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Avril Lavigne Talks Tattoo, Husband and Good Eats

Avril Lavigne Talks Tattoo, Husband and Good Eats

Just Jared (plus entourage) went to see Avril Lavigne in concert earlier this month at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. And it was crazy fun from start to finish!

The 23-year-old Canadian singer rocked out on her pink drum set, endeared with her piano-playing and jammed on her bejeweled electric guitar. Avril‘s voice also carried beautifully across the coliseum. It sounds fantastic live. If you watch her in concert yourself, you’d be impressed. Just be prepared for excessive amounts of marching and fist-pumping! Ra-ra-ra!

The whole night was crazy from start to finish, so I didn’t have time to chat with Avril then. But on Friday, Avril phoned up with Just Jared for a little heart-to-heart. Thanks to all my awesome readers who sent in their hundreds of questions. I asked her a few of them!

Avril opened up about her new tattoo, what she eats on the road and what she loves to do on her downtime with Sum 41 husband Deryck Whibley. Here’s how the interview went down (she was calling from Atlanta, GA):

JJ: Do you have a concert tonight?

AL: Yes, I do! But I just had two days off, which never happens. So my friend Allie and I went to NYC for two days and we just drove in and got here just a couple of hours ago. I’m trying to get ready for the show–we’re all like running around.

JJ: How did you spend those two days in NYC?

AL: I got a tattoo! I got a star on my [right] forearm, and Allie, my friend got like a little tattoo too. (Pictured here: Avril‘s new star tattoo)

JJ: What else did you do in the Big Apple?

AL: We just got our nails done and went shopping and then just partied and went to Koi. Because I’ve been on the road, I haven’t had sushi in for so long.

JJ: What number tattoo is this for you?

AL: Seven?

JJ: Are you gonna cover your body with tattoos or are you just getting little ones?

AL: All of my tattoos are super dainty and in little spots. I haven’t done the big tattoo yet.

Click inside to continue reading the exclusive interview and for more pics…


JJ: Your next three months are practically booked–you have concerts almost every night. How do you keep things fresh and new so it doesn’t get boring?

AL: Well that’s just how touring is, right? You play the same show every single night. So that’s kinda the reason why I wrote this record–really upbeat and fun so that is would always be fun. And that’s why I brought our dancers–there’s a lot of running around and it just stays fresh for me because of the crowd every night is so different. My goal every concert is to get the crowd going as much as I can.

JJ: How do crowds react differently in different parts of the States, or even the world?

AL: Every crowd is so different, from different countries, There are some crowds that are really over the top–like Paris. It’s like a moshpit. Europe is always crazy, the fans are just insane. The European lifestyle is to let go and be free. No one holds back so the concerts are always a hundred times more louder and intense…it’s totally different there.

I also play in South America, so I went to Brazil on my last tour and that was like crazy also. And then Asia. They’re really amazing over there. They’re really funny because they’re really quiet and reserved. Like in Japan, in between songs, they’ll be really quiet. Or if you’re playing a slow song they’ll be really quiet. But then when I play something like “Sk8er Boi”, they’re like bopping everywhere. So its really different everywhere, but I like that. It’s kinda neat to see.

JJ: How did the last tour differ from the current tour? How did you prepare differently?

AL: I didn’t even prepare for my last tour. I just went on tour and played my songs. Every night, I was always taking notes on my last tour and videotaping the show and sitting down and trying to make it better. This time, I started planning this tour and the tour treatment a year before the tour started. I was thinking about what set list, what covers to play, what kind of crowd stuff I wanna do. I knew I wanted to play the drums, so I was like, ‘What song am I gonna play it on?’

I prepared the treatment in a [Microsoft] Word document and then I brought in set director Jamie King. I just gave him my set list and told him what I wanted to do and he helped me make it all happen. Before my tour, I was really young, so I didn’t really know what worked. Like, I always had my voice, so I would just go onstage and sing but now my thing is I really want to be a good performer, not just a singer.

