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Paramore Cancels Shows Due To Hayley Williams’ Lung Infection

“My lungs are just not healing quickly enough to keep up,” Hayley Williams wrote in an Instagram Story
Paramore's Hayley Williams (photo: Taylor Hill / Getty Images for Boston Calling).

Paramore has canceled the final two dates of its North American tour tonight (Aug. 10) in Portland, Or., and Sunday (Aug. 13) in Salt Lake City, as vocalist Hayley Williams continues to battle the lung infection which has already forced the band to scrap four other performances. “My lungs are just not healing quickly enough to keep up,” Williams wrote on Instagram, adding that if she continued performing, she risked long-term damage.

The band’s first proper tour since 2018 has drawn acclaim from fans and critics alike and has included a number of opening dates on Taylor Swift’s Eras tour. Paramore has also welcomed Lil Uzi Vert, Billie Eilish, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry to the stage throughout the run.

In February, the band released This Is Why, its first album since 2017’s After Laughter. SPIN called it “an album of surprises, development, and maturity from an act that wears its wrinkles well — no group from the Vans Warped Tour cohort has aged nearly as gracefully.”

Paramore’s next scheduled performance is Oct. 6 as part of the New Yorker festival in New York, with a short run of Australia and New Zealand shows to follow in November. As previously reported, the group will again open for Swift on a host of 2024 international Eras tour dates.