Just two days before the American rock band Paramore is set to return to Manila to headline another sellout concert, lead singer Hayley Williams took to the band’s social media pages to announce the rescheduling of the show as well as that in Jakarta due to a diagnosed throat and upper respiratory infection.
“It’s a pretty nasty sickness but if I would’ve been able to get my voice to come through for me, the guys and I would’ve done the show tonight anyway. Unfortunately, my throat hasn’t loosened up and the rest of my symptoms have only gotten worse…After getting an official diagnosis from a doctor here in Jakarta, our team decided that it would be the right thing to postpone the show tonight in Jakarta as well as the next show in Manila to later this year.,” Hayley posted on Friday in reference to the band’s Jakarta show that night.
Paramore was scheduled to perform at the Mall of Asia Arena this Sunday, February 18. As a result of Hayley’s health issues, the show was rescheduled to August 23.
Hayley further explained why the sold out Manila show, which even ignited a ticket selling controversy in relation to a similar sounding concert, also needed to be postponed.
“Just to be transparent – the reason for also delaying the Manila show is to reduce the amount of travel we’d have to do within the next few days of the tour. We’ve been flying a LOT on this tour. Traveling by plane can make it hard to heal because of the dry, recycled air, the extreme altitude, and the fact that planes are basically just flying petri dishes. Minimizing flights and having those few extra days off should give my antibiotics time to kick in and allow my voice time to recover from all this coughing…As for now, I’m in the doctor’s care and I’m going to rest as much as possible so that we don’t have to postpone any more shows on this tour.”
Even as she asked to hold on to their tickets as it will still be honored on the rescheduled dates, Hayley nonetheless apologized to the fans for the postponement.
“I’m so sorry for the disappointment this will inevitably cause everyone who’s been looking forward to these two shows. I know nothing I say will alleviate that letdown…And we were so ready to get back to Manila because every show we’ve played for our Filipino friends has been a wild time… We’re coming back for you so please hang on ’til August.”
The band last performed in the Philippines in 2013. Concert promoter MMI Live said that further details on the rescheduled event will be posted soon.