Paramore were just at Darien Lake, and could tell they've come a long way since you first started watching them. Hayley Williams tells Entertainment Weekly that she feels the same way: ''My advice for bands is if it’s your first year, I would say nobody owes you anything. You have to have that mindset. Your job on the first Warped Tour you ever did is to earn everything that you get. When we did our first Warped Tour in 2005, we didn’t get meal tickets, so we didn’t get to stand in the long catering lines and eat the delicious food. We had maybe five bucks a day, if that, in per diem, and for the most part we would eat frozen pink lemonade or hot dogs that were being sold on the grounds. We had to write out all our flyers because some days our band’s name wasn’t on the Warped Tour schedule.
It’s a lot of work, and I think it’s so important for bands to go through that stage of their life, to earn everything and not expect for things to be handed to you.Because then when something does get handed to you—when someone does you a favor or someone bumps you up to a different spot that’s better or busier or bigger—then you’ll appreciate it. Or next year when you come back and you’re in a nicer van or a bus even, you’re gonna appreciate it. Earn everything.''
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