An inordinate number of stars from the music world are in Australia at the moment (including Taylor Swift and Paramore), and it’s hard to blame them. While the United States continues to struggle through a cold winter with freakishly huge amounts of snow falling seemingly every other day, it’s currently the middle of summer south of the equator. It’s festival season in Australia, which is why plenty of American groups have flown south for the winter.
Of course, the trip down under provides many opportunities for bands to get out and experience another culture or just enjoy nature. Paramore did a bit of both during their trip to the zoo, which they documented in photos at their official Web site. The photos (snapped by band photographer and director of the group’s new video “The Only Exception” Brandon Chesbro) show the band members frolicking with various branches of wildlife, including a kangaroo, a koala and a white tiger. On her Twitter, singer Hayley Williams noted that the tiger’s name was Mohan.
The rest of Paramore’s trip has been full of killer performances, both on their own and as part of the traveling circus that is the Soundwave Festival (which also features Faith No More, Jane’s Addiction, AFI and Jimmy Eat World). The fest also gave Williams the opportunity to see Sunny Day Real Estate (which she often cites as her favorite band of all time). Amazingly, it doesn’t appear as though big-time UFC fan Williams was able to make it to last Saturday night’s (February 20) show live at the Acer Arena in Sydney (where she would have seen Cain Velasquez knock Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira absolutely silly in two-and-a-half minutes).