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Rays apologize for Avril Lavigne’s dirty mouth

May 30, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

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Avril Lavigne fan club president Kevin Kaduk passes along word that the Rays had to apologize to fans who attended her concert at Tropicana Field following Saturday’s game against the Indians because Lavigne used language “not consistent with the family-friendly atmosphere that Tropicana Field is known for.”

Now, personally I’d rather hear swear words than faux-punk rock from a pretty Canadian girl whose rebel persona seems to be built around wearing neckties with white undershirts, but Rays spokesperson Ray Vaughn explained that they “demand profanity-free performances from all of our concert performers.”

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times sets the scene:

Lavigne got off to a rough start when her microphone did not work during her first song. She responded to a chorus of boos with a profanity-laced explanation that things like that happen at a live performance, especially at a “baseball stadium.”

Actually, this might be the most punk-like thing Lavigne has ever done.

  1. jimbo1949 - May 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Get her some Orbit gum?

  2. cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    All of Canada has been shamed by her. Not the swearing mind you. Just her in general. And you can keep f%$#ing Beiber for us, too.

    • JBerardi - May 30, 2011 at 11:59 AM

      We’ll take Lavigne and Beiber off your hands, but you gotta take the entire Palin family in return. Deal?

      • cur68 - May 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM

        Only if your throw in Halladay, Papelbon, Pujols and Fielder, then we got a deal. Will give you Celine Dion to sweeten the deal. ARod can use her as a bat.

      • jwbiii - May 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        Throw in Caroline Dhavernas, then we can talk.

      • Kevin S. - May 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        We’ll take Avril and Bieber, but you have to give us Adams and Rush too, and we won’t touch Nickelback.

      • mornelithe - May 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        We’ll take her, as long as you erase any and all historical evidence, memory and knowledge of Bryan Adams existence. Until then, the deal’s off.

      • Utley's Hair - May 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

        You most certainly may not have Doc back. You had him before, and didn’t treat him right—i.e., give him any bling—so he came here. How’s that Drabek Jr. doing anyway?

      • cur68 - May 31, 2011 at 1:16 AM

        You guys all suck. Here I was offering a free Dion and now you won’t even give us Doc back? Huh. Well that kid Drabek throws 97 mph. Once he masters a Doc style cutter, a harder slider and gets some confidence he’ll pwn you lot.

        Nerve a some people. Here we go and give the world Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Ace Ventura, and tons of beavers and what do we get? Bubkes. All I’m askin’ fer is some room and board for some mediocre talent and f%$#ing Beiber. Some people, I dunno….no gratitude…defend their OWN northern border…get BSE from their OWN cattle, see how they like THAT…grow their OWN catchers for the Yankees, or let Posada do it, HA!, I wish…Martin oughta be a Blue Jay; stole him from us……

  3. JBerardi - May 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    “Rays spokesperson Ray Vaughn explained that they ‘demand profanity-free performances from all of our concert performers.'”

    Given the Ray’s attendance, maybe they should consider reversing this policy. I mean seriously reversing it. Like, drag GG Allin’s actual corpse up on stage. That’ll sell ya some season tickets.

    • The Rabbit - May 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      or Jim Morrison’s..He could always sell out.

      When I saw the headline, I thought she said “Yankees Suck” or something equally shocking.

    • nixonotis - May 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      You should have seen Yankee officials trying to enforce the same policy at the stadium when Eminem and Jay-z performed. Things got awkward.

  4. gr8fuldaniel - May 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    I think its adorable when cute girls cuss.

  5. purdueman - May 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    The pattern unfortunately remains the same with cute singer chicks who suddenly make it big when they haven’t even hit 21 yet. At first they’re all sweet and innocent, then they turn into total sluts before finally bouncing back to something at least resembling normal.

    This is the fault of the Rays though; knowing that their audience is filled with Mom’s and Dad’s with kids in tow they should stick to mature, dependable acts like the Beach Boys to Blue Oyster Cult. There’s plenty of solid acts to choose from without trying to attract a few more ticket sales by bringing in the 18-30 set that otherwise wouldn’t bother going to pay their way in. That would be more than offset with a dependable, but less splashy, act that provides a cheap date instead.

  6. samgod13 - May 30, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    They have a baseball stadium in Tampa? Why don’t the Rays play there?

    • purdueman - May 30, 2011 at 1:29 PM

      Actually they don’t have a baseball stadium in Tampa, but they do have a monstrosity of a hybred type facility that’s only suited for tennis matches and religious revivals that the Rays are stuck in until something like 2029 in nearby St. Petersburg.

    • florida727 - May 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

      You know why Orlando doesn’t have a major league team?

      Because then Tampa would want one too.

  7. jaypace - May 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Never understood why people hate the trop. As hot as it is in Florida an air conditioned dome is not the worst place to watch a game. While it is not as aesthetically pleasing as other stadiums it’s better than sitting in the hot ass fl sun. Sweating your nuts off. And I think the cat walks add character. Free parking if you come with 4 people, easy to get to, the reason attendance is poor is because people are broke and there is so much free stuff to do in fl with your fam.

    • purdueman - May 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      I’ve been to the Trop and it has all the ambiance of a convention center. The roof looks like they ran out of money while building the place. I’ll agree though that the sight-lines are good, but the acoustics are such that the traditional sound of baseball is missing (i.e,. no crack of the bat or buzz of the crowd).

      I love the cigar bar though above right field, but the concession stands don’t offer any thing but the same old stuff (i.e., no cuisine that reflects NW Florida). I also love the Ted Williams museum under the stands as well.

      The bottom line though is that you have no idea what city you’re in when you’re inside. It just has nothing about it that identifies it with Tampa-St.Pete. The teams could be playing in Clinton, IA for all you know.

  8. dreadpiratesteve - May 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Everything that comes out of her mouth is offensive. SHE HAS NO TALENT!!!

  9. goforthanddie - May 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    “they “demand profanity-free performances from all of our concert performers.””
    Let’s hear it for freedom of speech!

    • skerney - May 30, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      Last time everyone, freedom of speech means the government cannot censor you. Private companies, like the Rays, can ask that performers not use foul language at concerts advertised as family events. Also, this post makes me sound like my dad. Ew. I’m going to play my Stooges albums now.

    • Utley's Hair - May 30, 2011 at 7:03 PM


      Skerney, I think it’s a lost cause. But keep fighting the good fight. It’s stunning the utter lack of knowledge around.

    • JBerardi - May 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM

      The constitution is like 20 pages long, people. READ IT.

      • Utley's Hair - May 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM

        Meh…why read a paper that has no impact on people’s everyday lives…oh, wait a minute….

  10. royalsfaninfargo - May 30, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Did she says “sucks” one to many times?

  11. seattletony - May 30, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    I think the biggest part to this story is that there were enough fans there to pull off a “chorus of boos”. How many fans does it take to constitute a chorus? Should the Rays be happy? Does this mean Canada’s answer to Celine Dion draws crowds in Florida?

    • Utley's Hair - May 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

      Canada’s answer to Celine Dion?

      I may be missing something here since my elbows are slipping off my desk while I type this in the 9000 degree heat at 11pm, but they’re both skinny white Canadian chicks.

      • cur68 - May 31, 2011 at 1:20 AM

        NO! Don’t listen to Utley’s Hair! His head is baked in the heat (all the shortening Chase uses has fired his hair) They’re YOURS! Keep ’em. Free. Gratis. FOR NOTHING! KEEP THEM!!!

    • tmohr - May 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM

      Good question – would a Rays crowd constitute a “motet of boos?”

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