By Kevin Rutherford
Add Paramore to the list of musicians paying their respects to the late Robin Williams.
Frontwoman Hayley Williams preceded the song with a long speech about fulfillment and how everyone is a “part of something,” no matter how big or small their contribution.
“I realized how sad that we had been and how we had been in this place where we weren’t content, we weren’t fulfilled anymore,” she said about the recording of their self-titled album, released last year. “It was very scary, it was very depressing. And then this song happened, and sort of a light came on and it was amazing how much I realized I was a part of something — we, the three of us, are part of something.
“I want you to know, before you leave tonight, that you, being here listening to any of your favorite bands, writing songs yourself, writing poems, reading books, any of that, you’re part of something and it goes on way longer than any of us will ever be alive. You are part of something. Please know that. This song goes out to Robin Williams.”
Williams was found dead at his home on Aug. 11, having reportedly hanged himself. His wife later noted that the actor had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.