Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore is celebrating the release of their acclaimed fifth studio album with a wide-ranging storm of international activity. The GRAMMY Award-winning band’s first new album in more than four years, After Laughter is available now at all retailers and streaming services. After Laughter includes two recently released songs, “Hard Times” and “Told You So.” The official “Hard Times” companion video is fast proving a sensation, earning more than 25 million individual views at YouTube alone in its first month of release. In addition, the colorful “Told You So” companion video – directed by Aaron Joseph and Paramore’s own Zac Farro – has drawn over seven million views in just two weeks via Fueled By Ramen’s official YouTube channel.
After Laughter will be celebrated with a series of high profile TV appearances, beginning Wednesday, May 17th with an outdoor mini-concert on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (check local listings). Next, Paramore will perform “Told You So” on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, set for Wednesday, May 24th, followed on Friday, August 25th by a special performance on ABC’s Good Morning America as part of its star-studded 2017 GMA Summer Concert Series.
Paramore – who kicked off their upcoming world tour last week with an intimate hometown gig at Nashville’s Exit/In – has just unveiled a long-anticipated series of North American dates produced by Live Nation. Dubbed “Tour Two,” the trek gets underway Wednesday, September 6th at Jacksonville, FL’s Moran Theater and continues through mid-October (see itinerary below). Highlights include shows at some of the world’s most renowned venues, including Los Angeles, CA’s Greek Theater (Tuesday, September 26th), Atlanta, GA’s Fox Theater (Monday, October 2nd), New York City’s Radio City Music Hall (Wednesday, October 4th), Toronto, ON’s Massey Hall (Friday, October 13th), and Nashville, TN’s famed Ryman Auditorium (Tuesday, October 17th).
AT&T is sending customers to the front of the line for Paramore’s “Tour Two” tour. AT&T priority presale ticket access begins Thursday, May 18th at 10 am local time through AT&T THANKS program.
As the official presale credit card for Paramore’s “Tour Two,” Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Saturday, May 20th at 10 am local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, May 24th at 10 am local time via Live Nation.
Paramore is working with Ticketmaster in an effort to combat bots and scalpers to get tickets into the hands of fans that intend to attend Tour Two. Due to the intimate size of the venues on this tour fans are required to register for a unique code using Ticketmaster Verified Fan to purchase Paramore Artist Presale tickets first before the general public. Registration through Ticketmaster Verified Fan will run from Monday, May 15th at 10 am ET until 10 pm PT. A unique code will be deployed to verified fans on Wednesday, May 17th, beginning at 8 am local time, two hours prior to the commencement of the Paramore Artist presale at 10 am local time. Fans who receive a unique code will have the opportunity to purchase presale tickets beginning on May 17th at 10 am local time during the Paramore Artist Presale, before the general public on sale on May 24th.
Paramore has set an additional number of special live dates, including an appearance at KROQ Weenie Roast (Saturday, May 20th), Pennsylvania’s Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival (Friday, July 21st) and Riot Fest Chicago (Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17). A European headline tour – a.k.a. “Tour One” – kicks off June 15th with a sold out show at Dublin, IR’s Olympia Theatre and then makes stops in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway.
The band has also just announced plans for the third installment of their hugely popular PARAHOY! vacation experience, an interactive four-day festival at sea presented in partnership with Sixthman Productions and Norwegian Cruise Lines. The cruise – a full charter aboard the spectacular Norwegian Jade – will feature a specially selected schedule of bands, activities, and truly unique Paramore live performances. PARAHOY! sails roundtrip from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas from April 6th through 10th, 2018.
After Laughter was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A – Paramore’s first time recording in their beloved hometown. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Paramore’s own Taylor York, the album also marks the return of original Paramore member Zac Farro. The announcement of After Laughter was followed by a wide range of media coverage, with highlights including a New York Times feature as well as an extensive two-part interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe. The album has already begun earning rapturous critical attention, with Billboard declaring “Hard Times” to be “an addictive, Talking Heads-inspired jam that sounds like it could follow “Ain’t It Fun” as a Hot 100 smash,” and Rolling Stone praising “Told You So” as “polyrhythmic funk-pop.” Perhaps Variety said it best: “Paramore has never sounded — or looked — more defiantly joyous…After Laughter sounds like it’s about when life kicks you in the gonads. Instead of crying about it, hopefully Paramore will come back fighting and chop life’s head clean off.”
Sept 6 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theater+
Sept 8 Miami, FL Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater+
Sept 9 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts+
Sept 11 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
Sept 13 Washington, D.C. MGM National Harbor Theater
Sept 15 Detroit, MI The Fox Theatre
Sept 16-17 Chicago, IL Riot Fest*
Sept 19 Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theatre
Sept 21 Denver, CO BellCo Theatre
Sept 22 Orem, UT Utah Valley University Events Center
Sept 24 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
Sept 26 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
Sept 27 Phoenix, AZ Comercia Theatre
Sept 29 Houston, TX Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land
Sept 30 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Oct 2 Atlanta, GA The Fox Theater
Oct 4 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
Oct 7 Boston, MA Boston Opera House
Oct 10 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Oct 12 Montreal, QC St. Denis Theatre
Oct 13 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Oct 15 Akron, OH Akron Civic Theatre
Oct 17 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Apr 6-10, 2018 Miami, FL PARAHOY!
* FESTIVAL APPEARANCE
Author: Buddy Iahn
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