Paramore, a pop-punk band fronted by Hayley Williams, has abruptly ended their North American tour due to the singer contracting an infection, leading to many disappointed but understanding fans. The band recently announced the decision via social media, citing their lead vocalist’s health as their priority.
What happened to Hayley Williams?
Hayley Williams, the 34-year-old lead singer of Paramore, shared a statement on the bands official Instagram on August 10, explaining that she was grappling with a lung infection and could no longer continue the band’s tour. “After my lung infection forced us to postpone 4 shows, I was hoping a week off of performing and a strict medicine routine would allow my body to heal enough to finish off this tour strong,” Williams wrote. She explained that she had tried everything in her power to “fight this infection” so she could avoid disappointing Paramore’s fans, but to no avail. The statement continued, “After struggling through the last few shows and consulting with my doctor, we’re unfortunately realizing that it’s past the point of wanting to push through to put on a good show for all of you.” The lead vocalist then added that she was at risk for “long-term damage” and that she now needs “to pay attention to my body.”
“We are so sorry to all of you who were so patient with us as we rescheduled these and likely rearranged travel plans to still come see us out. I physically cannot go on. I know this isn’t great news for everyone.”Hayley Williams via Paramore’s Instagram account
Where were the remaining and now cancelled Paramore shows supposed to take place?
Paramore had initially canceled shows last month in San Francisco, Seattle, and Oregon citing an “illness within the touring party.” After resuming performances last week in San Francisco, the band decided to call off their final two shows in Portland and Salt Lake City and cancel the tour. Following Wednesday’s performance, Williams went on her Instagram story to share additional details, writing: “My lungs are just not healing quickly enough to keep up. It got a little scary tonight.” She then apologized to her fans again and expressed disappointment over these events. The band also announced that refunds have been made available at the point of purchase for impacted shows.