Paramore Bring Congressman Onstage to Help Blast Ron DeSantis, Duet on ‘Misery Business’
Paramore's Hayley Williams continued her onstage critique of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a gig in Washington, D.C., on Friday (June 2). The vocalist brought Florida Rep. Maxwell Frost onstage, who joined the band for a duet of their song "Misery Business," according to The Daily Beast.
Frost also shouted to the audience, "Fuck Ron DeSantis! Fuck Fascism!"
At the Capitol's Capital One Arena, Frost lent congressional weight to Williams' opposition of DeSantis, seeing as how the Democrat Frost, the youngest member of Congress and the first Gen Z congressman elected, strongly opposes DeSantis' conservative policies.
See a video of Paramore and Frost below.
Paramore and the 34-year-old Williams typically bring fans onstage to sing the last chorus of their 2007 hit, as NME reported. But it was the 25-year-old Frost's turn in Washington.
Frost, elected to Florida's 10th congressional district in the 2022 primary, was previously the national director for the pro-gun control movement March for Our Lives.
Paramore Against Ron DeSantis
Onstage with Paramore last month (May 27), Williams spoke out against DeSantis, the conservative presidential candidate and current Florida governor, during a concert in New Jersey, per fan-captured footage that spread across Twitter.
DeSantis is a Republican whose political directives have made Florida particularly unsafe for people of color, LGBTQIA+ communities, those who speak with an accent and international travelers, according to a recent NAACP travel advisory.
"I'll be happy to tell you I'm very fucking comfortable talking politics," Williams said, as ClutchPoints reported. "And if you vote for Ron DeSantis, you're fucking dead to me."
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The singer added, "So, is that comfortable enough for anyone?"
Earlier this year, Williams took part in the "Love Rising" benefit concert in her native state of Tennessee, protesting legislation in the state that would restrict drag show performances. The March concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena also featured Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, Brittany Howard, Hozier and many more performers. Proceeds went to the Tennessee Equality Project and several other local pride organizations.
Paramore's latest, This Is Why, arrived in February. Shortly after its release, the long-running emo favorites shared their excitement in its success. In the album's first charting week, it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Alternative, Top Rock and Top Album Sales charts. It hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200, between efforts by SZA and Taylor Swift.
Paramore's Hayley Williams Speaks Against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis - May 27
Paramore 2023 Tour Dates
June 7 – Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesars Arena
June 8 – Toronto, Ontario @ Scotiabank Arena
June 10 – Columbus, Ohio @ Schottenstein Ctr
June 11 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ PPG Arena
June 13 – Orlando, Fla. @ Amway Ctr
June 14 – Hollywood, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live
July 6 – New Orleans, La. @ Smoothie King Ctr
July 8 – Fort Worth, Texas @ Dickies Arena
July 9 – Austin, Texas @ Moody Ctr
July 11 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Ctr
July 13 – Denver, Colo. @ Ball Arena
July 16 – San Diego, Calif. @ Viejas Arena
July 19 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
July 22 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Chase Ctr
July 24 – Seattle, Wash. @ Climate Pledge Arena
July 25 – Portland, Ore. @ Veterans Coliseum
July 27 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Vivint Arena
July 29 – Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
July 30 – St Louis, Mo. @ Enterprise Ctr
Aug. 2 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Ctr