Daily Press — To hear Williams tell the story, it was Gwen Stefani from the band No Doubt who inadvertently helped the musicians cool off and get it together.
When Paramore toured with No Doubt, Williams had a chance to compare notes with Stefani, another woman singer in an otherwise all-male rock troupe.
“It was motivating to see a band stay together through rough patches,” Williams said in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune. “It was great to see a strong woman like Gwen. Hearing their story was motivating. Before touring with them, I felt alone. It was cool to see her and think I’m not alone.”
Boston Herald — Hayley Williams is a near-perfect Gwen Stefani understudy.
Sheâ€™s yet to ditch her massively popular, vaguely punk band Paramore for a solo career. But Williams has fast developed into a Stefani-like brand: gracing magazine covers, setting Hot Topic-approved fashion trends and guesting on blockbuster singles (most notably B.o.Bâ€™s everywhere-hit â€œAirplanesâ€).
The 21-year-old emo-sweetheart is flattered to be thought of as heir to Stefaniâ€™s crown: Big No Doubt fans, Paramore opened for the band on their â€™09 summer tour. But she doesnâ€™t entirely buy the comparison.
â€œGwen is like, what, twice my age? And sheâ€™s still got a lot of music and more left in her,â€ Williams said while driving around Nashville and trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) not to run red lights. The singer was rushing around town preparing for Paramoreâ€™s biggest North American headlining tour to date. It comes to the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Wednesday.
â€œI want to be the first Hayley from Paramore,â€ she said. â€œNot the second Gwen Stefani.â€