In announcement today, it was confirmed that the Paramore Manila concert has been cancelled. The three-piece American band that consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and drummer Zac Farro was supposed to have their sold-out concert in MOA Arena two days from now, Feb. 18.
A lengthy note written by vocalist Haley Williams explained the reason behind the said announcement. Apparently, Haley Williams is suffering from an ailment that has affected her voice. This is Paramore’s third show in Manila. They had shows here last 2010 and 2013. This year’s concert is part of their promotion for their new album, “After Laughter.”
Aside from the Paramore Manila concert, their Jakarta schedule was also affected.
The band’s show was scheduled Feb. 16. That is why Haley’s message was intended for their Jakarta and Manila fans.
But fans need not to worry, as the show is not totally cancelled but just moved to a later date, which is August 23.
“Friends in Jakarta and Manila, this is Hayley.
I wanted to write personally to tell you that I’ve been fighting a throat & upper-respiratory infection for the last 2 days. 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. We’ll return to Manila on August 23rd and are hard at work with the promoters to secure a date for our return to Indonesia. Please hold on to your tickets if you already have them.
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.
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.
We’ve been looking forward to coming back to Indonesia since our first trip in 2011. The people who’ve built a community around the support of our music here are so special. 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.
Last thing, to lighten the mood, if that’s at all possible: google “The Cryptkeeper – Crypt Jam”… a frightening resemblance to what I sound (and look) like right about now.