So, I’ve seen a large number of news postings about Avril Lavigne’s “profanity-laced rant” during her appearance at the Rays Summer Concert Series on Saturday night. According to numerous reports, Avril “unleashed a downpour of obscenities” or “let a few profanities fly.” Just to set the record straight, that’s not exactly what happened.
I was standing in the photo pit, directly in front of the stage and not six feet from Avril during the first part of her show. After struggling through two songs with multiple dead microphones, Lavigne was escorted off stage by her crew. With a new, working microphone in hand, Avril did drop the F-bomb once, or maybe twice, while expressing her feelings about the situation. It was not directed at the crowd, only a little bit of ill-placed stress relief. It definitely wasn’t a “profanity-laced rant.”
Maybe I’ve covered too many metal shows where most of the evening is dominated by profanity, because I didn’t really think that it was that bad. I agree that it might have been better for Avril to find a few less-offensive words, but I’m sure that it was just stress and frustration.
For more pictures from this show, check out Tampa Bay Concert Examiner