JJ: Who do you like seeing on tour yourself?

AL: Green Day was really good. I think Sum 41 is really good live. Of course I went and saw the Spice Girls. I don’t get out to a ton of concerts, but I like to if I can.

JJ: Do you like playing in the smaller intimate venues or doing the bigger shows with more theatrics?

AL: Well they’re both completely different. I love being in an arena that has like 10,000 people and huge crowds. I want to do a show at like the Viper room so badly. You know what I mean? Like go up on stage and thrash myself around, go jump into the crowd. You can effing swear, get drunk on stage and do whatever you want basically.

It’s not as serious but I like both. When I can do an acoustic set, I can sit down and sing. And then when I have a huge arena full of people, there’s nothing like that. It’s the coolest feeling in the world, but I also like to play small intimate shows because I feel you can connect a little more. And that’s something I had to learn–how to connect to a big audience versus the small one.

JJ: How do you manage your personal relationships such as your marriage while you’re touring?

AL: It’s all about the Blackberry, texting, email and Skype…

JJ: How did touring with the Jonas brothers come about? Was it your idea? Management?

AL: Well I’m only doing eight shows with them. Right now, my North American tour is two and a half months, so I’m doing that just with Boys Like Girls. And then I go to Europe for two months. I could be wrong but I’m kinda helping The Jonas Brothers out by introducing them over there. We’re gonna do eight shows there together.


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  • taylor

    more like JB helping her..

  • foofat

    hey jared! i did’t know until now that you are asian. You’re cute!

  • kiki

    get your facts right because the jb do have
    fans in europe considering their show in london
    sold out in what 5 minutes was it?!

    punk turned pink = no

  • itzzzkimmm

    Looking good Jared!

  • Bakleeta Aketch

    So that’s how u look like JJ.

  • AvrilFan

    Yes the JB are known in Europe but not as much as Avril. At least be happy that they are going to the UK etc. Jeezzz…AVRIL rocks!

  • Jade

    Avril must be like the most dumbest person ever. I think the jonas brothers are lik waaaaay huger than her. Didnt she have like massively bad ticket sales until jb was added to the line up? I think the jonas brothers are the ones doing her the favour!

  • Eric

    She DOES introduce them, lizzzaa. The Jonas Brothers are huge in the USA but they’re complete strangers in Europe. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  • AvrilFan

    @ Jade: Yeah right…I’m sure Avril is huger than the JB in Europe. Not that I’m against them. She was the best selling solo artist last year. And how many did the JB sold? And that bad selling tickets were just rumors by Perez Hilton. Goshh..the JBfans are so nice…

  • carlos

    Well. Lets be serious. For the moment Avril sells much more than J. Bros.
    Last year She was the female artist who sold more CDs. Do not forget that USA is just a country not all the world. In Asia, for instance She was the foreign Artist who sold the most. Girlfriend was the most downloaded
    song in the world in 2007. I have nothing against The Jonas Brothers

  • carlos

    For those who are intelligent enough to like the truth:

    ALBUM TOTALTOT+7,5 Linkin Park Minutes To Midnight 5251000 /5644825 Soundtrack High School Musical 25216000/ 5607200 Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing 4819000 / 5180425 Mika Life In Cartoon Motion46720005022400 Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden45890004933175 Michael Bublé Call Me Irresponsible43520004678400 Josh Groban Noel43120004635400 Alicia Keys As I Am41540004465550

  • jnkfjonaslover

    ahemm.. no offense avril but yah i think the Jonas Brothers are the one helping you out..
    I mean have u guys just seen their UK tour and concerts their shows are like sold out in minutes…
    well not like,,
    Their shows are sold out in minutes…

  • original jpf

    Good for you JJ!

    That is you right? Such a cutie pie!


