Avril Lavigne is young at art
THE pop princess is back with a new single and new fiance but some things she won't change, writes Kathy McCabe
Q: With your new single Here's To Never Growing Up doing the business on Australian radio, are you planning on a promo trip any time soon?
A: I was actually just there with Nickelback on tour a few months ago. I didn't have to play so I got to enjoy the city. It was the first time I was there and not working.
Q: So what did you do?
A: Well, I was just kind of cruising, doing the things I normally do. Travelling, going from hotel to hotel, airport to airport, venue to venue. (laughs) Yeah, it was exactly like being on tour and the hardest part of being on tour is travelling.
Q: Why didn't you give the shows a miss? It's not like you haven't seen (fiance) Chad Kroeger perform before?
A: No, I hadn't really seen very many of his concerts because we only started dating in the summer.
Q: You guys met when you started writing songs for your next album. Was it a party in the studio or all very serious singer-songwriter stuff?
A: We spent hours working very hard, but we were also having fun. When I started the album, it was Chad and David Hodges, just the three of us. David was in Evanescence before. So we all just sat around in a songwriting circle in the studio. OK, it was a triangle - we called ourselves the tripods. We talked, we got to know each other, we told stories, we laughed, I cried, you know. I went through every kind of emotion getting to know them and we wrote a tonne of songs.
Q: Was Here's To Never Growing Up the first song you all wrote?
A: No, the first song was called Let Me Go and it's a duet Chad and I have together. Towards the end of the album, we wrote the single, with Martin Johnson and J Kash. By then it was the guys and myself sitting around in a bigger songwriting circle. I wanted to write some summer songs, some more up-tempo stuff for the album so it's a whole mixture