the main writer of the music in the band (instrumental). He already got married so that doesn't help matters. I highly doubt they will continue for much longer without the two brothers. It's sad but it could have been prevented.