As many fans now know, Paramore have returned “Misery Business” for their set on this tour after previous ones removes it. With the group currently out on tour, they’ve also invited fans on stage to sing along to the track, often making fans’ days in the process. That was the case for 23-year-old actress and artist Macayla Smith, also a person with a disability, who recently attended the band’s Atlanta performance at the Tabernacle, then shared what the special moment meant to her via social media.
As seen in the video below, fans were selected from the audience and Macayla was given the call to the stage, with a little assistance from Paramore’s security, who helped lift her from the pit area and get her safely to the stage with her walker. . The moment touched many in the crowd, including the singer Hayley Williams comes over to hug her just as one of the other “singers” was pulled from the audience.
Smith, a longtime Paramore fan, was visibly excited, screaming when she was called to the stage and later calling it “the best night of my entire life.” The moment was also spontaneous, as she would later reveal, explaining that had she known the moment would come, she would have been prepared to express to Williams what it and the band meant to her.
Instead, she wrote a heartfelt message via her Instagram account, highlighting the welcoming nature she’s always felt from the Paramore community, as the band has always prioritized accessibility with fans. Read Macayla’s message to the group in full below.
The love of my life is Paramore. I have been a Paramore fan since I was at least 11 years old (may have been earlier). And I’ve been going to their concerts since I was 13. I’m 23 now. If you would have told little me that ~12 years later I would be singing on stage with my favorite band?!?! I would never have believed you. The band that has been with me through everything?!?! I never thought I would actually be chosen for Misery Business. If I knew this was going to happen, I would have written them a letter to give them. The letter would have said something like “Thank you for sharing your art and your heart with the world. I know you’re not perfect (ie. Idle Worship lol). In truth, it’s your willingness to be open about your imperfections and vulnerabilities that make us fans feel seen. That’s what’s so special about Paramore. Your honesty about your struggles – with mental health, with heartbreak, with identity, with society, etc. – makes us feel understood. it makes us feel understood. we feel like there is someone else out there who gets it. your art helps us get through our own struggles and hard times. one of the reasons i love Paramore’s music so deep is that it always feels like a vehicle for catharsis. It allows us to scream, vent, cry, rage, dance and love freely. It’s a means of expression. It’s roaring in my chest when I singing one of your songs; it’s resonances that reach down to the bone and further still… Paramore is also a family . It’s taken me so many places and I’ve made so many wonderful friends through Paramore. It’s a community like no other. It is full of love and passion. It will always feel like home to me. Paramore will always be the love of my life. So thank you for your art. We are all better because of it.
Watch footage captured of this special moment for Macayla below.
@chasingmik @Paramore I’ve seen you more times than I can count! You always put on one heck of a show, but THIS might be my favorite ♥️ #that you #tabernacle #paramore #paramorefans #paramoretiktok #paramoremiserybusiness ♬ original sound – MIK
@dream for no reason THIS IS THE GREATEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME NOTHING WILL EVER TOP THIS!!!!!! #Paramore #ThisIsWhy #HayleyWilliams #MiseryBusiness #TaylorYork #ZacFarro ♬ original sound – dream without reason
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