Mike at the avrilbandaids.com forum says Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst surprised a crowd in Lowell, Mass. He writes, “At the May 15th 2003 concert in Lowell Massachusetts, Avril brought 4 people on stage to sing Complicated with her. One of the four that she brought up was Theo from GOB, then a guy and girl from the audience and then Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. I was close to the stage so I noticed it was Fred, but when Jesse said ‘Isn’t that the Bizkit guy?’ the crowd started screaming! It was very dope and also funny when he sang part of the song with her! Durst was wearing a shirt that said ‘I <3 Avril', the shirt that Theo from GOB wore the next night. Avril got on Fred's back for the rest of the song after she let the audience members sing part of it."
Avril Lavigne Sticks Up For Britney Spears
May 18, 2003 – Contributed anonymously: I’m in Avril’s fan club and someone who went to the Boston concert yesterday posted this. “Someone was holding a ‘Spear Britney’ shirt and Avril jumped off the stage and was like, ‘I have to do something because it’s necessary,” and she grabbed a kids shirt that said ‘Spear Britney’ and she was like, ‘I think this is uncalled for, Britney is human, I’m human. The media causes me to look like I hate her and I don’t and stuff.’ Everyone cheered for her because she was being down to earth and honest about how the media screws everyone over.”
Lillix Are Not Team Avril
May 17, 2003 – While Lillix may look like they’re cut from the same cloth as fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne, the group insists in actual fact, they’re more different than they are similar. “Our image is way more edgy than our actual personalities,” declares singer Tasha-Ray Evin. “We’re more down-to-earth. Our image is a little bit off from where we stand. We’re not bitchy and sh**. We’re musicians and that’s how we want to be known. We’re not this fabricated pop group. Everyone’s going to judge you right off the bat but we’re ready for that. It’s going to happen anyway. I just hope people are going to see that we’re actually musicians and respect that. Everyone’s going to compare everyone to Avril Lavigne because she’s hot right now, so of course people are going to compare us to her. It’s just a natural thing.” The full story at chartattack.com has since been removed/relocated.
Avril Lavigne Plays Private Gig Before Main Gig
May 16, 2003 – The Boston Globe reports Avril played a private gig for fans at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell yesterday for some lucky MIX 98.5 fans just hours before her sold-out show there. The singer displayed no diva demands before her set, requesting only a karaoke machine and some pizza.