Lavigne ready to rock on 'Damn' Tour


More energy and her biggest stage show ever is what Avril Lavigne is promising on her upcoming two-month-long "The Best Damn Tour," which kicks off March 5 in Victoria, Canada.

"My inspiration for this record, a lot of it came from the live show and knowing what kind of songs I wanted to play live," Lavigne told reporters today (Feb. 11) during a teleconference. "I wanted to play fast, fun songs. I love playing songs like 'Sk8er Boi' onstage because the crowd just reacts, and I love it when everyone is freaking out and jumping.

"My last record, 'Under My Skin,' was pretty mid-tempo and darker, so every song was like bringing down the audience," she continued. "So I was just wanted to rock, which is why I made a very up-tempo record."

Buoyed by the success of "The Best Damn Thing," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and also yielded the No. 1 hit single "Girlfriend," Lavigne is planning a large stage show that even includes dancers and a cover of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation."

"The show is going to be very upbeat and the production will be bigger in the sense of dancers during a couple of songs, LED screens, a pink-sparkled drum kit and flags," Lavigne says. "Over time, I've sort of learned how I need to be on stage, and I'm more confident. It's just more dynamic, brighter and more colorful. I'm excited about it because I've been working on the show for a very long time now. And it's just going to be really fun to finally go play."

Lavigne is also working on other business interests, including a fragrance and clothing line. "The clothing line is something I wanted to do for about three years," she reported. "A lot of times people do licensing deals, and I didn't want to do that. I wanted to own the company and really design and be creative.

"I'm excited because I love clothes, and I love anything visual," she added. "I look at it as something new to put my energy into and take a little break, even though I will still be writing. I'll never stop."