Last week, rumors started circulating that there may be a shake-up among the ranks of Paramore, one of the most popular rock bands on the planet. By the time the weekend rolled around, we had confirmation that brothers Zac and Josh Farro (the drummer and guitarist, respectively) had left the band to pursue other musical interests. The other three members of Paramore — singer Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis — will soldier on as a band, which will include tour dates in South America early next year and a new album the group just told MTV News about.
“We never for a second thought about leaving any of this behind. 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,” a statement from the three remaining members read on the band’s website. “You have always been what keeps us going so why would we stop now? We want to stick by you. Knowing that we have a unified passion and a clear vision makes us feel stronger than ever.”
Without a drummer or a second guitarist in their ranks, the remaining members of Paramore have to make a decision about what to do moving forward. Luckily, there are a handful of paths that have already been carved for them, so perhaps they’ll follow one of these.
The My Chemical Romance Model
When drummer Bob Bryar left the band, My Chemical Romance pushed forward with the creation of their album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and never really got around to hiring a fifth member. They soldier on as a quartet with Michael Pedicone filling in as a tour drummer, but there’s no guarantee how permanent his employment will be.
The R.E.M. Model
In 1997, drummer Bill Berry decided to leave R.E.M. after a series of health scares. Not only did the remaining members of the group decide to continue on as a trio, but they also essentially morphed into a different band. Their first non-Berry album, 1998’s Up, was full of drum machines and moody soundscapes, and subsequent releases have been playing with the pull between what the band was and what it was trying to become.
The Marilyn Manson Model
The man born Brian Warner is clearly sort of difficult to work with, because he has constantly had to replace band members over the two-decade period of his group’s existence. Luckily, Manson always had the luxury of replacing each departed musician with another one in the guise of a new character. Eventually, they even dropped the whole Hollywood-starlet-plus-serial-killer construction. For Paramore, that would probably mean hiring another pair of siblings — perhaps the Bacon Brothers are free?
The Ringo Starr Model
When you’re fronting your own All Starr Band, you can’t just sit on the riser and hit sticks. So what do you do? Recruit some famous friends of yours to play the drums. Paramore could simply turn to the most famous drummer in their area at the time for whatever their rhythmic needs are. Dave Grohl’s around? Have a seat, sir!
The Red Hot Chili Peppers Model
Despite being one of the most successful bands in the universe, their guitarist slot has been more of a revolving door than the Spinal Tap drum seat. Still, that hasn’t stopped definitive ax man John Frusciante from joining and then departing twice. In the interim they’ve gone the famous route (Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro joined the band for a while) as well as the utilitarian route (both journeymen Arik Marshall and Jesse Tobias filled in after Frusciante left the first time).
Just Hire Josh Freese
Dude is available.