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Try To Shut Me Up Concert Reviews

Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
TORONTO - She's just launched her first headlining North American tour - last night at the Air Canada Centre - and Avril Lavigne has already figured out how to make her breakthrough song Complicated, interesting: Drag two fans from the audience on stage with her to sing some of the verses.
In the case of last night, it was a 12-year-old girl and a tall strapping boy - I didn't catch his age - who were given the honours. The girl, in particular, did rather well in the spotlight as she belted out the words while dressed in a souvenir ``Avril'' toque.
As for Lavigne herself, the teenaged pop-rock sensation seemed quite comfortable as well, having just returned from a European headlining tour.
She began the hour-and-five-minute show with the punk-pop anthem Sk8ter Boi, the second single off her breakthrough debut album, Let Go.
Perched on a tiny ramp on an otherwise stripped-down stage, the 18-year-old from Napanee, Ont., quickly ran toward the front and hundreds of screaming, mainly young, female fans - many with their mothers and fathers - who were already chanting ``Avril! Avril!'' before the lights even went down.
``It's good to be back in Canada,'' screamed Lavigne, backed by a three-piece band including a shirt-less drummer. ``This is our first show on our North American tour, so we're quite excited.''
The Toronto kick-off of the Try To Shut Me Up Tour sold out in about 10 minutes after tickets went on sale back in late January.
So the crowd of 16,000 fans had some time to let the anticipation for Lavigne's visit build.
As it was, they enthusiastically sang along to her biggest hits - the aforementioned Complicated and Sk8ter Boi and I'm With You.
The singer, meanwhile, was fresh off winning a leading four Juno trophies - second only to host Shania Twain's three wins - this past weekend in Ottawa at the Corel Centre. (She returns to the scene of the Juno Awards tonight to play a show.)
While in the nation's capital, she also had an audience with the prime minister himself, who presented Lavigne with the diamond award for albums sales of ten million in Canada.
The challenge right now would appear to be having enough material to stage a lengthy concert. As it stands, she only has the 13 songs from her debut album and the odd b-side and cover (Green Day's Basketcase) to sustain her, which is why the show felt like it ended just as things were really getting going.
Avril's stage antics including twirling on one spot during Sk8ter Boi, riding the shoulders of a security guard in the front section of the crowd during Nobody's Fool, strapping on an electric guitar for songs like Mobile and Naked or jumping on spot during In My World. Otherwise, Lavigne recalled a young Alanis Morisette at times with her big voice and long hair hanging in her face.
When she returned for the encore, Lavigne was joined by her guitarist on acoustic guitars for a stripped-down rendition of Tomorrow. But the entire band eventually returned for a plugged-in version of Things I'll Never Say, the last song of the night.
Ottawa, ON - Corel Centre
OTTAWA - A mini-van isn't exactly the place one would expect to see the message ``Avril Rawks'' scrawled in a removable white paint.
But when the majority of your fans are teenagers and you also appear to have a lock on the 7-9 bracket, hey, they need their parents to drive them to the show.
It was a more mature Avril Lavigne who entertained a sold-out crowd of 13,000 at the Corel Centre last night, much polished since her last concert in the capital during last summer's SuperEx.
A month-long European tour, international stardom, losing out on a bunch of Grammy Awards and then winning four Junos - two picked up in the same building just four nights before - will do that.
Though she was two hours from her home town of Napanee, and light years from that life she left less than three years ago, it seemed as though Lavigne had brought the North American headlining tour she's been longing for home.
``I'm just going to give a shout out to my mom, my brother and sister and my girl friends from school,'' she yelled early on.
And there seemed to be a huge Napanee contingent among the two-fingered saluting crowd, many of them wearing Napanee Home Hardware T-shirts.
Until Lavigne and the rest of the band donned Ottawa Senators jerseys for the their encore verison of Things I'll Necer Say Lavigne wore a blue T-shirt, black cargo pants, argyle socks, and a large watch chain which briefly caught her up early in the show.
Her guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld, took over while she sorted it out.
``We were just here the other night,'' he shouted.
``And it's great to be back,'' she chimed in.
It was the second night of the tour, which kicked off in Toronto and heads to Montreal tonight, and already Lavigne seems quite comfortable in front of a crowd.
