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Paramore Enjoying Honda Civic Tour, Free Car Or Not

of the Oakland Press

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The members of Paramore are having a “great” time headlining this year’s Honda Civic Tour, according to guitarist Josh Farro. The only bummer; they don’t get a free Civic for doing it.

“I wish — that’d be kind of cool,” says Farro, who writes the group’s songs with singer Hayley Williams. “We got to design (a Civic) to give away to a fan. It’s all good. I’d feel kind of awkward asking (for a car), anyway.”

The tour finds Farro and his Franklin, Tenn., bandmates still promoting their third album, the gold-certified “Brand New Eyes,” and finding a way to juggle the alternative rock world that’s long been its base and the mainstream pop audience that’s embracing Paramore’s latest single, “The Only Exception.” The ballad is in the Billboard Top 30, and Farro says he’s surprised that the group even recorded it in the first place.

“I was demoing ideas for the record, and I wanted to write a slow song,” Farro, 22, recalls. “I sent it to Hayley (Williams), thinking she’d probably be like, ‘Yeah, it’s cool but I want more upbeat stuff.’ But she e-mailed me back and was like, ‘I love this. I’m gonna write to it right now.’

“It was only like a minute-30 (seconds) and we were going to keep it like an interlude or something. We weren’t gonna make it a song. But our producer (Rob Cavallo) and label were like, ‘You should finish that song. It’s really good,’ so Hayley and I just sat down with it and finished it, and it turned out great.”

But even though Farro is happy that “The Only Exception” has “broadened our audience quite a bit,” he says that Paramore wants “to make sure we keep our relationship with alternative rock stations” via another single, “Careful,” specifically for that format.

The Honda Civic Tour featuring Paramore, Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory and Kadawatha takes place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $39.50 pavilion, $29 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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