Paramore play ‘Misery Business’ at first show since saying they won’t play it in ‘Really Long Time’

Paramore is back and so is their breakout hit “Misery Business.”

Back in 2018, at the end of their tour, before they announced their hiatus, Hayley Williams had commented that they considered it “move away” from the field for a while, adding that they would be removing it from live shows “for a really long time.” The reasoning centered around the troublesome lyric, “When you were a whore, you ain’t no more, I’m sorry, that’ll never change,” with Williams admitting that she no longer related to that lyric and that it came from “a very narrow-minded perspective.” But when the band returned to the stage for their first show in four years, Williams addressed the song’s return mid-performance.

As seen in the fan-shot footage below, the very recognizable intro is played to the audience’s immediate roar and a comment from the stage saying “Fuck it” before the band jumped into the performance.

Midway through the song, the singer addressed the crowd and said, “Four years ago we said we’d retire this song for a while, and I think technically we did! But what we didn’t know was that only about five minutes after I got banned for saying the word ‘whore’ in a song, the whole of TikTok decided it was ok. Make sense…”

She then added, “I remember a time when we had a MySpace and we were still a very small band. We were really small. We hadn’t even released this song and we noticed that kids were calling themselves ‘Parawhore’ . We thought, ‘Ugh, that’s weird!’ But I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s a word, and if you’re cool, you’re not going to call a woman a whore because that’s bullshit.”

Williams stated: “We can all learn from ourselves, can’t we? Just for the record, 90 percent of you said whores tonight. That’s all I’m going to say – I’m not going to preach about it. I just want to say thank you for be nostalgic about this because this is one of the coolest moments in our show and it’s very nice to feel like there’s a reason to bring it back, which is positive.”

Paramore, “Misery Business” (Bakersfield, CA – October 2, 2022)

While Paramore publicly stated that they distanced themselves from the track, following the performance where Williams made these comments, the band eventually decided to go on hiatus. During that period, the singer released two solo efforts. However, Sunday’s concert was not the first time Williams has performed “Misery Business” since then, who famously joins Billie Eilish at Coachella earlier this year on a duet of the song.

In addition to the return of “Misery Business”, the show opened with the live debut of the band’s newly released single “This Is Why” (see below). Other notable songs in their first show back included Williams’ solo “Simmer” being included in the set, while parts of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” were reworked into “Rose-Coloured Boy” and Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” were phased in for the show-closing “Hard Times”. Zac Farro also fronted a cover of HalfNoise’s “Boogie Juice.” See the full setlist below.

Paramore are currently touring in support of their upcoming album, also titled This is why, which is due in Feb. 10. You can pick up tickets for the current tournament here.

Paramore, “This Is Why” (Live Debut in Bakersfield, California)

Paramore (Oct. 2 – Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, CA) setlist (per Setlist.fm)

This is why
Stone after boring stone
Decode
Caught in the middle
That’s what you get
Ignorance
Forgiveness
I caught myself
Pool
Deluded ghosts
Simmer
Is it not funny
Boogie Juice (Half Noise cover)
Rose-colored boy
what did i say
Lousy business

Encore
Still for you
Hard times

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