Her latest singles, Losing Grip and I'm With You got the biggest rise out of the crowd, and Lavigne added spice to her overplayed debut, Complicated, by dragging two people from the crowd on stage.
Melanie, 16, and Shaun, 17, (or Sean, or Shawn, he didn't spell it) were enthusiastic singers and GREAT backup dancers.
Lavigne opened with her hit Sk8ter Boi and proved she's really more of a running-around or holding-the-microphone performer than anything else. She got the audience jumping for almost all of In My World, a song about growing up in Napanee.
``Every time I do that song, I remind me of how much I'm out of shape,'' she said, panting.
Lavigne stopped to grab flowers and a teddy bear from fans, and at one point jumped on a security guard's soldiers for a quick romp through the crowd.
In between other songs from her 13-track debut Let Go - like Nobody's Fool and Mobile - she introduced an off-colour B-side called I Don't Care and lef her four-piece band with a convincing rendition of Green Day's Basket Case.
And for web critics who argue Lavigne can pull off only a repeated ``mystery chord'' on her guitar, she pulled an electric verison twice and then strapped on an acoustic to play a low-key Tomorrow.
As an added bonus, opening bands Swollen Members and Gob also had the crowd cheering and singing.

London, ON - John Labatt Centre
Nobody rocks London in April like Avril.
Teenage rock star Avril Lavigne brought her Try To Shut Me Up Tour to a sold-out John Labatt Centre last night. For thousands of the young grils in the crowd, it was probably their first big show. Those pre-teen Avrilites were in no mood to keep quiet, either.
The fans waved signs saying ``Avril Rox'' and ``We (heart) soccer and Avril'' and all Avril-fan sentiments in between. They pumped their fists when Lavigne did. When she jumped up and down during My World, about growing up in her home town of Napanee, hundreds of them standing on the floor jumped, too. So did many of the fans up in the seats.
The 18-year-old star, who has sold 10 million copies of her debut album Let Go, noticed. ``Thanks to every single body in this building for showing up here,'' Lavigne said late in the show.
Dressed in a dark, sleeveless top, dark pants, skater wristbands and sporting a tattoo-like heart enclosing an X and an O on one shoulder, Lavigne didn't stray from Let Go too often.
Lavigne started her 70-minute set with one of Let Go's biggest hits, Sk8ter Boi, and played everything on the album. Sitting up near the drums, she sang I'm With You, showing off her big rock voice. Lavigne is no hyperactive stage presence, but her voice commands respect.
When it came for Complicated, Lavigne pulled two surprised fans out of the crowd to help with the words. Emilie, 14, and Dave, 16, we salute you. You know the words to Avril's mega-hit and you can come up with instant pumped-fist choreography too.
Your rewards were big hugs from the tiny star and a big applause.
When Lavigne did move away from the 13 songs on Let Go, it was to speed through Green Day's Basket Case and enjoy the bad language and punk attitude of her B-Side I Don't Give. She didn't pause much between songs and had run down six songs of the 15-song set about 20 minutes into the proceedings.
Lavigne is not the only teenager who can pull a huge crowd at the centre in April. That is generally the job of the OHL London Knights.
Lavigne is younger than most of them and definitely shorter than the Knights. But her persona - spunky, hard-working, no-quit - has a lot morein common with the Knights' woth ethic, than it does with the other teen and pre-teen wannabe stars who have played London recently.
Last night's audience had plenty of parents with their little Avril fans in tow. Many of the young fans sported ties, an Avril fashion statement from a few months ago. Many parents have expressed their appreciation of Lavigne's clothing, ties or otherwise. It may be skater-style now, but her outfits always cover more than skimpy, bare midriff look of other young female stars.
Lavigne showed off her unplugged mastery with the first encore, Tomorrow, shared with lead guitarist Evan Taubenfeld.
Then the entire band came back for Things I'll Never Say, one of Lavigne's happiest songs, about a love so ``perfect'' words might spoil it. All her Avril-shouting friends in the house knew how she felt.
Opening for Lavigne for two Vancouver-area acts, hip-hoppers Swollen Members and punk rockers Gob.