Elton called 'After Laughter' the most underrated album of last year
Paramore’s fifth studio album, ‘After Laughter’ was released in May 2017. It saw the band ditch their punk-rock past, instead treading a far poppier path. “Catharsis is never usually this joyous, but sometimes smiling through the pain works better than crying,” wrote NME in our four-star review.
In his Beats 1 Rocket Hour show last month, Elton John heaped praise upon the record. “Probably one of the most underrated albums of last year,” he enthused. “It should’ve been a huge album. They can be really proud of that album. It was a fabulous record, and if you haven’t heard it, go buy it now!”
Now, singer Hayley Williams has responded via Twitter. “Dear Lord!” she wrote. “Thanks Elton John, please come to a Paramore show. It’s a very good time.”
Check out Elton’s message of support for ‘After Laughter’, and Paramore and Hayley Williams’ responses below.
At the start of the year, Elton John announced his plans to retire from touring, telling fans that he wants to focus on his family. He and husband David Furnish are parents to two young sons who are now at school age.
Elton will bow out after a massive three-year world tour beginning in the US this September, meaning his final shows will take place in 2021.
“I’m not Cher,” he said during the announcement, referencing the ‘Believe’ singer’s habit of returning to live work following supposed ‘farewell’ tours. “This is the end.”
Elton has titled his final tour the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’. Its UK dates will take place in 2019 and 2020, with tickets going on sale in September of this year.
Check out the tour’s current itinerary below:
NORTH AMERICA – Fall 2019 – On Sale from December 7, 2018
Anaheim * Baltimore * Bossier City * Calgary * Charlotte * Chattanooga * Des Moines * Edmonton * Eugene * Grand Forks * Green Bay * Greenville * Indianapolis * Las Vegas * Lexington * Long Island * Madison * Manchester * Newark * Memphis * N. Little Rock * Oklahoma City * Peoria * Regina * Salt Lake City * San Francisco * Saskatoon * Sioux Falls * Tacoma * Wichita * Winnipeg * Vancouver
UK – 2019/2020 – On Sale September 2018
Plymouth * Cardiff * Brighton * London * Liverpool * Leeds * Aberdeen * Glasgow * Sheffield * Birmingham * Newcastle * Nottingham * Manchester
EUROPE – 2019/2020 – On Sale TBA
Paris * Bordeaux * Marseille * Lyon * Nimes ** Madrid * Zaragoza * Valencia * Palma * Malaga * Seville ** Cologne * Mannheim * Leipzig * Berlin * Hamburg ** Rome * Lucca * Bologna * Milan ** Faro * Lisbon * Oporto ** St Petersburg * Moscow ** Tel Aviv ** Oslo ** Stockholm ** Helsinki ** Vilnius ** Riga ** Tallinn ** Wroclaw ** Budapest ** Graz * Linz ** Liechtenstein ** Bern ** Andorra
ASIA – November/December 2019 – On Sale from November 1, 2018
Tokyo * Hong Kong * Singapore * Seoul * ADDITIONAL MARKETS TO FOLLOW
SOUTH AMERICA – 2020 – On Sale September 2019
Sao Paulo * Rio de Janeiro * Belo Horizonte * Porto Alegre * Buenos Aires * Santiago
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND – Late 2019, early 2020 – On Sale November 26, 2018
Sydney * Melbourne * Brisbane * Adelaide * Perth *