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Paramore Pulls Out of Festival Dates in Latin America, Teases ‘Next Era’ in Progress

Paramore has once again pulled out of upcoming performances due to “unforeseen circumstances,” but worry not — it also looks like Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Zac Farro may have new music in the works, implying that the band is still together and thriving.

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In a Thursday (Jan. 18) post on Instagram Stories, a straightforward message said that due to “unforeseen circumstances, Paramore can no longer attend and perform at Vive Latino in Mexico City, Festival Estéreo Picnic in Bogotá, and Lollapalooza Brazil in São Paulo.” The statement also clarified that Nashville indie band Kings of Leon is set to replace the popp-rock trio at all three events.

The announcement comes two weeks after Paramore dropped out of this year’s iHeartRadio ALTer EGO show, also “due to unforeseen circumstances.” The band had also wiped their social media accounts clean around that time, leading some fans to worry about the its future.

Their most recent statement, however, said that Paramore “apologizes for any inconvenience” before teasing, “They will see you in the next era.”

Other than that, Paramore hasn’t addressed its withdrawal from shows or commented about what’s in store for the future. The group did, however, recently tease a Talking Heads tribute cover and music video with A24, with Williams unboxing an oversized David Byrne-esque suit jacket in a snippet from the project that ends with the frontwoman singing part of “Burning Down the House.”

The “Simmer” singer, York and Farro are also still set to support several of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour shows on the trek’s European leg this summer. And as far as any new music goes, Paramore is freshly finished with its contract with Atlantic Records, meaning the band is now a free agent for the first time in 20 years.

“We’ve been really lucky. We always will have gripes — it’s an industry — but we know that we’ve been really lucky,” Williams said prior to the release of Paramore’s most recent album, This is Why, last year. “It’s more just the fact that it’s time to f—ing finish something. And it’s time to know that we’re not doing the same s–t that we’ve been on since we were teenagers. It’s just going to feel so nice to start a new book. You know, like no more chapters of this one. Whole new book. And I’m excited.”

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