After spending nearly a year promoting her Best Damn Thing album (which, lest you forget, came out all the way back in April), Avril Lavigne is finally getting around to touring behind it ... but not until 2008.Dubbed the Best Damn Tour, the jaunt kicks off March 5 in Victoria, British Columbia, and will crisscross North America until coming to a close May 9 in Spokane, Washington. Shiny-new emo-punkers Boys Like Girls will serve as the openers on all dates.
Best Damn tickets go on sale to the general public November 17 through LiveNation.com, but members of Lavigne's "Crossbonez" fan club get first crack through the singer's site.
Lavigne announced the tour Tuesday at a press conference/mini-concert at the Whiskey in Los Angeles. Flanked by her band, clutching a hot-pink microphone and backed by a star-spangled Best Damn Tour banner, she promised her fans a real show.
"We finally get to go out [on tour] after a year of promo, a lot of hard work, so I'm excited to go out and play live," she said. "There's gonna be dancing; it's going to be really upbeat. I'm taking my show to the next level. It's still gonna be very me, and rock-influenced ... but it's also gonna be diverse. It's going to open with a bang and dancers, and in the middle of the set [we're] coming down and doing acoustic stuff and me performing by myself.
"Being that it's my third album, I feel like I'm a lot better now. And I've got, like, 10 singles to play now, which makes it so much easier and so much better," she continued. "When you play the hits onstage, it's the most exciting part of the show. And I have more to work with now. ... I have slower songs, songs like 'Sk8r Boi' and 'Girlfriend,' which are more upbeat. There's a lot to it. It's definitely not going to be boring."
Avril Lavigne's Best Damn Tour dates, according to her Web site:
· 3/5 - Victoria, BC @ Save On Foods Memorial Centre
· 3/7 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
· 3/8 - Kamloops, BC @ Interior Savings Centre
· 3/9 - Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
· 3/11 - Prince George, BC @ CN Centre
· 3/12 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
· 3/13 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
· 3/15 - Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
· 3/16 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
· 3/18 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
· 3/21 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
· 3/22 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
· 3/25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ A.J. Palumbo Center
· 3/26 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University
· 3/29 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
· 4/3 - Ottawa, Ontario @ Scotia Bank Place
· 4/7 - Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
· 4/9 - London, Ontario @ John Labatt Centre
· 4/12 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
· 4/13 - Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
· 4/15 - Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
· 4/22 - Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
· 4/24 - Hidalgo, TX @ Dodge Arena
· 4/26 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre
· 4/27 - San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
· 4/29 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl at the Palms Hotel and Casino
· 4/30 - San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl
· 5/2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
· 5/3 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
· 5/4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
· 5/6 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
· 5/9 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena