I went to see Avril Lavigne last night at the MEN Arena in Manchester. It was an excellent concert.
I went to see her about 4 years ago but was sat high up in the upper tier so was far away from the stage. This time we were in the standing area. We got there just abit before 7 and people were already sat on the floor waiting. In the end we ended up pretty close to the front – about 4 or 5 “rows” back.
It was all supposed to start about 8pm but the support act came on at about 730pm. The support band were The Jonas Brothers. Not really my cup of tea and abit too “Disney club”. They sang about 6 songs and there best one was one they sang the A-Ha song “Take on me”.
Avril came on just past 830 and started off with Girlfriend which got the crowd going – as if that was necessary. A great choice for an opening song. I really enjoyed it (being a huge fan) and glad that we went for the standing tickets. I have been reading various posts of Avril Lavigne forums and some people were not pleased she didnt play When Your Gone and Innocense (which is a beautiful song). Also I was a bit disappointed that the set was pretty short. It was only about 1hr 10 mins and not much of an encore.
She sang a mix of songs including ones from her latest album and the classics such as Complicated and Sk8er Boi.
Like I said the set seems quite short – quite a few songs were played but only only about half of it (including the ones when she played the drums at the same time). She also did abit of rapping.
I also liked the dancers – a few of them looking particularly sexy!! 🙂
I think the setlist was:
I Can Do Better
My Happy Ending
I’m with You
I Always Get What I Want
Linkin Park mix (interlude)
Don’t Tell Me
Bad Reputation (interlude)
Everything Back But You
The Best Damn Thing
I Don’t Have to Try
Girlfriend Remix AKA Boyfriend (??)
I have uploaded some photos to my Facebook (so if you know me you can see it there) and also uploaded many more to my Flickr (that may just be for the other Avril fans as there are about 40+ photos). There are also plenty of photos on http://www.avrilbandaids.com.
There are several videos online which can be found on Youtube – I suggest searching for “Avril Lavigne Manchester”. I may link to the better ones below later on. I also recorded some videos myself which I will properly also upload somewhere.
There is a review of the concert in the Manchester Evening News – she gets 4 out of 5.
I have now uploaded some videos from the gig on to my Youtube page.