Paramore invited disabled fans on stage to perform “Misery Business” during their concert in Atlanta, Georgia this week.
The trio led by Hayley Williams, who returned with the single “This Is Why” in September, are currently on a personal return tour of North America. This is Paramore’s first tour in over four years.
On Tuesday night (November 15th) the band performed at Atlanta’s Tabernacle Concert Hall, where they continued their renewed tradition of asking members of the public to collaborate on their 2007 classic ‘Misery Business.’
One of the fans chosen that night was 23-year-old disabled actress and artist Macayla Smith, who later wrote about her experience on Instagram.
“THIS IS THE VISION TO TAKE MY DISABLED HUSBAND OUT OF THE CELL!!!!”, he captioned a clip of the moment.
“I feel a little bad that I demanded as the security took me away, but I could not help it. […] Seeing my friends screaming for me in this video always makes me cry.”
Smith later posted a photo of her and Williams on stage: “Best night of my entire life!!!!” she wrote. Below you can see a selection of images and fan photos.
In a subsequent Instagram post, Smith explained that he had been a fan of Paramore – describing them as “the love of my life” – since he was “at least 11 years old” and saw them live for the first time once at the age of 13. .
“The band that was with me through everything?! I never thought they would have cast me on ‘Misery Business,'” she continued, “If I had known this was going to happen, I would have deliver a written letter to them.
“The letter said something like ‘Thank you for sharing your art and heart with the world.’ […] Your willingness to be open about your flaws and vulnerabilities is what makes fans feel seen. That’s what’s so special about Paramore. His honesty about his struggles – with mental health, heartbreak, identity, society, etc. is palpable.
Paramore returned to cover the song “Misery Business” at the first concert of their current tour last month.
In 2018, singer Williams publicly announced that the controversial theme had been removed from his band’s live shows amid ongoing debate over whether its message was “anti-feminist”.
Paramore will release their sixth album ‘This Is Why’ – the follow-up to 2017’s ‘After Laughter’ – on February 10, 2023 via Atlantic. You can pre-purchase/pre-save it here.
Next spring they will embark on a UK and Ireland tour with Bloc Party.
The group will return to the United States in May for an extensive series of concerts. Bloc Party and Sarraigh will act as opening acts at some of their concerts.