Avril Lavigne has alerted fans that three of her upcoming concerts in Canada will not go as planned, after a member of her touring crew tested positive for COVID-19.
Dates affected include one at Place Bell in Laval – originally scheduled for tonight (May 2), but now set to end on Saturday (May 7) – one at Center Avenir in Moncton and one at Scotiabank Center in Halifax. These last two concerts – which have been booked for tomorrow (May 3) and Wednesday, May 4, respectively – have not yet been given new dates, but in a statement posted on social media, Lavigne assured holders tickets that further details “will be announced shortly”. ”.
As of this writing, Lavigne’s show at the Videotron Center in Quebec City is still scheduled for Friday, May 6. In her post, the artist explained that she had put the first three shows of this week on ice due to a “positive COVID case during the tour and subsequent shows”. She did not confirm who in her tour group had caught the virus, or whether she or any of her bandmates were among those exposed to it.
“I/we sincerely apologize and want you to know that this was not a decision we made lightly,” Lavigne continued. “We remain focused on everyone’s safety and look forward to seeing you all very soon.”
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) May 1, 2022
Lavigne is currently touring in support of her Green Day-inspired seventh album, “Love Sux,” which landed in February via DTA/Elektra. In a three star review, NME Ali Shutler wrote that “like Willow Smith’s ‘Lately I Feel Everything’ and everything Cleveland’s Kennyhoopla has named it, ‘Love Sux’ is a progressive pop-punk album that eschews the old rules – but not at the expense of maximalist, happy guitar anthems.
Last week, Lavigne joined Olivia Rodrigo on stage to perform her debut single “Complicated,” which the latter performed every night of her “Sour” world tour. It was also revealed last week that “Love Sux” is doing impressively well on cassette, being the third best-selling release of the year on the format so far.
Later in the year, Lavigne will release a 20th anniversary edition of her acclaimed debut album, 2002’s “Let Go.”