  • vika

    JB aren’t popular here so she would totally introduce them.. I hope they’ll be popular here…
    I live in slovakia and I know only 3 people who know about them

  • lolz

    lolz at how american teenage wh!@#$ think that jonas bros are big in europe. nobody there knows who those noobs are, and who can blame europians for that? these 13 year-olds who overuses words like awesome, amazing and incredibly talented, should buy some brain. the fuck? even a monkey with broken arms could play and sing better than the jonas brothers :D. and that avril chick should just stop speaking like she’s 12. fffffkn idiot.

  • hilzelina

    what did she learn one song on the drums to try and impress people??
    im ashamed to be from the same country as her..

  • carlos

    hilzelina…You Should not because Avril is a Person of a High Value and a very good Role Model for young girls. You should be proud and honored that She is Canadian. Since i knew Her i feel much respect when i see words like Napanee, Ontario or Canada and i am not Canadian… i am just a citizen of the World born in Madeira, lived for some time in Lisbon and Paris beeing french and portuguese. I thank Canada for allowing us the honnor of listen to that BIG, BIG SINGER and very kind Person.

  • allie

    hey i went to her concert and it was so much fun, i loved it and avril roxs, no one can beat her! great interview thanxs just jared! :)

  • jj

    so cool jared!
    u rock

  • Just me!

    I just googled for JB are you serious???
    Well I don`t really know what you americans are thinking but over here in Europe NOBODY knows them!!! ^^
    How old are you guys? 13??? OMG get a life!!! ;)

  • iNES

    It’s a fact that the Jonas Brothers are veery popular in America but trust me, I live in Europe and no one knows them here. Avril is way more popular then them. And she is also playing in bigger arenas then they are.
    I’m not really a Avril fan but I don’t like Jonas Brothers either. In Europe, SHE is doing THEM a favor.

  • Jake

    Wow Jared, you’re really cute. Single by any chance? ;)

  • kayla

    Avril!! your on tour with the jbros!!! How cool!! arent they amazing!!! ur cool too but they rock and they’re as cool as Fok!! lol<333

  • robin

    When she says her friend Allie – she’s speaking of Brittney’s cousin the famous Allie Sims.

  • Holly

    erm.. What?! im not an Avril hater, i like her music and everything but i do know that she’s not introducing the Jonas Brothers, isn’t she the one with bad ticket sales and they’ve sold out shows in minutes.

    She’s going to be surprised at how many people are actually there just for the jonas brothers..especially in England, they’ve already got crazy fans there and they haven’t even put their music out there properly

  • kat

    as christian siriano would say ” I love Asians! Asians are fierce!” Lol

  • zanessa4eva!!

    ther r lotz of jb fans in the u.k!!

  • Mara

    Hey Jared….Avril mentioned your blog on the radio…check out John Jay & Rich show (website) in Arizona …i heard it online ..just wanted to let you know if you didn’t already

  • Annie

    Over here in Europe no one knows who the Jonas Brothers are but Avril is popular so i guess she’s right!

  • zoe

    that little skank bag thinks she is introducing the jonas brothers they are like ten times more famous than her and she has been doing it for twice as long i cannot believe she said that, she is a rude little butt face punk princess with no career!!!!!!!!!!

  • cadence

    Kay i know that avril is big and all but honestly, totally not being mean when i say this, the jonas brothers really are bigger than her and they’re already massive over there but ya know what ever =)

  • Colleen

    Hahahh yeah right she not introducing the jonas brothers to englands, they’ve already gone world wide


    what does she mean with :
    - I’m kinda helping The Jonas Brothers out by introducing them over there.
    hey avril, you are awesome, but the jonas are already introduced and they are a big sucess !

