Hayley Williams, the energetic, neon-haired frontwoman of Paramore, loves her band she's been known to wear Paramore T-shirts without any hints of irony.
"I'm the biggest Paramore fan," says Williams, who started singing for the Tennessee rock band when she was just 15.
At 24, the singer finds herself on the cusp of megastardom, with a new album, new fans and headlining arena tour, which comes to the Save Mart Center on Tuesday.
It's a turnabout for Williams, who three years ago wondered if Paramore had a future at all. Two of the band's founding members brothers Josh and Zac Farro left just as the band was gaining some mainstream success.
The band was absent for close to two years, and while William's continued to work (she had a guest spot on the B.o.B. hit "Airplanes"), there were moments when she wondered if Paramore had reached its limit.
In those moments she learned to let go.
In doing so, she found some freedom. The band Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis reinvented itself as a trio, holed up in a studio and set out to create some of its most successful work to date.
"We were always telling people, if there was ever a chance for us to grow and change, it's now," Williams says.
Released in April, "Paramore" debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and marks a shift from the emo, pop-punkishness of its earlier work.
And while the band's struggles seem like they would make their way on to the album, at least lyrically, Williams says she had already been down that road on 2009's "Brand New." This time she was looking to more universal themes, she says.
"We'd already written a record about being in a band. I didn't want to make another record about Paramore."
Paramore with Metric and Hellogoodbye, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Save Mart Center. Tickets are $25.50-$39.50. (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com
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