Paramore, the American rock band, have announced that they are cancelling the last two shows of their North American tour. This is due to the lead singer Hayley Williams’ health issues.
Williams, who has been suffering from a lung infection, said that she was risking long-term damage if she continued to perform. She needed to pay attention to her body. Paramore are known for their hit songs such as Misery Business, Decode, and Ain’t It Fun.
What happened to Hayley Williams?
Williams revealed on her Instagram stories that she had been trying to fight the infection for a while. She had hoped a week off and a strict medicine routine would allow her to heal enough to finish the Paramore music tour.
However, after struggling through the last few shows and consulting with her doctor, she realised that it was past the point of wanting to push through. She had to cancel the remaining shows in Portland and Salt Lake City.
I have been doing everything I can to fight this infection so we wouldn’t have to disappoint anyone with more news of postponements and cancellations. After speaking with our team and my doc, I know that trying to finish this tour is now going to come at a detriment to my health. My lungs are just not healing quickly enough to keep up. It got a little scary tonight.Hayley Williams, 2023
She also apologised to the fans who had been patient and supportive and who had rearranged their travel plans to attend the rescheduled Paramore tour.
I physically can not go on. I know this isn’t great news for rock music fans. Thank you so much for your continued supportHayley Williams, 2023
How did the fans react?
The fans of Paramore, who call themselves Parafamily, expressed their love and concern for Williams on social media. They wished her a speedy recovery. Many of them praised her for being brave and honest and for prioritising her health over anything else. They also thanked her for giving them an amazing tour and for inspiring them with her music and personality.
Some of the messages from the fans are:
Hayley we love you so much and we’re so proud of you for putting your health first. You’ve given us so much joy and happiness with this tour and we’re so grateful for everything you do. Please take care of yourself and rest well. We’ll always be here for you.Fan #1
You don’t have to apologize for anything Hayley. You’ve been incredible on this tour and you’ve shown us how strong and resilient you are. You deserve all the rest and healing in the world. We love you more than words can say.Fan #2
Hayley you are such an inspiration to me and so many others. You have been fighting this infection like a warrior and you have been amazing on stage despite everything. You have nothing to be sorry for. You have given us more than we could ever ask for. Please focus on your health and recovery. We love you endlessly.Fan #3
What’s next for Paramore?
Paramore have not announced any plans to reschedule the cancelled tour yet. They have assured their fans that they will be back as soon as possible. They have also thanked their crew, their opening acts Soccer Mommy and Jay Som, and their sponsors for their understanding and support.
The band will play at The New Yorker Festival on October 6 before they head to New Zealand in November to continue their tour. They have dates lined up for Australia, Europe, the UK, and Ireland as well.
The band’s latest album, This Is Why, which was released in May 2023, has been a critical and commercial success. It reached number one in the UK charts and receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The album explores themes such as millennial angst, mental health, self-love, and empowerment through catchy melodies, powerful vocals, and honest lyrics.
The Bottom Line
Paramore have cancelled the remainder of their US tour due to Hayley Williams’ lung infection. It has been affecting her health and performance. Williams said that she needed to take care of herself and that she was sorry for disappointing the fans who had been waiting for them.
The fans showed their support and compassion for Williams and wished her well. Paramore have not confirmed when they will resume their tour. They have other dates planned for later this year and early next year. Their latest album, This Is Why, has been a huge hit among fans and critics. It showcases their musical evolution and maturity.