You just kicked off your summer Monumentour with Fall Out Boy. What have you learned about them?
Those guys work out every day, and we’re just in our dressing room eating chips. I told [FOB frontman] Patrick [Stump], ”Thanks for making us all feel like the laziest buttholes.” He was like, ”If I wasn’t doing this I wouldn’t be able to move on stage.” So maybe I’ll start up Ballet Beautiful in a minute.
Is that why you’ve been wearing Paramore-logo kickboxing shorts at shows?
They are the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn on stage. I’m so happy to not be wearing latex on this tour. I look like a fitness instructor, and I love it.
”Ain’t It Fun” is the biggest hit of your career so far, and the video for it shows the band breaking world records. Were there any you tried but couldn’t do?
Believe it or not, we actually legitimately broke every record we hoped to that day. We had a list. My favorite one was smashing the alarm clocks with the guitars, because I didn’t think I was going to be able to look that badass. I was surprised how quickly those clocks exploded. On the first hit they would just burst into tiny little shards.
Now ”Ain’t It Fun” is your regular closer at concerts. How does that feel?
Our show is so built around crowd participation, and it’s one of those songs that’s just got those moments really built into it. Even people who don’t know who Paramore is, they know that bridge with the gospel choir, so let’s go out with the biggest bang we can. It’s a real rock & roll ending.
You spent a lot of summers on the Warped Tour. Any advice for bands about to embark on their first Warped?
Nobody owes you anything. You have to have that mindset. When we did our first Warped Tour in 2005 we didn’t get meal tickets, so we didn’t get to eat the delicious catering. We had maybe five bucks a day to eat frozen pink lemonade or hot dogs. We had to write out all our fliers because some days our band’s name wasn’t on the schedule. It’s a lot of work, and I think that it’s crucial for bands to go through that stage of their life, because then when something does get handed to you — when someone does you a favor or bumps you up to a different spot that’s better or busier or bigger — then you’ll appreciate it. Earn everything.
You’re famous for your Technicolor hair. Tell me about your look now.
This is like my SLC Punk!-blue hair. I love SLC Punk! Jason Segel’s in it, how can you not? I love how it looks, [but] as soon as I get really comfortable, that’s when I’m gonna change it.
The first-ever Parahoy! cruise was in the spring. Will there be more?
It sort of surpassed anybody’s expectations. It was this little subculture where everyone knew each other and everyone knew each other’s music and sang and hung out and ate dinner and partied. I loved it. I hope we do this for the rest of our career.