  • jbloover:)

    AVRIL LAVIGNE, you are a such idiot girl if you REALLY think that you are helping the jonas brothers out, they are making a huge sucess all over the world, maybe in Canada people doesn’t know them very well, but wait, in a few weeks they’ll be in every magazine! and you’ve allready had you time, you if couldn’t get it, blame it on you. Now you are married, so, why don’t you do something better to do with your husband, and donnot keep saying this stuff about the JB ♥ they are awesome, the are hot, and they are waaay bigger than you ! I mean, you are a 23 years old woman, and no one buys your tickets, BUT, the Jonas (15,18 and 20), get their tickets sold out in TWO MINUTES!
    so, wake up and see that the world aren’t spinning only arround YOU and your music ! i’m not a avril hater, but I think that she couldn’t say that because she thinks she is better than the jb, and she is NOT!
    JB ever ! ♥

  • Pop

    Who the hell are Jonas Brothers? Maybe only cheap and classless people knows them… Avril is a grammy-engaged hottie and she proved a lot than any other pop stars! So c’mon… be constructive, Avril’s still popular, real and great… Jonas Brothers? Who the hell are they… a cheap boy band maybe… hahahahaha!

  • lauraa

    honestly i wouldnt be going to her show in birmingham if the jonas brothers werent there.. nuff said.

  • Kailey

    She’s not helping the Jonas Brothers out, they’re helping her out X( Lmao

  • diana

    omg i was there!!! & if thats you in the pic…probably? i saw you! hah i was first row in the standing room[:

  • Ale

    To jbloover:) :
    Excuse me, with Avril don’t think everything is about her. She is very down to earth. She has been working a lot for her career. The JB? Oh God, no one knew about them until Disney put them into their label. And if those guys are famous in America – yes, they are, but they got like a fanbase of 12-year-old girls – they are not very well known in Europe. So, she is helping them there.

    To AA: About the poor sales of her tickers. Oh, I do know about it. A lot, since I have been checking the places where they sell her tickets. She has sold-out shows, and guess what? Those Jonas-whatever aren’t in those shows. She is touring with Boys Like Girls – a REAL band -

    People, stop believing all the crap that’s on the internet, specially on Perez Hilton’s Blog. He is a mand with no life that likes to make gossips about celebrity, because he is jealous.

  • Dan

    She is the veteran musician the Jonas Brothers are relatively new, hence ‘introducing them’ thats what she means.

    Avril is not having trouble selling tickets, thats a myth. most of her shows have been sell outs, or nearly full shows. Generally her fans dont pre-buy the tickets, they kind of just come to the show and buy tickets at the venue.

  • mimi

    who the **** are the Jonas Brothers. no one knows them here in europe but you americans really think just because they’re famous in your contry they’re famous all over the world^^ omg! you’re so dumb, ignorant and in love with yourself. america isn’t the world, get used to that.
    believe me cuz I know better. I’m the one who is living here in europe and by the way: avril has no problems selling her tickets

  • gem

    the tattoo is quite small but i like it. it is better than havin a huge tattoo up ur arm no point unless it means sumthing. gemloveavril xxxrockonavxxx

  • Ale

    Yes, she’s not having problem with the tickets. The “problem” is that her management booked big venues and just some sections of the are available to buy. But her tour is doing pretty well.

  • Vjnet

    Jared, What a fun interview. You must have had a blast! Wow, Avril has 7 little tattoos. Keep up the great work on the site everyone. I <3 :)

  • loveToAvril

    we aalredy know the jonas brothers so that’s not the point ;)
    And don’t worry, u can get drunk on a big stage also :P

  • Greg

    I don’t care how good she is live, she still sucks the fun out of everything else.

  • April

    I absoulutely LUV avril!!!!!!!! I’m going 2 her concert with The Jonas Brothers on July 25th it’s going 2 be AWESOME!!!!! Avril, if there’s any way possible ur reading this, I luv ya girl and u frickin ROCK!!!!!!

  • iann

    yeah jb is big;but she has tour over there 4 times! [not including this tour]
    yeah jb is known over there;
    but not like her she BIGGER than they are over
    So shut up cause you all know nothing.

  • ??????

    what the fuck?
    jonas brothers are not bigger then avril in the uk?
    i had’nt a clue who they were until i saw them surporrting her.

  • Robert

    You can hate her or love her if you want. But she can sing live and you have to aceppt it.