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Soccer Mommy’s ‘Sometimes Forever’ Ushers In A Fantasy New Era

17 years ago, a Canadian teenager named April Lavigne made his way into our hearts with his debut album, let’s go, as well as unforgettable hit singles like “Complicated” and “Sk8ter Boi.” She was just a teenager when the GRAMMY-nominated LP was released in June 2002, but she already knew who she was and felt ready to share her punk-rock style and sensibilities with the music world.

As she told 250 lucky fans at her GRAMMY Museum Event Last night, Lavigne dropped out of high school at 16 to move to Los Angeles and pursue a music career. Obviously, things went her way, as she’s now one of pop’s most recognizable names — and through all the pressures that come with being a young woman in the music industry. music, she never lost sight of who she was.

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Speaking to Scott Goldman at the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater, the perennial punk princess, all black with punky suspender pants, spoke about her musical beginnings, that unwavering self-confidence and the impact her music had on the next generation of alt-rocker women. They also discussed his sixth studio album, Head above water, which she released earlier this year. Finally, she brought in two of her bandmates to share some songs they rehearsed for her. upcoming tourhis first in five years.

Looking back on her first experience with the Los Angeles music industry, she explains that they didn’t quite understand her at first. “The music was too soft and mellow for me…I just wanted to hear guitars, even though I was only 16,” Lavigne said. “The label considered me a pop star,” she added, thinking that pop-rock was not yet a reality at the turn of the millennium. She knew she had to be clear who she was with in order to prove herself to those who didn’t understand her.

“I would show up to a high fashion photo shoot with a bag of ties,” she explained, vouching for her confident demeanor and fashion-forward style. Sharing some wisdom about how she managed to be so much herself at such a young age, she said, “You have to love yourself and find your confidence.”

When asked by Goldman what her early music sounded like, especially her first two albums, when she listens to them now, Lavigne replied that she was proud of what she wrote as a teenager and heard. “variety and a lot of depth”.

Goldman also asked how it felt to be a role model for the next generation of guitar-loving women, citing rising alternative rockers Soccer Mom and Postal mail, who have called these early albums major influences for their own music. “It’s so cool…to know that my music has inspired or influenced someone,” the “Complicated” singer said.

The highly anticipated performance featured two songs from the new album, beginning with the title track and ending with the anthem “Warrior,” as well as two of his 2000s hits. After serving up a powerful rendition of “Head Above Water,” Lavigne entered one of her “favorites to play,” “My Happy Ending,” from her second album, under my skin. Before resuming the chorus, she asked the audience to join her. She asked the crowd what they wanted to hear next, and more than a dozen selections from her discography were shouted out.

Lavigne gave the audience a chance to be heard, listening in, before responding, “‘Girlfriend’ should be fun.” She was right.

Finally, in an epic act of kindness onstage, as Lavigne rose from her stool to leave the stage, the suspenders hanging from her pants got stuck, prompting a laugh. It was the perfect time for the crowd to call for an encore, and she left everyone on a high with “Warrior,” even getting help from fans with a lyric she forgot on the new song. .

As fans walked out of the theater, a teenage girl with bright pink hair and a cut-off plaid shirt turned to her dad and said with wide eyes, “I’m seriously shaking.”

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