Paramore announce removal of ‘Misery Business’ from future set lists

If by any chance “Misery Business” is one of your favorite songs from Paramore’s lengthy discography, then you better prepare yourself because it’s going to be a long time before you hear the song live again. On Friday (Sept. 7), the Tennessee-founded band took the stage at the inaugural Paramore Art + Friends Festival in Nashville. During their set, frontwoman Hayley Williams made a massive decree in front of a packed house; the band was going to stop including “Misery Business” on their set lists going forward.

“Tonight, we’re playing this song for the last time for a really long time,” Williams begins to tell the cheering crowd. “This is a choice that we’ve made because we feel that we should. We feel like it’s time to move away from it for a little while.”

This isn’t the first time Williams has addressed the song and the “once a whore you’re nothing more / I’m sorry that will never change” lyric; something she wrote when she was 17 years old.

During a sit down interview last year with Track 7, the singer explained how there was a sudden surge of backlash about the song and its lyrics in an effort to invalidate her feministic outlook.

“The thing that annoyed me was that I had already done so much soul-searching about it, years before anyone else had decided there was an issue. When the article began circulating, I sort of had to go and rehash everything in front of everybody,” she explained to the online publication.

“It was important, however, for me to show humility in that moment. I was a 17-year-old kid when I wrote the lyrics in question and if I can somehow exemplify what it means to grow up, get information, and become any shade of ‘woke,’ then that’s a-okay with me.”

And “woke” she has been for some time now. Watch Paramore give “Misery Business” its swan song above.

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