Among the many things complicated for Avril Lavigne — stuff like new romances and pronouncing the names of rock legends — performing onstage isn't one of them.
The 18-year-old rocker said that "being up onstage is the best part of being a musician" and "everything else is annoying" in a recent online chat. When her first North American headlining tour begins April 11 in Montreal, fans will see for themselves how performing in front of thousands can put a smile on her face.
Twenty-two shows are lined up for the trek thus far, according to Lavigne's publicist, with a few more expected to be added. Confirmed dates run through May 17 in Philadelphia.
Lavigne will tool around on the trek in her new tour bus. Although the roadster just fell into her possession on Monday, she's already staked her claim for sleeping arrangements.
"I got the middle bunk," she said, sounding like a true road warrior. "The bottom ones are really squishy and you don't want the top because you'll fall off [if] it's really shaky."
Lavigne's band will travel in the same bus, and together they expect to christen the ride in true rock-star fashion.
"I want to party with [the guys] after the shows," she said enthusiastically. "They're my boys!"
Lavigne has six radio shows scheduled prior to her tour, with the first one set for Sunday in Washington, D.C. She'll then head to Singapore before traveling to Europe for some promotion in advance of her tour there, which begins March 3 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
She'll return to these shores in time to attend the February 23 Grammy Awards, where she's nominated in five categories, including Song of the Year and Best New Artist (see "Eminem, Avril Lavigne, Nelly, Norah Jones Nab Most Grammy Noms").
Lavigne's debut album, Let Go, which spawned the singles "Complicated," "Sk8er Boi" and "I'm With You," was the third-best selling album of last year, having moved more than 4.1 million copies, according to SoundScan.
Avril Lavigne tour dates, according to her publicist:
- 4/11 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
- 4/12 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center
- 4/13 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
- 4/15 - Cleveland, OH @ CSU Convocation Center
- 4/16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Peterson Center
- 4/17 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
- 4/19 - Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
- 4/20 - Minneapolis, MN @ Xcell Energy Center
- 4/21 - Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Arena
- 4/23 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
- 4/24 - Edmonton, AB @ Skyreach Center
- 4/26 - Vancouver, BC @ GM Place
- 4/27 - Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
- 4/28 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
- 5/1 - Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Coliseum
- 5/2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
- 5/4 - Dallas, TX @ Fair Park Coliseum
- 5/5 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
- 5/8 - Duluth, GA @ Gwinnett Civic Center
- 5/10 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
- 5/13 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
- 5/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Spectrum