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 7 million views in just two weeks via Fueled By Ramen’s official YouTube channel.
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 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts 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). For complete details and ticket information, please visit paramore.net.
Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices located at the Times-Union Center and Veterans Memorial Arena, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
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 today, Monday, May 15th at 10am ET until 10pm PT. A unique code will be deployed to verified fans on Wednesday, May 17th, beginning at 8am local time, 2 hours prior to the commencement of the Paramore Artist presale at 10am local time. Fans who receive a unique code will have the opportunity to purchase presale tickets beginning on May 17th at 10am local time during the Paramore Artist Presale, before the general public on sale on May 24th. For more information and to register, visit https://paramore.tmverifiedfan.com/
“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.”