Avril Lavigne rocks Stadium Merdeka
Sat, Aug 30, 2008
New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Despite protests, the controversial Avril Lavigne's Best Damn Tour made its way to Stadium Merdeka last night.

More than 6,000 screaming fans welcomed the singer as she arrived. The tour marked her first visit to Malaysia.

Rock princess Lavigne first rose to fame in 2002. Her three albums, Let Go (2002), Under My Skin (2004), and The Best Damn Thing (2008) have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Clad in an all-black attire, the rock singer abided by the required dress code and did not expose too much skin.

The Canadian, accompanied by a five-piece-band, opened the show with her biggest hit from her latest album called Girlfriend.
Lavigne, who is married to Deryck Whibley from the rock band, Sum 41, was accompanied by a dance troupe that consisted of four back-up vocals.

Not known to have the best vocals in the industry, the 23-year-old relied heavily on her showmanship through gimmicks and playing her infamous pink instruments, including guitars, piano and drums.

The 75-minute performance ended with Lavigne belting out one of her earlier hits, Sk8er Boi.

Lavigne sang 17 songs including Complicated, My Happy Ending, Runaway, Losing My Grip, I Don't Have to Try and I'm With You.

More than 50 protesters from Pas Youth distributed flyers to show their disapproval of the concert which they deemed inappropriate for the Merdeka Day celebrations and also because it was held too close to the holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier, GAMIS (Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia) organised a peaceful rally from Masjid Negara to Dataran Merdeka at 2pm.

Lavigne's concert created a media frenzy when its promoters Galaxy Group failed to obtain permits for the show despite early publicity and ticket sales.

The concert only received approval a week before the day of the concert after a series of pleas and meetings between the promoters and the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage.


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