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Paramore reschedules L.A. concert due to COVID-19 but sets spooky makeup date

A woman swirls her platinum blond hair as she sings into a microphone on a stage.
Paramore singer Hayley Williams performing at the 2018 Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
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Coronavirus is posing some “Hard Times” for rock band Paramore, which announced on Tuesday that it will no longer play its Thursday show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

“Due to a case of COVID-19 within the touring party, we will be rescheduling our show on Thursday, October 20 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles,” the group said in statement posted to its official Instagram story.

However, the rock trio, fronted by Hayley Williams, gave its Angeleno fans some good news, sharing that the “show will now be on Monday, October 31.”

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The band, now a trio led by singer Hayley Williams, is set to release its first album since 2017, following mental health and personnel struggles.

Sept. 28, 2022

Paramore said tickets for the now-canceled Thursday concert will be valid for the rescheduled show on Halloween. Those who can’t make the new show can get refunds, through Oct. 25, the Instagram story said.

In the meantine, Paramore will play the first weekend of the When We Were Young festival in Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday. Then the band will come to Los Angeles for a separate show at the Belasco theater on Oct. 27, return to Vegas for a Saturday set at the second weekend of When We Were Young and then make its way to the Wiltern.

It’s reassuring that even a band like Paramore — well over a decade into its career, with a praised new album that radically reset its sound — still feels the same anxieties that the rest of us do.

July 19, 2018

Paramore will continue its tour playing Toronto, Chicago, New York and Oklahoma City. The band’s last tour stop of the year will be at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, Neb.

Paramore isn’t alone in tour cancellations. Also on Tuesday, Car Seat Headrest frontman Will Toledo announced that the indie-rock band will no longer appear at the When We Were Young festival and is canceling its California tour.

Coachella and Stagecoach tested the hypothesis that if people ignore the coronavirus, it will return the favor.

May 3, 2022

“After another month of struggling to regain my health, I am currently forced to face the fact that my body lacks the basic levels of functionality necessary to leave the house most days, let alone embark on a tour,” Toledo wrote to fans in an Instagram statement.

The update came a month after Toledo made a similar announcement for a New Jersey show in September.

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“Due to continued health issues, we will be unable perform at next week’s Frantic City Fest,” he said Sept. 17 on Instagram. “I deeply regret having to pull out, & remain in hope that these issues will be resolved without further cancellations.”

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